Wins provide perfect start to the league season for Ballyhegan and Annaghmore

Tir na nOg and Clann Eireann under 10s produced an exhibition during the half-time interval of the seniors' clash.
Tir na nOg and Clann Eireann under 10s produced an exhibition during the half-time interval of the seniors' clash.
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Tir na nOg seniors suffered a league defeat to Clann Eireann by 0-9 to 1-12 on home soil.

The Senior League Division 1B clash entered half-time with Andrew Neeson impressive between the Tir na nOg posts but Clann Eireann on top overall.

A goal for Clann Eireann proved key after the interval and Tir na nOg failed to gain any significant reward for pressure in response.

“This is a competitive division,” said Tir na nOg’s Gregory Burke. “But we will just have to regroup and prepare fully for the next game.”

Tir na nOg minors picked up another win courtesy of success by nine points over Naomh Eoins.

Brendan Litter, Conor Larkin and Declan Murphy posted points within the reshuffled line-up disrupted by injury issues.

Michael Smith proved impressive at half back.

The club under 10s produced some slick football against Clann Eireann during the half-time exhibition in the seniors’ fixture.

Tir na nOg B defeated Collegeland.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22: Training (under sixes, under eights, under 10s) 6-7 o’clock at club and players must pre-register and wear gumshields. Training (under 14s) 6-7 o’clock in Drumcree College.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23: Clann Eireann v Tir na nOg (under 12s) 4 o’clock.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24: Granemore v Tir na nOg (seniors); Tir na nOg v Mullabrack (under 12s) 5 o’clock; training (under 14s) 11.30-12.30 at club.

MONDAY, APRIL 25: St Peter’s v Tir na nOg (minors).

TUESDAY, APRIL 26: Armagh Harps v Tir na nOg (under 14s’ boys); training (under 12s’ boys) 6-7 o’clock at club; training (underage girls) 6-7 o’clock in Drumcree College; training (senior ladies) 7-8 o’clock in Drumcree College.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27: Tir na nOg v Maghery (reserves).

BALLYHEGAN

Ballyhegan’s first competitive league outing of the season produced a slick performance in success by 2-9 to 1-8 over Belleek.

Paul Nixon and Patrick Marley added early points to the scoreboard before a Tiernan Power goal.

Patrick Marley’s point alongside a Paul Nixon goal served to increase the measure of control before Mark Hughes failed to convert a penalty.

A Belleek penalty cut the gap to 1-3 to 2-3 in Ballyhegan’s favour at the interval.

A run of six second-half points arrived with Patrick Marley setting the standard on two alongside efforts by Jack Rafferty, Mark Hughes and Paul Nixon.

Away from the scoring, Mel Courtney and Conor Loughran worked hard at the back - with James McAtarsney impressive on his debut start.

ANNAGHMORE

Annaghmore’s revamped management team of Paul Cullen, Stephen McConville and Tony Quinn enjoyed the perfect start to league life with success over last year’s Intermediate champions, Clann Eireann.

The hosts held an early lead over Annaghmore before Connor Cullen’s free and a commanding run of five points without reply.

Oisin MacIomhair, Connor Cullen and goalkeeper Matthew McNeice each increased the Annaghmore tally.

A key shot wide of the target by Clann Eireann left Annaghmore with a confidence boost which resulted in another slick scoring spell courtesy of Connor Cullen’s double, Oisin MacIomhair free and long-range point by the energetic Matthew Willis.

Oisin MacIomhair and Connor Cullen posted points towards the 0-13 to 0-6 win.

Captain John McCormack and Daniel McQuade proved key on the path to victory.

LOTTO: 8, 14, 15 and 23. The winner was Briege Cullen.

Any members interested in providing match reports or offering fundraising support to contact 07748787338.

RESULTS

UNDER 18s: Wolfe Tones 7-18 Maghery 1-11; St Paul’s 1-9 Ballyhegan 0-7.

UNDER 14s: St Enda’s 4-8 Naomh Eoins 2-9; Maghery 2-6 St Paul’s 7-100

UNDER 16s: Naomh Eoin 0-11 Derrynoose St Mouchuas 3-5; Middletown Owen Roes 4-13 St Malachy’s 2-8.