By Saffron Gael
ACHL Division 3/4
Cushendun 3-14 Naomh Colum Cille 4-7
Robert Emmets Cushendun made it four wins on the bounce on Sunday afternoon as they saw off the spirited challenge of Naomh Colum Cille.
With less than 10 minutes left to play, the home side were winning by 12 points but three late goals by the Tyrone men gave the Emmets food for thought in the closing stages but ultimately they had done enough throughout the hour to ensure the two points on offer stayed in North Antrim.
Playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half, the home side tallied nine points with the highlight coming from the hurl of Connlaoth McNeill, the Cushendun man sending a side line over the bar from fully 50 yards. Naomh Colum Cille did manage the first goal of the match after ten minutes but they only raised one white flag in a first half that Cushendun dominated. The half time score gave the home side a deserving five point advantage, 0-9 to 1-1.
Naomh Colum Cille opened the scoring after the interval with a free from fully 70 yards but the home side got their first goal of the match moments later. Jack McKay was dragged down with his sights set on the Naomh Colum Cille goal and Connlaoth McNeill despatched the resulting 21 yard free to the back of the net.
The second Cushendun goal came just three minutes later, this time McKay applying the finishing touch to open a ten point lead for the home side with Harry Kilgore and McNeill also raising white flags for the Emmets.
They Tyrone men showed plenty of character in the second half, three unanswered points ensured Cushendun weren’t getting everything their own way and a brace of goals in the 53rd and 54th minutes was enough to renew their hopes of getting something out of the game but substitute Stephen McNeill scored Cushendun’s third major after superb work from Eoghan McQuillan to extinguish any hopes of the visitors making a dramatic comeback.
Naomh Colum Cille did manage a fourth goal in injury time, meaning the last four scores of the match were all majors but it was too little, too late as the Emmets made it five wins from seven with a four point victory.
Next up for the Emmets is a mid-week trip to Na Magha on Wednesday night while Naomh Colum Cille are scheduled to travel to the Bear Pitt and a match against Sarsfields on the same night.
Scorers: Connlaoth McNeill 1-4 (1-3 frees); Harry Kilgore 0-4; Jack McKay 1-1; Dominic McQuillan 0-3; Stephen McNeill 1-00; Rory McQuillan 0-1; James Morgan 0-1
Pics by Michael Morgan