Back in the day - Last-kick point earns Annaclone replay - The Irish News, May 1 1999

SAVOURING SUCCESS...Finn Harps captain Declan Boyle (right) receives the Irish News Cup from Irish News marketing executive Brendan Kerr (left) after the Donegal side defeated Ballymena United 2-0 in the final. Also present is North West Football Association chairman John McCrossan
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Down SFC Loughinisland 1-10 Annaclone 1-10

A POINT from a free by Colm Fegan gave Annaclone a draw with Loughinisland in this keenly-fought Down Harp Lager championship game at Ballykinlar last night.

Loughinisland dominated the first half through the efforts of Stephen Molloy at midfield and Niall O’Toole in the attack while Joe Doran was the star in the defence. Loughinisland led by 1-4 to 0-2 at half time with their goal coming in the 26th minute from Gareth Doran.

Both the Annaclone points came from frees by Aidan Fegan. Annaclone restarted in brilliant style and were level by the 10th minute due to the accuracy from frees by Aidan and Colm Fegan.

They took the lead 10 minutes from time with a goal from Paddy Byrne but Loughinisland fought back brilliantly with four points to regain the lead only to see Colm Fegan’s last-kick point send the game into a replay.

Loughinisland: M Rice, P Magorrian, S Digney (0-1), M Fitzpatrick, C Fitzpatrick, A Molloy, J Doran, D Mason (0- 1), S Molloy, S McGlew, N O’Toole (0-4), D Savage, G Doran (1-1), G Trainor (0-2), M Valentine.

Subs: T O’Toole for D Savage, P Rice (0-1) for M Fitzpatrick. Annaclone: P Byrne, J Haughey, S Pyers, M Byrne, P Fegan, J Farrell, G McNeill, J Fegan, K Doyle (0-1), C Fegan (0-4), N Greenan, A Fegan (0- 4), S Byrne (0-1), M Tumelty, P Byrne (1-0).

Referee: B McCrickard (Liatroim)


ST PATRICK’S Maghera’s dual stars collected their second Rannafast/Foresters’ Cup double in three seasons by lifting the hurling title with a 2-12 to 2-5 win over La Salle, Belfast in Dunloy.

But 20 minutes into this game they did not look like the side likely to collect the cup.

La Salle got off to a flyer with goals from Odhran McKenna and Declan McCloskey in the opening 10 minutes against the stiff breeze. They were controlling the game and Maghera were struggling in key areas of the pitch.

However, the Derry boys upped the pace in the 10 minutes before the break, shooting five unanswered points to trail by a single point, 2-2 to 0-7.

Goals from Kevin Farren and Jim Kelly inside the opening three minutes of the second half handed them the iniative and they controlled the game thereafter – despite the breeze.

Eoin McGuigan and his half-back line were magnificent and once Danny McMullan and Barry McGuigan turned the influence of Gerard Lecky and David Owens at midfield, Jim and Mark Kelly and Ruairi Convery saw enough of the sliothar to win the game.

St Patrick’s: C Brunton, N Magill, E McGuigan, N Bradley, P Bradley, C Brunton (capt)) (0-6, all frees), K Hinphey, B McGuigan, D McMullan (0-1), M Kelly, S McLaughlin, K Farren (1-0), E Cushnahan, R Convery (0-2), Jim Kelly (1-3)

Sub: J Devlin for S McLaughlin (41).

La Salle: C McDonald, D Connor, G McGahey, E Fox, D Sheehan, P Beattie, C Austin, G Lecky (capt), D Owens, O McKenna (1-0), D Gregory, A Healey, D McCloskey (1-2), K Stewart (0-3, frees), A Carabine

Sub: B McCombe for A Carabine (29)


CELTIC coach Jozef Venglos has major injury problems, with midfield men Craig Burley (ankle) and Paul Lambert (shoulder) huge doubts.

Skipper Tom Boyd is suspended so Alan Stubbs comes in at centre-half.

Jackie McNamara and Tosh McKinlay face late tests. Jorg Albertz (toe), Neil McCann (toe) and Tony Vidmar (foot) all face late fitness test for a game which will see Rangers crowned champions if they win


DERRY will be hoping that the return of last season’s Ulster Hurler of the Year Ollie Collins helps their promotion push from Division Two of the National Hurling League.

Collins makes his first start in tomorrow’s Division Two game away to Westmeath with the Oak Leaf county going well for promotion to the top flight.

He came on as a sub in their last game against Carlow

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