Our U21s put in a battling performance at home to Tir na nOg on Sunday afternoon to record a fully deserved two-point win, 3 – 9 to 2 – 10.

An early Matthew Girvan point got the Shane’s of to good start but two points, one from a free, put the Portadown side ahead only for Eamon McCabe to power forward and find the back of the net for the first goal of the game. Two pointed frees from Tir na nOg tied the game before a long ball forward beat the full-back and Matthew Girvan seized on it to rifle home his side’s second goal of the contest. A fine long-range point from Padraig Magee gave the Shane’s a four-point lead but a late first-half point from Tir na nOg saw them trail by three at the break.

An early second-half point from the impressive Ronan Byrne restored the Shane’s four-point advantage and minutes later the home side raised their third green flag when Matthew Girvan got his toe to the ball for his second and his side’s third goal of the game. The Shane’s were well on top at this stage and increased their lead to eight when Eamon McCabe slotted the ball over the bar following some great approach play. Two Tir na nOg points reduced the deficit to six and minutes later it was down to just three as they notched up their first goal of the game before the sides swapped a point apiece with Declan Harris on target for the Shane’s. Cormac Feely popped the ball over from a tight angle to put the Shane’s four to the good but a quick-fire goal and point had Tir na nOg back on level terms and they really had their tails up at this stage. However, the Shane’s dug deep and points from Ronan Byrne and Jack Beattie put them back in front with less than five minutes left on the clock and in a tense both sides scored another point each, with Michael McParland getting the insurance score for the Shane’s deep into injury time.

Underage Winter Training Schedule

U6’s: Tuesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6.00pm – 7.00pm – contact Yasmin Mackin on 07927 933548

U8’s: Friday evening at the field from 6.00pm – 7.00pm – contact Albie Kelly on 00353 873388332

U10’s & U12’s: Wednesday evening in Scared Heart Boxing Club gym, Loughbrook Industrial Estate, Green Road from 7.00pm – 8.00pm – contact Dee Beattie on 07733 405769

U14 & U16 Boys: Sunday morning at the field from 11.15am – 12.15pm – contact Seamy O’Hare on 07816 268077

U12 Girls: Wednesday evening in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 7.15pm – 8.15pm – contact James Feehan on 07864 783211

U14 Girls: Starting Sunday 18 November at the field from 10.30am – 11.30am – contact James Feehan on 07864 783211

U16 & Minor Girls: Staring Monday 12 November at Est 28 gym, Bessbrook with a time still to be confirmed – contact Tara Byrne on 07397 540087 or Peter Lynch on 07876 453546

Annual Dinner Dance

The club’s annual dinner dance will take place next Saturday night, 3rd November in the Canal Court Hotel. Tickets for the event are priced at £35.00 each and can be purchased in the club on Monday night from 9.00pm.

Fancy Dress Halloween Disco

The club hosted a brilliant fancy dress disco in the club on Saturday night and everyone in attendance, especially the young children, had a great night and they were some fantastic costumes on display.

Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup

The annual Paddy Lynch Memorial Cup darts competition will take place in the club on Sunday 18 November. The competition will take format of the best of 3 legs, with double in double out. Registration begins at 1.00pm with the first darts scheduled to be thrown at 2.00pm. Entry fee is £5.00, with a £300 prize fund and all proceeds raised will go to Children with Diabetes.

Club Merchandise

A full range of club merchandise is now available to buy from the O’Neill’s website –


Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 5, 13, 23 & 32. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winner. The jackpot now stands at £2,400.

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