Feis na nGleann 2017
By Brendan McTaggart
Junior Hurling Final
Saturday July 8
Fr Healy Park, Loughgiel
Shane O’Neill’s, Glenarm 2-15 Loughgiel Shamrocks 1-11
A virtuoso performance from midfielder Daniel Black helped Shane O’Neills to a seven point victory in the Junior Hurling Final at the Feis in Loughgiel on Saturday afternoon. The young Glenarm man struggled for much of the match from placed ball with his radar letting him down on numerous occasions but when his team needed him most in the closing stages, Black stood tall. Six points in the last ten minutes, all from Black’s hurl steered Shane O’Neill’s to Feis glory.
The Glenarm men were the better side for much of the first half with Barry Hamill and Benny McDermott looking lively in attack. A dogged and at times overworked Loughgiel defence kept their goal intact until the last minute of the half while up front Niall McFadden and Clinton Hennessey were the chief tormentors for the Shamrocks.
The Shane O’Neill’s goal came at a time when Loughgiel had dragged themselves back into the game. Despite playing with the wind, they trailed Glenarm all through the opening 30 minutes but just one point separated the sides when Barry Hamill scored the first major of the Final. Dylan McLaughlin played the sliotar into space for Hamill and although Chris Magill looked favourite to get there first, Barry Hamill managed to take the ball away from the Shamrock ‘keeper and into the back of the net.
A four point lead of 1-7 to 0-6 was the least Glenarm deserved having hit double figures in wide’s throughout the first half while Loughgiel were much more economical in attack. The introduction of Liam McKillop and Conor Dallas gave the Shamrocks more bite in attack and in the 42nd minute they took the lead. Former Waterford ‘keeper Hennessey rose highest among a group of players before lashing an unstoppable drive beyond Patrick Abraham in the Glenarm goals.
The Loughgiel joy was short lived though as Glenarm scored their second major shortly after. A long ball from Padraig McDermott was landing on the edge of the Loughgiel square where Benny McDermott doubled first time in the air sending the sliotar to the back of the Loughgiel net. The Shamrocks responded with ‘Cowboy’ McFadden scoring his sixth point of the match in the 47th minute to leave just one between the sides and the game in the melting pot but the closing stages belonged to Shane O’Neill’s and Daniel Black in particular. Six unanswered points, three from frees and scores from all ranges and angles ensured the Junior Feis Cup would reside in Glenarm for 2017.
Loughgiel: Chris Magill; Cormac Watt; Ronan McFadden; Ryan Cassley; Conor Carey; Aaron Carey; Barry McFadden; Conor Christie; Oran Laverty; Aidan McFadden; Niall McFadden; Cathaoir McGrath; Conor Gillan; Clinton Hennessey; Conal McFadden
Shane O’Neill’s: Patrick Abraham; Martin Ward; Liam McDermott; Sean Moran; Declan McDermott; Hugh-Pat McNeill; Paddy McAuley; Daniel Black; Padraig McDermott; Benny McDermott; Darren Hamill; Liam Mulvenna; Barry Hamill; Dylan McLaughlin; Liam Mitchell
Loughgiel: Niall McFadden 0-6 (5 frees); Clinton Hennessey 1-00; Oran Laverty 0-2; Conor Christie 0-1; Cathaoir McGrath 0-1; Conor Dallas 0-1
Shane O’Neill’s: Daniel Black 0-10 (5 frees); Benny McDermott 1-1; Barry Hamill 1-00; Darren Hamill 0-1; Liam Mulvenna 0-1; Dylan McLaughlin 0-1; Liam Mitchell 0-1
Referee: Ryan O’Reilly (Glenravel)