by John McIlwaine
All County Hurling League Division 3&4
Shane O’Neill’s 2-18 Lamh Dhearg 3-18
Lamh Dhearg took both points on offer after Wednesday evening’s ding-dong battle with hosts Glenarm at Arthur Forsythe Memorial Park in Feystown. For long periods of the game the home side looked the better of the two teams, but the Hannahstown men were more clinical in front of goal and with Domnhall Nugent, Mark Finnegan and Brendan McComb in top form they did enough to get themselves over the line. Glenarm will wonder how they didn’t get anything out of this game. They dominated for long periods of the first half and with Darren Hamill and Daniel Black in flying form the points kept stacking up. The problem was however that they kept conceding goals at the other end, and on each occasion they came from situations where the defender seemed well in control of the situation.
Darren Hamill gave Glenram the lead in the opening minute and though Lamh Dhearg came straight back with a goal from Mark Finnegan the home side pushed on to hit six points without reply through Daniel Black (3), Darren Hamill (2) and Mark Petticrew to lead 0-6 to 1-0 after twelve minutes. Domnhall Nugents and Daniel Black exchanged points from frees before Lamh Dhearg go in for their second goal and though it was one that the defence should have dealt with when the chance came the way of Lamh’s Michael McGuigan the full forward finished it superbly from the tightest of angles.
Four points from Hamill and two from Black edged the Feystown men back ahead but disaster was to strike once again when the Glenarm full back line fumbled and faltered and Finnegan got in to drill home his second, and Lamh Dhearg’s third of the game. Darren Hamill edged Glenarm back ahead but a strong finish by Lamh Dhearg saw Mark Finnegan, Michael Herron and Brendan McComb all add points to give their team a 3-6 to 0-12 interval lead.
Darren Hamill got the first score of the second half but two from McComb and one each from Finnegan and Nugent stretched the Hannahstown lead to six. Glenarm were thrown a lifeline on forty eight minutes when Daniel Black broke through from midfield and buried the ball in the back of the Lamh Dhearg net, but the Hannahstown men found quick relies and two points in as many minutes stretched their advantage to five. It was out to six again with just five minutes left for play when Darren Hamill gave the Feystown men renewed hope as he steered the ball through a packed goalmouth to the net. After McComb put thee between the sides again Liam Mulvenna and Daniel Black pointed to reduce the Glenarm deficit to the minimum with time almost up. The home side had a golden opportunity to tie the scores as the game entered injury time but wayward shooting meant the chance was gone and Donal Nugent and Makr Finnegan sealed the win for Hannahstown with two later scores.
Patrick Abran, Martin Ward, Blain McDermott, Aidan O’Neill, Sean Moran, Hugh Pat McNeill, Liam Mulvenna, Patrick McAuley, Daniel Black, Sean O’Hare, Darren Hamill, Barry Hamill, Nial Hamill, Conor McNeill, Mark Petticrew.
Patrick Herron, Conor Herron, Mark Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Diamond, Aidan McGuigan, Cathal Kelly, Padraig Mervyn, Brendan McComb, Jack Trainor, Michael Herron, Domnhall Nugent, Mark Finnegan, Michael McGuigan, Sean Paul Gibson
Referee- Mark O’Neill (Armoy)