Junior Feis Shield Hurling
St Endas 4-9 All Saints 2-12
St. Enda’s eventually emerged as three points victors in this Junior Feis Hurling game in Ballymena on Tuesday night but they were pushed all the way by an All Saints side who have re-entered the hurling arena after a few years serious inactivity.
Despite this defeat there were signs that the Ballymena club are well on their way to re-establishing themselves on the hurling front and they looked to be heading to a confidence boosting victory when they led the visitors, St. Enda’s by a point at half time.
In the process the Slemish Park side scored an impressive 2-12 with Ciaran Neeson leading the way with 0-11 (7 frees) and Neeson was at the heart of nearly everything good the home side did with a number of lung busting runs from mid-field and sharp finishes, despite picking up a head injury for his efforts.
Neeson had a reliable ally in the mid-field sector in Ciaran McGarry who won a lot of dirty ball and weighed in with a point while Jack Magill and Terence Diamond took their goals with aplomb. Padhraig Magill was another to perform well in the half-back line, making a couple o0f excellent catches
The greater experience of the St. Enda’s side got them over the line in the end but the All Saints management will have taken a lot of heart from the performance of their side and it’s great to see a number of youngsters emerging who show great promise.
All Saints: 1. Ciaran Cassley: 2. Frank Casey, 3. Chris Laverty, 4. Sean O’Rawe: 5. Darren McGinty, 6. Gary Miskella, 7. Daire Hasson: 8. Ciaran McGarry, 9. Ciaran Neeson: 10. Jack Magill, 11. Luke O’Rawe, 12. Padhraig Magill: 13. Martin McNally, 14. Terence Diamond, 15. Anthony Mitchell.