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Weekly notes – April 15

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By , April 15, 2015 10:32 am

Steelstown brush off Lissan’s physical challenge

Brian Devine
Steelstown 1-16
Lissan 0-12
It’s a cliche by now but they would’ve lost a game like this many moons ago.
Lissan came to Ballyarnett on Sunday with a tactic. Shake up the new boys. Rattle the newly relegated side. Get in their faces, make it tight, make it tough. The tactic didn’t work.
Whilst the Óg’s proved four years ago that they could withstand that sort of scrutiny as they made their way to the top of Division Two en route to promotion, they spent the last three seasons growing. Maturing.
So when the south Derry outfit came up the road for the first league game of the season, the city men weren’t rocked by their physical imposition. Instead, they nearly thrived off it.
Men like Darren McDaid commanding the centre for the hosts wouldn’t back down from that sort of challenge. Seb Crudden, making his first league start for the side, isn’t shy of dishing out a hefty challenge. Scattered throughout the team now, from the brick wall-like Liam Heffernan, the stronger Mickey McKinney, the no-nonsense Brian Devine and Mark Foley inside who’s just crying out for that sort of shoulder-to-shoulder contact, Steelstown have men ready to stand up to the fight.
And they blew their visitors away early doors with Foley chipping away at the score board and McKinney and Neil Forester’s deep running proving too much to handle.
Lissan rallied before the break though and, with the wind, brought it back to just 0-7 to 0-6 at half time.
Gary Duffy’s men didn’t panic and came out in the second period with cool heads. Driven on by two absolute beauties off the right boot of Brian Devine, the blue jerseys began to work through the gears until Gareth Logue burned a hole in the net and Steelstown cruised home, unshaken.
It’s been a good couple of weeks for the squad who have accrued a James O’Hagan Cup title and their first league win of the season.
They head for Drumsurn away on Sunday for what will be a similar battle.
The reserves meanwhile ran up a frightening scoreline earlier in the day, seeing off Lissan 10-25 to 0-3 in a free-scoring display.
U16s get season off to winning start
U16 squad who beat Dungiven
The U16 squad got their league campaign off to a fine start, beating Dungiven in Dungiven to overcome their first challenge of the season.
In a solid team performance, the Óg’s led by 5-5 to 4-3 at half time and, although they had to withstand strong Dungiven pressure at the finish, they managed to hold out and win on a scoreline of 8-9 to 7-5.
It was a fantastic result but the boys know that there will be tougher challenges coming their way.
The squad entertain a good Lavey outfit tonight at 7pm at Páirc Brid but are still without the services of Cathal Roarty who is recovering from a hand injury and now influential midfielder Conor McGuire.
Everyone at the club would like to wish Conor a speedy recovery after he was treated for viral meningitis. Get well soon, Conor.
U14 Girls
U14 Girls
Well done our U14 girls who won their Round 2 League match away against Glen with a final score of 3-2 Glen to 4-13 Steelstown.
The Ógs completed another fine display of teamwork from defence through attack. Goals from Aoife Collins, Catherine McGuigan, Leah McGonagle (2 converted penalties) were complimented by points from Leah (6), Aoife (3), Niamh Friel (2), Maeve Mooney and Evie Doherty (actually Evie’s shot dropped into the goal and was unfortunately recorded as a point).
A penalty save from Catherine prevented some additional blushes at the end of the match. 
U14 Boys
U14 Boys Training resumes fully this week with the league starting in 4 weeks time.
Training will be at the club on Wednesday night 7:00pm – 8:15pm & Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am.
Please ensure to have your own water and a post training snack.
U12 Boys
The U12 Boys enjoyed a successful Go Games Blitz at home on Saturday. The A team won all of their games defeating Swatragh, Slaughtneil & Dungiven, saving their best performance for the final game against a hitherto unbeaten Dungiven team.
A solid midfield platform was provided by the dominance of Donncha Gilmore & Finn O’Donnell and with a good supply of ball, Shane Hughes and Callum Deery gave the Dungiven defence a very uncomfortable time. After an opening score by Callum Deery, slick interplay led to spectacular goals from Callum Deery & Donncha Gilmore, which was added to by a Shane Hughes point, and when the same player lobbed the goalkeeper, following a great turnover by Deery, the young Ógs were comfortably ahead at half-time. Dungiven mounted a spirited second half comback, but resolute defending by the outstanding Oisin Duffy, Aidan McLaughlin and Khyat Bhavsar, on his home debut, largely kept the visitors attack at bay. Another 2-1 from Shane Hughes and a pointed free by Callum Deery saw Steelstown run out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 5-4 to 4-2.
The Development team competed very well in all of their games, scoring freely while defending realy well. The performance of these young players, many of whom can still play U10 is a great sign of encouragement.
Under 10s Training resumes at the club pitch 6.15PM sharp on Wednesday evening. Please dress accordingly and bring own water-bottle.
Note that mid-week training costs £1 per player, and weekend training costs £2 per player or £3 for 2 family members.
Any player who is not registered with the club should do so.
(Family membership is £60.00 which can be paid by 12 X £5.00 direct debits or £10 single membership per child.)
Forms are available from Don O’Donnell at training sessions.
Gutsy performances all round from Steelstown’s two U10 teams in our first Go Games Blitz of the year at Dugiven at the weekend.
Both teams gave their all and put in fantastic efforts against some very strong opposition in Dungiven & Glen Maghera. Well done from all the coaches, we’re very proud of every one of you!

Bag Pack

Another amazing team effort by Steelstown volunteers.
We had our experienced bag packers supported by our new volunteers who joined our team, new to the cause were Victoria & Cara O’Neill, Fiona McCauley, Jane McIntyre, Aoife Walker, Monica & Aine Nelis, Niamh Rankin, Orla Nelis, Mark & Conor Rabbett, Kevin, Emily & Eevie Hilton, Anthony & Jack Breslin, Dearbhla, Maeve & Niall Mooney.
This is a perfect example of how our club is strengthened and is continuously evolving with new help and new volunteers.
The total raised at the B&M bag pack by our helpful and friendly  bag packers was £529 & €7.

St. Patrick’s Day mass

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By , March 10, 2015 2:33 pm

Our annual club St. Patrick’s Day mass will take place this Monday 16 March at Our Lady of Lourdes, Steelstown.

The mass takes place at 6.30pm.

Please make a big effort to attend in club colours.

Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme

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By , February 3, 2015 11:42 pm


Here’s your chance to attend an Irish language summer course in the Gaeltacht at a reduced price.



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By , November 30, 2014 12:12 pm

Club AGM will be held on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in club rooms. Nomination forms and forms for motions are available to download by clicking on link below. Please note only paid up members are entitled to vote at AGM.
AGM Nominations & Motions 2014

Upcoming Coaching Courses

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By , November 8, 2014 2:30 pm

Foundation Courses:
All coaches should have a minimum of Foundation Course completed.
There are 2 options for dates for the foundation course.
1 in the City and 1 in Owenbeg.

Owenbeg on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November 2014
The Child Protection will take place on the Friday (14th) night 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
The Foundation Practical will take place on Saturday (15th) 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Derry City Council
The Child Protection module of this course will take place on Friday 28th in Shared Future Centre, Waterside 7-10 pm and the Practical and Theory modules on the Saturday 29th in Templemore indoor and outdoors 9.30am – 4.00pm.

if you want to attend either, please email

There will also be a Level One Y/A Course in Owenbeg on the 5th, 6th and 7th December.

If anyone wants to attend either of the above course, please email ( me to register.


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Steelstown win U14 A League with perfect record

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By , July 8, 2014 9:44 pm

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It wasn’t quite the thrilling climax that the city boys expected but Steelstown Brian Óg’s U14 boys made history tonight by becoming the first boys team across any age group at the club to win the league.

The Óg’s have beaten all before them this year in the All County A Division but they had one more game to take care of this evening, their rearranged fixture with Swatragh.

However, after the south Derry men conceded the points earlier in the afternoon, Steelstown were crowned as league champions with a perfect record and they still put on a show for their home support who turned out at Páirc Bríd to celebrate with their prized U14s.  A last-minute challenge game with Buncrana gave the Óg’s crowd something to cheer about and provided the boys with another obstacle to overcome before they could finally marvel in their success.

Steelstown will play Ballinascreen in the championship in two weeks’ time and coaches Dominic Concannon and Brendan Hughes will be hoping that this is just the start of the season.

Steelstown girls in stormer of a stalemate with Dungiven

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By , June 16, 2014 9:48 pm

U14 Girls
Steelstown 3-11
Dungiven 5-5

Steelstown Brian Og’s U14 Ladies played host to a very strong Dungiven St Canice’s U14 Ladies in their league encounter at Thornhill on Tuesday 10th June 2014 and following a passing thunder storm, the teams once again served up a storming thriller of their own as they had done, during Easter, at Owenbeg in the 2014 Feile qualifying blitz.


Steelstown started on the attack with Jade Macari, supported by forwards Ellen McFadden and Caithlin Gallagher, coming close to scoring first. Dungiven however took early command with a scrambled goal, despite some heroic defensive blocks by Niamh Doherty supported by Orla O’Doherty, Riona Harkin and Cliodnha Nelis, along with Niamhs Friel and Gilmore.

The away team then followed this with a point, before Catherine McGuigan opened the Og’s account with a well-taken point following a great team move started by Leah McGonagle. A further quick movement through the Steelstown team almost resulted in another score by Clodagh Laverty, but it veered wide.

The response from the visiting Dungiven side was emphatic as they punctured the Steelstown defence with a point from the excellent No.15 followed by three quick devastating goals, the first of these the result of a scrappy footballing exchange by a crowd of players in front of the goalie, Aoife O’Reilly.

A Clodagh Laverty point followed by a long range point from Catherine McGuigan was quickly matched by a brace of points from the on-form Dungiven side (the first from a free).  A great point by Aoife Collins from a free was followed by a killer goal from Dungiven, when a long range shot bounced awkwardly in front of the goalie on the wet pitch. A super point by sub Dearbhla Mooney brought the first half to a close and left the score a tad uncomfortable for the host Steelstown team 0-5 (5) to 4-5 (17) but they have come back from a deficit before.

So once again the hair dryer had to come out, with the Steelstown Ladies staring at a damaging home defeat. On the restart, Dungiven started with a bang forcing a brilliant save by Aoife O’Reilly. The Og’s revival began then, with the Steelstown girls regrouped and now, with a bit of fire in their bellies, the scores began to roll.

First up was Captain Clodagh Laverty following an outstanding high catch and quick pass by Catherine McGuigan, who now moved back to strengthen the defence. Leah McGonagle then smashed in a great goal, following some fast interchange through the fired-up Ogs. An Aoife Collins point, followed by one from Dearbhla Mooney edged the Steelstown team closer to the Dungiven total – game on! A fantastic piece of defensive work by Niamh Gilmore and once again tireless running, blocking and feeding by Sarah Kelly kept the dangerous Dungiven side at bay and a goal by the lethal Aoife Collins followed by a point by Clodagh Laverty from a free brought the Steelstown U14s to within two points of the Dungiven side – Pressure.

Then disaster struck, as a break by the brilliant Dungiven No 15 went unchecked and resulted in a goal. Response from the Ogs was instant with Aoife Collins scoring a point from a free following a foul on Catherine McGuigan. With Niamh Friel steadying the ship by playing another of her determined defensive reading and blocking master classes and this rubbing off on and inspiring the excellent subs from the U12s Orlaith McGough, Connie Roarty, Annie Gibson and Maeve Mooney, who all played their hearts out, this gave the needed platform for another point from on-fire Aoife Collins which was followed by her outstanding goal. The scores were now level and the supporters from both sides were shouting, crying, sweating buckets and lunching on their fingernails – tense. Then with just two minutes left on the clock and with the Ogs on the attack, there looked like only one winner, but a break for a couple of injuries and a free caused a delay in the game, momentum by the attackers was lost and the game fizzled out to a draw.

Final score: Steelstown Brian Og’s U14 Ladies 3-11 to Dungiven St Canice’s U14 Ladies 5-5. What a brilliant game served up by the two teams – two great teams going head to head and giving it everything to the final whistle. Thanks to all the girls for this feast of football and for the patience of the subs who did not get an opportunity to take part in this one – that will come – and good luck to both teams in the remainder of the league campaign. Also thanks to all the coaches and parents who made it out to support the girls and to Thornhill and Mickey for providing the great facilities.

Steelstown Brian Og’s: Aoife O’Reilly, Orla O’Doherty, Niamh Doherty, Riona Harkin, Niamh Friel, Niamh Gilmore, Cliodhna Nelis, Sarah Kelly, Clodagh Laverty, Leah McGonagle, Aoife Collins, Catherine McGuigan, Ellen McFadden, Caithlin Gallagher, Jade Macari, Subs from Suzanna Higgins, the brilliant U12s Annie Gibson, Dearbhla Mooney, Orlaith McGough, Connie Roarty, Maeve Mooney, Hannah Lang and fantastic support from U14 newcomers Cara Gilliland, Bronagh Hinds, Orla McGuire and Orla Gillespie


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