Oisins and Armoy finish level as battle to avoid the drops gets more intense

All County Hurling League – Division 2

Glenariffe Oisins 1-15 Armoy Glen Rovers 1-15

8The relegation race at the bottom of Division 2 took another turn tonight when Glenariffe and Armoy shared the spoils in a highly entertaining game in Waterfoot. Armoy appeared to be in trouble when they were reduced to 14 men early in the game while trailing by 1-4 to 0-2 but they showed great fighting spirit to battle back and in the end it was the home team who needed two late points to earn a share of the spoils. The point gained by Glenariffe moves them on to 11 points which should leave them safe, but there is now four teams level on ten points St Gall’s, Tír na nÓg, Carey and Armoy and any one of them could still go down. St John’s win over Clooney Gaels this evening means the Ahoghill men are now down but one of the other four will join them in Division 3 next season. St Gall’s and Tír na nÓg have an advantage in that they have a game in hand on the other two, but there are anxious times ahead for all four clubs until they know they are safe.image001-copy

Randal McDonnell gave Glenariffe and early lead but Armoy hit back with points from Tomas Burns and Johnny McErlain to edge in front the sixth minute but Oisins, who despite facing a stiff diagonal breeze were getting the better of things and after Mickey Gettins levelled matters they hit the front with an Alex O’Boyle goal after good approach work by Dan McKillop. When Johnny McErlain received a red card on ten minute Armoy appeared to have a mountain to climb, and things got even worse when Glenariffe increased their lead with points from O’Boyle and McDonnell to move five clear. However the Oisins have had a habit in recent weeks of switching off when they appeared to be gaining the upper hand, and it happened again as 14 man Armoy hit back with four points on from Tomas Burns, Liam Dillon and Conor O’Kane (2) and a goal from Owen Kinney. Kevin McDonnell and Own Kinney exchanged points before Armoy produced a strong finish to the first half and three pointed frees by O’Kane put them three ahead at the break. (1-10to 1-7)

When Glenariffe wiped out that three point deficit early in the second half it looked like they would go on to dominate, but Armoy showed great resolve and a fine point from play from Martin McErlain put them back in front. It was score for score for the next fifteen minutes before Armoy went two clear with pointed frees from the accurate O’Kane.  Glenariffe appeared to have thrown away their chance of at least a draw when they missed two simple scores from play, but when the chips were down in the final minutes Alex O’Boyle held his nerve to send over two points from frees and earn his team a share of the spoils.

GLENARIFFE

1 – Seanan McToal, 2 – Kieran McKendry, 3 – Conor McAllister 4 – Conan McToal 5 – Shane O’Connor 6 – Conor Patterson 7 – Niall Murray 8 – Arron Cosgrove 9 – Daniel Haughey
10 – Ciaran Leech 11 – Mickey Gettens (0-1)12 – Randall McDonnell (0-5)
13 – Kevin Mc Donnell  (0-1) 14 – Dan Mc Killop (0-1) 15 – Alex O’Boyle (1-7)

ARMOY

1 – Conor Devlin 2 – Gerard Laverty 3 – Charles McCormick 4 – Shane McCarry 5 – Ronan McErlain 6 – Saniel McPeake 7 – Martin McErlain (0-1) 8 – Ciaran McErlain 9- Tomas Burns (0-1) 10 – Conor O’Kane (0-9) 11 – John Dillon 12 – Johnny McErlain (0-1) 13 – Hugh O’Kane 14 – Owen Kinney (1-1) 15 – Liam Dillon (0-1)

Referee – Colin Murray (Carryduff)

 

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