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2001, 2002, 2003


Hurlers Retain League Title

The senior hurlers, under the guidance of Shaun McCloskey and Mickey Heaney for the fourth year, retained their league title after another successful season.



Another County Hurling Final

Despite winning a second successive league title it was the championship that the hurlers badly wanted to win.  The quest began with a comfortable win over Drum in the quarter final then came a tense semi-final against Kevin Lynchs which Banagher won by two points, 1-14 to 2-9, in order to reach their third final in six seasons.

Once again it was disappointment for the hurlers as Lavey won a high scoring final at Dungiven.  In the end Lavey won by ten points pulling away from Banagher in the final quarter.  Gary Biggs starred for Banagher that day scoring a total of 2-4.  Final Score : Banagher 2-11 Lavey 3-18.

Banagher Team : Kieran Stevenson, Damien Hasson, Ryan Lynch, Gregory Simpson, Sean Martin Lockhart, Garrie Stevenson, Peter O’Kane, Danny McGrellis (0-1), Kevin Lockhart, Gary Biggs (2-4), Gregory Biggs (0-2), David Hassan, Gareth Feeney, Paul Cartin, John O’Dwyer (0-3).  Subs.  Dean Lockhart (0-1), Damien McLaughlin, Sean McGrellis.


Ulster Double for Derry Hurlers

Derry senior hurlers retained their Ulster title with a victory over Antrim in the Ulster Final.  Kieran Stevenson, Gregory Biggs, Ryan Lynch, Gary Biggs, Danny McGrellis, Paul Cartin and John O’Dwyer all involved that day.  The minor hurlers won their first Ulster title since 1991 beating Antrim in an exciting final.  Owen Biggs was part of the victorious Derry squad as was team mentor James O’Kane.  In the All Ireland series both the seniors and the minors lost to Galway.  Kieran Stevenson was honoured by being named Ulster Senior Hurler of the Year.


A Very Successful Season at Underage Level

This was a very successful season for the club at underage level with the U-16 hurlers, captained by Ruairí McCloskey winning both the county league and championship.  The U-16 footballers won the county championship as well as both the North Derry Division 1A league and championship titles.



Disappointing season for the senior teams

It was a disappointing season for the senior footballers, finishing mid table in the league and being beaten in the championship by north Derry rivals Craigbane after a replay

The senior hurlers almost caused a shock in the championship semi-final against Lavey as they put up a tremendous display to almost win only for Lavey to snatch a draw with a goal deep into injury time.  Lavey won the replay which was played at Drum to deny Banagher another county final appearance.


Club wins Prestigious Awards


2003 was another very successful year for the club both on and off the field.  The club was honoured by the Ulster Council in being awarded Best Kept Ground Facilities in County Derry and also received the Gerry Crossan Memorial Trophy for North Derry Club of The Year.  The new pitch development was progressing well and the club held two very successful fund raising events, namely, the Gala Dinner in April and the ticket development draw in November.  In addition the senior hurling championship final between Kevin Lynchs and Ballinascreen was played at McNally Park that year. 


Good Football Championship run

The senior footballers were drawn against near rivals Craigbane for the second year in succession in the championship.  A close fought game ended in a draw with Banagher winning the replay by 1-11 to 1-6.

Banagher Team & Scorers : David Hassan, Gregory Simpson (0-1), Eammon Feeney, Colin Simpson, Gary Lynch, Ryan Lynch, Kevin O’Neill, Peter O’Kane, P.J. McCloskey (0-1), Paul Cartin, Mark Lynch (0-5), Cathal McCullagh, Rory McColgan (1-1), Gregory Biggs (0-1), Gary Biggs (0-2).

In the quarter final Banagher met hot championship favourites and 2002 All Ireland Club Champions Ballinderry.  The Senior footballers produced one of the greatest performances from a Banagher team for many a year that evening in Drumsurn to draw with Ballinderry.  There were some impressive individual displays from Banagher that night, none more so than the man of the match performance by Ryan Lynch.  Banagher should have won the match only for a soft penalty which Ballinderry were awarded in the final minute.  Final Score : Banagher 3-7 Ballinderry 1-13.

Team & Scorers : David Hassan, Gary Lynch, Eamonn Feeney, Colin Simpson, Sean Martin Lockhart, Ryan Lynch (1-0), Paul Cartin, Peter O’Kane (0-1), P.J. McCloskey, Aidan Devine, Gregory Biggs (0-2), Kevin O’Neill, Rory McColgan (2-0), Mark Lynch (0-4), Gregory Simpson.

In the replay, played at Slaughtneil, Banagher led by a point at half time but Ballinderry proved too strong for a determined Banagher team and eventually won to progress to the semi-finals.

Division 1B League Champions

The boost of the championship run helped the senior footballers in the league and Banagher, under the guidance of joint managers Eamon Lynch and Damien O’Neill, put a good string of victories together to reach the play offs where they defeated Newbridge, Kilrea and finally Castledawson in the Division 1B league final to clinch the title and promotion back to the top flight after three seasons away.  Final Score Banagher 1-8 Castledawson 1-5.  Afterwards County Chairman Mr. Gerard O’Kane presented the Laurence McKenna Cup to the Banagher captain Eamonn Feeney. 

Banagher Team: David Hassan, Gary Lynch, Eamonn Feeney, Colin Simpson, Ruari McCloskey, Ryan Lynch, Paul Cartin, Peter O’Kane (0-1), P.J. McCloskey, Cathal McCullagh, Gregory Biggs (0-2), Paul Lynch, Rory McColgan, Mark Lynch (1-5), Sean Martin Lockhart.  Subs.  Kevin O’Neill, Gregory Simpson, Aidan Devine, Kevin Lockhart and Micheal Anderson.



Minor Football County Finalists

The minor footballers, under the management of Mickey Lynch and Mickey O’Kane, reached their first County Championship Final since 1976.  In the final against Ballinderry the boys put up a tremendous display and fully deserved to win but it wasn’t to be as Ballinderry triumphed by a single point.

The Banagher team that day was, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Brian Murphy, Micheal Anderson, Eugene Lockhart, Kevin Murphy, Ruairi McCloskey, Conor Lynch, Mark Lynch, P.J. McCloskey, Darren Murphy, Kevin O’Neill, Owen Biggs, Sean McDermott, Declan Coll, Christopher O’Neill.





James O’Hagan Cup Final

The senior footballers reached their first James O’Hagan Cup Final since 1987.  In the final at Glenullin, Banagher faced favourites Dungiven and despite a spirited second half display were unable to cope with Dungiven’s superior fire power.  Final Score : Banagher 1-7 Dungiven 2-11.

Banagher Team : Rory McColgan, Damien Hasson, Eamon Feeney, Ryan Lynch, Aidan Devine, Paul Cartin, Damien O’Neill, Peter O’Kane (0-1), Roger McWilliams, Paul Lynch, David Hassan, Sean Martin Lockhart, Mark Lynch (0-2), Sean McGrellis (1-0), Gary Biggs (0-4).  Subs.  Shane McLaughlin, Mickey Moore, Garrie Stevenson.


Championship Exit

Despite having been relegated to Division One the previous season the footballers still played in the senior championship.  They were unlucky to lose to Magherafelt in the first round 1-14 to 0-14.  Despite a good start to the league the senior football teams performances trailed away towards the end of the year and they finished the season in mid table.



Minor Hurling & Football Success

The minor hurlers beat Ballinascreen in the county final played at Magilligan after an exciting and tense game.  Team captain Christopher O’Neill collected the trophy as joint managers Tom Biggs and Kieran Stevenson looked on.

The minor footballers, under the guidance of Mickey Lynch, won the North Derry Division 1A League Title and the Carlin/Duffy Cup.

 All Ireland Minor Football Win

Mark Lynch played on the victorious Derry minor football team which won both the Ulster Championship and then defeated Meath to win the All Ireland Title.  Charlie O’Kane was part of the management team.



Another Minor Hurling Title


The minor hurlers managed by Gregory Biggs and Kieran Stevenson retained their minor championship title after a good win over Ballinascreen in the final at Slaughtneil.  An excellent long range point from P.J. McCloskey secured victory for Banagher and captain Ruairi McCloskey received the trophy.



Senior Hurling League Runners Up

The senior hurlers recovered from a disappointing championship defeat to Slaughtneil to put a very impressive run of league victories together which saw them face Kevin Lynchs in a league decider at McNally Park.  The final league game had been put back until after Kevin Lynchs participation in the Ulster Club Final was at an end and so the Banagher team had not played a competitive fixture for some months.  Despite this Banagher hurled well and looked to be on their way to a victory but Kevin Lynchs match sharpness told in the end and they ran out narrow victors.



U-14 Hurling

The U-14 Hurlers, managed by Micheal O’Kane, won the County Derry Feile Shield after beating Swatragh in the semi-final and then Owen Roes in the final by 3-4 to 1-3.

Team & Scorers :  Darrel McDermott, Eugene Murphy, Darragh McCloskey, Mark O’Kane, Christopher Crossan, Steafan McCloskey, Brendan McLaughlin, Gearoid O’Neill (0-4), Eunan O’Kane, Eoin O’Kane, Christopher Guy, Brian O’Kane, Martin Eoghan McCloskey, Christopher O’Kane (3-0), Osca McCloskey.  Subs. John Lynch, Killian McDermott



Four Irish Internationals

The club had the honour of having a number of players representing Ireland this year with Sean Martin Lockhart playing for Ireland against Australia in the International Rules Series as did Mark Lynch who captained Ireland U-17’s in the same series.  Gregory Biggs and Kieran Stevenson also representing Ireland against Scotland in the Hurling/Shinty International.


College Honours

Mark Lynch and P.J. McCloskey both tasted All Ireland success at College level when they won the Hogan Cup with St Patricks College Maghera and Christopher O’Neill was awarded with an Ulster Colleges Hurling All Star.  Oisin McClsokey captained St Patricks College, Maghera to the Corn na nOg title that year.





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