There were mixed fortunes for all 3 teams who were playing in the heat of championship action last weekend.
JHC: Loughgiel 3-16 v 1-09 Clooney Gaels
Firstly on Friday night (30th July) the Clooney Gaels hurlers exited the JHC with a somewhat lack-lustre performance against a more craftful Loughgiel.
The Gaels never seemed to be up to the pace at which Loughgiel were playing and found the going tough from the off, with young Frankie Neeson keeping Loughgiel at bay more than once with a string of great saves.
The second half saw something of a mini-revival from the Gaels who had managed to claw things back to a 4-pt deficit thanks mainly to a well-taken goal from Paul Magee (who had already hit the post in the 1st half). However this was as close as the Gaels were to get, and an unfortunate mistake from Frankie Neeson spoilt an otherwise outstanding performance. Loughgiel added another goal, and a couple of points to leave a 13 point deficit between the sides at the final whistle.
Whilst obviously disappointed with the result, the team can take heart in the fact that this Wed (4th Aug) sees them face Glenarm in the Div 3 playoffs for a place in the league final.
MFC: Aldergrove 1-08 v 1-17 Sean Stinsons
On Saturday, the Minor footballers of Sean Stinsons had a better experience, running out relatively comfortable winners against Aldergrove, in Crumlin.
After a flying start by Stinsons, Aldergrove started to give something of a challenge to the visitors, and they had a couple of fine players on show.
However there was never going to be any doubt that Stinsons would win, as they were able to keep a comfortable gap between themselves and Aldergrove, piling on the scores in the last 10mins to win by 9pts.
SCC Semi-Final: Rossa v Ahoghill
The Ahoghill camógs met with the same fate as their hurling counterparts with an exit from the Senior Camogie C'ship at the hands of a very strong Rossa side. Credit is due to them however as rather than drop their heads, they did manage a bit of a scoring rally in the last 5/10 minutes of the game to restore some pride.