Senior Men earned a hard fought draw with close rivals Glassdrumman on Friday. With a number of injuries that will cause concern heading into championship, it was going to be a tough game, especially with the visitors Conaire Harrison, fresh from his exploits at headquarters starting. The early exchanges were promising and both sides were pushing forward and after the first ten minutes it was three points apiece. Saul began to gain plenty of possession at this stage, but wides from Harney, Rourke, Byrne and Traynor meant that Glassdrumman were no worse off. They then had a purple patch of their own the difference being they converted three points. A seemingly certain goal chance was somehow stopped by Brown and McGrady inside the small square which meant the deficit stood at only two points after this. A point from the impressive Harney brought it back to the minimum, but a fine long range point by Harrison ended the half, Saul 0-06, Glassdrumman 0-08.
The second half started with another couple of wides from the home team and a point in reply from the Mourne men. Once again Saul took control and with some fine running from Mahoney and Laverty, Harney was able to tag on a couple of scores to keep the game close. Glassdrumman at this point were able to tag on a couple of points and it seemed that it would be enough for the win. A point from Traynor in the 63rd minute was followed almost immediately by a converted penalty by the same player to put Saul in front by two, with time surely up. After two lengthy stoppages though, it was clear that the referee had time still to add on and during the next two minutes, two converted free kicks finished the game Saul 1-11, Glassdrumman 0-14. A draw was probably the right result between two very evenly matched teams, but Saul may look back at the number of wides and think of what could have been. Next up is the IFC tie v Darragh Cross in Downpatrick this Sunday 13th. Throw-in 2pm.
U16 girls had a busy week playing both Loughinisland and Castlewellan.
The girls were determined to improve on their last meeting with Loughinisland. From the start the girls pushed forward and got some scores on the board. Loughinisland also started with determination, scoring a goal in the early minutes. But the Saul girls knew to be patient and kept putting the points over until a goal from Aisling Kinsella settled the team. The girls grew in confidence their overall team work was paying dividends. Points from Niamh Gordon, Erin Sands, Charlotte Curran and Aisling Kinsella kept the heads up. The tireless work from Erin Cunningham, Rebecca Hanna, Nora Maguire and Aoife Burns were providing the forwards with plenty of opportunities. Roise Byrne came on for the injured Rebecca Hanna and showed how versatile she is in forwards as well as her usual defensive position. The defence stayed solid throughout the game. Eimear Teggart covered every inch of the field and never gave up. Caitlin Kerr continuously fed the ball up the field with great ease. Emma Campbell and Kelly Pito remained steady in front of goals, sweeping up all that came their way. In goals Cara Doran showed her usual brilliance of reading the game, coming off her line and giving the most accurate of kick outs throughout the match. In the second half it was great to see the younger girls go on and not look out of place at all! Alexandra Johnston, Eimear Robinson, Lauren Quayle, Louise Lundy, Kate Moore and Lucy Morgan played with great confidence. It was a great, well-deserved win for the girls.
The girls travelled the short distance to Castlewellan on Sunday, always a hard fought, even match. Unfortunately, due to holidays etc, Castlewellan were unable to field a full team. The Castlewellan girls that did turn up, gave us a very competitive game. It was great to see Kate Moore and Louise Lundy score their first points for the U16s. Score of the match was a long range point from the extremely talented Nora Maguire. Well done ladies and thanks to the supporters who are always cheering on the sidelines, it’s much appreciated.
The team spirit shown by these girls is really great to see. Let’s keep it up coming into the championship!!
Training continues on Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm. See you all then.
U16 Boys travelled to Drumaness hoping to continue their recent run of form and came away with another victory. An early injury to McComiskey meant a reshuffle and what a stroke of luck it proved as substitute devlin came on and finished the game a haul of five goals that could easily have been seven or eight on the night! A good first half, when passing was quick and accurate and defending was tight, was followed by a much more difficult second period as Drumaness upped their game and took some fine scores. In fact, only for the woodwork and some very narrow misses, they could have got much closer as the Saul boys stepped off them and got sucked back deep into their own half. Decent performances from Devlin, Murray, Connolly and Doran were enough to earn the win. Boys are away to Castlewellan in the penultimate league game of the season this Thursday evening.
Craig Cup opening games were played in fine sunshine at the park last Thursday evening. Over thirty lads and their mentors got stuck in and the supporters enjoyed some fine skill and scores. On one pitch the Harney brothers locked managerial horns as Raholp got the better of Ballintogher and on the other pitch the young pretender Laverty saw his Ringbane rowdies get the better of Mullen’s Loughmoney. Loughmoney narrowly lost out against Ballintogher and Raholp got the better of Ringbane in round two. But with points awarded for a range of different things the current positions look like this: Ballintogher 71 Raholp 66 Ringbane 62 Loughmoney 62
Many thanks to the Mentors, the Refs, the Umpires and all those involved.