Tickets for National League Div 1 and 2 finals in Croke Park on 28 Aibrean are now available. Please contact Abhainn Beag office on 02877742990 or alternatively call me on 07918703901.These tickets will be given out on first come basis
With both Dublin and Tyrone in div 1 final demand will be high for tickets. So be advised to get orders in order to avoid disappointment.
Adult. €25 / £22
Children. €5/ £5
A €10 refund will be given to students and OAP at block D Turnstiles on production of valid ID. Note that Children OAP and student tickets are only for Cusack or Davin stand.
STEELSTOWN went down in their opening challenge of the new season against a well-oiled Kilrea ship in Pearse Park on Sunday.
With a huge wind howling the length of the south Derry pitch, Brian Óg’s were tasked with facing the storm head on in a subdued first period which looked to have suited the visitors right down to the ground.
The hosts, under new stewardship for the first time in Mickey and Anton Moran, were out to impress and pumped long, direct balls into the full forward line for Enda McAleese to continually win but a string of bad wides in the opening stages had Kilrea’s initial two point lead flattering the city men.
Stephen Cleary got the Óg’s back in touch when he burst off the shoulder and split the posts with the top of his laces and, despite missing three frees in a row, despite watching the red jerseys extend their lead at the other end, Eamonn Donnelly latched onto a Conor McGoran cross-field ball and set up James Jackson to keep the Steelstown men in touch against the gale and all.
Another couple of wides from the Pearses attack had the home side worried heading in for the break as they led by 0-7 to 0-2 when, really, it could and should have been more.
But Kilrea started the brightest in the second period and, with Charlie Kielt dominant at number six, with James Kielt and Sean McMahon bombing forward from the middle at every opportunity, and Tiarnan Rafferty piercing holes from centre forward, Steelstown were kept on the back foot as a physically superior opposition overran them and Gavin McWilliams hit the net within the first five minutes of the restart.
Eventually though, Hugh McGrath’s men started to settle into the second half and two massive Stephen Cleary frees from beyond the 45′ had their tales back up. With Tony Ling in ruthless form at the back, the number two was winning everything and driving out, and the Óg’s restored their running power in the like of Mickey Moore and McKinney.
As time wore thin though and as Kilrea matched the away side point for point, Shane O’Connor and Michael Moore found a way through the swarming red shirts and a pull back for Dan Jackson presented the only sight Steelstown were afforded at goal. Jackson pulled the trigger with his vicious left foot but found two defenders hurling themselves in front of the ball and the chance went abegging, as too did Steelstown’s opening weekend aspirations.
A Sunday which through up little surprises though meant that McGrath and his side lost no ground on their closest competitors and they kickstart their challenge next Saturday when they welcome Craigbane to Páirc Bhríd.
Steelstown: Marty Dunne; Tony Ling, Paul O’Hea, Kevin Lindsay; Ryan McCloskey, Neil Forester, Eamonn Donnelly; Darren McDaid, Conor McGoran; Michael McKinney, Aidan Cleary (0-2), Michael Moore; James Jackson (0-1), Stephen Cleary (0-4, 0-2f), Dan Jackson
Subs: Conán Doherty for McDaid (Blood sub 15, reversed 17), Conán Doherty for James Jackson (40), Shane O’Connor for Moore (42), Paul Ferris for Dan Jackson (52)
So far not many club members are signed up and there are only a few days left. We need more help from all of our club members.
Feile presentation nights at Steelstown Brian Og’s GAC
- Monday 18th March – 7:30pm (collect & return forms)
- Friday 22nd |March – 7:30pm (collect & return forms)
We are asking parents of our U14 Boys and Girls teams to attend this important meeting.
If you have recently attended our launch night and wish to be a host family, please return your forms for application to be a host families.
If you wish to be a host family, please collect forms on Monday 18th March 7:30pm at the club
All other club members who would like to be host families, please attend this meeting.
Access NI forms can be downloaded from our website. Please remember to bring you ID as listed on page 3 of the form.
We need your support to ensure we can fully accommodate the visiting teams and to make this a successful event.
Please visit the Feile Page by clicking on the tab on the home page where all relevant documents are available to download.
Anyone wishing to get a copy of this can download it from club website and e-mail same to email@example.com or call to clubhouse on Saturday morning 10am – 11am to get a copy and/or submit your entry. Entry fee is only £10 – please note that in Section E you do not need to name anyone and the tie breaker question is the number of goals scored in the Ulster Football Championship. Closing date for entries is the 31st March
Annual club mass Mass will take place in Steelstown Chapel at 6.30pm on Saturday March 16th. There will be tea afterwards in clubhouse. If anybody can help with donations of teabags, milk, biscuits, buns etc please contact Maire McKeever on 07887535005.
The GAA Annual Congress will take place in “The Venue” Ebrington Derry on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Tickets for the banquet on Saturday March 23rd are available. Should anybody wish to purchase a ticket priced at £60, please contact Club Secretary Ann Lindsay before Wednesday March 13th.
The club wish to pass on their condolences to the McMonagle family on the passing of Vincent’s mother, Kay, last night. The wake will take place at the home of John McMonagle, 25 Belmont Crescent. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Steelstown 2-11 Greencastle 1-13
60 MINUTES came and went at Páirc Bhríd on Sunday afternoon with Steelstown trailing all the while.
Chances came and chances went as Tyrone’s Greencastle looked set to move two points clear at the top of Group A in what was their final game of the Ulster League.
But, having already disposed of the challenges of Slaughtneil and Ardara, Hugh McGrath’s charges took a sure belief into this top-of-the-table showdown which carried right into what was a climatic extra time.
With two minutes to spare, with the visitors tiring, Eamonn Donnelly latched onto a Gavin Scallon diagonal ball, swivelled onto his right foot and fired low beneath the goalkeeper to edge the Óg’s in front for the first time in the game.
With more changes to the starting line-up, with the rescue mission coming courtesy of two further subsitutes, the Ballyarnet men laid down a big marker as they snatched victory from the proverbial jaws of defeat and saw out a nervy end to build even more momentum on what is currently an undefeated season.
With a squad shorn of the services of Marty Dunne, Michael Moore, Eamon Gibson, Conor McGoran, Stephen Cleary, and Liam Heffernan, the Steelstown management watched on as the depths of their panel staked massive claims.
Eoghan Heraghty was solid beneath the posts and executed expert kickouts all afternoon. Only a suspiciously square ball goal had the beaten of him and it was the solitary difference by the end of a first half characterised by strong opposition running, and delightful James Jackson play.
The full forward racked up 0-4 in all but laid in his partner-in-crime Dan Jackson with a genius left footed ball over the top which invariably ended in the back of the net.
Upon the restart though, Brian Óg’s smelled blood.
Darren McDaid took supreme control of the middle third, Neil Forester was hoovering up breaks like they were going of fashion, and the Óg’s overran their adversaries for fun.
Mickey McKinney carried on his tremendous form with some energetic running and delicious passing and, despite the scoreboard hesitant to reflect the balance of play, the screw was turning and that three point half time deficit was wilting.
As the home side moved up the gears, McDaid came tearing through the centre and sliced wide in what was a red alert warning the visitors never heeded.
No sooner, the midfielder was charging through again and doubling up on his first half monster score before adding a third, a carbon copy of the second.
Brian Devine replaced the injured Daniel Jackson and the lively full forward took things on another level as he won possession with ease and gave his side a crucial out every time.
The same boy could so easily have won it when he was inches from converting Eamonn Donnelly’s low pull across goals but, eventually, the latter came good when he rifled home in extra time to condemn Greencastle to their first defeat and send Steelstown on their merry way into the tournament’s final four with a game to spare.
Steelstown now sit two points clear at the top of Group A but, with Greencastle having played all their games, Belcoo are their nearest rivals and sit three adrift of the Óg’s.
An away trip to Fermanagh next week concludes the group’s fixtures.
Steelstown: Eoghan Heraghty; Shane O’Connor, Paul O’Hea, Tony Ling; Neil Forester, Ryan McCloskey, Oran Sweeney; Darren McDaid (0-3), Kevin Lindsay; Conán Doherty, Ruairi McKeever (0-2), Mickey McKinney; Dan Jackson (1-2), James Jackson (0-4), Aidan Cleary
Subs: Ryan Devine for Sweeney (40), Brian Devine for Dan Jackson (45), Gavin Scallon for McKeever (45), Eamonn Donnelly (1-0) for James Jackson (52)