Junior Feis Shield
Glenariffe 1-12 Loughgiel 1-20
by John McIlwaine
Loughgiel booked their place in the final of the Junior Feis Shield at Glenariffe tonight when a strong second half performance saw off the challenge of the Oisins by 1-20 to 1-12. The home side were very much in the game in the first half and actually led a couple of times during the opening thirty minutes. They went in level with the Shamrocks at the break and six minutes into the second half they edge back in front, but they only scored two more points in the final twenty five minutes of play as the Shamrocks took control. Fresh legs introduced from the bench was a big factor in the visitors win and players they introduced like Liam McKillop and Conor Dallas were to have a big impact on the game.
With ‘Gooch’ Gillan hitting some fine scores for the Shamrocks and Daniel Haughey on song for the Oisins it was score for score for a long time. Glenariffe hit the front on twenty two minutes when Alex McDonnell fired in a goal, but a kicked point by former Waterford goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy plus neat scores by OD Laverty and ‘Goockh’ Gillan had them level at half time. (1-6 to 0-9)
Liam McKillop, who was brought on at the start of the second half form the Shamrocks made an immediate impact when he pointed inside two minutes, but Glenariffe came back with another fine point by Daniel Haughey and one from Alex McDonnell to edge in front. However Loughgiels subs were having an impact and one of them, Cono Dallas hit a tellings score on 38 minutes when he finished off a fine move by lobbing the Oisins keeper for a cracking goal. Haughey pulled a couple back for the Oisins but his second one on 42 minutes was to be his team’s last as Loughgiel started to go through the gears.
Liam McKillop started the winning run of scores on 43 minutes before Gooch Gillan (2) Cahir McGrath (2) , McKillop, Dallas and McGrath again popped over the points that saw them book the place in the final at Feis na nGleann which this year will be played in Fr Healy Park, Loughgiel.