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Senior Championship Report


Pairc Esler

Saval 3-10    Rostrevor 1-11


Saval had a great victory over Rostrevor last Friday at Pairc Elser, keeping alive their hopes of reaching the quarter – finals of the Championship.

Rostrevor made the best of starts grabbing the opening scores. It wasn’t till the 17th minute Saval got ahead when Ferghal McConville found the net. By Half time Saval Extended their lead by four points.

At the restart Saval extended their lead further with a Jarlath McCarthy goal. Points from Rostrevor reduced the score deficit, however the ‘Seasiders’ revival was short lived when Keelan Rice scored a goal to secure a Saval victory.

Saval Scorers: Ferghal McConville 1-02, Keelan Rice 1-00, Jarlath McCarthy 1-00, Niall Madine 0-01, Liam Turley 0-04, Stephen  Kearney 0-01, Daniel McCarthy 0-01and Ruairi Digney 0-01.

Senior Championship Report


Clonduff Park Hilltown


Saval 0-09      St Peter’s Warrenpoint 0-09     

Peter Murphy converted a great free late in the second half to earn Saval a draw in last Sunday’s Championship fixture.  With only 90 seconds remaining Murphy converted a 45 yard free to leave the sides level. The Saval keeper was very unfortunate not to convert another free in the dying moments of the game.

In the opening Quarter Saval had most of the possession however Warrenpoint made the most of their chances leading 0-05 to Nil. Saval registered their first score in the nineteenth minute with a Brendan Turley point. Further points from Peter Murphy and Stephen Kearney helped reduced Saval Deficit. By Half – time Warrenpoint were leading by three points.

Early in the Second half Saval reduced the deficit to a single point, but Warrenpoint quickly responded and scored three points without reply. By the 50th minute the ‘Point’ was leading by 4 points. However Saval got back into the game with 2 points coming from Pat Havern and a point from Philip Madine. In the closing stages Peter Murphy brought the sides level converting a 45 yard free. Saval were unfortunate not to win the match as Murphy failed convert another free in the final moments of the game.

Saval Team: Peter Murphy, Domhnall Murphy, Jarlath McCarthy, Paddy Clarke, Johnny Hughes, Michael Clarke, Darren Cunningham, Michael McCarthy, Ronan Digney, Philip Madine, Stephen Kearney, Brendan Turley, Keelan Rice, Niall Madine and Ferghal McConville  Sub Used: Pat Havern

Cannon Murtagh Shield 2013

 On the first Sunday of August three teams, Mayobridge, Glenn and Saval contested the Cannon Murtagh Shield. The 9-a-side tournament got underway with Mayobridge vs Glenn, the ‘bridge got off to a flyer scoring goals at will against a dazed Glenn team. However as the game progressed goals from Gavin McParland and Jarlath McConagagy helped Glenn onto level terms with a minute remaining. Mayobridge frontman Aaron Gribben popped up with arguably the score of the tournament to give the ‘bridge a point victory.

 The second game on show saw Saval vs Mayobridge. Saval after watching the first game and knew what to expect from their local rivals ran into an early lead with great solo goals from Ethan Lennon and Lorcan Forde. The ‘bridge (Division 1 team) were stunned by the quick start from their Division 3 rivals and the pressure didn’t let up with points from Turlough Shiels and Dean Rice after Ronan McCarthy put in hard work around the midfield to supply them. With brilliant defending from Daire Savage, Dean Rice, Peter Haughey and some first class saves from goalkeeper Jack ‘D’ Turley, the ‘bridge fired blanks for the majority of the first half. Saval lead at half time by 4 points. However straight from the throw up for the second half ‘bridge forward Conal Gallagher scored a goal which seemed to settle the ‘bridge and stifle Saval. This set the tone for the whole second half with Saval unable to rise to their first half heroics as the game favourite came through winners by 6points. Considering there is two divisions between Saval and the ‘bridge, all Saval under14 players put on a brilliant display which drew a large crowd watching this team for the first time.

Saval now lined up against Glenn where the winner proceeded to the final. In this game Saval never really got going and missed Ethan Lennon’s strong running and Lorcan Forde’s jinxing dangerous runs. Glenn dominated from the outset and didn’t have any trouble reaching the final. However Saval were able to give vital experience to young under 12 talent such as Jack Turley, Cormac Turley, Brendan Tumilty, Liam Dunne, Feidhlim Shiels, Ciaran Quinn, Odhran Goodman and under 10 player Liam Tumilty. Managers Adrian Savage, Frank Quinn and Damian Lennon agree that the future of men’s football will blossom with these young lads coming through the ranks.

After the group games over it left a final of Glenn vs Mayobridge and if their first game was anything to go by we were in for a treat. Two sets of players did not disappoint with the ‘bridge again similar to their first game racing into an early lead with goals and points from their impressive front two of Gribben and Gallagher. Going into half time the ‘bridge’ led by 6points leaving Glenn with it all to do. Nobody would bet against the sky blues taking the shield at half time. However Glenn came out with a fighting spirit and after a few ‘Joe Brolly/Sean Cavanagh’ moments from the ‘bridge, Glenn slowly but surely clawed their way back into the contest. With a large crowd watching, majority cheered on Glenn and with minutes left the ‘bridge winning by 2points Jarlath (Glenn Captain) skipped past his marker and with the ‘bridge goalkeeper between him and the goal, he rounded the keeper with a dummy, kicked the ball swiftly towards goal, the crowd started to celebrate, however out of nowhere Brandan McEvoy slid and managed to clear the ball off the line. The crowd and Glenn players couldn’t believe their eyes. It must be the ‘bridge’s day like many others. Until last minute Gavin McParland drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to give Glenn the deserved win and Cannon Murtagh Shield.

Saval Chairman Cormac Canavan presented Glenn with the Cannon Murtagh Shield. All spectators agree that talent on show was very impressive and look forward to the tournament next year.

Senior News!!!! 
ACFL Div 1 

Castlewellan 1-13 Saval 0-11 

Last Thursday Saval travelled to Castlewellan to play the current League leaders. It proved to be a tough and physical affair, with some hard hits in the game. By Half Time ‘The Town’ led by five points. Saval fought back in the second and reduced the deficit by two points. Further Points were then swapped by teams, but the decisive score came when Castlewellan scored the only goal of the game. Saval tried to get the back the game but Castlewellan scored a couple more points to secure the win.

Saval Gaelic4Mothers Football News.

Saval G4M Blitz - 20/07/13

The club has received thanks via email from a number of the teams that participated in last Saturday's Blitz Words that were used included well organised, much appreciated, enjoyed, excellent, brilliant job, first class etc.It is good to get praise from other clubs and it shows that here in Saval that we can do things well. It goes with out saying that events such as the Blitz it is not just one person but a small band of people who give up their time to help out. On this occasion it was Geraldine Bennett, Susan Fearon and Phyliss Lennon who once again looked after the hospitality, the referees John McCarthy and Eamon McCarthy, all the ladies from the team that made the sandwiches, tray bakes and lastly the young members of the club who looked after the teams with refreshments which included the fruit trays throughout the day.On behalf of the G4MO footballers I would like thank all those who came out and showed their support. which was much appreciated.

Training continues on Thursday 6-45pm to 8-00pm.

Date for diary
National G4MO Blitz Day 
Saturday 19th October 2013 in Dublin (Naomh Mearnog GAA Club Portmarnock )

Anthony Crozier
Saval G4MO

Senior Match Report

ACFL Div 1


Rostrevor 1-11   Saval 2-17

As the season passed the halfway stage Saval got back to winning ways last Friday with an impressive 2-17 to 1-11 win over Rostrevor.

 In the opening stages both team exchanged points with the scores level at 0-02 each after 6 minutes. By the 14th Minute Rostrevor were ahead by 2 points; however Saval quickly replied with an impressive series of attacking plays. Fergal McConville converted two frees that brought Saval Back on level terms. The greens eventually took the lead in the 19th minute with a Brendan Turley point with Fergal McConville and Daniel Hughes contributing 4 unanswered points in a 4 minute gap. Saval pushed ahead with a series of attacking plays putting the Rostrevor defence under pressure. Daniel Hughes went onto to score Saval’s first goal the 24th minute this was shortly followed by the second from Fergal McConville. At the interval Saval had an impressive 12 point lead.

At the restart Rostrevor regained their composure somewhat, slowly reducing the deficit. By the 45th Minute Rostrevor scored three unanswered points and looked to be more comfortable. The ‘Reds’ received another boost in the 54th minute when they got their first goal of the game, reducing the deficit to 8 points. In the end however Saval had the final say with a Liam Turley score. This was a great win for Saval especially in the second quarter when they scored both of their goals.

Saval Scorers: Fergal McConville (1-06), Daniel Hughes (1-03), Stephen Kearney (0-03), Liam Turley (0-02), Michael McCarthy, Peter Murphy and Brendan Turley (0-01 each)

Senior Match Report


ACFL Div 1


Saval 0-15   Bryansford 2-12

On Wednesday 5th June in Nan Sands Park, Saval and Bryansford meet in great summer conditions. Both team had lost their previous matches and looked to get back to winning ways. A big loss to Saval was the unavailability Danny Hughes and Niall Madine due county commitment.

Bryansford made the best of starts scoring a goal in the first two minutes of play; the visitors continued their great start displaying good passing and accuracy. At 0-2 to 2-2 Saval looked to be in trouble, however the men in green regained their composure and reduced the deficit with a series of points. At Half Time the score was Saval 0-7, Bryansford 2-5.

At the start of the second half Saval made a series of substitutions however Bryansford went onto extend their lead by 7 points. In the 45th  minute Ronan Digney fought his way through to score a great point , this was soon followed a series of Saval points but Bryansford still looked dominant winning key aerial battles. With 7 minutes remaining Byransford surged forward taking control of the match.

Saval: Peter Murphy (0-1 free), Domhnall Murphy, Jarlath McCarthy, Adam Clarke (0-1), John Hughes , Michael Clarke, Darren Cunningham (0-1), Michael McCarthy, Ronan Digney (0-2), Calum Lennon, Stephen Kearney (0-3), Ruari Digney (0-1 free), Keelan Rice (0-1), Fergal McConville (0-4 f) and Rowan Turley.

Subs Used: Brendan Turley (0-1) for A Clarke 29’, Eamon Magee for Ruari Digney HT’, Ryan Rice for C Lennon HT and Paddy Clarke for K Rice 40’

Gaelic 4 Mother's

Saturday 25th May

Challenge Game Drumragh Sarsfields v Saval

The ladies left Saval last Saturday morning to travel to County Tyrone side Drumragh Sarsfields. Thankfully for the first time in a long time it did not rain and the game was played in brilliant sunshine. The ladies put in a big performance against Tyrone’s best. Both teams served up a hour’s football that had all the good things that the mums game has to offer; fun,skill,fantastic scores,great defending, craic and fiendship.The ladies would like to thank Drumragh Sarsfields for the game and the hospitality afterwards in their excellent facilities which was much appreciated. Saval team.1.Rosaleen Travers, 2.Moira McEvoy, 3.Andrea Magee, 4.Una Downey, 5.Cecilia Kerr, 6.Sheelagh Duggan, 7.Theresa Fearon, 8. Aisling Crawley, 9.Imelda Fearon and 10. Clodagh Elliott, 

Senior Match Report

ACFL Div 1



Longstone 3-11           Saval 2-13


Last Friday’s Fixture proved to be great contest, with the second half providing plenty of excitement and drama. Saval were very unfortunate as Longstone scored a last second goal to clinch the victory.


Saval got off to a great start when Curtis Sands fisted the ball into the net in the fourth Minute. By the 10th minute Saval were leading 1-04 to 0-01, however Lonngstone keep in contention with a series of points. Both sides went onto to exchange points with Saval Leading 1-07 to 0-07 at the interval.


Longstone made a good start in the Second Half when they scored their first goal to level the scorces. Soon after Saval’s Stephen Kearney almost scored Saval’s second goal, but the ‘Stone’s’ John – Paul Haughain pulled off a great save. Saval went onto three points from play, however Longstone quickly replied with their second goal and leading 2-08 to 1-10. The match increased in intensity with both teams exchanging points, Saval made a breakthroughh when Rowan Turley equalised and Stephen Kearney scored a great goal to give the men in green a 3 point lead. Yet in typical fashion Longstone replied once again and reduced the deficit to two. This was soon followed by their injury time goal which helped the ‘Stone’ to clinch the victory.


Saval: Peter Murphy, Domhnall Murphy, Jarlath McCarthy, Eamonn Magee, Brendy Turley (0-2), Michael Clarke, Darren Cunningham, Michael McCarthy, Ronan Digney (0-2), Curtis Sands (1-0), Stephen Kearney (1-2, 0-1 f), Ryan Digney (0-2), Keelan Rice (0-1), Fergal McConville (0-2), Rowan Turley (0-2).


Subs Used: Adam Clarke, Philip Madine, Paddy Clarke.

Seniors Cruise Past Hoops!!!

Senior Match Report

ACFL Div 1


Downpatrick 0-11   Saval 3-08


On Thursday 9th May the Seniors travelled to Pairc Tomas Ruiseil to face Downpatrick RGU in Round 4 of the All County Division One League. Despite a slow start Saval were able to win the game with an impressive 3-08 to 0-11 score line.


The home side made the best of starts scoring four unanswered points within the first 10 minutes, it took till the 13th minute for Saval to record their first point. With the first half near gone the hoops led 0-06 to 0-02, however the introduction of Ruari Digney somewhat revived Saval, as they went on to score a goal (Niall Madine) and three points. At the interval Downpatrick Narrowly led 0-7 to 1-03.


In the second half Saval came out more confident and physical which eventually led them to overwhelm Downpatrick. Clever play from Stephen Kearney and Niall Madine led to Fergal McConville Scoring Saval’s Second Goal. By this stage Saval took charge of the game and soon after got their third Goal when Niall Madine dived in to convert a cross from Fergal McConville. The Hoops tried hard to rescue the situation; however the three Saval goals left the game beyond doubt. In the closing stages Saval continued their dominance in the midfield helping to record a great win that currently leaves them 3rd in the League.


Saval: Peter Murphy (0-1), Domhnall Murphy, Jarlath McCarthy, Adam Clarke, Jonny Hughes, Michael Clarke, Darren Cunningham (0-1), Ronan Digney, Michael McCarthy (0-1), Curtis Sands, Stephen Kearney, Callum Lennon, Keelan Rice (0-1), Niall Madine (2-0), Fergal McConville (1-1).


Substitutes Used: Ruairi Digney (0-2), Daniel Hughes (0-1), Eamon Magee, Liam Turley.

Under 14 Girls!!!

Sunday past our under 14 girls beat Carryduff in the league 4.06 to 4.05. As the scoreline suggests it was a tight encounter. All the girls played really well but a special mention has to go to Abhean O'Hare who scored four goals and two points. 

Thats two wins from two and now they will play joint league leaders Dundrum at Saval at half 12 this sunday.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Well done girls keep up the good work!

Back to Winning Ways!!!


Senior Match Report

ACFL Div 1



Saval 1-11      Ballyholland  0-07


Saval got to back Winning ways last Friday night with a convincing 1-11 to 0-07 win over local rivals Ballyholland. Saval Made a good start as Keeper Peter Murphy converted a free in the first minute of play. In the early stages  both teams traded scores from frees, it wasn’t  till the 19th  minute that the first point from play was scored by Saval’s Darren Cunningham. By the end of the first half Saval gained control of the match and were leading 0-06 to 0-02.


At the restart Ballyhollad Showed signs of a comeback with former Down Star Ronan Murtagh becoming a threat. Harps Patrick Quinn and Saval’s Fergal McConville traded frees, leaving three points between both teams with 10 minutes remaining. In the closing stages of the match Niall Madine scored a goal to extend Saval’s lead with points from Michael Clarke and Keelan Rice putting the game beyond doubt.


Saval: Peter Murphy (0-1 f), Domhnall Murphy, Jarlath McCarthy, Adam Clarke, John Hughes, Michael Clarke (0-1), Darren Cunninningham (0-1), Callum Lennon, Stephen Kearney, Ruari Digney (0-2), Keelan Rice (0-3, 1 free), Niall Madine (1-0) and Rowan Turley.


Subs Used: Fergal McConville (0-5, all frees) for Turley 11’.


Saval GAC U14 Boys had a great start to the season after two great wins against Burren and An Riocht. This very Young Team have shown great maturity accompanied with a lot of skill determination and fighting spirit to overcome two teams which were physically a lot bigger than Saval.


ACFL Div 1


An Riocht 1-06  Saval 0-07

The Saval contigent travelled to Dunavil optimistic following their great win over local rivals Mayobridge. In a very physical game Saval got off to a better start leading by three points after 15 minutes, with two frees from Fergal McConville and a point from Niall Madine. Saval could have been much further ahead in the half if they converted countless scoring opportunities. Twenty minutes passed before ‘The Kingdom’ got their first score, however fergal Mcconville was quick to react as he converted his third point to maintain the Saval lead. In the closing stages of the half An Riocht Closed the Gap with a couple of scores.

On the restart ‘The kingdom’ levelled the scores and It took until the 50th  minute for Saval to react , with scores coming from Fergal McConville and Stephen Kearney, giving Saval a 0-6 to 0-4 lead. However An Riocht were able to fight back and score the game’s only goal. In the closing stages Fergal McConville converted his fourth free but ‘The Kingdom’ held on for hard a fought win.

Saval: P. Murphy, D. Murphy, J.McCarthy, A. Clarke, P. Clarke, M. Clarke, D. Cunningham, R. Digney, M. McCarthy, J. Hughes, S.Kearney 0-1, C. Lennon, K. Rice, N. Madine 0-1, F. McConville 0-5.

Subs used: R. Turley, P. Turley, L. Turley

U14 Girls off to winning start!!

Saval 2 - 10 Downpatrick 0-5 

Saval U14 girls started their League campaign in style with a convincing team performance over a strong Downpatrick side on Sunday. The game ebbed and flowed from one end of the field to the other in the opening stages until Saval opened the scoring with a great goal and point from Aiobhean O'Hare. Downpatrick scored two unanswered points until the Saval girls stepped up their game with points from Ciara Byrne, Tiarna Tumilty and Niamh Falloon. The second half was end to end but Saval finally stamped their authority on the match as Ciara Byrne contributed with a great individual goal along with a long range point, Holly McGrade with a point and Aiobhean O Hares with a further four points. Downpatrick managed to score three points to make the final score Saval 2 - 10 Downpatrick 0-5. Best for Saval Tiarna Kerr, Aishling Clarke, Cliona Byrne and Aiobhean O Hare. 

Saval Team - H. Mc Grade, F. Mc Aloon, T Kerr, N Rice,A Mc Parland, T.Tumilty, A Clarke, C Byrne, C Byrne, A Morgan, E Mullen, A O'Hare, N Falloon, S Bennett, C Mooney, C O Hare, L Dillon, M Mc Cartan, S Tumilty, G Clarke

Well done girls.

Training continues every Thursday evening at 6.45pm with Catherine Dillon U12, Mark Tumilty U14 and Charleen Malone U16. Its important that all girls attend training regularly.

Next up for the U14 girls is the feile tournament which takes place on Saturday 20th April in Warrenpoint.

U16 ‘B’ Championship Final Report - 27/10/12

Burren v Saval

Venue: Mayobridge

Burren may have won the ‘B’ Championship in Mayobridge last Saturday, but the young Saval team put in a credible and hardworking performance that is not truly reflected in the score line. Had the Saval side taken the most of their opportunities this could have been a much tighter contest.

Saval made a good start when Shay Dobbin hit the opening point from a free, but Burren were quick to reply to level the scores. Aaron Byrne and Shay Dobbin soon responded with a point each however Burren reacted again to level the scores. Towards the end of the first half Burren was gaining control of the match.

On the restart the St. Marys side continued their momentum, which led them to score the game’s only goal. Towards the end of the game points from Ciaran Bagnall, Shay Dobbin and Corey McCullough helped reduced the gap but Burren reacted yet again to win the game by five points. 

The club would like to thank the players, the team management, and the parents for their hard work and commitment over the course of the season. You did us proud lads!!!

Saval Team: Cathal Turley, Ross Cunningham, Trevor Palmer,  Gavin Sands, Jack Hegarty, Finn McEvoy, James McConville, Shay Dobbin, Tony Byrne, Aaron Byrne, Corey McCullough, Ciaran Bagnall, Cathal McGovern, John Madine and Ryan McEvoy

Full Time: Burren 1-09  Saval 0-07

Minor Match Report

Sunday 14th October

Saval v Clonduff

Venue: Clonduff 

On Sunday past  Saval and Clonduff meet in a head to head League Final. Saval started the strongest and clocked up 3 points to no score, but Clonduff came back and scored 2 points and 1 goal and went in half time leading by 4 points. In the second half Saval were slow to start and let Clonduff into the game to win with a score line of 2-10 to 0-08.

The Management would like to thank all the Minor players for all their hard work and dedication through the year and the best of luck to Curtis Sands, Curtis McEvoy, Keelan Rice, Adam Clarke, and Kevin Morgan for Senior football next year.

Thanks to the supporters and thanks to the parents who taxied players throughout the year.

Saval U16 Reach Championship Final!!!

Saturday 29th September was a glorious occasion for Saval U16’s after beating Leitrim to reach the final. Played in near perfect conditions in Mayobridge, Saval got off to a great start scoring the first three points without reply coming from Aaron Byrne, Shay Dobbins, and Corey McCullough. Leitrim settled and started to find their feet but some great defending kept them at bay, while both sides scored some excellent points.  A well taken goal from John Madine gave Saval a five point lead at half time.


Half – Time: Saval 1-08   Leitrim 0-06

The 2nd half saw Leitrim push on and reduce the deficit to 2 points. Saval kept their composure and didn’t panic and following a good move up the field John Madine scored his 2nd goal to the delight of the Saval crowd. Leitrim replied with some excellent long range scores and Saval found themselves again under pressure but like many times this year the never say die attitude shown through and again finished strongly with Ciaran Bagnall finding the net for Savals third goal. At this stage there was no come back from Leitrim and Saval finished strongly with points from Cathal McGivern, Tony Burns and Aaron Byrne.

Final Score: Saval 3-12   Leitrim 0-14

Scorers: Aaron Byrne 0-04, Corey McCullough 0-03, Shay Dobbins 0-02, Cathal McGivern 0-02, John Madine 2-00, Ciaran Bagnall1-00

Senior Championship 28/09/12

Saval v Mayobridge 

Venue: Pairc Esler

Local rivals Saval and Mayobridge met in the championship on Friday past for a coveted Semi-Final spot. The game saw Saval staging a late comeback in the closing moments of the game, which saw Subsititue Fergal McConville scoring an inspirational goal in the 50th minute. Despite this late comeback, the ‘Bridge’s’ dominance earlier in the match proved the difference in the final scores.

Mayobridge made the best of starts displaying some excellent forward play. By Half time the Blues led 0-10 to 0-03 with Saval score’s coming from Niall Madine (2) and Stephen Kearney. With 43 minutes gone the ‘Bridge’ were leading 0-12 to 0-06 and looked on course for a Semi – Final spot. However in the 50th minute substitute Ferghal McConville scored a goal to put Saval back in contention. In the closing stages Saval staged a comeback which left both set of supporters tense in the final few minutes, with Niall Madine and subs Philip Madine and Jarlath McCarthy all scoring points. Despite this late comeback the ‘Bridge’ were able to hold on for the coveted Semi – Final spot.

If the Saval started the game the way they fought in the closing stages this could have been a much closer contest. It might have been enough to get one over the ‘Bridge’.

Final Result:

Mayobridge 0-17  Saval 1-11

Saval Team: Peter Murphy, Jonny Hughes, Declan McCarthy, Domhnall Murphy, Michael Clarke, Darrren Cunningham, Bredan Turley, Michael McCarthy, Ronan Digney, Daniel McCarthy, Ruari Digney, Stephen Kearney, Jarlath McCarthy, Niall Madine and Keelan Rice.

Minor Championship Report 22/09/12

 Saval v Warrenpoint

 Venue: Ballyholland


Saval and Warrenpoint met in the Semi - Final of the ‘A’ Minor Championship in Ballyholland on Saturday past (22nd). Saval were slow to start, and it was 13 minutes before they got their opening score. After 30 minutes of football Saval went in leading by 3 points. After the start of the 2nd half  Warrenpoint scored 3 points in a row to bring the scores level. Saval hit wide after wide, with the final whistle blew Saval were beaten by 2 points.

The Saval players will be disappointed with their missed opportunities but they will now focus all their attention on the remainder of the league. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team Management of Garry Sands, Brian Byrne and Pat McCarthy, for all their hard work with the minors over the course of the Championship.

Full Time Score:

Saval 1-09       Warrenpoint 3-05

Seniors – 15/09/12

ACFL Division 1

Clonduff   v  Saval

Venue: Clonduff Park

It’s been a positive few weeks for Saval with the Seniors and Minors progressing in the Championship. The Seniors currently sit third from bottom in the league from which there is no relegation in the current season. This being the case Saval will judge their season by league Points accumulated.  Last Saturday the Seniors travelled to Hilltown in pursuit of 2 league points. However Clonduff were resilient as they looked a for a morale boosting win after their recent Championship defeat.

Saval took an early lead with points coming from Niall Madine and Rowan Turley, however three free kicks from Jason Brown gave Clonduff the lead. The game went up a gear when both teams scored their first goals of the game, with Eamon Magee scoring Sava’s goal. Late scores in the first half saw Clonduff leading 1-06 to 1-04 at the interval.

Within minutes of the restart it looked like Clonduff had control of the match scoring a goal and two points, putting them 2-08 to 1-04 ahead. However in typical fashion Saval fought back with Niall Madine finding the net, throwing the game wide open. Niall made another scoring effort but Clonduff keeper Gary Haughian pulled off a good save to deny a saval Comeback. A Series of late of points from the home side gave Clonduff their win.


Full Time Score:

Clonduff 2-11   Saval 2-08

Saval Gaelic4Mothers 

Davina Marks Memorial Blitz - Newry Mitchels - Saturday 15th September 2012

For the third weekend running the SG4M continued their good form, with an excellent performance in our neighbours Blitz.The team played games against Tir na nOg Randalstown, Bredagh, Mitchels and Clann Eireann Lurgan. All 4 games showed the best in G4M football with some fantastic play and comradery at the end.                                                  

One of our players, Clare Cull, went out on loan to the Clann Eireann Club for 2 games and played a stormer. Unfortunately Clann Eireann could not make it a permanent move due the player's high wage demands. Our ladies thoroughly enjoyed the day's football and can look forward to their big day away at the National Blitz in October. We thank hosts Mitchels for a great Blitz and of course the hospitality afterwards.                                          .

The Saval team - Phyliss Lennon, Andrea Magee, Maura McEvoy, Jenny O'Hagan,Theresa Fearon, Aisling Crawley, Mary Crozier, Una Downey, Sheelagh Duggan, Imelda Fearon, Clare Cull and Cecilia Kerr.   

Senior Championship Report – 10/09/12


Saval v Ballyholland


On Monday 10th September at Pairc Elser the seniors met Ballyholland in the Championship Qualifier. Saval made a good start but by half time were down 2 points, the greens fought back later in the second half to win 1-10 to 1-08 .

Saval made an encouraging start and by the 15th minute were leading 0:04 to 0:02, with points coming from Niall Madine, Keelan Rice and Peter Murphy. However 2 minutes later Ballyholland scored the game’s first goal and by half time were leading 1-04 to 0-05.  In the second half Ballyholland got off to a good start scoring a further two points and leading 1-06 to 0-05. Despite being 4 points down Saval fought back with Niall Madine scoring a penalty in the 11th minute of the second period.  Three minutes later Ballyholland were reduced to 14 men following a sending off.  With 15 minutes to go Ruari Digney coverted a free leaving the score all square (1-06 each). The greens got into their stride with points coming from Keelan Rice, Stephen Kearney, Ruari Digney and Ferghal McConville. Ballyholland replied with a couple of points but Saval held on to win the game with a 2 point lead.


Full Time Score: Saval 1-10  Ballyholland 1-08


Saval Scorers: Niall Madine 1-03, Ruari Digney 0-02, Keelan Rice 0-02, Ferghal McConville 0-01, Stephen Kearney 0-01, Peter Murphy 0-01

Saval Gaelic4Mothers & Others Football Update

 Tir na nOg Blitz - Randalstown Sunday 9th September 2012

The mums team continued their excellent form in the Tir na nOg Blitz. They went through the Blitz unbeaten. The ladies showed great levels of skill and determination throughout and are to be congratulated. All the hard work at training is paying dividends. We thank Tir na nOg for a well organised Blitz and for the after match hospiltality.

The Saval team - Andrea Magee, Maura McEvoy, Bernie McParland,Theresa Fearon, Aisling Crawley, Mary Crozier, Sheelagh Duggan, Imelda Fearon and Cecilia Kerr.                                  

U-10’s Success at Tullylish Blitz!!!

On Saturday 8th September our U-10s were on the road to Tullylish in seek of more success. We had a slow start in the group and after a poor performance we got beat by a very strong Burren side.

Next we faced Shamrocks were we began to get into our stride with a solid performance and our first win of the day. Our next game was against a big strong St Michaels team and in this game we started to move the ball faster. We took some excellent scores through Brendan Tumilty, Michael Colhoun and Daniel Fearon and with Conor Heatley, Liam Tumilty and Danny McAvoy standing strong in defence we notched up our second victory.

A few positional changes were made in the next game and these seemed to improve the performance, resulting in a great win against the hosts - Tullylish. Next was the Shield final against Annaclone.

John McCarthy started in goals where he kept the ‘Clone’ forwards at bay with some great goalkeeping and brilliant use of possession from his kick outs. Ryan O’Hare and Fiachra McEvoy moved up to the full forward line and with their speed they began to trouble the Tullylish defence and it wasn’t long until they knocked in a couple of excellent goals each. Big Adam Hegarty moved to the half back line where he held the line brilliantly along with Aidan Quinn and Callum Byrne. Our midfield duo of Peter Haughey and Joe McAloon worked hard for the full game and led us to  a great win.

Brendan Tumilty raised the shield high to complete an excellent 3 weeks for this great team. It’s a pleasure to watch these Saval youngsters playing some brilliant football and getting the success they deserve after a lot of hard work and commitment – brilliant stuff lads – be very proud of yourselves!!!

Minors Show True Grit!!!

Minor Championship Quarter Final – 04/09/12

Saval v Clonduff

Venue: Mayobridge


Saval and Clonduff meet in Mayobridge last Tuesday in the Quarter final of the Championship. Clonduff started off the stronger side and went in leading at Half Time 1-07 to 1-03. Saval came out the second half and dominated for ten minutes displaying some excellent moves up the centre that tore the Clonduff defence apart. By this stage Saval had a strong lead however Clonduff started to get back into the game. Undeterred the Boys in Green seen off the threat and sealed the win in the closing minutes. Credit has to been given to the Saval defence who played very well and the Centre forwards who were exceptional. The club and management team would like to wish all the best to Minors in the Semi-final clash against Warrenpoint on the 22nd September.

Full Time Score:

Saval 3-12       Clonduff 2-14

U10s Reach 2nd Final In 2 Weeks

Our U-10s entered the Tommy Bradley Memorial Tournament at Clann na Banna on a high after their brilliant tournament victory in Glenn last week. With a couple of key players injured, we had to call on some of our excellent U-8s to help us get to the required 15 a side.

We played Dromara in our first game and continued from where we left off in Glenn with some excellent football, winning the game by 10 points. We played Ballyholland in our 2nd game and playing against the wind in the first half we defended brilliantly and held the Harps well, to go in at half time trailing by 3 points. In the 2nd half with the wind at our backs we gave a great performance but unfortunately fell short at the final whistle. Our 3rd game was against a very strong and physical Bryansford side and yet again the Saval boys didn’t disappoint. This game proved that our lads aren’t just a great footballing side but when it comes to standing up for themselves, and their team mates, they were all up for the challenge and after a hard 20 minutes they eased past Bryansford by 8 points.After a short break we were ready for the semi-final and in a tight contest Annaclone hit the post with the last kick of the game and we scraped through by a point to reach our 2nd final in 2 weeks. In the final we again faced a very strong Ballyholland U-10 team and in another very competitive game our lads pushed Ballyholland right to the final whistle. Unfortunately the result went against us this time and we didn’t get to lift the cup 2 weeks in a row.On the bright side Saval U-10s have proved over the last few weeks that they are one of the top 2 or 3 teams in the county – an excellent few weeks for the club at this level!!!We could compliment each and every player however there were some outstanding performances from Aidan Quinn, Fiachra McEvoy, Joe McAloon and Brendan Tumilty with Peter Haughey playing superbly for the 2nd week in a row. Special thanks to our U-8s who came and performed brilliantly. We have another tournament on Saturday in Tullylish where hopefully our couple of injured players will be back – keep her lit lads... Thanks to Clann na Banna for a great day.

Saval Gaelic4Mothers & Others Football Update

Clann Eireann Blitz Lurgan -1st September 2012

The mums team travelled to Lurgan last Saturday to take part in the Clann Eireann club's G4MO Blitz. The ladies had a great day on the field playing 5 games winning 4 and drawing 1. We thank Clann Eireann for a well organised Blitz and for the after match hospiltality which was much appreciated. The Saval team - Clare Cull, Andrea Magee, Maura McEvoy, Bernie McParland, Phyliss Lennon, Theresa Fearon, Aisling Crawley, Mary Crozier, Sheelagh Duggan, Imelda Fearon, Cecilia Kerr and Jenny O'Hagan

Sunday 9th September Tir na nOg Blitz Randalstown. All members of the panel please meet at the club for 10-00am. Blitz starts at 12 noon.

Saturday 15th September Davina Marks Memorial Blitz Mitchels 

Saturday 22nd September Slieve Donard Challenge

Saturday 20th October National G4MO Blitz Portmarnock 

SG4MO Walking Group Meets every Tuesday at 7pm at the Club.

Senior Match Report – 31/08/12

Saval v Mayobridge

Venue: Nan Sands Park

A free taken by substitute Keeper Peter Murphy in the closing stages of this local derby helped Saval to secure a well-deserved share of the points. It was an evenly matched contest with both teams missing multiple scoring opportunities. 

Saval made the best of starts and by half time were leading 1-03 to 0-04. The Saval goal came in the 19th minute when Niall Madine passed the ball to the unmarked Fergal McConville who palmed the ball into the ‘Bridge’ net.

In the second half The ‘Bridge’ became more dominant, leading by one point at the end of the third quarter. By this stage it looked like the ‘Sky Blues’ would snatch the victory but saval fought back with half back Brendan Turley levelling the scores. With the end near both teams went for the win, the bridge converted a free much to delight of the ‘Sky Blues’ supporters. However with only minutes remaining Peter Murphy converted a 55 metre free in a Stephen Cluxton Fashion. The closing  minutes game proved nerve wrecking for the Saval Supporters, but the greens held on to get a share of the points.

Full Time Score:

Saval 1-06 Mayobridge 0-09

U14 Championship Semi – Final 29/08/12

Saval travelled to Attical on Wednesday night and played in an extremely competitive match against a strong Attical side losing by one point and having 2 good goals ruled out. The boys can feel very hard done by but extremely proud of the effort they put in. This team have really gave a great account of themselves this year, having struggled for numbers throughout but at the same time they performed extraordinarily well in both Championship and the league. Well done to all the boys and Damien Lennon their coach and manager

U12 Match Report 28/08/12

The U12’s were narrowly defeated by Banbridge on Tuesday 28th August. The match was played in very difficult conditions on a very heavy muddy Banbridge pitch. Both teams played really well throughout.

Final Score:

Banbridge 6:06     Saval 4:08

U10 Shane Devlin Memorial at Glenn – 26/08/12

After a lot of hard work and commitment this year, Saval U10s lifted the cup at the Shane Devlin Memorial competition in Glenn on Sunday. In the group stages the lads played some excellent football with moves spanning the full length of the field resulting in our forward line of Michael Colhoun, Daniel Fearon, Seamus Havern and Liam Tumilty linking well together and terrorising the Rostrevor, Bosco and Glenn defences. After our 3 wins in the group, our goalkeeper Ryan O'Hare was yet to be beaten pulling off some excellent saves and using the ball well from his kick outs. We faced Burren in the semi-final and with our defence standing strong right to the final whistle - in particular full backs John Walsh and Danny McAvoy aided by the attacking half back play of Joe McAloon, Aidan Quinn and Thomas Grimley and coupled with the excellent work rate, blocking, chasing and tackling of midfield duo Peter Haughey and Conor Heatley, we made it to the final. Now it was only Shamrocks between our lads and the cup. We started strongly with the breeze at our backs. Brendan Tumilty and Adam Hegarty notched up some brilliant early scores to help us into a 6 point half time lead. Our lads showed great heart and work rate to hold out in the second half to win by 4 points against a very strong Shamrocks team. It was a pleasure to watch our captain Conor Heatley proudly raise the cup for Saval - well done lads!!! Thanks to Glenn and the Devlin family for an excellent tournament.

Minor Championship - 21/08/12

The Minors meet Byransford in the Championship under bad conditions. Saval opened the scoring through Pat Havern, but after a slip in defence Bryansford got a goal. By Half – Time Bryansford led 1-02 to 0-03. In the second half Saval started stronger, with 2 minutes to go Curtis Sands scored a point to level the scores. In almost injury time Curtis McAvoy charged from the back line to score a point, snatching the victory for Saval.


Final Score

Saval 0-08 Bryansford 1-04

U14’S Championship – 20/08/12

The U14’s are into the Championship Semi – Final After a great win over Newry Mitchel’s on Monday night. 

Final Score

Saval 6:10 Mitchells  1.11

Seniors – 17/08/12

Saval v Castlewellan

Venue: Nan Sands Park

After the championship game against Mayobridge, Saval looked to get their league campaign back on track. Despite being defeated by Castlewellan earlier in the season, Saval achieved a comfortable win and two league points.

The Seniors started the first half strongly with points from Eamonn Magee and Niall Madine. However Castlewellan kept in contention, with Saval leading by a single point at half time, 0-07 to 0-06. Saval began to dominate in the second half gaining the initiative at the midfield and in the centre of the attack. By the third quarter Saval were in cruise control with points coming from substitute Ferghal McConville and Stephen Kearney. With time almost up Ferghal McConville striked again to score the only goal of the game and secure two league points.

Full Time Score:  Saval 1-13   Castlewellan 0-10

Saval Team: Sean Digney, Jonathan Hughes, Declan McCarthy (Cpt), Domhnall Murphy, Rowan Turley, Darren Cunningham, Brendan Turley, Philip Madine, Ronan Digney, Curtis Sands, Ruairi Digney 0-03, Stephen Kearney 0-04, Eamonn Magee 0-01, Niall Madine 0-04, Keelan Rice.

Subs used: Michael McCarthy, Ferghal McConville 1-01, Stephen Digney

Under-16 Girls Report

With two wins and two defeats behind them, this season has been a mixed bag this year but the Saval girls produced a great win against Teconnaught in Saval on Sunday past. A hat-trick of goals in the first half from Leah Lennon (2) and Under-12 player Aiobhean O’Hare set the scene as the Saval girls dominated throughout. There was a wonderful display of tackling and blocking from both sides but Saval were always going to run out winners and finished on a scoreline of 4-12 to four points, getting revenge on the defeat in Teconnaught earlier in the summer. It would be unfair to single any player out as playing well as the girls all played as a team from Aiobhean in goals right up to the forward line, who all got on the score sheet.


Team: Aiobhean McCarthy, Ruth Havern, Aisling Clarke, Aoife McCarthy, Louisa Dillon, Hannah Magee, Rachel O’Hare (0-2), Raychel McEvoy, Eve Hughes (0-1), Meibh Byrne (0-3), Sinead O’Hare (0-3), Aoibhean O’Hare (1-1), Leah Lennon (3-1), Ciara McCarthy (0-1).

Training continues every Wednesday night for girls 7-8pm.

Senior Championship Report

Friday 10th August

Mayobridge V Saval @ 7pm in Pairc Esler

(Oliver Burke)


When these two sides met in the Championship last year the ‘Bridge’ were comfortable winners. This year however Saval showed a more spirited performance and almost succeeded in causing a major upset.

The ‘Bridge’ made the best of starts scoring three points in the opening eight minutes. In the eleventh minute Saval opened their account with point when Johnny Hughes charged from his corner back position. The ‘Bridge’ was starting to look dangerous, but Saval Half – Back Brendan Turley weaved through the Blues defence to deliver an inspirational point. Saval posed a lot of the problems to the ‘Bridge’ with fine scores from Niall Madine and Brendan Turley levelling the scores after 24 minutes. Just a minute later the ‘Bridge’ struck a crucial blow when they scored the first goal of the game. Saval hardly deterred replied with a Niall Madine point. Towards the end of the half both teams exchanged points leaving the half time score Mayobridge 1-07 Saval 0-08. At restart the bridge tried to exert their authority but Saval once again retaliated when sub Rowan Turley scored a fine point. At one stage the blues looked as if they were finally getting a hold of the match but in the 43rd minute Niall Madine palmed the ball into the ‘Bridge’ net. Saval were unfortunate not to get a second goal 2 minutes later with Niall Madine effort. Despite being exposed by the Saval forward line the ‘Bridge’ went onto restore their lead. Towards the latter stage of the game Saval looked for a second goal, but the ‘Bridge’ held on to progress to the next round of the Championship.


Full Time:

Mayobridge 1-13  Saval 1-10


Saval Scorers: Johnny Hughes (0-01), Bredan Turley (0-02), Philip Madine (0-01), Stephen Kearney (0-01), Niall Madine (1-02), Keelan Rice (0-01), Rowan Turley (0-01), Ruairi Digney (0-01)

Senior Match Report – 03/08/12

Saval v Ballyholland

Venue: Saval

Saval’s form of late has been encouraging with recent wins over Bryansford and Downpatrick. The seniors had a great first half, aided by the breeze they were able to gain the momentum and capitalise on various opportunities. Saval scored both their goals in the first period, one coming from a penalty calmly converted by Niall Madine. By Half - Time Saval had a comfortable lead of 2-08 to 0-04. The second period was a much different affair as it was hindered with stoppages, with the Savalians scoring only a point. Saval’s great defensive play in the second half held back a spirited and resurgent Ballyholland. Despite being a somewhat quieter half Saval finished with a 7 point lead and 2 league points.

Full Time Score: Saval 2-09   Ballyholland 0-08


Saval Team: Gavin Quinn, Patrick Clarke, Declan McCarthy, Adam Clarke,  Declan McNally, Domhnall Murphy,  Brendan Turley, Philip Madine, Ronan Digney, Ciaron Bradley, Fergal McConville, Daniel McCarthy, Darren Cunningham, Niall Madine, Keelan Rice


Subs: Sean Digney, Eamon Magee, Jarlath McCarthy, Stephen Donald, Leo McEvoy, Stephen Digney, Rowan Turley, Pat Havern Oisin McEvoy, Curtis Sands, Kevin Morgan, Michael McCarthy, Liam McCarthy

Seniors - 13/07/12

Downpatrick v Saval

Venue: Downpatrick


Saval fans were far from disappointed last Friday when the seniors produced a great away performance, picking up two valuable league points. After a somewhat tame first half Saval lead 0-06 to 0-04 at the interval. It wasn’t till the second period that the game came to life. Former county player Stephen Kearney kicked two second half points to extend Saval’s lead. With 10 minutes remaining Jarlath McCarthy scored Saval’s first goal. Two minutes later Sub Curtis Sands scored Saval’s second goal. This was great win for Saval with nine points to spare.

Final Score: 

Saval 2-09    Downpatrick 0-06

Team and Scorers: Peter Murphy, Jonathan Hughes, Declan McCarthy, Peter Clarke, Declan McNally, Liam McCarthy, Brendan Turley, Michael McCarthy, Ronan Digney, Eamon Magee, Stephen Kearney 0-02, Jarlath McCarthy 1-00, Darren Cunningham 0-02, Niall Madine 0-05, Caolan Rice, Subs Used: Curtis Sands 1-00, Gavin Quinn

Seniors – 29/06/12

Burren v Saval

Venue: Burren

Saval may have come away pointless last Friday but many would agree that this was a positive performance against a Burren panel filled with numerous county players. Burren made the best of starts when they took an early lead  of 5 points (1 goal & 2 points). Saval opened their accont when Goalkeeper Peter Murphy converted a 45 midway through the first half, this was soon followed by scores from Ferghal McConville (2 points)  and Brendan Turley. Just before the break Peter Murphy went onto convert another 45 leaving the half time score; Burren 1-03, Saval 0-04. Within a minute of the restart Burren scored a point but Saval responded with three unanswered points from Jarlath McCarthy and Ferghal McConville tying the scores midway into the 2nd half. However Saval lacked the edge to the win the game kicking four wides in quick succession. By the latter stages of the game Burren Restored their lead and secured two league points.

Full Time Score:   Burren 1-09   Saval 0-07

Saval Team & Scorers: Peter Murphy 0-02, Patrick Clarke, Declan McCarthy, Jonathan Hughes 0-01, Domhnall Murphy, Liam McCarthy, Brendan Turley 0-01, Phillip Madine, Ronan Digney, Jarlath McCarthy 0-01, Stephen Kearny, Michael McCarthy, Darren Cunningham, Ferghal McConville 0-03, Niall Madine. Subs Used: Peter Turley

U12 Girls 

The girls hosted warrenpoint last weekend (23rd & 24th June) and played two games, with warrenpoint winning one and Saval winning the other, the players are all improving with every game and the managers would like to thank all the parents for their help with the games. Keep up with the training every Wednesday night 7-8 girls! Next game is Bosco at home on Saturday at 1 pm. Meet at 12.30pm. Well done Cliodna, Shannon, Catherine, Hannah, Fiona, Lianna Rose, Fianna, Niamh, Sarah, Nicole, Aoife, Ciara, Hollie, Hannah, Caili Erin, Sinead, Grainne, Orla, Aine, Mia, Erinn, Ella, Eimear and Laura.

Seniors – 22/06/12

Saval v Clonduff

Venue: Nan Sands Park

Saval made a great return to form last Friday with convincing win over Clonduff. Both teams were tied 0-02 each in opening minutes but this soon changed when Niall Madine scored the game’s first goal. In the final moments of the first half Ferghal McConville converted Saval’s  Second goal from a penalty. At Half – time the Savalites had a Commanding 2-03 to 0-06 lead. Saval continued their dominance in the second half enjoying most of the possession. In the opening minutes of the period clonduff stage a comeback but this was soon cancelled by scores from Stephen Kearney and Phillip Madine. Niall Madine second goal midway through the second period signalled the end of the visitors. This was followed by late scores from Stephen Kearney and Keelan Rice.

Full Time Score:

Saval 3-08  Clonduff 1-10

Saval Under 14 Girls Football
Sunday 17th June Burren v Saval

Saval have a very good Under 14 girls team provide all the players make themselves available.  Unfortunately on Sunday some decided not to put in an appearance with only 8 players turning up in Burren. We obviously had to concede the game.There were numerous reasons/excuses why players were not there, Burren did not appear to have that problem as they had 22 players. With Burren's 22 and our 8 we were able to play 15aside.The game was very enjoyable and it give a good run out to all the girls. We thank the Burren Under 14 Management for accommodating us. For the record the Saval players were; Tiarna Kerr, Catherine Bennett, Hannah Magee, Niamh Fallon, Tiarna Tumelty, Cliona Byrne, Ciara Byrne and Caoimhe Byrne.

Gaelic4Mother’s and Others

Saturday 16th June 2012 - Challenge Game                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                 The ladies left a rainy Saval last Saturday morning to travel to County Tyrone side Drumragh Sarsfields. Thankfully by throw-in the rain had long gone and hairs were saved. The ladies put in a big performance against Tyrone’s best. Both teams served up a hour’s football that had all the good things that the mums game has to offer; fun,skill,fantastic scores,great defending, craic and fiendship.The ladies would like to thank Drumragh Sarsfields for the game and the hospitality afterwards in their excellent facilities which was much appreciated. Saval team.1.Mary Crozier, 2.Moira McEvoy, 3.Andrea Magee, 4.Bernie McParland, 5.Una Downey, 6.Sheelagh Duggan, 7.Theresa Fearon, 8. Aisling Crawley, 9.Imelda Fearon, 10. Corinna Garvey, 11.Clare Cull and 12.Cecilia Kerr.

U8s triumph in Burren – 16/06/12

Huge congratulations to the U8 team who brought home the first silverware of the season from the Burren tournament last Saturday. After a long and wet day of tough competition the kids showed amazing heart and spirit to leave with the trophy.                           .

After battling through five league games the young team progressed to face a talented Tullylish team in the semi-finals. It turned out to be a real thriller and it took two periods of extra time to separate the sides. Even the introduction of the twin terriors Conla Fegan and Seanan McEvoy from the bench didn’t separate the sides.

Eventually the ability and scoring power of Liam Tumelty, Cormac Gallagher and Conrad Fegan proved to be enough to reach the final.

In appalling conditions the final was contested against a big and tough side from Dromintee. Saval raced into an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead following some excellent forward play from Diarmuid O’ Hare, James McEvoy and Tomas Colhoun. Dromintee pressed forward however and only a series of amazing saves from Shea Kavanagh kept Saval in front. Despite the efforts of the full back line of Ryan Kerr, Eve Mullan and Aidan Havern, who had been outstanding all day, the Armagh side went ahead by a point. This young Saval team are made of stern stuff however and refused to let their heads go down. Leo Houghton, who had an excellent game, drove the team forward in the closing minutes and it was fitting that Paidi McAloon who had shown his class all day scored the equaliser. This spurred the team into one last gasp attack and after being upended, Tumelty composed himself to slot over the winning free.

The final whistle was greeted with fantastic scenes which the team, coaches and parents will remember for a long time. The celebrations continued into the evening with championees championees ringing around the club.

Senior Match Report -15/06/12

Mayobridge v Saval


Saval travelled to the ‘Bridge’ last Friday night in what was wet and slippery conditions. The first half was a slow start as both teams were unable to convert numerous opportunities. Saval opened their account when Stephen Kearney knocked the ball over in the 17th minute. Two minutes later Saval Goalkeeper Peter Murphy converted a free to level the score. Mayobridge quickly reacted with 2 points but Darren Cunningham converted a free to leave the half time score, 0-4 to 0-3. The ‘Bridge’ exerted their dominance in the second period converting 3 points within the first six minutes of the half. In the 45th minute there a was bit of optimism for  Saval as Niall Madine scored the goal of the game. However this failed to put the ‘Sky Blues’ under pressure as they went on to score 4 unanswered points. Towards the end Fergal McConville scored a further two points but it wasn’t enough to affect the outcome.


Full Time Score:

Mayobridge 0-11   Saval 1-05

Senior Match Report - 10/06/12

Saval v Liatroim @ Pairc Esler

Saval showed great character and passion in this championship battle having gone down to thirteen men. Undeterred the Savalites fought back with Danny Hughes scoring a crucial goal just 3 minutes From Full – Time. Many would have thought the odds were greatly stacked against Saval when Darren Cunnigham and Philip madine were sent off during the second period. Against the Liatroim’s numerical advantage Danny Hughes provided the much needed inspiration for Saval, amassing a personal tally 1-05.

In the first half the scoreline was level four times, yet it was evident that Saval should have been further ahead creating numerous goal opportunities through Michael McCarthy, Danny Hughes and Niall Madine. The appearance of Liatroim’s Liam Doyle in the 2nd  Half caused some interest, but Saval marched on with Bredan Turley scoring the first goal of the game. This was quickly followed by points from Danny Hughes and Darren Cunningham leaving the score 1-07 to 0-04 at the third quarter. Things had changed dramatically when Saval was down to thirteen letting the Fontenoys back into the game. Despite Liatroims numerical advantage Saval Held on to record a great win.

Danny Hughes performance was outstanding but we should also note the impressive performances throughout the Saval Team such as, Michael Clarke at Half Back, the Madine brothers at midfield, the entire half forward line, with Michael McCarthy and Stephen Kearney providing great displays of football.


Full Time Score: Saval  2-09      Liatroim 1-08

Saval Scores: Darren Cunningham (0-01), M. Clarke (0-01), B. Turley (1-00), D. Hughes, (1-05), Jonathan Hughes (0-01)

Under 14 Girls - Match Report
Aughlisnafin v Saval - Sunday 27th May 2012

 Our Under 14 Girls got back to winning ways with an convincing away victory against Aughlisnafin. The home side were missing a number of key players whilst Saval were almost at full strength. Saval dominated the match from start to finish and produced some great periods of play and some super scores. To their credit the young Fin side battled to the end and made our girls work for the win. 

Saval team and scorers; 1.Ciara McCarthy, 2.Ciara Byrne, 3.Hannah O'Neill, 4.Caoimhe Byrne, 5.Tiarna Kerr (1-01), 6. Alannah McEvoy, 7. Hannah Magee(1-01), 8.Aishling Clarke (0-01), 9. Aoife McCarthy  (0-04), 10. Katie Byrne (1-01), 11.Catherine Bennett (1-01), 12.Aiobhean O'Hare (3-03) , 13.Fianna McAloon (1-00),14. Niamh Fallon (3-00), 15 Erin Mullen and 16.Sarah Bennett.                                         .    

Under-12 Girls Match Report – 26/05/12
The Under-12s travelled into Newry to play St John Bosco and provided a great match in the sun last Saturday. The girls played very well and it was great to see so many new faces wear the green jersey. There were plenty of great scores in the game including goals from Tiarna, Ciara and Niamh. Next game is Saturday away to Annaclone at 1pm. Meet in Annaclone at 12.30pm or at the club at 12.10pm.                              . 

Team: Fianna, Leanna, Shannon, Sarah, Hannah, Niamh O, Nicole, Ciara, Tiarna, Mia, Aine, Erin, Grainne, Niamh F, Laura, Sian, Caitlin and Caili Erne.                                  .                                          .

U8’s Match Report

Go Games Blitz - 26/05/12

The Under 8s fielded two strong teams at the Go Games blitz in Mayobridge on Saturday. It was a great opportunity for the boys and girls to put into practice the skills developed over many hours of training. The format ensured that all the kids had plenty of game time and the standard of football matched the glorious sunny weather. 

The older side performed brilliantly in their 3 matches. In the first game against Mayobridge the team played some great free flowing football and adapted well to the strong breeze. In the second tie, Rostrevor were quickly dispatched with a fantastic display of forward play and scoring. Clann na Banna provided a very tough challenge in the final game. After going well behind in the early stages, the lads produced a spirited comeback showing great courage and teamwork. The performances were hugely encouraging especially so early in the year. 

The younger Saval team also gave a fantastic display, especially given the strong breeze they had to contend with throughout their 3 games. Although sometimes facing older (and wiser) opposition they didn't let their heads drop and battled hard to set up some great scores. The standard of the core skills on display was excellent and the parents present couldn't fail to be impressed by the effort and commitment from the kids. With the majority of the team just 6/7 year olds the future is most certainly bright.

Although all the players were exceptional, one player deserves a special mention. The rules in the Go Games tournaments don't allow defenders to leave their own segment of the pitch. This didn't stop the outstanding full back Aidan Havern who in addition to his incredible tackling and work rate somehow managed to score a "wonderpoint" from his own half.

Senior Ladies Championship Match Report – 19/05/12

The Senior ladies played Bredagh in St John's on Saturday19th May in the first round of the Championship. Having already suffered a defeat at the hands of the Belfast team in the league, the Saval girls went in as under-dogs but put up a strong performance against the former Down champions. Niamh McGowan was strong in midfield while Christine McCarthy was solid in goals. Bredagh however took better use of their possession and were able to find their scores easier than the Saval girls. The introduction of Ciara Coffey in the second half provided another outlet for Saval and despite a gutsy second half performance including Lorraine scoring a hat-trick of goals and a wonder point from Anna Madine from Midfield, Saval found themselves on the losing side. They now take advantage of the new 'back-door' system and play Annaclone in the next round.                                       

Team: Christine McCarthy, Edel Goodman, Joanne McStay, Raychel McEvoy, Charlene Malone, Niamh Canavan, Aine Crozier, Anna Madine, Niamh McGowan, Catherine Digney, Michelle Kearney, Eimear Digney, Colleen Lennon, Lorraine Havern, Caoimhe Tumilty. Ciara Coffey, Jacqueline Crozier, Eve Hughes, Leah Lennon, Sinead O'Hare

Under 14 Girls - Match Report

Saval v Annaclone - Sunday 20th May 2012

The girls put in a spirited performance last Sunday against a very good Annaclone side. For the majority of the game they were able to compete with the visitors and it is only in the last quarter that Annaclone pulled away. There were some fine individual performances namely goalkeeper Ciara McCarthy who was excellent, the backline of Tirana Kerr, Hannah Magee and Caoimhe Byrne were outstanding with Caoimhe being Saval's player of the game. In midfield Aoife McCarthy and Alannah McEvoy got through a lot of good work. Up front Aiobhean O'Hare was always a threat when in possession and scored 2 goals and 2 points. A special mention has to go to forward Laura Dillon who was called in at the last minute to make a team and she did not disappoint.                                                      

Saval team; Ciara McCarthy, Ciara Byrne, Caoimhe Byrne, Tiarna Kerr, Aishling Clarke, Hannah Magee, Aoife McCarthy, Alannah McEvoy (Capt), Katie Byrne,Catherine Bennett, Aiobhean O'Hare, Orla Jennings, Laura Dillon and Niamh Fallon. 

Senior Match Report  - 18/05/12

Saval v Burren

Venue: Saval

Referee: Peter Brannagan

Saval didn’t get off to the best of starts when Burren scored two goals in the opening six minutes. Stephen Kearney made a welcomed return from injury, scoring Saval’s opening point and throughout the half continued to trouble the Burren Backline. Niall Madine also produced an impressive performance in the first half scoring two points, which helped closed the deficit to a single point 0-08 to 2-03 at the Interval. Just as Saval was getting back into the game, full back Delcan McCarthy collected a red card before half time. With Saval one man short Burren exerted their numerical dominance in the second period, with their third goal coming just five minutes after the restart.

Full Time Score:  Saval 0-11   Burren 3-09

Saval Team: Peter Murphy, Domhnall Murphy, Declan McCarthy, Paddy Clarke, Johnny Hughes, Michael Clarke, Brendan Turley, Niall Madine, Phillip Madine, Michael McCarthy, Liam Turley, Calum Lennon, Eamon Magee, Stephen Kearney, Rowan Turley.

Subs used: Ciaran Bradley, Danny Hughes, Darra McNally and Daniel McCarthy

Gaelic4Mothers & Others Match Report

 Tir Na nOg (Randalstown County Antrim) v Saval - Saturday 17th May 2012

 The ladies had their first outing of the new season with a fantastic performance away to Tir na nOg. The game flowed end to end with some super scores from both teams, it was only in the last quarter that Saval began to dominate. The performance was built on our defence of Una Downey, Andrea Magee and Maura McEvoy who were just great. Aisling Crawley and Theresa Fearon were exceptional in the midfield area. In the forwards, Imelda Fearon weighed in with crucial scores.Imelda was ablely assisted by Clare Cull who set up a number of scores and was unlucky not to be on the scoreboard herself but for some excellent saves from the home keeper.. Cecilia Kerr who was making her Saval debut in the forward line showed a lot of promise.

All the hard work the ladies have put in preseason is now paying dividends as the ladies fitness levels are very good. Oh by the way training continues every Thursday at 6-30pm, new ladies are welcome to attend.

Senior Ladies

The Senior Ladies team played Downpatrick at home on Saturday evening and with exams the priority for a lot of girls, Saval had just 15 players for the match. Unfortunately, a bad injury to Katie Lonergan meant that Saval had to play the remaining 45 minutes with a player down. However, the girls put in a lot of hard work and played some of their best football of the season to date which will ensure good preparation for this weekend's Championship match against Bredagh in St John's. It's great to see both Michelle and Ciara back at football and is also a welcome boost for the weekend!

Team: Christine McCarthy, Katie Lonergan, Joanne McStay, Jacqueline Crozier, Charlene Malone, Niamh Canavan (0-2), Raychel McEvoy, Anna Madine, Niamh McGowan, Sinead O'Hare, Catherine Digney (0-1), Rachel O'Hare (0-2), Leah Lennon, Caoimhe Tumilty (0-1) and Michelle Kearney.


The U16s found their second win of the season against Clonduff in a very windy Saval. Their team play was of a very high standard in poor playing conditions. The girls in green build up a lead at half time with the wind but were able to stay on top with goals from Rachel O'Hare, Leah Lennon, Eve Hughes and Raychel McEvoy to ensure they left with the win. Well done girls! Final score Saval 4-4 Clonduff 2-2. 

Team: Aiobhean McCarthy, Tiarna Kerr, Aisling Clarke, Louisa Dillon, Hannah Magee, Aoife McCarthy, Ruth Havern, Rachel O'Hare, Raychel McEvoy, Eve Hughes, Meibh Byrne, Sinead O'Hare, Aiobhean O'Hare, Leah Lennon, Katie Byrne and Ciara McCarthy.


The U12 Girls had their first match of the season against Rostrevor last Saturday and played very well, the team was well depleted with First Holy Communion in Saval but everyone got a game and congratulations to all the girls who played their first ever game! Next up is Warrenpoint. Team: Caitlin, Holly, Sarah, Ciara, Fianna, Aiobhean, Tiarna, Sian and Aine.

U14’s Maintain 100% Record

The U14 Boys team maintained their 100% record, with a great win over St. Johns Bosco in Newry on Tuesday 15th May. This win is all the more incredible because after 15 minutes they were 3:6 to no score behind, but as the game went on Saval began to dominate and eventually won 6:12 to 5:10. A lot of credit must go the players, because over the last few weeks these lads, though few in numbers have shown great skill determination team spirit and pride in the green jersey. Well done lads! 

Next game: Tuesday 22nd May, home to Longstone. All players to be at club for 

7.00pm Game starts 7.30pm.



On Sunday 6th May the U12’s were beaten by a very strong Attical side. Saval played some very good football in the 2nd half, but in the end they could not do enough to overhaul the Attical lead.

Saval Under 14 Girls Start Season with a win Sunday 29/05/12


The girls made the long journey to Downpatrick on Sunday and came away with a great victory.With a strong wind advantage in the first half Saval were able to build up a substanial lead at half time RGU Downpatrick 1-1 Saval 5-04The second half was much more of a contest with the home side coming more into game.The girls added a few more scores to run out deserved winners. Final score RGU Downpatrick 2-02 Saval 8-08 Overall this was a very pleasing performance with some great team play and fantastic scores.


Full time Score:

RGU Downpatrick 2-02  Saval 8-08


The management would like to congratulate our New Captain for the season Alannah McEvoy and also Ellen Hegarty who was making her Saval debut.    Saval Under 14 panel Ciara McCarthy, Caoimhe Byrne, Tiarna Kerr, Hannah O'Neill, Aishling Clarke, Hannah Magee, Aiofe McCarthy, Katie Byrne, Orla Jennings, Catherine Bennett, Aiobhean O'Hare, Ciara Byrne, Niamh Fallon, Ellen Hegarty, Tiarna Tumilty, Aine McParland and Fianna Mc Aloon.     The management would like to thank all the parents who provided transport which was much appreciated.

Seniors – 26/04/12

Saval v Kilcoo

If it weren’t for a late goal in injury time Saval would have engineered a great over the Magpies. This was a heroic performance from a young Saval Side considering they were without eight first team players. In the opening 30 minutes Kilcoo exerted their dominance by retaining possession for large periods. With Sixteen minutes played the Magpies led 1-05 to 0-02. As weather conditions worsened the Saval backline tightened up to prevent Kilcoo from scoring for 31 minutes and Liam Turley went on to score his second point before the break. Half time Score Saval 0-03,  Kilcoo 1-05.  Having being dominated by the magpies in the first half, Saval courageously fought back. In the first two minutes of the second period Niall Deviln scored a free and goal. With Devlin running at the magpies defence and Liam Turley and Niall Madine surging forward Saval were putting the Kilcoo backline under serious pressure. With Saval in full flight it wasn’t before long they got a second goal from Devlin, a valuable score giving the Savalites a two point lead. However Saval’s lead was short lived as Kilcoo drew level with two converted frees. With eight minutes remaining Saval fought back to regain a two point lead. At this stage it looked as if Saval were going to pull off a shock result, but they were soon denied as the Magpie’s engineered that winning goal late in Injury Time.

Full Time Score: 

Saval 2-06      Kilcoo 2-08

Team: Peter Murphy, Domhnall Murphy, Declan McCarthy, Patrick Clarke, Brendan Turley, Michael Clarke, Ciaran Bradley, Philip Madine, Niall Madine, Niall Devlin, Liam Turley, Daniel Clarke, Keelan Rice, Rowan Turley and Calum Lennon. Subs used: Eamon Magee

Saval Thirds Make a Successful Return


Newry Bosco 2nds v Saval 3rds


Saval Thirds had great win over Newry Bosco 2nds in the South Down Reserve League on Sunday evening.  In the first half both teams were evenly matched. After a few substitutions in the second half, Saval began to exert their dominance. In the closing minutes Newry Boscos fought back with a series of scores, but the saval men held on bringing the game to an exciting finish.


Full Time Score: Newry Bosco 3-7      Saval 1-16  



ACFL Div 1

Bryansford  v Saval

In their second league game of the season Saval made the trip to Newcastle.  Byransford made the best of starts commanding a four point lead, which was followed by the game’s first goal. Saval soon responded with points from Nialll Devlin and Brendan Turley.  This followed with Both sides exchanging scores, but Saval soon rallied with a series of scores to reagain the lead. Saval’s lead was short lived as the home side responded with a second goal and a flurry of points. By the latter stages of the first half Byransford began to exert their dominance, with Saval’s last point in the period coming from Danny Clarke. In comparison the second half proved to be a quieter period. Fergal McConvilles performance in the second half stood out converting six points (five frees), which included the first two points of the half.  Bryansford soon responded with a couple of points that ensured their considerable lead wasn’t under any threat.  Saval temporarily reduced the deficit to the five, but the home side reacted yet again to maintain their six point margin. All in all This was a commendable performance by the seniors, who were missing key players through injury.


Saval Team: P. Murphy, D. Murphy, D. McCarthy, B. Turley, J. Hughes, M. Clarke, C. Bradley, M. McCarthy, D. Cunningham, L. Turley, N. Madine, D. Clarke, K. Rice, F. McConville, N. Devlin.


Full Time Score: 2-14  Saval 1-11

Under - 16 Girls

The Under-16 girls had their first match of the season at home against Teconnaught on Tuesday night past and registered a great win following a close game. The girls who are currently playing on the senior ladies panel showed their strength with the two Rachels – McEvoy and O’Hare in midfield on top while Leah Lennon, Sinead O’Hare and Eve Hughes all got a goal on the score sheet. Aoibhean McCarthy kept everyone on their toes in nets while Aoife McCarthy and Alannah McEvoy tackled hard with Ruth Havern coming back in the second half to keep the defence tight. Saval started brightly with points from Aisling Clarke and Katie Byrne, while Teconnaught found it difficult to get on the scoresheet with Hannah Magee, Caoimhe Byrne and Hannah O’Neill tight on their markers and Louisa Dillon always on hand to help out with Saval’s kickouts. Meabh Byrne and Tiarna Kerr came on in the second half and strengthened the team while super-sub Aoibheann O’Hare also found herself on the scoresheet.  Final score was Saval 3-9 Teconnaught 3-6, a great start to the season girls, good luck to the Under-14s who play Downpatrick in their first game this Sunday.

Team: Aiobhean McCarthy, Aoife McCarthy, Hannah O’Neill, Hannah Magee, Louisa Dillon, Alannah McEvoy, Caoimhe Byrne, Rachel O’Hare (0-2), Raychel McEvoy, Eve Hughes (1-0), Katie Byrne (0-1), Ruth Havern, Sinead O’Hare (1-2), Leah Clare Lennon (1-1), Aisling Clarke (0-1). Meabh Byrne, Tiarna Kerr, Aoibheann O’Hare (0-1), Tiarna Tumilty, Fianna McAloon, Aine McParland and Ciara Byrne.

Senior Ladies 

Saval Senior Ladies are having a tough start to the season in the senior league with defeats to Bredagh and Castlewellan and they travelled to Burren on Monday night to continue their league programme. While the teams were very much evenly matched, it was Burren who were finding the goal net while Saval squandered their chances in front of goal. The Saval girls went in at half time 3-3 to 0-2 down. While Burren pushed on at the start of the second half, Saval saw themselves further behind but a string of goals from Lorraine Havern , Caoimhe Tumilty  and Under-16 Sinead O’Hare saw Saval right back into the game and with the welcome return of Michelle Kearney who also popped the ball over the bar. However, it was Burren who finished the game with two unanswered points and ran out winners 5-8 to 4-5. Several positives came from the game despite the defeat, Niamh McGowan excelled in midfield while a number of Under-16s proved their worth throughout the pitch. Next up is Bryansford in the league before the Championship in May.

Team: Christine McCarthy, Katie Lonergan, Joanne McStay, Raychel McEvoy, Charlene Malone, Niamh Canavan, Aine Crozier, Rachel O’Hare, Catherine Digney, Eimear Digney (0-1), Sinead O’Hare (1-0), Caoimhe Tumilty (1-0), Lorraine Havern (2-2). Edel Goodman, Michelle Kearney (0-1), Niamh Turley, Leah Lennon, Aoibheann McCarthy and Ruth Havern. 



Saval v Newry Shamrocks               

Saval commenced their First home game of the season against neighbours Shamrocks. After a closely contested game of football Saval come out on top on a margin of 2 points to record a good Win. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck for the rest of the season to the management team of Brian Byrne, Patrick McCarthy and Garry Sands.

Full Time Score: Saval 1-11   Newry Shamrocks 2-06



ACFL Div 1

Castlewellan v Saval

In their first game of the season Saval travelled to St Malacys Park. Castlewellan took the initiative in the opening quarter which saw them leading 1-04 to 0-01. Saval fought back with a flurry points from Ferghal McConville which left the score 0-06 to 1-07 at the interval. On the restart Mcconville struck again with a series of points, but the ‘Town’ continued to dominate in large periods of the second half. In the last minute of the game Saval goalkeeper Peter Murphy came forward to score directly from a ‘45’,


Team and Scorers: Peter Murphy (0-01f), Johnny Hughes, Declan McCarthy, Rowan Turley, Liam Turely, Michael Clarke, Ciaran Bradley, Mick McCarthy, Darren Cunningham, Rowan Turley (0-01), Niall Madine (0-01) Danny Clarke (0-01), Caolon Reid, Ferghal McConville (0-06) Calum Lennon (0-01) 

Subs Used: Niall Devlin, Dan McCarthy, Phillip Madine

Full Time Score: Castlewellan 1-13  Saval 0-11



Saval v Kilcoo

Venue: Saval

First Home game of the season against Owen Roe’s Kilcoo Saval started where they left off against St. Pauls in blistering fashion. They scored some excellent scores, combining with defence, midfield and attack, playing as solid unit. It wasn’t before long they took total control of the game winning by a margin of 25 points.

Full Time Score: Saval 5-19        Kilcoo 1-06

Team and Scorers: Cathal Turley, Ross Cunningham, Trevor Palmer, Gavin Sands, Ciaran Bagnall (0-02), Finn McEvoy, James McConville, Tony Byrne, Shay Dobbin (1-08), Aaron Byrne (0-01), John Madine (0-02), Chris McEvoy (1-0), Cathal McGivern (1-02), Corey McCullough (0-02), Ryan McEvoy (2-01)


Jack Hegarty               For           Gavin Sands

Dean Toner                 For           Chris McEvoy

Stefan Rice (0-01)      For           Cathal McGivern

Sean Sands                 For            Ryan McEvoy

Sean Fallon                 For           Trevor Palmer



Rostrevor v Saval

On the 10th April Saval travelled to Rostrevor for their first game of the season.  Saval were denied a great win when Rostrevor scored a late penalty to draw the game.

Full Time Score: Rostrevor 2-10     Saval 1-13



St Paul’s v Saval

Venue: St. Paul’s

First game of the season the U-16’s travelled to St. Pauls’s Holywood, after a  slow start Saval soon found their rhythm. Midway through the first half Saval commanded a strong lead which they held throughout the game winning by a margin of 17 points; this pleased the management team of Gerry Turley, Dominic and John McCarthy. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the management  the best of luck for the rest of the season.

Full Time Score: Saval 3-17        St. Pauls: 2-03

Team and Scorers: Cathal Turley, Ross Cunningham, Trevor Palmer, Gavin Sands, Anton McLoughlin, Finn McEvoy (1-01), James McConville, Tony Byrne (0-02), Shay Dobbin (0-06),  Aoron Byrne (0-02), John Madine (0-01), Chris McEvoy (1-01), Cathal McGivern, Corey McCullagh (1-3), Ryan McEvoy.


Jack Hegarty            For        Anton McCloughlin

Dean Toner (0-1)     For        Chris McEvoy

Oisin Goodman        For        Cathal McGivern

Stefan Rice               For        John Madine

Sean Fallon               For        Ryan McEvoy

Sean Sands

U12's Go Games Blitz 


The U12’s played Mayobridge and Drumgath o Saturday 31st March in the 2nd round of Go Game Blitz’s and performed really well winning both games. The team; M. Redmond, D. Savage, C. Byrne, J. Turley, J. Murphy, B. Tumilty, O. Goodman, O. Murphy, C.Quinn, C. Turley, A. Hegarty, F. Shiels, T. Shiels, D. Fearon, L. Dunne, L. Tumilty.

U21 B County Final

Sunday 11th December 2011 @ 12.30pm

St Colmans V Downpatrick

St Colman’s travelled to Liatriom for the second Sunday running for the U21 All County B Final against Downpatrick. Niall Madine opened the scoring with points in the 9th and 15th minutes.  A stunning goal from Downpatrick ensured that St Colmans were not going to get an easy ride.  Downpatrick were looking strong scoring further points, but these scores inspired a positive reaction from St Colmans. Points from Niall Madine frees followed. A fantastic move down the left hand side resulted in a Gunner Quinn goal which left the half time score St Colmans 1-5, Downpatrick 1-2.

The second half was a scrappy and tight affair with both defences dominating the game. After 10 minutes Brendan Turley scored a point, shortly followed by a Rowan Turley point. In the 13th minute of the second half, Downpatrick finally ended a long period without scoring with a free. With two minutes into injury time, Downpatrick fisted the ball into the net to leave a nervous but exciting finish for the spectators. St Colmans championed 1-8, 2-4.

A good all round team performance, with an exceptional performance from Niall Madine.

Saval GAC would like to congratulate and thank managers Fergal McConville and Darren Quinn for their hard work and commitment in the U21 tournament. Thanks to physio Niamh Canavan and kit men Seamus and Ned.

Team: Jonathan McConville, Conor Goodman, Declan McNally, Niall McQuillan, Adam Clarke, Mickey Clarke, Christopher Havern, Tommy Kane, Niall Madine (0-5), Brendan Turley (0-1), Keelan Haughey, Rowan Turley (0-1), Paul Quinn (1-0), Calum Lennon, Keelan Rice (0-1). Subs Used: Eamon Magee, Liam Turley, K Loughran,

U21 All County League

Drumaness  V St. Colmans in Liatroim

Sunday 4th December  

Full Time Score:  Drumaness 0-6, St Colmans 2-18

St Colmans travelled to a cold Liatriom on Sunday last for the semi-final of the ‘B’ U21 Championship. St Colmans started strong with six points in the first five minutes. The first half saw St Colmans as the dominant side. Paul Quinn gave St Colmans their first goal of the game after ten minutes and Keelan Rice followed suit in the sixteenth minute of the game.  An injury saw the captain Liam Turley taken off, however St Colmans were strong enough to make the loss of Liam cause little disruption. St Colmans sailed into half time leading 2-10 to Drumaness’ four points.

The game followed a similar pattern in the second half. St Colmans scored eight points to Drumaness’ two points. The managers emptied the subs bench and all five subs had a run out. No doubt a harder game awaits in next week’s final in the same venue: Sunday 11th December @ 12.30pm Liatriom.

Declan McNally, Mickey and Niall McQuillan were outstanding in defence and upfront Brendan Turley, Paul Quinn and Keelan Rice made life difficult for the Drumaness forwards.

TEAM: Jonathan McConville, Conor Goodman, Declan McNally, Niall Mcquillan, Adam Clarke, Mickey Clarke, Christopher Havern (0-1), Liam Turley, Niall Madine (0-1), Brendan Turley (0-1), Keelan Haughey (0-3), Rowan Turley (0-2), Paul Quinn (1-3), Callum Lennon, Keelan Rice (1-7).  Subs: Eamon Magee, Kevin Morgan, Tommy Kane, Dee McGovern, K Loughran.


U21 All - County League 
Glenn V St. Colmans (Saval/Ballyholland)

Sunday 27th November

Full Time Score:  Glenn 1-10, St Colman’s 1-15


St Colmans travelled the short distance to Glenn and were met with terrible underfoot conditions. St Colmans started brightly with points from Keelan Rice and Paul Quinn. St Colmans dominated the first half but they let Glenn slip into the game with a goal after twenty minutes and three points from Matty Bagnal meant the home side went into half time 1-4, to St Colmans 0-9. Knowing they had to win by four points to get out of the league stages of the competition, St Colmans made it difficult for Glenn.  The mid-field showed a great display of possession of football under the undesirable conditions. The star of the second half was Rowan Turley scoring four points and showed some brilliant high fielding.  With 21mins to go St Colmans sealed their fate with a Keelan Haughey goal. Declan McNally, Mickey and Adam Clarke were outstanding in defence and upfront Brendan Turley, Rowan Turley and Keelan Rice made a great impact in trying conditions.


TEAM: Jonathan McConville, Conor Goodman, Declan McNally, Niall Mcquillan, Adam Clarke, Mickey Clarke, Christopher Havern, Niall Madine (0-1), Liam Turley, Brendan Turley, Keelan Haughey (1-1), Rowan Turley (0-4), Paul Quinn (0-4), Callum Lennon (0-1), Keelan Rice (0-4).

U 21


St Colman’s  0-14

(Saval Ballyholland) 


Lower Mourne  3-3



St.Colman’s  were able to put away the memory of last week’s defeat when they overcame Lower Mourne by two points @ Nan Sands. Caolan Rice gave St. Colamn’s an early lead with a flurry of points. Conor Doran got the vistors 1st goal goal after 20 minutes, leaving the Half – Time Score St. Colman’s 0-8, Lower Mourne 1-1. The vistors made a better to start to the 2nd half with goal and a point. Saval Responded with a flurry of four unanswered points, yet this all changed when Lower Mourne scored their third goal, with ten minute remaining the scores were level. St. Colman’s were able finish stronger with unanswered scores  from Liam Turley and Paul Faloon.


Team and Scorers:

St. Colman’s -  John McConville, Declan McNally, Martin Clarke, Niall McQuillan, Aidan Clarke, Eamon Magee, Chris Havern, Liam Turley (0 - 2), Niall Madine, Tommy Kane, Paul Faloon (0 – 4), Rowan Turley, Pat Quinn (0 – 1), Calum Lennon (0 -2), Caolan Rice (0 – 5).

Gaelic 4 Mother's National Blitz Report 15 October 2011 


The mums' footballers travelled to the Naomh Mearnogh Gaelic Club Portmarnock County Dublin last Saturday to take part in the National Blitz.Due to the success of the club's G4M initiative we were able to field 2 teams. Each team had 4 games and both teams put in great performances. Before leaving Saval a Survival Pack G4M was presented to the team by Mags McDermott, the classy midfielder was unable to travel. The Survival Pack G4M contained the following

  • Shower Cap:keep Anthony's hair dry
  • Spare Battery - if running low
  • First Aid - Shelia !
  • Clips - any stray hairs
  • Wooden spoon - motivational tool
  • Nutritional treats
  • Hand Cream
  • Sick Bag

After the Blitz the team stopped off at the Carrickdale Hotel for food and light refreshments. With the meal over the players were treated to a poem on what it means to play football for the mums by our team captain Imelda Fearon. On behalf of Saval's G4M football team I would like to thank the following; The Ladies Gaelic Football Association and host club Naomh Mearnough for a well organised Blitz. Martin Donnelly of MD Coaches for a reliable and friendly transport service. Last but not least Saval GAC for their encouragement.


Ulster Gaelic 4 Mothers Blitz - Sunday 4th September 2011

Drumragh Sarsfields Club Co Tyrone.The club had 2 teams at the Blitz and both put in great performances.The mums had a thoughly enjoyable day and now look forward to the National Blitz in October. We would like to thank the Ulster Council's Sheena Kelly for a well organised Blitz and of course host club Drumragh Sarsfields for use of their excellent facilities and hospitality afterwards which was much appreciated

Training continues every Thursday @ 6-30pm

U12 - Thursday, 25 August 2011

Saval GAC u12’s had another big win recently when they beat annaclone 7.6 to 3.4. Best for Saval were Ethan Lennon , Ashling Clarke, Thomas Grimely and Oisin McKinely.  The last under 12 league game takes place this Sunday (25th Aug) at home to Drumgath all players to be at club for 10.30

Saval Reserves Report V Longstone
August 2011

On the second visit to Longstone in the same week, Saval Reserve team lined out in very windy conditions and played against the breeze in the first half; and it was the home side who opened the scoring and raced into a 1.02 to 0.01 lead. However Saval soon settled and scored four unanswered points, two of which coming from corner back Declan McNally, leaving the half time score at 1.04 to 0.06 in Longstone’s favour.

In the second half Eamon Magee was outstanding; helped by Liam Turley in mid-field Saval forwards received a good supply of the ball and therefore began to score some outstanding points through good play; namely by Niall Madine and Ciaran Bradley, who was making his Saval debut. Nearing the end Longstone did hit back with a goal but proved too little too late as Saval where too strong and went on to win on a score line of 0.15 to 2.07

Marty Poland had a strong game in “nets” and was not at fault in either of the goals conceded and provided the outfield players with strong kickouts. In defence Saval seen some outstanding performances by Declan McNally, Ciaran Digney and Rory Devlin. In Mid-field Eamon Magee and Liam Turley dominated in the second half and ensured that the forwards had an easier job with Niall Madine and Ciaran Bradley standing out.

Saval Team: Marty Poland, Declan McNally (0.02), Ciarian Digney, Conor Goodman, Rowan Turley, Rory Devlin James Bennett, Liam Turley, Eamon Magee (0.01), Cormac Canavan, Ciarian Bradley (0.02), Daniel McNally, Keelan Rice (0.02), Niall Madine (0.04) and Kevin McCarthy (0.04, 0.03 frees


Saval Seniors Report V Longstone 12/08/11
Saval travelled in very wet and windy conditions to Longstone on Friday evening, looking to put behind them a poor championship performance. Saval raced into the lead in the first minute with a well pointed free from Fergal McConville, however this was to be the last score from Saval in the first half until the thirty second minute, when Gavin Quinn slotted over under pressure. Longstone dominated the first half and the teams went in at half time with Longstone in front 0.09 to 0.02.

The second half seen an improved performance from the Saval side with a lot more commitment being shown. However Saval had enough possession to turn the game in their favour but failed to take the goal chances which they created, including a missed penalty. This will be a game the boys will want to forget but can learn from as it was a game which Saval could have won had they of taken their chances and brought defensive mistakes down in number with Longstone finishing the game in double figures. Final Score; Longstone 0.14 Saval 0.07

Saval Team: Peter Murphy, Paddy Clarke, Domhnall Murphy, Johny Hughes (0.01), Darren Quinn, Eamon Magee, Mickey Clarke, Declan McCarthy, Darren Cunningham (0.01), Liam Turley (0.01), Gavin Quinn (0.01), Fergal McConville (0.01 free), Stephen Kearney (0.01), Niall Madine (0.01), and Niall Devlin. With subs; Rory Devlin, Declan McNally, Paul Fallon Calum Lennon and Brendan Turley

Saval Under 14 Girls Match Report Saturday 30 July 2011
Saval  v Ballymartin
Ballymartin were the visitors to Nan Sans Park last Saturday afternoon. In a highly entertaining game of football it was the liliwhites that went home with the points. The game was played in the right spirit with both teams showing commitment and loads of skill. At the end of the game there were smiles from both sets of players which is what it is all about. Saval had good performances throughout the team notably Katie Byrne who played in an unaccustomed role for her at left half back. Katie was back at her brilliant best and was a willing outlet for our keeper Ciara McCarthy who was excellent. Defenders Aoife McCarthy and Tiarna Kerr continue to show their undoubted class. Meibh Byrne and Leanne Fearon worked hard at midfield with the latter putting in numerous blocks.Up front the youn uns Fianna McAloon, Niamh Fallon, Aine McParland and Aiobhean OHare worked tirelessly and will be stars of the future. Saval's outstanding player was Hannah Magee who showed all that is expected of a top player;her reading of the game and distribution was excellent. We thank Ballymartin for a very sporting game and referee Dessie Turley.

Invitational Gaelic4Mothers Blitz 16/07/11

Saval GAC was the setting for the Club's Annual Invitational Gaelic 4 Mothers Football Blitz on Saturday past with nearly 100 mums from across Northern Ireland participating.Teams from Antrim, Armagh, Tyrone and Down were among those who took part . Local representation at the Blitz were Newry Mitchels, St Michael's Killean, Belleeks and host club Saval. Before the start of the competition on Saturday everyone present took time to reflect on the passing of Davina Marks from the Newry Mitchels team who sadly passed away earlier last month. Davina had played at the Ulster Blitz that was hosted in Saval last year. The mums and their supporters thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's football and the refreshments in the Sports Hall afterwards. Anthony Crozier  Blitz Co-ordinator would like to thank all the teams that took part, the referees Dessie Turley, Eamon McCarthy, John McCarthy and Pat Fox and all the people that worked behind the scenes to make this event once again a success.

Date for diary- National Blitz Day - 15 October - Naomh Meamog GAA Club Portmarnock Dublin.

Training for the mums continues every Thursday at 6-30pm. The Saval G4M Walking Group continues every Tuesday at 7-00pm meeting at the club. New mums are welcome to attend.

All County Premier Reserve Championship - Kilcco v Saval

Saturday 2nd July at 7.30pm, Kilcoo

Saval reserves bowed out of the Championship after a wonderful display against the Championship favourites in Kilcoo. Kilcoo started the game as the stronger side, but the Saval defence proved to be solid. Saval attacks were limited in the first half, but found their scoring through a Niall Devlin goal, which was one of the best goals of the season. Half time score: Kilcoo 0-4, Saval 1-0. Martin Magowan levelled matters in the early stages of the second half with a point. However, it wasn’t long before Kilcoo found their way into the lead again from a few soft frees. Marty Poland’s three super saves kept Saval in the game. Niall Devlin scored another classy goal with ten minutes left to leave two points between the sides. Saval, to their credit, played to the last. Kilcoo looking strong and scored five points in a row. Rowan Turley finished the scoring for Saval with a point. This was a fine team performance. It was great to see Colm Turley back in action, playing along-side his two nephews.

Full Time Score: Saval 2-3, Kilcoo 0-15


Team: Marty Poland, Declan McNally, Liam McCarthy (captain), Ciaron Digney, Brendan Turley, Ruairi Devin, James Bennett, Liam Turley, Eamon Magee, Marty Magowan (0-2), Niall Devlin (2-0), Declan Kearney, Ryan Rice, Philip Madine, Cormac Canavan. Subs used: Keelan Rice, Ruairi Turley, Conor Goodman, Colm Turley, Kevin McCarthy. Gary Fearon, Daniel McNally, Ciaron Magee, Aidan Clarke, Kevin Morgan.

Match Report - All County Senior League Division 1 Saval V Burren

Friday 1st July 7.30pm, Saval

Referee: Seamus O’Hanlon, Kilcoo

Saval gained a valuable point in an exciting game against county champions, Burren. The first half was an even affair. Fergal McConville opened the scoring with a point. Things looked like they were going to go Burren’s way when they were awarded a penalty, but Peter Murphy made a fantastic save to the home side’s delight. The half-time score, Saval 0-7, Burren  0-8.  Saval opened the second half with four points in a row from Fergal McConville, Paul Faloon, Callum Lennon and Danny Clarke. Burren found their answer with scores from Donal O’Hare and PJ McAlinden. With ten minutes left, it was Saval’s turn for an awarded penalty, but the Burren keeper stopped Fergal McConville from finding the net. With time almost up, Burren were leading by two points, but Fergal came to the rescue with a free and an outstanding 35 yard point to make sure Saval deservingly came away from the game with something. This was outstanding performance by an under-strength Saval team. Domhnall Murphy, Declan McCarthy and Mickey Clarke kept a solid back line. Niall Devlin was outstanding up front, ably supported by Gavin Quinn and Paul Faloon. 

Full-time score:  Saval 0-15, Burren 0-15


Team:  Peter Murphy, Domhnall Murphy, Declan McCarthy, Paddy Clarke, Darren Quinn, Mickey Clarke, Danny Clarke (0-1), Fergal McConville (0-6), Darren Cunningham, Johnny Hughes, Gavin Quinn, Paul Faloon (0-2), Callum Lennon (0-1), Niall Devlin (0-3), Brendan Turley Subs used: Niall Madine (0-2), Keelan Rice

Senior Report - Rostrevor v Saval 24/06/11
In absolutely terrible conditions last Friday night, Saval earned a very worthy 2 points against Rostrevor. Due to the rain and ever changing wind direction, scores were difficult to come by with both sides relying on frees and short passing. With Saval missing several key players, it was welcoming to see Declan McCarthy back into the full back line while the unconventional pairing of Fergal McConville and Darren Cunningham teamed up in the middle of the park. Saval got off to the perfect start when Niall Devlin pointed in the first minute, this was then followed by a pointed Paul Faloon free. Devlin was again involved in a move in the forward line and won a penalty which Fergal tucked away to leave Saval ahead mid-way through the first half. It was the 24th minute before Rostrevor registered their first score through a pointed free, and they doubled this before half time to leave the score at half time Rostrevor 0-2 Saval 1-2. Rostrevor worked the ball to their advantage and 5 unanswered points put them into the lead. However, a Niall Devlin goal in the 21st minute put Saval back in the driving seat. Two further Rostrevor frees were cancelled by McConville frees to leave Saval ahead at the full time whistle Rostrevor 0-9 Saval 2-4.

Team: P Murphy, D Murphy, D McCarthy, P Clarke, D Quinn, L McCarthy, D Clarke, F McConville (1-2), D Cunningham, E Magee, G Quinn, P Faloon (0-1), C Lennon, N Devlin (1-1), J Hughes. L Turley for Magee, B Turley for Lennon.

Senior Ladies Report - Saval v Clonduff 22/06/11

Saval ladies picked up their first win of the season last Wednesday night when they faced Clonduff at home. In a great team performance, and a welcome return to several players following their A-level and GCSE exams, Saval stormed ahead of their Hilltown opponents in the bottom of the table clash. The first half saw goals from Rachel O’Hare and Natashya Lennon while a flurry of points from Jade McConville, Eimear Digney and Lennon keep Saval well in front, while at the other end of the pitch, Christine McCarthy kept a clean sheet when she saved a penalty to leave the half time score 2-9 to 6 points. Natashya Lennon kept the goal-feast going in the second half scoring four-in-a-row  while Catherine Digney also chipped in with 1-2. Niamh McGowan also got on the scoring sheet to leave the home side convincing winners at full time.

Team: Christine McCarthy, Fiona Lively, Aine Crozier, Edel Goodman, Raychel McEvoy, Joanne McStay, Katie Lonergan, Niamh McGowan, Maeve Mullan, Catherine Digney, Jade McConville, Eimear Digney, Caoimhe Tumilty, Natashya Lennon, Rachel O’Hare. Niamh Turley

Saval picked up a further two points on Saturday night when Clonduff failed to field the return fixture. The Ladies team would like to wish Catherine Digney and Niamh McGowan all the best as they head Stateside for the summer.

All County Premier Reserve League Division 2

Saval V Tullylish Monday 20th June at 7.30pm, Saval

Saval enteretained Tullylish on Monday night.  An early goal from the visitors meant that Saval took a while to settle into the game. Tullylish started the stronger side and raced into a five point lead. As the game grew closer to half-time, Saval looked more comfortable. A goal came from Niall Devlin, who had a super game. Half-time score,  Saval 1-5 to Tullylish 1-4.  Saval dominated in the second half. Eamon Magee and Marty Magowan were playing well in mid-field. The defence was well executed by Liam McCarthy, Conor Goodman and Ciaron Digney.  A sound victory for Saval who played without any of their minor players.

Full Time Score: Saval 1-13, Tullylish 2-5

Team: G Quinn, C Digney, L McCarthy, C Goodman, D McNally, R Devlin, J Bennett, L Turley, E Magee, M Magowan (0-1), N Devlin (1-6), D Kearney, K McCarthy (0-3), C Canavan, C Lennon (0-2). Subs used: M McAvoy, G Fearon (0-1). 

All County Senior League Division 1

Saval V Bryansford Friday 17th June at 7.30pm, Saval

Referee: Con Reynolds, Downpatrick

Fergal McConville opened up the scoring on Friday night past in the first minute of the game. Saval found scores from two points each from Danny Hughes and Paul Faloon. However, Bryansford’s Conor Gribben and Danny Savage always had a response scoring 5 points between them. Ruairi Digney looked solid up front scoring a point and finding the back of the net in the 29th minute.  Saval went off the field at half-time as the stronger team and certainly looked the more dominating side in the early stages of the second half.  Saval scored four points in a row with Saval having all of the possession. With ten minutes left on the clock, Saval were five points in the lead.  The game took a turn when Bryansford’s Joe Ireland found the net twice in as many minutes. The Bryansford side took confidence from their quick scores and punished the home side. A late point from Niall Madine in the 30th minute of play was not enough for Saval to see home a victory. It was great to see Darren Cunningham back on the field, however he replaced an injured Peter Turley.

Full-time score:  Saval 1-14, Bryansford 3-11

Team: P Murphy, J Hughes, D Murphy, P Clarke, D Quinn, M Clarke, D Clarke (0-1), P Turley, R Digney (1-1), D Hughes (0-3), G Quinn, P Faloon (0-3), N Devlin, F McConville (0-2), C Lennon (0-2)

Subs used: D Cunningham for P Turley,  N Madine (0-1) for G Quinn. 

All County Premier Reserve League – Division 2

Bredagh V Saval

Sunday 12th June at 2pm, Bredagh

Referee: Paul Gleeson, Drumaness

Saval travelled to Bredagh on Sunday with just fifteen players, but it turned out that’s all they needed. The game was played in terrible conditions in Cherryvale. Saval dominated the game right from the start. Peter Turley and Liam turely were on top form in mid-field. The Saval forwards monopolised on the opportunities provided from the middle of the field. Saval were aided by a slight breeze in the first half and found themselves in a comfortable position at the half-time whistle: Bredagh 0-1, Saval 1-6.  The Saval defence proved to be very tight with Niall Madine in full back. Ruari Devlin and Brendan Turley were both outstanding in the half-back line. Bredagh tried to go for goal many times but failed to get past keeper Marty Poland. However, Bredagh eventually found the back of the net with a little help from corner-back Conor Goodman! Scores followed in the form of a Peter Turley point, a Niall Devlin penalty and a Cormac Canavan goal. An excellent all round performance, with a great display from the five minor players who made their mark on the reserve panel.   

Full Time Score: Bredagh 1-1, Saval 3-7

Team: M Poland, C Digney, N Madine, C Goodman, B Turley (0-1), R Devlin, A Byrne, P Turley (0-4),    L Turley, D McNally (0-1), N Devlin (2-0), A Clarke, K Rice (0-1), C Canavan (1-0), R Turley. 

Subs: Marty Madine, Mickey Rice, Brian Byrne, Ned Lennon– no subs used!!

All County Senior League Division 1

Mayobridge V Saval

Friday 10nd June at 7.30pm, Mayobridge

Referee: Neil Cousins, An Riocht

The players on Friday night past saw very harsh conditions as throw-in was met by a hail storm. Saval opened up the score in Mayobridge with a free in the third minute. Points came from Niall Devlin, Danny Hughes and a Peter Murphy free. However, Mayobridge always found an answer to Saval’s scores and they finished the half as the side on top with 0-5 to Saval’s 0-4. The second half saw Fergal McConville equalising through a free. However, all the hard work that Saval endured to look the better side had looked a waste as Mayobridge found the goal with a Benny Coulter cross to Cathal Magee. Two Ruari Digney points marked the Saval revival. Further points came from Fergal McConville and Danny Clarke. The last few minutes proved nervy for both the home and visiting sides. Danny Hughes equalised in the 30th minute much to the delight of the visiting supporters. Jonny Hughes and Domhnall Murphy were outstanding in back. Stephen Kearney and Ruairi Digney won plenty of possession for Saval in mid-field, while Niall Devlin and Danny Hughes always looked dangerous up front. 

Full-time score: Mayobridge 1-7, Saval 0-10

Team: P Murphy, J Hughes, D Murphy, P Clarke, M Clarke, L McCarthy, D Clarke (0-1), S Kearney, R Digney (0-2), N Madine, D Hughes (0-2), N Devlin (0-1), G Quinn, F McConville (0-3), P Faloon .

Subs used D Quinn for L McCarthy, K Rice for P Faloon.



Reserve Championship

Carryduff V Saval
Sunday 5th June at 2pm

Saval travelled to Carryduff in the first round of the Reserve Championship on Sunday last. The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair. The points in the first half came from three Kevin McCarthy frees and two points from Niall Devlin. The half time score was Saval 0-5, Carryduff 1-2. Carryduff opened the second half very strongly. Two excellent saves from goalkeeper Martin Poland kept Saval in the game. Liam Turley and Ryan Rice dominated mid-field with the forwards getting a good supply of the ball. Scores followed in the form of points from Rowan Turley, Liam Turley and a Cormac Canavan special. Niall Devlin was outstanding up front and added another goal and a point to secure a good victory to put Saval in the next round of the Championship. Second half substitute Philip Madine made an outstanding contribution to the overall team performance. The next round is Saval V Kilcoo, date and venue to be confirmed.

Team: M Poland, Declan McNally, L McCarthy, Conor Goodman, E Magee, R Devlin, D Kearney, L Turley (0-1), R Rice, M McGowan, N Devlin (1-3), Daniel McNally, K McCarthy (0-4), C Canavan (1-0), R Turley (0-1). Subs used: P Madine, G Fearon, M McAvoy, C Digney, P Redmond and C McConville.

All County Senior League Division 1
Ballyholland V Saval
Friday 2nd June at 7.30pm, Father Lynch Park
At Father Lynch Park, the home side cracked home two goals in the space of 60 seconds and from then on were in the driving seat. Indeed just eight minutes had elapsed when the Harps raced into a 2-10 to 0-2 advantage and thereafter the visitors were effectively chasing the game. Fergal MConville knocked over the Ballyholland bar in the opening minute and in the fifth although from then on the visitors were never to lead. Niall Devlin, Liam Turley and Paul Fallon pulled the scoreline back Saval’s way with slick scores before half-time. In the second half Saval, playing with the wind at their backs, pushed forward more readily with Falloon and McConville cutting the gap to four points. Fergal McConville had a goal chance in the 44th minute, but it was not to be Saval’s day. Points from Fergal McConville and Ruairi Digney for Saval in the latter part of the game, left the final score:

Ballyholland 3-06, Saval 0-9

Team: G Quinn, J Hughes, D Murphy, P Clarke, M Clarke, D Clarke, D Quinn, S Kearney, R Digney, N Madine, D Hughes, L Turley, N Devlin, F McConville, P Fallon. Subs used: K Rice, E Magee, B Turley, L McCarthy.

Saval Ladies Football Update - U14 Match Report

Saval v Loughinisland - Wednesday  8 June 2011

On the scoreline Saval were well beaten by the visitors. This however does not tell the full story of the game.Loughinisland were a much older and physically stronger side but this did not deter the home side.Saval once again had to field 5 Under 12 players in the forward line and our 2 subs were also under 12.Considering what they where up against the girls were brilliant and never given up till the very end. There were good performances throughout the team. Ciara McCarthy excelled in goals and was cool under pressure , which was alot of the time.The fullback line of Tiarna Kerr, Hannah O'Neill and Caoimhe Byrne played well, the half backs Aoife McCarthy, Alannah McEvoy and Hannah Magee performed  well and had almost ran themselves to a standstill. Our mid fielders Louisa Dillon and Leeanne Fearon also got through alot of work and can be satisfied with their efforts. The young forward line of Katie Byrne, Aishling Clarke, Ciara Byrne, Aine McParland, Aiobhean O'Hare and Catherine Bennett put in a big effort. The subs Fianna McAloon and Niamh Fallon also played well against much bigger opponents. Saval's star player was Hannah Magee who worked tirelessly throughout breaking up numerous attacks.

Saval Team ans scorers; 1. Ciara McCarthy, 2.Tiarna Kerr, 3.Hannah O'Neill, 4.Caoimhe Byrne, 5.Hannah Magee, 6.Alannah McEvoy, 7.Aoife McCarthy, 8.Leeanne Fearon, 9. Louisa Dillon,(1-00) 10. Katie Byrne(2-01), 11. Aishling Clarke, 12. Ciara Byrne, 13. Aine McParland, 14.Aiobhean O'Hare (1-00), 15 Catherine Bennett, 16. Fianna McAloon and 16. Niamh Fallon

Saval Ladies Football Update Under 14
Sunday 22nd May Ballymartin v Saval 

A depleted Saval side missing a number of the older girls travelled to league leaders Ballymartin on Sunday and were well beaten. The home team playing with a strong wind dominated the first half, In the second Saval staged a revival scoring 2-03. All credit has to go to this very young but talented side. When one considers that 7 of the girls are under 12 it shows how well they did. Saval's star player was defender Aoife McCarthy who played with great skill and determination throughout setting a good example to her teammates, so well done Aoife.

Saval Team and Scorers; 1. Ciara McCarthy, 2.Tiarna Kerr, 3.Hannah O'Neill, 4.Catherine Bennett, 5.Hannah Magee, 6.Aishling Clarke, 7.Aoife McCarthy, 8.Leeanne Fearon, 9. Louisa Dillon (0-01), 10.Katie Byrne (1-00), 11.Aine McParland, 12.Fianna McAloon, 13.Tiarna Tumilty, 14. Aiobhean O'Hare (1-02) and 15.Niamh Fallon

Saval Ladies Reports May 2011

Saval ladies suffered both a home and an away defeat in the league. First up was Downpatrick at home where Saval contested throughout the game and took the lead when Colleen Lennon found the net early in the first half. With the breeze playing havoc with any high balls, scores were kept to a minimum but Caoimhe Tumilty extended Saval’s lead to 1-1 to 3 points by the 20th minute. Saval’s ‘keeper, Christine McCarthy then had to retire from the game following an injury and Downpatrick used the full extent of the wind advantage as Saval struggled to get the ball past midfield. In the final 10 minutes of the half, Downpatrick registered 2-6 to take a commanding lead into half time. In keeping with much of Saval’s fortunes this year, the wind completely died at half time but two early second half points from Catherine Digney kept Saval’s scoreboard ticking. Saval’s defence played well with Aine Crozier, Emma Walsh and Edel Goodman battling hard to keep Downpatrick’s second half tally to 5 points.

Team v Downpatrick: Christine McCarthy, Fiona Lively, Emma Walsh, Edel Goodman, Joanne McStay, Aine Crozier, Katie Lonergan, Niamh McGowan, Catherine Digney (0-2), Eimear Digney, Jade McConville, Michelle Kearney, Rachel O’Hare, Colleen Lennon (1-0), Caoimhe Tumilty (0-1). Adele Travers, Rachel McEvoy

Saval then travelled to Carryduff on Saturday last. Their performance was much improved against the very fast and lively Carryduff side. It was great to see Christine back into goals and her presence was very much valued as she saved five first half Carryduff goals to keep Saval in the game. Catherine Digney was again a major player for Saval as was Lorraine Havern who was always able to beat her opponent. It was also encouraging to see Under-16 Raychel McEvoy stepping into the senior frame with a solid performance in the back line. The wind and very heavy rain prevented any free-flowing football but Carryduff did just about enough to edge this encounter. It was another spirited performance from Saval but they still need the valuable points to keep their Senior status alive next year. At the half-way point of the league, Saval have no game next week due to Down’s involvement in the Ulster Senior Championship and we wish Niamh McGowan the best with her involvement in the squad against Monaghan.

Team v Carryduff: Christine McCarthy, Fiona Lively, Aine Crozier, Katie Lonergan, Adele Travers, Joanne McStay, Raychel McEvoy, Niamh McGowan, Maeve Mullan, Michelle Kearney, Jade McConville (0-1), Catherine Digney, Rachel O’Hare (0-1), Lorraine Havern (1-2), Colleen Lennon. Caoimhe Tumilty (1-0) and Niamh Turley.

All County Reserve League, Division 2 Annaclone V Saval

Sunday 22nd May @ 2pm

Referee: Leo Smith  

Saval travelled to league leaders Annaclone and came home pointless. The game proved to a poor performance from a team who promised so much in the earlier stages of the season. Saval started the game with the wind advantage and in the first half scored three points. The points came in the form of a score from play by Jarleth McCarthy and two Kevin McCarthy frees. The half-time score was Annaclone 0-6, Saval 0-3. Playing against the breeze in the second half, Saval found it difficult to make a big difference to the score line. The only score in the second half was a point from play scored by Jarleth McCarthy. The home side managed to score eight points in the second half. Martin Poland was solid in goals, with help from a good defence line in the form of Liam McCarthy, Declan McNally and Ruari Devlin. Saval’s mid-field always played second fiddle to Annaclone. Niall Devlin proved to be a threat on a number of occasions for Annaclone’s defence.

Full time score: Annaclone 0-14, Saval 0-4.

Team:M Poland, Declan McNally, L McCarthy, C Goodman, R Devlin, J Bennett, D Kearney, L Turley, E Magee, G Fearon, J McCarthy, C Canavan, K McCarthy, N Devlin, C McConville. Subs used: Daniel McNally, M McAvoy, C Digney, P Redmond, N Madine

All County Senior League Division 1 Saval V An Riocht

Friday 20th May at 7.30pm, Saval, Referee: Eugene O’Hare, Dromara 

An Riocht were the visitors to a windy Saval on Friday night. It was the visitors who opened with confidence with a goal in the third minute. A point from Kirean McVeigh left the visitors 1-1 up early in the game with Saval yet to score. Paul Faloon opened Saval’s count with a point. A Fergal McConville free,  followed by two more from Paul Faloon showed the spectators that Saval were now getting into the game. A Niall Madine goal on the stroke of half-time left the half-time score, Saval 1-6, An Riocht 1-4.  Saval came out in the second half with Niall Madine scoring a second goal for Saval in the first minute. Further points came from Liam Turley and Fergal McConville before Niall Madine completed his hat-trick in the 25th minute. Danny Clarke kept up his habit of a point per game from the half back line. A third win-a-row for Saval means they shoot up to third in the league table.

Full Time score: Saval 3-12, An Riocht 1-10.

Saval Team

P Murphy, J Hughes (capt), D Murphy, P Clarke, M Clarke, L McCarthy, D Clarke (0-1), S Kearney, P Turley, N Madine (3-2), R Digney, L Turley (0-1), G Quinn, F McConville (0-4), P Faloon (0-4)

Subs used: D Quinn for P Clarke, E Magee for  G Quinn, N Devlin for P Turley, B Turley for L Turley

Saval Ladies Football Update Under 14 Girls

Sunday 22 May Ballymartin v Saval

A depleted Saval side missing a number of the older girls travelled to league leaders Ballymartin on Sunday and were well beaten. The home team playing with a strong wind dominated the first half, In the second Saval staged a revival scoring 2-03. All credit has to go to this very young but talented side. When one considers that 7 of the girls are under 12 it shows how well they did.Saval's star player was defender Aoife McCarthy who played with great skill and determination throughout setting a good example to her teammates, so well done Aoife..  

 Saval Team and Scorers; 1. Ciara McCarthy, 2.Tiarna Kerr, 3.Hannah O'Neill, 4.Catherine Bennett, 5.Hannah Magee, 6.Aishling Clarke, 7.Aoife McCarthy, 8.Leeanne Fearon, 9. Louisa Dillon (0-01), 10.Katie Byrne (1-00), 11.Aine McParland, 12.Fianna McAloon, 13.Tiarna Tumilty, 14. Aiobhean O'Hare (1-02) and 15.Niamh Fallon


Training this week on Wednesday at 7-00pm

Under 14 Saval v Glenn
Both teams went into this game unbeaten. The strong wind made playing conditions very difficult but in the end it was Glenn who came away with the win. Saval playing against the wind started well with 3 quick points but gradually Glenn started to find their feet and scored a goal and 3 points without reply. Both Teams missed chances before Saval scored a goal to bring the sides level , Glenn  started to get the upper hand around  midfield and scored 1-4 (2 frees) with half time approaching a Sean Fallon point the only score for Saval. Half Time Saval 1-4 Glenn 2-7
Saval started the second half well with points Heggerty, Bagnall & Fallon to cut Glenn’s lead to 3 points. Glenn tightened their defence and started to play some smart football against the wind scoring 2 points. As the game flowed from end to end, some wasteful shooting from the Saval forwards allowed Glenn to counter attack getting 3 further points from frees, stretching their lead to 8 points with time running out. But full credit to Saval they kept going forward but all they could muster was a point from S Fallon. Glen rallied again with 2 points to run out deserved winners on the night.

Full Time: Saval 1-8 Glen 2-13


All County Senior League Division 1

Saval V Longstone

Referee: Brendan Rice

Friday 13th May at 7.30pm, Gaelic Park Saval


Saval immediately got off to great start when Niall Madine scored a goal when he received a long ball from the throw-in. Gavin Quinn continued to please the Saval home side supporters after a point in the third minute. Longstone made their mark on the scoreboard from two Mark Doran frees. Longstone started win more of the possession in mid-field as the game grew closer to half-time. The visiting side created lots of opportunities for the forwards, however a few wide balls meant that they did not monopolise on the chances they were given. Saval’s Fergal McConville scored three long range points in a row, which were a treat to watch.  The half-time score was Saval 1-6, Longstone 0-4.

Saval completely dominated the second half with Saval midfielders Stephen Kearney and Peter Turley winning the majority of the kick outs. Points from Fergal McConville, Liam Turley and Paul Faloon saw Saval comfortably home. An outstanding performance was on display from captain Jonny Hughes and Domhnall Murphy. The scores for Longstone were all gained from the Dorans; Kieran, Barry and Stephen. The second half substitutes for Saval made a real difference and helped the home side seal the victory.


Full time score: Saval 1-15, Longstone 0-9.


Saval Team

P Murphy, J Hughes (capt), D Murphy, P Clarke, M Clarke, L McCarthy, D Clarke (0-1), S Kearney, P Turley, N Madine (1-0), R Digney (0-1), L Turley (0-1), G Quinn (0-2), F McConville (0-6), P Faloon (0-2). Subs used: E Magee (0-1) for L McCarthy, R Rice for G Quinn, D Quinn (0-1) for L Turley.


Longstone Team

C Trainor, A Trainor, E Quinn, H Magee, J Magee, B Kelly, C Smith, N McComb, A Rodgers, M Doran (0-4), B Doran (0-3), S Doran, M Ireland, C Poland, K Doran (0-2). Subs used G Trainor for H Magee, R McDowell for A Rodgers, M Trainor for K Doran.

Under 16 Burren v Saval

On Thursday 12th May Saval under 16’s travelled to St Mary Park Burren. Within 1 minute of play R Malone scored a point which showed the way for the rest of the team. Shay Dobbins scored a wonderful goal on 5 minutes with M Lonergen getting a point. Burren started to play some good football but good tackling by the saval defence kept them scoreless; Burren eventually got their first score from a free after 11 minutes. Saval put on the pressure and points from S Digney C Lonergen and L Tummilty gave them in a commanding lead 0-1 to 1-5 midway through the first half. Burren only managed 3 more points before half time. Additional scores came from Stephen Digney, Oisin Mc Evoy, M Lonergen And Daniel Mc Carthy . Saval really took this game by the scruff of the neck, playing some of their best football so far this year leading by 9 points at half time.

Half Time Burren 0-4 Saval 1-10

At the start of the second half Burren made a few positional switches that cut Saval’s lead to 4 points, scoring 1-2 without reply. This brought a swift response from Saval scoring 2-7 in 15 minutes, the goals coming from S Digney and a O McEvoy penalty. Burren got a consolation goal near the end but not to be out done Pat Havern got the last score of the game (a point). This was probably the best team performance from this group of players in some time.

Final Score Burren 2-6 Saval 3-18

Management gave all the subs some game time.

Team: J Cunningham, C Havern, C Mc Ateer, J Mc Conville, T Burn, O Mc Evoy ( 1-2)F. Mc Evoy, R Malone(0-2), S Dobbin(1-0), C Lonergen(0-1), D Mc Carthy( 0-1), M Lonergen(0-3), S Digney (1-4), P Havern0-3), L Tumelty(0-1)

Subs: J Madine R Haughey A Burn J Heggerty

Under 14 Shamrocks B V Saval

Saval travelled to Newry  Sahamrocks hoping to keep their unbeaten run intact. From the throw in Saval scored a goal from Ciaran Bagnall, Dean Toner added a point from the kick out which help settle the team. After just 7 minutes Stehin Rice added a second goal, giving saval a seven point lead. Shamrocks first score came in the 10th minute which was a goal.  Saval replied with a pointed free from John Madine, before shamrocks got a second goal and from the kick out were awarded a free which they scored. Saval’s lead was down to 1 point. Saval then hit 3 quick goals in 5 minutes, each team scored a point each before half time.Half Time Score Shamrocks B 2-4 Saval 5-5. The second half started like the first with Saval on the attack, points from Bagnall Madine 2 Mc Evoy& sub Anton Mc Laughlin with further Goals from Dean Toner Jack Heggerty  & J Madine 2 and super sub M Havern put the game beyond Shamrocks. To Their credit Shamrocks kept playing and scored a goal and a point in the second half.

Final Score Shamrocks B 3-5 Saval 10-10

Team:  C Turley P Mc Evoy T Palmer R Cunningham S Sands J Heggerty(1-1)P J Haughey(0-1) J Madine(2-3) C Mc Evoy D Toner(1-1)S Rice(2-0) Colm Mc Evoy(0-3) C Bagnall(2-1) O Goodman(1-0)S Falloon.

Subs: K Mc Nally A Mc Laughlin (0-1) D Collins F Mc Nally R Turley M Havern (1-0) all subs came on throughout game.

All County League – Division 1

Kilcoo V Saval

Ref: Pascal Toner, Castlewellan

Sunday 8th May at 3pm in Kilcoo

Saval travelled to Kilcoo on Sunday. There was growing suspense as Saval looked for the first win of the season. This fixture saw top V bottom of the league and Saval entered the game as the underdogs. Kilcoo opened up the game confidently. Saval’s first score came from a Stephen Kearney point after 5 minutes. The same player also found scores in the 11th and 14th minutes. Kilcoo broke the Saval rearguard a few times, but Peter Murphy confidently came to Saval’s rescue.  After 25 minutes, Kilcoo’s breakthrough happened from a Connor Lavery goal. Further points from Fergal McConville, Paul Faloon and Gavin Quinn followed to leave the half-time score:  Kilcoo 1-5, Saval 0-6.

 Saval entered the second half a very determined side and outplayed the opponents in the second half scoring 1-10 to Kilcoo’s 4 points. Peter Turley and Stephen Kearney completely dominated the mid-field. This lead to the forwards getting a good supply of scoring opportunities. In the 12th minute of the second half, Niall Madine finished a superb Saval move and scored a fine goal. Further points came from Fergal McConville, Daniel Hughes and Daniel Clarke. Substitute Ruari Digney sealed the scoring with a point. Sunday saw a superb overall team performance. Credit to every player is due. The only sad note was that full back Darren Cunningham has been hospitalised for three days with cracked ribs. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Full time score:

Kilcoo 1-5, Saval 1-16

Saval team: P Murphy, P Clarke, D Cunningham, J Hughes, D Clarke (0-1), D Murphy, M Clarke, P Turley, S Kearney (0-5), D Hughes (0-2), G Quinn (0-1), N Madine (1-1), P Faloon (0-3), F McConville (0-2), C Lennon. Subs used: Ruari Digney (0-1) for G Quinn, L Turley for P Faloon.


Friday 29th April 
Saval  v Shamrocks

Saval got off to a good start in a wind assisted first half taking early points from Pat Havern, Lorcan Tumilty & Conor Lonergan, but some unforced errors and poor finishing kept Shamrocks in the game.  With Saval leading 9 points to 3 Shamrocks scored a break way goal just before the close of the first half to put them right back in contention.  Half time Saval  0.9 Shamrocks 1.03. Playing with the wind in the 2nd half Shamrocks started strongly scoring 1.04 without reply.  Saval starting picking off scores from Stephen Digney, Daniel McCarthy and  Conor McAteer to give them a real chance.  With 10 mins to go the game was all but decided with Shamrocks finding the net on 2 occassions to put them right back in the driving seat, Saval never gave up and a late goal from subsitute John Madine and points from Stephen Digney and Conor Lonergan just wasn’t enough and Shamrocks held out for victory.

Final Score:  Saval  1.14    Shamrocks   4.10

Scorers:  Pat Havern  0.3, Conor Lonergan 0.3,  Stephen Digney 0.3,  Daniel McCarthy 0.2,  Lorcan Tumilty 0.2, Conor McAteer 0.1, John Madine 1.0,

5th May 2011

Saval  v  Tullylish

Saval got back to winning ways v Tullylish with an easy victory in a one sided first half  goals from Pat Havern (2) + Lorcan Tumilty + some great midfield play from Daniel McCarthy + Ryan Malone the later scoring 2pts. Half time Saval  3,08  Tullylish  0.1. In a closer fought 2nd half Tullylish got a goal and 5 points but never enough to cause Saval any real concern.  All 5 subsitutes got in on the action with Cathal McGivern + Aaron Byrne scoring goals apiece to complete a great win for Saval

Final Score:  Saval  5.11   Tullylish  1.06

Scorers:  Pat Havern  2.03,  Lorcan Tumilty 1.02,  Daniel McCarthy 0.3, Ryan Malone 0.2, Stephen Digney 0.1,  Aaron Byrne 1.0,  Cathal McGivern 1.0

All County Reserve League Division 2 Downpatrick V Saval

Referee: Shane Lowey, Bryansford

Wednesday 4th May, 7.30pm, Downpatrick

Saval travelled to Downpatrick in the Reserve league re-arranged fixture. Overall, Saval performed well, considering they were up against a much bigger and stronger Downpatrick side. Ryan Rice opened up the scoring for Saval. Plenty of hard work from the forward line meant opportunities were created for Gary Fearon and Kevin McCarthy to take a goal each. The half-time score was Downpatrick 3-6, Saval 2-5.

Saval started the second half very strongly. Daniel McNally, who played well throughout the game, scored a goal early into the second half. After a point from Liam Turley and two Kevin McCarthy frees, Saval were in the lead. Downpatrick took advantage of Saval’s defensive mistakesand went on to score 2-4. As a result, Downpatrick ended the game as clear winners.There was a magnificent display from defenders Conor Goodman and Declan McNally. Liam Turley and Ryan Rice had some promising moments in mid-field. Callum Lennon, Daniel McNally and Cormac Canavan worked very hard up front. 

Full time score:

Downpatrick 5-10, Saval 3-9

Saval Team: M Poland, C Goodman, B Digney, D McNally, R Devlin, E Magee (0-1), J Bennett, L Turley (0-1), R Rice (0-2), G Fearon (1-1), C Lennon (0-1), D Kearney, D McNally (1-0), K McCarthy (1-3), C Canavan.  All subs used: P Redmond, C McConville, R Turley

Next Reserve Fixture: Friday 6th May  St.John’s V Saval in St.John’s@ 7.30pm

Under 14 Girls League Match Sunday 1st May

Saval 1-6   Annaclone 3-0

Last Sunday seen the under 14 girls take on Annaclone in a windy Saval Park. With a few of the older girls missing, it was time for some of our pink gaelic girls to take the field. The game started very evenly with strong solid roles played in mid field by Louise Dillon and Maeve Byrne. With an unlucky goal scored by the visiting team, captain Maeve Byrne took the game by the scruff of the neck to score a fine individual point. The strength of Annaclone put a lot of pressure on Saval’s defence, but Annaclone could only manage a goal before half-time with great defensive pressure from Aoife McCarthy and Caoimhe Byrne. With some great link up play with Fianna McAloon and Catherine Bennett, Maeve Byrne scored another point to her personal tally to leave the half time score Saval 0-2, Annaclone 2-0.

Saval came out in the second half all guns blazing with super sub Niamh Fallon scoring a fine long range point and full back Hannah Magee scoring a top class goal after a 40 yard run linking up with Anita Sands and Leanne Fearon brilliantly. Our three pink gaelic stars up front Fianna McAloon, Aoibhean O’Hare and Tiarna Tumilty won some great ball and worked well together, with Tiarna setting up Aoibhean to score 2 great points. With Saval 2 points ahead, Annaclone kept fighting with their midfield in particular covering every blade of grass. However, with brilliant saves from Ciara McCarthy and the outstanding tackling from Saval’s young star Ciara Byrne, Saval were able to stay in front. Saval were unlucky to further stretch their lead as both Leanne Fearon and Catherine Bennett made some great runs up front only for their scores to be denied by the woodwork. With time running out, Saval were under pressure as Annaclone looked for the winning goal. Annaclone were denied 3 times with super blocks from Ashling Clarke, Caoimhe Byrne and Orlaith Jennings, before Annaclone finally put the ball in the back of the net. With some great hard work from Aine McParland, Maeve Byrne scored the equalising point before Aveen O’Hare was denied a winning point as the strong winds kept the ball from soaring over the black spot. A great performance from two very young but skilful teams left a fair full time score of Saval 1-6, Annaclone 3-0.

Saval: Ciara McCarthy, Ciara Byrne, Hannah Magee (1-0), Aishling Clarke, Caoimhe Byrne, Aoife McCarthy, Maeve Byrne (0-3), Louisa Dillon, Anita Sands, Leanne Fearon, Catherine Bennett, Fianna McAloon, Aveen O’Hare (0-2), Tiarna Tumility, Naimh Fallon (0-1), Aine McParland and Orlaith Jennings.

All County Senior League Division 1 Saval v Clonduff

Referee: Neil Cousins (An Riocht)

Thursday 28th April 7.00pm, Gaelic Park Saval

The senior game on Thursday night was played in ideal conditions. Saval showed off their fantastic facilities for the second senior home game of the season to visitors, Clonduff. Even though the game started with a lively pace, the scoring took a while to get started. Points from Fergal McConville and Danny Hughes were cancelled out with a good response from the Clonduff side. Good link up play from the forwards allowed Fergal and Danny to take another point each. The last Saval point of the half was to come from captain, Johnny Hughes. Saval received a setback late in the half when Declan McCarthy had to leave the field due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to be side-lined for approximately 8 weeks. The first half came to a close with Clonduff leading Saval, six points to five.

Early points by Darren Cunningham and Liam Turley were voided by a Clonduff goal and point from Jason Brown. Saval hit back with a three man move, resulting in Stephen Kearney hitting the net. However, Clonduff’s Jason Brown came back again scoring a goal in the fifteenth minute of the second half.  Further points came from Paul Faloon, Danny Hughes and a Peter Murphy 45 kept Saval in contention. With two minutes to go, Saval took the lead to a delighted home crowd from a Fergal McConville goal. Just seconds before the final whistle, Clonduff’s Jason Brown completed his hat-trick to break Saval hearts. Clonduff ended the game as winners, beating the home side by two points.  

Full Time Score:

Saval 2-12, Clonduff 3-11

Saval Team:

P. Muphy (0-1), P.Clarke, D.McCarthy, L.McCarthy, M.Clarke, D.Cunningham (0-2), D.Clarke, S.Kearney (1-0), N Madine, L.Turley (0-1), P.Turley, D Hughes (0-3), P.Fallon (0-1), F.McConville (1-3), 

All County Senior League Division 1

Burren V Saval

Referee: Ciaron Brannigan

Saturday 23rd April 6pm

A weakened Saval side travelled to Burren on Saturday evening and got off to a bad start. Burren scored a goal and a point inside the first two minutes. Burren completely dominated the first half and Saval only managed to register two points in the first half. The two scores came from a Niall Madine point in the early stages of the game and a 25minute free from Fergal McConville. The half-time score was Burren 2-06, Saval 0-2. 

Saval must have had a good half-time talk, because they emerged from the dressing room a different side. Saval scored six points in a row before Burren could score their first point from a free after fifteen minutes. The second half showed an excellent all round display from Saval. The defence were all outstanding. Stephen Kearney and Peter Turley won plenty of possession in mid-field and Fergal McConville created a lot of activity up front. Saval continued to dominate the second half and won the second half, ten points to Burren’s four. Even though Saval did not win the game, the second half showed an encouraging performance, which showed promising signs that we could gain our first win of the season very soon. Young players Ryan Rice and Liam Turley were very impressive in their senior team debuts.

Full Time Score:

Burren 2-10, Saval 0-12

Saval Team:

P. Muphy, L.McCarthy, D.McCarthy, P.Clarke, M.Clarke, D.Cunningham (capt) (0-2), D.Clarke (0-2), S.Kearney, P.Turley, L.Turley (0-2), N.Madine (0-1), R,Rice, P.Fallon, F.McConville (0-5), G.Quinn Subs M.Poland, E.Magee, C.Lennon, C.Goodman, N.Devlin, R.Devlin, M.McGowan, B.Turley, R.Turley, D.McNally .  

Match Report - Under 16 Boys Saval v Rostrevor 21/04/11

Saval had their first home game of the season against a very strong Rostrevor team. Saval started brightly but their shooting let them down with 3 wides ,  Rostrevor’s  first attack  seen them score a goal and from the kick out they scored a point . After 10 minutes Rostrevor led 1-1 to 0-0, but Saval dug deep with Michael Lonergan scoring a goal. Rostrevor kept the pressure on and scored 3 unanswered points, Saval replied with a Daniel Mc Carthy point before a scramble in the square saw Rostrevor score their 2nd goal. The game flowed from end to end, with  Rostrevor more clinical in their finishing adding 2 more points from frees.  Conor Lonergan got a second goal for Saval but again Rostrevor replied with 2 points. Saval kept coming forward and Shay Dobbin scored a 3rd Saval goal but as half time approached a great effort saw Rostrevor score another Goal. Ryan Malone score  a great point from 40 yards at the stroke of half time leaving the score Saval 3-2 Rostrevor 3-8.


The second half stared like the first, Saval attacking but shot wide as Rotrevor got their 4th Goal leaving Saval a mountain to climb. Saval management team made positional switches at this stage which tightened up the defence. Saval scored a point from Conor Mc Ateer but this was their only score of the half as Rotrevor added 3 more points. In the second half Saval hit a total of 7 wides.


Full Time Score:

Saval  3-3 Rostrevor 4-11.

Saval Team: J Cunningham, J Mc Conville, C Mc Ateer,(0-1) T Burns, S Digney, O Mc Evoy,  F Mc Evoy, S Dobbin,(1-0) R Malone,(0-1) C Lonergan,(1-0) D Mc Carthy,(0-1) M Lonergan,(1-0)P Havern, R Haughey, L Tumilty.

Subs A Byrne, J Heggarty, G Sands, C Mc Givern, J Madine

Saval U16’s get their league off to a winning start

Saval started their 2011 league campaign with a hard fought win to a strong Clonduff side. In an evenly matched 1st half Saval opened the scoring with a Pat Havern point before Clonduff responded with 2 points in quick succession. Saval responded with a well taken goal from full forward Ross Haughey to go 2 points up. The remainder of the half saw Sval adding further points from Lorcan Tumilty and Pat Havern to leave the half time score Saval 1-4 Clonduff 0-6.

Clonduff added the first score of the second half to leave the game all square, at this stage Saval moved up a gear with midfielders Shay Dobbin and Ryan Malone starting to get on top, and Daniel McCarhty excelling at centre half forward causing the Clonduff backline problems with Saval adding a goal from substitute Aaron Byrne and a great point from Michael Lonergan , Clonduff responded with a goal and 2 points to go 1 up into the last ten minutes. A great individual goal from Daniel McCarthy put Saval back into the lead by 2 points with 5 mins to go. Some great defensive play from Conor McAteer and Oisin and Finn McEvoy restricted Clonduff to 1 point and Saval held on to record a great win.

Final Score Clonduff  1-10 Saval 3-05


Jarleth Cunnigham, James McConville, Conor McAteer, Conall Havern, Stephen Digney, Oisin McEvoy, Finn McEvoy, Shay Dobbin, Ryan Malone, Conor Lonergan, Daniel McCarthy, Michael Lonergan, Pat Havern, Ross Haughey, Lorcan Tumilty


Saval Senior Ladies Report

This season will be very much a ‘transition’ year for the Saval Ladies team, having been in the top four in the senior league for the past number of years, the ladies main priority is to remain in top flight this year. The team have suffered the effects of the recession, loosing three girls, Lynsey Cunningham, Emma Madine and Charlene Malone who have to take up work in England. Add to this injuries and girls taking a year out of football and the already small panel has dwindled. As such the team are relying on a lot of the younger (but very capable) players but with good numbers at training, John McCarthy and co. are certainly up for the challenge this year. Their first outing was away to Annaclone where the girls were defeated by an on-fire scoring team.

Saval team v Annaclone: Christine McCarthy, Adele Travers, Niamh McGowan, Treise Lively, Aine Crozier, Joanne Lively, Fiona Lively, Anna Madine, Catherine Digney, Colleen Lennon, Maeve Mullan, Emma Walsh, Rachel O’Hare, Lorraine Havern, Michelle Kearney. Subs: Rachel McEvoy, Niamh Turley.

Saval’s game last week was at home to Castlewellan and with a number of absentees with work and injuries, the team again had to rely on some of the Under-16s who had already played Saul earlier in the day. But much credit has to be given to Anna Ryan, Rachel O’Hare and Rachel McEvoy as they all played their part in a much better performance from the team. Saval played the better football in the first half but went in two points behind at half time. In the second half, Castlewellan were able to introduce subs which brought in fresh legs into their attack and were able to pull away for a 1-12 to 0-7 win.

Saval team v Castlewellan: Christine McCarthy, Rachel McEvoy, Emma Walsh, Treise Lively, Fiona Lively, Joanne Lively, Adele Travers, Niamh McGowan, Anna Madine, Catherine Digney (0-1), Anna Ryan (0-1), Michelle Kearney, Rachel O’Hare (0-1), Maeve Mullan, Colleen Lennon (0-3).

Saval are away to Bredagh next week who are current Down Champions but should be boosted by the return of Eimear Digney, Katie Lonergan and additions to the panel Caoimhe Tumilty and Edel Goodman as well as Jade McConville who is transferring from Drumgath.

Minors Report - Bosco v Saval 19/04/11

Saval minors got their league campaign underway with an away game against Bosco. Bosco got the first score of the game but that was to be their last of the first half as the Saval lads hit two points in two minutes from Daniel McCarthy and a pointed free from Keelan Rice. A good move from defence saw Johnny McNally score a goal in the 3rd minute. It was another nine minutes before another score with good midfield work from Brendan Turley, breaking the ball to Rowan Turley who fed Keelan for another fine score. Saval continued on the up with another five unanswered points before Turlough McEvoy found the net to leave the half time score Bosco 0-1 Saval 2-8. The second half started with Bosco trying to start a comeback but the Saval lads fought hard with great defensive pressure and some great work in the forward line, in particular Francis Donald, Turlough and Keelan. Saval were to find the net twice again in the space of one minute, the first one a response to a Bosco goal when Johnny McNally ran 50 yards before blasting into the net and Keelan Rice followed with another three-pointer. Final Score Bosco 1-6 Saval 4-13. A great team effort from the lads and their next outing is against neighbours, Ballyholland.

Team: E McElroy, K Morgan, R Malone, C McEvoy, A Clarke, J McNally (2-0), O McEvoy, B Turley, C Sands (0-1), D McCarthy (0-1), R Turley (0-1), F Donald (0-3), K Rice (1-4), S McMahon, T McEvoy (1-2). Subs: C McAteer (0-1), T Byrne, L Tumilty, D Maher.


Not Such A Good Start For The Under 16 Girls

Sunday 17th April 2011

The Under 16 Girls made the long trip to Saul last Sunday afternoon for their first league game. They came up against a much older and physically stronger home side. 

Saul dominated most of the game and ran out worthy winners but to their credit the Saval girls kept battling away and were unlucky not to be much closer at the end of the game.

Saval's player of the game was Rachel O'Hare

All County Reserve League Division 2

Saval V Longstone

Sunday, 17th April 2pm

The Saval Reserve team finally won at home with a convincing win over visitors, Longstone. Saval dominated the first half with Callum Lennon and Ryan Rice both scoring goals. Points followed from Kevin McCarthy, Gavin Quinn and Martin Magowan. The string of scores from Saval lay the platform for a sound first half performance from the home side. Half-time score: Saval 2-18, Longstone 0-3.

Callum Lennon scored his second goal of the match at the restart followed by a Martin Magowan point. Saval remained in a strong position, but the visitors came back and were reluctant to give up. Fine defending from Saval and a number of good stops from the Goal Keeper Martin Poland made sure Saval closed the game with a commanding lead.

Full-time score: Saval (3-14), Longstone (1-8)

Team: M.Poland, Declan McNally, B.Digney, C.Goodman, R.Devlin, E.Magee, D.Kearney, R.Rice (1-2), L.Turley, C.Lennon (2-1), G.Quinn (0-1), M.Magowan (0-4), K.McCarthy (0-5), N.Madine (0-1), C.Canavan. Subs all used: M.McAvoy, G.Fearon, C.Digney, P.Redmond, Daniel McNally

All County League Division 1 - Saval v Rostrevor

Saval V Rostrevor

Referee: Leo Smith

Friday 15th April 6.45pm

Saval opened up the new season of the all county league with visitors, Rostrevor. The game was played in ideal conditions. Saval dominated the first half. Fergal McConville made the first mark on the score board, scoring in the first minute. Points from Daniel Hughes, Darren Cunningham and Paul Fallon followed. A Fergal McConville free at the stroke of half-time left Saval in the lead. Half-time score: Saval 0-5, Rostrevor 0-3.

Darren Cunningham extended Saval’s lead by one point in the early stages of the second half. Rostrevor hit back with a Shaun Parr point. Rostrevor fought their way more and more into the game, but Saval always managed to keep in front. A Daniel Hughes point left Saval leading by two points as the game went into injury time. A scrambled late goal from Rostrevor left the visitors in the lead. Goal Keeper Peter Murphy stepped up to confidently fire over a 50 yard free to equalise. The man of the match was the newly appointed Saval captain, Jonathan Hughes.

Full-time score:

Saval 0-11, Rostrevor 1-8

Saval Team:

P. Muphy (0-1), L.McCarthy, D.McCarthy, P.Clarke, M.Clarke, D.Murphy, D.Clarke (0-1), D.Cunningham (0-2), P.Turley, N.Madine, S.Kearney (0-1), D.Hughes (0-2), P.Fallon (0-1), F.McConville (0-3), J.Hughes (capt) Subs used: C.Lennon Subs not used: M.Poland, G.Quinn, R.Rice, L.Turley, E.Magee, C.Goodman, N.Devlin, R.Devlin, M.Magowan, B.Turley, R.Turley, D McNally. 

Rostrevor Team:

J.Parr, J.Farrell, M.Cole, N.Farrell, C.Magee, S.Parr (0-3), D.Mackin, E.McConville, C.Murney, S.Magee, B.Cole, C.Clerkin (0-2), A.Mackin, J.Fegan, C.Fegan (0-2). Subs: B.O’Hare, G.Magee (1-1), P.Magee, A.Donnan, B.Keenan, C.Magee, S. Mackin, D.Magee, K.McGrath, R.Reynolds, S.Murney, D.Morgan, G.Clark


Match Report Under - 14 Boys 11th April  2011

Saval 3-7 v Ballyholland 3-4

Saval under 14s started their league campaign with a good win over Ballyholland. Both teams took time to settle, after 15 minutes of play Saval led 1-2 to 0-0 and looked well in control. The first Saval goal came from Oisin Goodman, Ballyholland replied with 2 unanswered points. Saval got a second goal by John Madine on 24th minute but just before half time Ballyholland was awarded a penalty and scored a goal, leaving the half time score Saval 2-3 Ballyholland 1-2.

Saval started the second half with another goal in the first five minutes by Colm McAvoy. With both defences playing well there was no scores for the next 10 minutes until Ballyholland scored 2 points from 2 frees, with less than 20 minutes to go Saval led by 5 points. Ballyholland started to get on top around midfield and scored another goal to close the gap to 2 points but Saval rallied well to reply with a pointed free to leave 3 points between the teams with less than 10 minutes to go. Then from play John Madine added another point before Ballyholland scored their third goal with just four minutes to go but again Saval showed great determination to score 2 points to win the game by 3 points. Final score Saval 3-7 to Ballyholland 3-4.

This was a good win for the home side and Manager Gerry Turley with Selector Frank Kerr was well pleased with the team’s performance.

Next game on Monday 18th in Clann na Banna at 7 pm

Saval Team:  Cathal Turley, Ross Cunningham, Trevor Palmer, PJ Haughey, Sean Sands, Jack Hegarty, Anton McLaughlin, John Madine, Chris McEvoy, Dean Toner, Kieran Bagnall, Stephin Rice, Sean Falloon, Colm McEvoy, Oisin Goodman.

Subs:  Parrick McEvoy, Kieran McNally, Fergal McNally, Dean Collins, Michael Havern


Match Report

U14 Girls Start Season with a Win


Saval 4-05 Burren 1-05

Our Under 14 Girls began their league campaign last Sunday with a big win over neighbours Burren .The girls worked hard over the hour with great enthusiasm and a lot of skill and ran out worthy winners. There were notable performances in the Saval Team all over the pitch with the girls giving their all, Aiobhean O'Hare who was making her Saval debut was always a problem for the visitors, Katie Byrne also played well and got a goal at a vital time, Anita Sands and Catherine Bennett whilst not getting on the scoreboard set up a numbers of scoring chances. In defence Ciara McCarthy excelled in goals with accurate kickouts, defenders Tiarna Kerr, Aishling Clarke,Hannah Magee and Loiuisa Dillon were just brilliant. The midfield pairing of Leanne Fearon and Meibh Byrne could not have performed better however one player stood out and that was defender Alannah McAvoy who had an excellent game, a star for the future!!!!

A special mention has to go to the two younger players Tiarna Tumelty and Ciara Byrne who were called in at a very late stage.

Saval Team and scorers; 1. Ciara McCarthy, 2.Aoife McCarthy, 3. Tiarna Kerr, 4.Aishling Clarke, 5.Hannah Magee, 6.Louisa Dillon (0-01), 7. Alannah McAvoy, 8.Meibh Byrne Capt (1-01), 9.Leanne Fearon., 10. Katie Byrne (1-01), 11, Anita Sands, 12.Catherine Bennett, 13.Aiobhean O'Hare (2-02), 15.Tiarna Tumelty and 16. Ciara Byrne. 


Next Under 14 Game: Monday 25 April @ 6-30pm Saul v Saval - All players to be at the club for  5pm

Under 16 Girls Fixture

Sunday 17 April at 12-30pm Saul v Saval - TBC - All players to be at the club for 11-00am

Training continues for Under 14 and 16 Girls every Thursday at 7pm

Team Management

Colleen Lennon and Anthony Crozier


Minor Report – Challenge game v Poyntzpass/Lissumon

The Minors continued their run of challenge games before their league campaign kicks off, with a great win over Armagh combined side of Poyntzpass and Lissumon. This was an excellent performance by all and they were well worth their victory of 6-19 to 0-4. Both team and management are looking forward to their first game of the season away to Bosco on 19th April.