Delargy happy with Portglenone’s learning curve

By Michael McMullan LEAGUE champions Portglenone have benefited from the learning curve of being involved in tough championship encounters in recent seasons. That was the feeling of Niall Delargy after Saturday’s win over Creggan. The Casements now face Dunloy as they aim to put their semi-final hoodoo to bed and book a first final spot […]

Portglenone determined to stay in the championship

By Kieran Lynch PORTGLENONE may ultimately not need to win against local rivals Ahoghill to secure their passageway into the next round, but it certainly gives them their best chance of progression. However, don’t say that to manager John McKeever who only had one thing on his mind regarding Saturday evening’s derby clash – victory. […]


Antrim Portglenone THEY have knocked and knocked on the door in recent seasons, but Portglenone have never made it as far as a county final. Niall McKeever and his cousin John, the latter now as manager, were part of the teams of the noughties that danced with St Gall’s on three final days without getting […]

Cargin take on neighbours as championship resumes

By Michael McMullan CHAMPIONS Cargin will be hoping to make it a second win when the Antrim Senior Championship resumes this weekend. Ronan Devlin’s side hit three goals in their opening round win over Rossa with Pat Shivers annexing 2-2. They face neighbours Tír na nÓg on Saturday in Portglenone (7pm) with Rossa taking on […]

Terry Devlin – from Cookstown to Pompey

By Niall Gartland TERRY Devlin, remember the name. The 19-year-old Cookstown lad is one hell of a prospect on the soccer field and a few weeks ago signed on the dotted line for Engish League One club Portsmouth. All being well, he’ll go on to have a long and fruitful career in his chosen sport […]

Portglenone hope to build on first league title

By Michael McMullan PORTGLENONE manager John McKeever feels winning their maiden Senior League success is another important building block towards the club’s first ever championship. The Casements begin their “difficult group” away to Naomh Éanna next weekend before games with Lamh Dhearg and neighbours Ahoghill. McKeever will have to plan without joint captains Dermot McAleese […]

Holy Trinity skipper hoping to make amends

By Niall Gartland RUAIRI McHugh has packed a lot into his short career, and he’s hoping to add more silverware to the trophy cabinet in Sunday’s MacRory Cup showdown against Omagh CBS. The Holy Trinity captain has suffered some bruising defeats – he was part of the Tyrone minor team that lost to Meath by […]

McKeever hails Holy Trinity heart and determination

By Niall Gartland HE’S an Antrim man by birth, but he’s taught at Holy Trinity for nearly 15 years and is indelibly associated with their rise through the ranks of Ulster Schools Football. John McKeever will be on the sidelines for the second MacRory Cup final running, and this time around he hopes there will […]

Holy Trinity ready for Tyrone derby

By Kieran Lynch HOLY Trinity College, Cookstown are hoping to reach the MacRory Cup final for the second year in a row, but in order to do so, they must overcome fellow Tyrone school St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon at Carrickmore on Saturday (11.30am). Cookstown’s quarter-final victory was as dramatic as they come, as John McKeever’s […]

Crunch time in the MacRory Cup

BY KIERAN LYNCH IT’S crunch time in the MacRory Cup, as the competition has reached the last eight, with three games up for decision this weekend and one next week. St Patrick’s Maghera and Holy Trinity Cookstown clash on Friday night, in what is a repeat of last year’s semi-final. Sixteen-time winners Maghera were one […]