All County Hurling League Division 1
Ballycastle 2-17 Rossa 0-9
Ballycastle kept their hopes of survival in Division 1 alive when beat Rossa in Sunday’s Division 1 League game at Pairc MacUilin. Returning exile Saul McCaughan was the star of the show for the Town with two goals and three points from full-forward, ably assisted by Ciaran Clarke who weighed in with eight points, while the other member of the full forward line Conor Boyd grabbed two points. James McLister, also back in action for the first time in months grabbed 0-3 from right half forward, while Ciaran Butler scored a point after being introduced as a substitute. Deaghlan Murphy top scored for Rossa with 0-4 while younger brother Tiernan, Darren Grego, Christopher McIhatton and the evergreen Paul Close got points apiece.
Ballycastle dominated the opening half and two goals from McCaughan helped them to a 2-6 to 0-7 half time lead. After the break the Town kept up the pressure, holding Rossa to just two more points while adding eleven more themselves for a much needed win. However there is still a lot to do for the Ballycastle men if they are to be playing their hurling in Division 2 next season. They must beat Cloughmills on Sunday next, Rossa again in the return leg at Rossa Park on Wednesday week and Ballygalget at home on Sunday 13th of August to have any hope of survival, and then rely on other teams doing them a favour in their games against Rossa. A tall order, but yesterday’s win at least gives them hope.
Ryan McGarry, Paul McLernon, Matthew Donnelly, Oran Kearney, Dermot Donnelly, Neal McAuley, Ben McQuillan, Conaire Butler, Kevin Barry McShane, Jimmy McLister (0-3), James McShane, Conial Brown, Conor Boyd (0-2), Saul McCaughan (2-3), Ciaran Clarke (0-8).
Subs: Ciaran Butler (0-1) for Conial Brown
Gavin Bell, Niall Crossan, Kevin McDonnell, Odhran O’Callaghan, Aidan Orchin, Stephen Shannon, Conor McClelland, Michael McGreevey, Christopher McIlhatton (0-1), Darren Grego (0-1), Oisin McVicker, Stephen Beatty, Tiernan Murphy (0-1), Paul Close (0-1), Deaghlan Murphy (0-5)