Weekly notes week beginning 16th May

May 19th, 2011 | Club News

Senior Football

Magherafelt 1-12 Newbridge 1-11

Magherafelt won this local derby via a C Spiers free nine minutes into extra time. It was a nip and tuck battle throughout the second half, with Magherafelt coming from behind to win. The Rossa played against a fresh breeze in the first half and went into an early four points to one lead, with scores from Spiers, Murphy, Kearns and Higgins. Two frees from Murray kept Newbridge in touch. Magherafelt had mid field dominance and pushed ahead into an eight points to four lead, before a opportunist goal again brought Newbridge back into the game. Magherafelt led 0-9 to 1-4 at half time. In the second half Newbridge fell further behind as Spiers blasted to the net one minute into the second half. However this seemed to rouse the ‘Bridge’ team and they responded via four frees in succession to go level after fifteen minutes. More indiscipline in the Magherafelt defence resulted in another free in the twenty fifth minute to put the Bridge ahead for the first time. Magherafelt raised their game one last time, winning the crucial last five minutes courtesy of a good Gilmore point and a Spiers free well into injury time. Newbridge had a long range free to equalise but failed to capitalise on it.

Team; B Gillis, D Donnelly, D O’Neill, Q Gilmore (0-1), J Keenan, D Heavron, J Monaghan (0-4), P McCabe, C Kearns (0-1), C O’Brien, J Higgins (0-1), G McKay, R Murphy (0-1), C Spiers (1-4). Subs; S McGuckin, C McGuckin, C Smylie.

Magherafelt Reserves 2-14 Newbridge 0-8

A much stronger Rossa team had an comfortable victory at home on Sunday. They went in at half time leading 1-4 to 0-2 despite playing against the breeze. Magherafelt played with the breeze in the second half and drove forward from a commanding mid field platform to win at ease.

Team : N Convery, D McGuckin, M Niblock, M Monaghan, C Bell, C Moran, E McLaughlin (0-1), P McErlean (0-2), D Donnelly (0-1), D McErlean (2-4), C McGuckin (0-2), S McGuckin, D McErlean, P McCusker (0-1), P Dillon (0-1) Subs C Smylie (0-2)

Minor Football – Glen 0-9 Magherafelt 0-07

The minors travelled to Glen on Monday evening as did quite a number of spectators from across South Derry, the latter anticipating a classic encounter. Unfortunately the game was quite dull at times and didn’t live up to expectations. Within ten minutes the Rossas had built up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, but by halftime Glen had turned this over and went into the break 0-7 to 0-4 ahead. The second half saw Glen add another point before tempers flared and the game was held up for a few minutes. Thereafter, the match came to life and the Rossas, down to 14 men, outscored the Wattys in the final quarter by 3 to 1, losing by 2 points in the end .

Under 12 Football

On Friday night past the Under 12’s hosted teams from Newbridge and Swatragh. The ‘A’ team were successful in winning both their games, while the ‘B’ team defeated Newbridge but lost out to Swatragh.

Under 8 Football

The Rossa Og Under 8 Footballers will be taking part in a Blitz this Friday night at Owenbeg. Good luck to all the boys and girls taking part.

Camogie Notes

Senior camogie – The senior camogs failed to maintain their winning streak, losing to a strong Greenlough side on Thursday night. Injuries had taken their toll on the squad, with some players declared unfit to play. This was a disappointing game for the girls, who nonetheless battled hard and had a great second half, holding their opponents scoreless. Unfortunately, the damage had been done in the opening 20 minutes so it was a case of too little too late. The team will take heart from their second half performance, in particular, Gaby McNicholl and Brid Corrigan who were in great form.

U14 Camogie league: Glenullin 0-0 Magherafelt 4-1

A bus load of Rossa camogs headed for Glenullin on Saturday morning to take part in the U12 Go Games and U14 league game against Glenullin. The U14 game was a tighter affair than the scoreline would suggest. However, as the match progessed, the Rossa girls took control, winning most balls and making very good use of them. The Rossas powered on for a convincing win.

Rossa scorers: Kerri Martin 2-0, Coleen Wade 1-1, Shauneen McGuckin 1-0

Team : Megan Mackle, Brianna McNicholl, Aislinn McGuckin, Colleen Wade, Caroline Collins, Ciara Monaghan, Eadaoin Smylie, Katie McGuckin, Siobhan Comer, Maria Bateson, Maria Doyle, Shauneen McGuckin, Kerri Martin, Cora Spiers, Francesca McKee.

U12 Go Games

The U12 camogs were also in excellent form in Glenulin on Saturday in their games against Glenullin, Eoghan Rua A and B and Glen. The team are going from strength to strength, dominating 3 games of the games and having a very even contest against Glen. The girls will be in action again on Saturday 28th May at Rossa Park.

Team : Aoife Moran, Cora Speirs, Gabriela Lupari, Ruth Dace, Maria Bateson, Alice Collins, Carmel Hinds, Megan Mackle, Orlagh McEvoy, Alana Cassidy, Rosanna Mullan, Niamh Heron, Sarah Mullan.

Camogie Fixtures

Sun 22 May – U8 and U10 blitz – Swatragh

Camogie Training @ Rossa Park

Mon: 6.30pm – U14s; 6.45pm – U8/U10/U12

Thursday: 6.30pm – Seniors and U16s

New members welcome

Coffee and Cakes

There will be a Coffee and Cakes Sale on Saturday 28th May 11am-1pm at Rossa Park and after evening mass in the Parish Centre. There will be loads of home-baked treats and a cuppa on offer. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Club Lotto – Lotto Numbers 9, 15, 18, 24. No winner. £25 to Cahir Quinn, Kieran O’Neill, O.Bradley. Jackpot now £1,700.


Rossa Minor Ladies travelled to Slaughmanus on Saturday 14th May to fulfil their quarter final Championship fixture.

A 13 aside match was requested by Slaughtmanus and agreed by Rossa. Slaughmanus took and early lead with two quick goals and a couple of easy points leaving Rossa on the back foot. However through heavy rain and strong winds, Rossa fought back going into the break a point down.

Second half saw Rossa impose their dominance and through a very competitive struggle Rosas secured victory with a final score line of 9-4 to 4-5

Team : Lauren Kearns, Brid Corrigan, Aine O’Donnell, Niamh Duffin, Sinead Comer (1-0), Dervla McGuckin, Nadine O’Neill, Megan Smith, Emer O’Donnell (2-0), Aideen Fullen, Leanne McCrystal (1-2), Aimee McGuckin (1-1), Shannon McCrystal (1-0)

Subs :Niamh McGuckin (3-1), Niara Walls, Courtnay Brown, Gabriella McNicholl