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First Ever Division One Title For The Point Men

At 8:25pm on Friday 3rd September on the green grass of Pairc Liam Ui Ir, Moygannon Ryan Boyle raised the Down ACFL Trophy, making history.

1888 to 2021, 133 years is a long time to wait but that wait was ended on Friday night after the Warrenpoint Senior Mens Footballers defeated Bryansford to win the Down All County Football League. 

The Senior Mens Footballers have come tantalisingly close in recent years but after a focused league campaign they finally claimed their 1st Division 1 league.

Donagh McAleenan claimed the first score of the night within the first minute, putting down a marker for the rest of the night. Bryansford responded with a goal and a point placing the point men on the back foot.

Ross McGarry responded with a free from play and Niall McGovern got the Blues back in front with a super goal after a superb build up by the driven team. 

Eoghan Byrne added to the score sheet with a spectacular point just in front of the 45 at a difficult angle and Ross thundered home another point moments later after a great dispossession by Ruairi McGivern.

The water break saw the lads 5 points in front - following the restart Eoghan Byrne and Paddy Murdock hit 2 scores from play, Bryansford picked up the last score of the half to send the teams in at the break 1-08 to 1-02.

Aaron Magee opened the scoring in the 2nd half with a shot from play, he again hit another after Bryansford rifled the ball into the Warrenpoint net. Scoring slowed down in the lead up to the 2nd water break but Ross kept the scoreboard ticking over 1-11 to 2-2.

Ryan Magee set up Ruairi McGivern for a score followed by a Sean O’Hare effort that sailed effortlessly over. 

Bryansford still in the game and determined to end any Point celebrations came back with a point from play but Ross McGarry bagged a cracking goal and Sean O’Hare again picking up a point from play. Peter Sweeney mimicked his fellow defenders efforts in Murdock and O’Hare and picked up a score from a deep run.

Bryansford again eager to end the hopes of 133 years picked up 2 goals within 3 minutes but the victory was sealed when Eoin Carr, who was denied a goal minutes previous by the inside of the post, thundered in a goal.

When the final whistle blew tears of joy, smiles from ear to ear, cheers and applause from the many spectators at Moygannon were everywhere to be seen, in 133 years a league had never been won and everyone present were present for a moment in history.

Jack Devenny Down County Chairman praised the effort of the club over the last number of years and declared them worthy winners after a pandemic hit 18 months changed the lives of everyone.

This crop of Warrenpoint men, their management and the support network to the team throughout the club had brought some much needed and deserved joy to so many after a challenging 18 months.

At 8:25pm Ryan Boyle walked from the team huddle on the 45 line and proudly lifted the Division 1 Trophy and made history. Cumann Pheadair Naofa, 2021 Down All County Football League Division 1 Champions. Well done to all you have done your club, your families, your community and yourselves proud.

Football News

**U11s celebrate League win!**

The Under 11 team played a challenge match against Eire Og on Sunday 5th September to mark celebrating winning their division this season! The game itself was a competitive affair from beginning to end and the boys upped their performance in the second half to pull through with a few scores to spare.

After the match they were presented with the shield for winning the League by Down County Board representative, Gerard McVeigh, and the celebrations began. Senior captain, Ryan Boyle, was also present with the newly acquired Division 1 League trophy on what has been an historic weekend for the club!!

On behalf of the coaching team, we would like to say how proud we are of the boys both on and off the field. Their attitude has been first class throughout the year. Thanks again to the parents for their awesome support. Finally, thanks to Glasdrumman for travelling to play us today and their gesture to stay for the presentation was first class.

U13 Football: The U13 boys welcomed a very special guest in the form of the Division One trophy to their training session on Sunday morning following our Senior Men's historic Division One League title win on Friday – the future is bright, the future is blue!

Hurling News

U17 Hurling Shield Final (AET)

Cumann Pheadaír Naofa 7-14

Ballycran 6-16

In a thrilling contest the young lads from south Down, rated as underdogs, put in a spirited display of hurling to beat Ballycran this afternoon in Kilclief.

Having got off to a slow start, they trailed by 6pts, with Ballycran’s Rory Corcoran striking for two early goals before the 1st water break (0-3 to 2-3). The second quarter saw the blues midfield start to dominate proceedings, a Mark Campbell goal kept the blues chasing the 'Crans, but they still couldn't close the gap as the teams went in at half time 1-6 to 3-6 in favour of the Ards lads.

The third quarter saw the blues kick on as the gap between the sides started to diminish. As the 2nd water break beckoned, Mark Campbell got a 2nd goal, followed up by an Oran Murney goal shortly after to level matters, only for Ballycran to reply with one of their own. A grand stand final 15mins saw the blues up by 2pts only to be pegged back once more as Ballycran struck again to see the full time score 5-12 each.

Extra time is when the blues dominant midfield bossed the game, another Oran Murney goal ensured the blues pushed for a nerve tingling result outscoring their opponents 2-2 to 1-4 in the final 20mins.

Captain Matthew Duffy gladly accepted the shield from county official Conor Watson, much to the delight of the ecstatic parents & supporters.

Ladies Football News

Senior Ladies League Final

Hard luck to our Senior Ladies who put on a fantastic performance in Saturday’s League Final against Saul played in Castlewellan. A hard fought game ended in a nail-biting finish with just 2 points separating the two sides at full time

Cumann Pheadair Naofa 2-10 Saul 2-12

U18’s V Rostrevor:

In their penultimate match of this year’s league campaign, Warrenpoint’s U18 ladies hosted neighbours Rostrevor, at Moygannon on Monday evening. Having only been defeated by table topers Saul, this year, Rostrevor were going to prove to be tough opposition. The visitors had the better of the first half & went into half-time with a slender advantage. However, as this U18 team has done previously this season, they raised their game in the second half & grew stronger as the match progressed. Slowly but surely, the Blues turned the match around to get ahead on the score-sheet. Rostrevor were typically determined & kept threatening with some excellent attacking play, meaning the home side had to work hard defensively, something typified by a goal-line save in the dying moments of the match. Ultimately the ladies from Warrenpoint took the spoils, in what was a hard fought & thoroughly entertaining match. Both sets of players deserve plaudits for the terrific show of ladies’ Gaelic football that they provided for the spectators. Well done ladies!

Camogie News

Our young camógs had a great morning on Saturday 4th hosted by Attical GAC

They turned out in huge numbers at U5, U7, U9 and U11 level. The large crowd of supporters were treated to a brilliant showcase of improving skills. The hard work being done at training on Friday evenings resulted in a fantastic display of blocking, striking and a plethora of scores! For some of our U5 players, it was their first time wearing the blue jersey and it was great to see the enjoyment this brought to everyone. 

Thank you very much to the coaches who give of their time to ensure our girls can enjoy the game and to all the parents and grandparents who cheered them on.

Thank you also to Attical GAC who hosted us this morning.  The ice lollies were a welcome treat to finish off the morning.  We look forward to hosting you in the near future.

Training continues on Friday evenings in St Marks, 6.15-7.15pm. Next Sunday, 12th September, we travel to An Ríocht for a 10.30am throw in.

Other news 

Congratulations to our club referee Breandán de Rís and his team of Shane Lavery, Lár Devlin, Daniel Bird, Christopher Morgan and Martin Slevin who took charge of today’s 2021 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Final in Croke park at 415pm. We are all extremely proud of Brendan and his team. 

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