McGill the master as Cushendall record big win

All County Hurling League Division One

Ballycastle 0-11 Cushendall 2-22

Cushendall scored a runaway win over Ballycastle in Wednesday evening’s league game at Pairc MacUillin with the Ruairi’s top scorer Paddy McGill matching the Ballycastle total himself in a one sided affair. When these two teams met in the 2015 county final Cushendall got the better of their opponents in a thrilling contest but there was little to get excited about this time around as a Ballycastle team containing just three of the team that started that day, were simply no match for the visitors.

The opening quarter was pretty pedestrian and after Cushendall grabbed two early points through Ryan McCambridge and Ryan Delargy Ballycastle came back to hit three points in as many minutes to take a 0-3 to 0-2 lead after eight minutes. That however was to be the home sides first half total, and while Cushendall went thirteen minutes without scoring themselves, when they did get going in the seventeenth minute there was no stopping them. With Paddy McGill in great form up front the Ruairis raced away to hit 1-10 without reply, five of the points coming from McGill and the goal from Sean McAfee on twenty six minutes.

McGill continued on where he left off a minute after the restart when he grabbed his sixth point and when ‘Natty’ McNaughton drilled home his team’s second goal soon afterwards the destiny of the points was well and truly decided. Minor star Conor Boyd pulled one back for the Town soon afterwards but four on the trot from McGill and one from Ryan Delargy stretched the gap to twenty points. It could have been more had it not been for an unbelievable save by Castle netminder Ryan McGarry who somehow turned away a point blank shot from Ruairi Og substitute Cormac McClafferty. Conor Boyd did inspire a bit of Ballycastle revival as the home team hit five without replay but Cushendall were never going to be threatened and late points from substitutes Conrad McDonnell, Cormac McClafferty and Mark Donaghy, plus one more from man of the match McGill, completed the rout

Ballycastle scorers – Conor Boyd 0-6 (3 frees and one 65); Ryan McAfee 0-2; KB McShane 0-2; Dermot Donnelly 0-1

Cushendall scorers – Paddy McGill 0-11 (4 frees); Donal McNaughton 1-2; Sean McAfee 1-0; Ryan Delargy 0-2; Ryan McCambridge 0-2; Paddy Burke, Conor Carson, Conrad McDonnell, Martin McClafferty, Mark Donaghy

BALLYCASTLE – Ryan McGarry, Andrew Lofthouse, James McShane, Paul McLernon, Thomas McIlroy, Neal McAuley, Dermot Donnelly, Ryan McAfee, Conor Boyd, Zach McCaughan, Kevin Barry McShane, Oran Kearney, Eamon Elliott, Ciaran Butler, Alvin Baby.

Cushendall – Eoin Gillan, David Kearney, Martin Burke, Sean Delargy, Aaron Graffin, Paddy Burke, Cormac McAlister, Eoin McManus, Aidan McNaughton, Conor Carson, Ryan McCambridge, Donal McNaughton, Ryan Delargy, Sean McAfee, Patrick McGill

Subs- Cormac McClafferty for Donal McNaughton; Conrad McDonnell for McGill; Mark Donaghy for Paddy Burke; Cathal McDonnell for Aidan McNaughton

All County Hurling League Division One

Ballycastle 0-11 Cushendall 2-22

Cushendall scored a runaway win over Ballycastle in Wednesday evening’s league game at Pairc MacUillin with the Ruairi’s top scorer Paddy McGill matching the Ballycastle total himself in a one sided affair. When these two teams met in the 2015 county final Cushendall got the better of their opponents in a thrilling contest but there was little to get excited about this time around as a Ballycastle team containing just three of the team that started that day, were simply no match for the visitors.

The opening quarter was pretty pedestrian and after Cushendall grabbed two early points through Ryan McCambridge and Ryan Delargy Ballycastle came back to hit three points in as many minutes to take a 0-3 to 0-2 lead after eight minutes. That however was to be the home sides first half total, and while Cushendall went thirteen minutes without scoring themselves, when they did get going in the seventeenth minute there was no stopping them. With Paddy McGill in great form up front the Ruairis raced away to hit 1-10 without reply, five of the points coming from McGill and the goal from Sean McAfee on twenty six minutes.

McGill continued on where he left off a minute after the restart when he grabbed his sixth point and when ‘Natty’ McNaughton drilled home his team’s second goal soon afterwards the destiny of the points was well and truly decided. Minor star Conor Boyd pulled one back for the Town soon afterwards but four on the trot from McGill and one from Ryan Delargy stretched the gap to twenty points. It could have been more had it not been for an unbelievable save by Castle netminder Ryan McGarry who somehow turned away a point blank shot from Ruairi Og substitute Cormac McClafferty. Conor Boyd did inspire a bit of Ballycastle revival as the home team hit five without replay but Cushendall were never going to be threatened and late points from substitutes Conrad McDonnell, Cormac McClafferty and Mark Donaghy, plus one more from man of the match McGill, completed the rout

Ballycastle scorers – Conor Boyd 0-6 (3 frees and one 65); Ryan McAfee 0-2; KB McShane 0-2; Dermot Donnelly 0-1

Cushendall scorers – Paddy McGill 0-11 (4 frees); Donal McNaughton 1-2; Sean McAfee 1-0; Ryan Delargy 0-2; Ryan McCambridge 0-2; Paddy Burke, Conor Carson, Conrad McDonnell, Martin McClafferty, Mark Donaghy

BALLYCASTLE – Ryan McGarry, Andrew Lofthouse, James McShane, Paul McLernon, Thomas McIlroy, Neal McAuley, Dermot Donnelly, Ryan McAfee, Conor Boyd, Zach McCaughan, Kevin Barry McShane, Oran Kearney, Eamon Elliott, Ciaran Butler, Alvin Baby.

Cushendall – Eoin Gillan, David Kearney, Martin Burke, Sean Delargy, Aaron Graffin, Paddy Burke, Cormac McAlister, Eoin McManus, Aidan McNaughton, Conor Carson, Ryan McCambridge, Donal McNaughton, Ryan Delargy, Sean McAfee, Patrick McGill

Subs- Cormac McClafferty for Donal McNaughton; Conrad McDonnell for McGill; Mark Donaghy for Paddy Burke; Cathal McDonnell for Aidan McNaughton

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