Tir na nOg suffer semi-final pain

Tir na nOg under 10s enjoying the St Paul's Blitz. The Portadown-based boys reached the St Paul's Cup final.
Tir na nOg under 10s enjoying the St Paul's Blitz. The Portadown-based boys reached the St Paul's Cup final.

Tir na nOg senior ladies’ Championship semi-final finished in defeat to Pearse Og by a narrow 2-8 to 2-9.

The closing kick of the match handed Pearse Og the upper hand across injury-time.

Roisin Creaney proved sharp as goalkeeper despite early Pearse Og scoring.

A commanding period by Tir na nOg featured points for Catriona Lamph, Sophie Weir and Laura Forker - with Lana Black helping secure half-time success for the Portadown players by 2-5 to 1-4.

Lana Black, Catriona Lamph and Sophie Weir increased the Tir na nOg tally, with Dearbhla Guy and Terri Carvill impressive overall.

However, Pearse Og battled to remain in contention and produced the decisive moment across injury-time to rock the Tir na nOg camp.

Tir na nOg under 10s’ boys’ St Paul’s Blitz appearance featured some impressive performances.

Group wins arrived over St Peter’s, Keady and Ballyhegan before a St Paul’s Cup quarter-final victory over Eire Og and last-four defeat of Keady.

The final was won by Clan na Gael.

The club’s under 12s’ girls worked hard but lost out overall in the Championship semi-final against Clann Eireann - with key displays from Katie Cullen, Milly Hughes and Caitlinn Smith.

Tir na nOg under 16s’ boys finished down against Killeavy.

Tir na senior men suffered defeats on two occasions in the closing fixtures of the campaign.

Dromintee raced clear by four points before Gerard Bailey’s goal offered a first-half highlight.

Damian Mallon pulled off a smart second-half save, with Michael Lavery’s goal another positive after the break in the defeat by 1-10 to 1-8.

The final league fixture finished with Tir na nOg losing out to champions Clann Eireann - with RB Livingstone and Gerry Mallon the pick of the panel.


Annaghmore seniors will launch the Championship campaign against Maghery at Wolfe Tones.

The latest lotto numbers are 7, 11, 18 and 23 - with Ciaran MacIomhair, Matthew Willis, Dominic Fanthorpe and Bred McNeice the winners.

Training times (coaching staff will notify players of any weather-related alterations) - under 10s (Friday, 6.30); under sixes and under eights (Saturday, 11 o’clock).


Ballyhegan’s league slump stretched to six fixtures with defeat by Lissummon in the final test ahead of a Championship clash against Clonmore.

Having entered the league split one point off top spot, Ballyhegan’s form marks an area of concern - with Lissummon out in front by 1-12 to 0-8.

Conal McKeever posted points and Paul Nixon registted from distance to enter half-time down by 0-3 to 0-10.

Conal McKeever extended his scoring form after the interval with a string of points.

Lissummon, however, managed to maintain a steady return and wrapped up with play with a last-gasp goal.

CLUB FIXTURES: (August 20, 4 o’clock, under 12.5): Tir na nÓg v Grange St Colmcille’s, Middletown Owen Roes v Maghery Sean McDermotts, Ballyhegan Davitts v Sarsfields.

CLUB RESULTS: (UNDER 14s) Sarsfields 3-9 Maghery 1-7, Ballyhegan Davitts 5-12 Naomh Eoin 3-9. (UNDER 16s) Tir na nOg 1-5 Carrickcruppen St Patrick’s 4-8, Tir na nOg 1-3 Killeavy St Moninnes 3-10, St Paul’s 5-5 Ballyhegan Davitts 1-1, Maghery Sean McDermotts 7-11 Eire Og 4-11. (UNDER 18s) Madden Raparees 1-13 Naomh Eoin 3-15, Maghery 14-23 Ballyhegan 0-1.