All County Hurling League Division 2
Glen Rovers 2-18 Oisins 3-25
The fans who travelled to Armoy on Wednesday evening were treated to a feast of scores as Glen Rovers slugged it out with visitors Glenariffe in a top class contest which produced no less than 5 goals and 43 points. Three second half goals and a virtuoso display by Oisins’ corner forward Alex McDonnell saw them through in the end as their see-saw form took an upward turn in this highly competitive division. Team manager Paul McKillen was naturally delighted with his team’s performance but said afterwards “that is three wins and three defeats and in truth we could have won them all, and could have lost them all. This is a great league. We played really well in the second half there tonight but in fairness Armoy were also good, especially in the first half. We had to play well to beat them”
The sides were level after ten minutes with Owen Kinney and Johnny McErlain getting the Armoy scores while Randal ‘Ron’ McDonnell, one of the sweetest strikers of a ball in this county, got the visitors scores. Armoy appeared to be getting on top when Tommy Burns pointed on eleven minutes before putting Owen Kinney through for the first goal of the game a minute later, and when Johnny McErlain added a point soon afterwards the home side were five to the good. An Alex O’Boyle free and one from play by Conor McAlister closed the gap, but three without reply from Lee Forsythe, Owen Kinney and Conor O’Kane had the Glen Rovers men six clear. Glenariffe appeared to be in a spot of bother but they upped the pace in the last ten minutes of the opening half to fire over five points and despite conceding a second goal to Armoy’s ‘Rambo’ McCarry they closed to within two by half-time.
Armoy started brightly enough in the second half and increased their lead to three but they suddenly lost their way as the Oisins began to dominate the play. Corner forward Alex O’Boyle began to find his top form and a goal and four points between the thirty-third and fortieth minutes put his team on top. An excellent point by centre forward Tommy Burns and one from a free by Conor O’Kane kept Armoy very much in touch but O’Boyle struck two more excellent points before setting up substitute Kevin McDonnell for a cracking goal in the forty eight minute.
Armoy were in trouble, but they dug deep and two long range points from Johnny McErlain frees plus one apiece by Lee Forsythe and Conor O’Kane had them back in the game. However Glenariffe were not to be outdone and a storming finish which brought a goal and a point from midfielder Tomas Quinn and two more from O’Boyle saw them home with a bit to spare in the end.
Armoy scorers – Owen Kinney 1-3; Tommy Burns 0-5; Johnny McErlain 0-5; Conor O;Kane 0-4; Ronan McCarry 1-0; James Dillon 0-2
Glenariffe scorers – Alex O’Boyle 1-13; Randal McDonnell 0-8; Tomas Quinn 1-2; Kevin McDonnell 1-0; Conor McAlister 0-2
Joe McBride, Arthur Devlin, Charles McCormick, Shane McCarry, Ronan McErlain, Daniel McPeake, Martin McErlain, Ciaran McErlain, Ronan McCarry, Johnny McErlain, Thomas Burns, James Dillon, Conor O’Kane, Owen Kinney, Lee Forsythe.
Seanan McToal, Patrick Burns, Mickey Gettins, Kieran McKendry, Niall Murray, Conor Patterson, Aaron Cosgrove, Thomas Quinn, Shane O’Connor, Michael Haughey, Conor McAlister, Randal McDonnell, Alex McDonnell, Dan McKillop, Alex O’Boyle
Subs used. Kevin McDonnell
Referee – Paul McSparran (Cushendun)
Portaferry continue to set the pace
In the other games played in Division 2 last night St. Patrick’s Portaferry continue to set the pace with a resounding win over St. Galls on a scoreline of 5-13 to 1-7 over visiting St. Gall’s and now move four clear at the top of the division with full points from six starts.
Trailing St. Patrick’s on 8 points are St. John’s but the Whiterock men have played a game less followed by Glenariffe, who put a few bad results behind them with a good win in Armoy. Cathaoir an Ri with a win at Randalstown and St. Gall’s join them on six points, the Milltown men have played a game less however.
Ghaeil Cluanaidh find themselves in an unfamiliar bottom spot with only one point while Tir Na nOg have two and Glen Rovers have three and all three will be hoping to improve their position in the coming weeks.