Antrim SFC: Wins for Aghagallon and Creggan

Ruairí McCann helped Aghagallon to victory over Moneyglass
Ruairí McCann helped Aghagallon to victory over Moneyglass

Antrim Senior Football Championship

Group Three: Cúchullain’s, Dunloy 0-11 Kickham’s, Creggan 1-11

Group Four: St Ergnat’s, Moneyglass 1-13 St Mary’s, Aghagallon 3-10

CREGGAN topped Group Three of the Antrim SFC thanks to Sunday’s three-point win over Cúchullain’s in Dunloy.

The visitors started brightly and had their goal within the first four minutes. Thereafter, the first-half was relatively even, with points from Sean Duffin and Ruairí McCann keeping Creggan in front, the half-time scoreline reading 1-4 to 0-4 in the  visitors’ favour.

Creggan were again quickest out of the traps after the break, with Paddy Coey banging over two points to put them five in front.

Dunloy battled well to get back into the game after their false start to the second-half, but a couple of accurate frees from Dominic McAteer and another from Joe McAteer saw Creggan over the line.

Creggan’s reward for their table topping performance is a trip to Portglenone in the quarter-finals, while Dunloy are away to Lámh Dhearg.

Aghagallon won the shootout in Group Four against Moneyglass to decide who would be joining St Brigid’s in the knockout stages.

The visitors blasted out of the traps and were 1-1 to no score in front inside the first minute. Aghagallon were already five in front, 1-5 to 0-3, by the time they got their second goal midway through the first-half. Moneyglass refused to give up the ghost and a string of scores, including a goal of their own, had them back within a point of Aghagallon by the 23rd minute. However, a third St Mary’s goal left the scoreline 3-5 to 1-8 at the break.

Compared to the drama of the first-half, the second period was a more sedate affair with the sides exchanging points throughout and Ergnat’s unable to reel Aghagallon in. St Mary’s reward for Sunday’s victory is a quarter-final trip to Cargin.

The other quarter-final is between St Brigid’s and Rossa.