by Marriane McNeill
All County Hurling League Division 1
St Brigids 0-11 Dunloy 1-28
For the first quarter of this game the Biddies were more than a match for a Dunloy but once theCuchullains got into their stride they pulled away from their parish rivals.
Cloughmills welcomed back goalkeeper Chris McKieran who missed the first encounter and he had an excellent game between the sticks pulling off several fine stops over the hour.
There was little St Brigid’s could do with Dunloys’ blistering pace in their full forward line with Keelan Molloy sending over within seconds of the start but direct from the poc-out Cloughmills hit back with a point from Aaron Smiley.
Mickey Devlin then sent over to give the Biddies the lead for the only time in the game but it was short-lived as direct from the poc out Kevin McKeague fired over.
Nigel Elliott and Nicky McKeague sent over points only to see the speedy James Doherty pull one back and set up Damien Gillan with an acute angle point.
Dunoy again pulled away with points from Conal Doherty Cunning and Keelan Molloy but again St Brigids reeled them in with a fine passing movement which resulted in a brace of points from Mickey Delvin.
With 15mins on the clock the sides were level on 0-7 apiece but a warning was fired by Nigel Elliott who saw his shot brilliantly save by McKiernan and from the resulting 65 Nicky McKeague fired over.
Dunloy now upped the tempo and when Conal Doherty Cunning caught the ball he hand-passed it to the overlapping Alistair Dooey who fired to the net.
With the goal came the breathing space Dunloy needed and a further 0-7 without reply left it Dunloy 1-15 St Brigids 0-7 at the break.
The second half saw Mickey Devlin open the scoring but again simplistic hurling saw Dunloy work the ball into space and points from Eamon Smyth, Kevin McKeague, Micheal Murphy and Alistair Dooey left it 1-20 to 0-9.
St Brigid’s kept battling though and late points from Aaron Smiley, Mickey Devlin and Damien Gillan saw them hit double figures.
For the home side their best came from Chris McKiernan in nets while infront of him his defence tried hard with Aaron Smiley, Oggy Laverty and Stephen Martin trying hard while at midfield Conor Laverty worked hard. Up front Damien Gillan Mickey Devlin and James Doherty were the pick of the attack.
For Dunloy their best came from Phelim Duffin the McKeague brothers Chris Kearns in a solid defence while at midfield Paudie Shivers worked hard. Upfront Dunloy held all the aces with Ali Dooey Conal Cunning Nicky McKeague and Keelan Molloy giving the Cloughmills defence a torrid time.
ST Brigids Cloughmills Mickey Devlin 0-6 Aaron Smiley 0-2 James Doherty 0-2, Damien Gillan 0-2.
Dunloy Alistair Dooey 1-6, Nicky McKeague 0-6, Conal Cunning 0-4, Micheal Murphy 0-3, Keelan Molloy 0-3, Nigel Elliott 0-2, Eamon Smyth 0-1 Paul Shiels 0-1
Referee Ryan O’Reilly Glenravel