All County Hurling League Div 4
Con Magees 2.20 All Saints Ballymena 0.13
By Fergus Miskelly
Glenravel recorded a comprehensive 13 point victory over near neighbours Ballymena on Wednesday evening at Fr Maginn Park. In the end it proved decisive but for long periods that was far from the case, with the All Saints centre forward Liam Cassley proving a handful. Aided by his former Cloughmill’s colleague, Damian Gillan who hit 0-11 of his team’s 13 points, seven of them coming from frees while only 2 of Glenravel’s scores from placed balls, hitting an impressive 2.18 from open play, 6 of these coming from Declan Traynor who proved unmarkable throughout the hour.
Kieran McIntyre hit the game’s opening point after 2 minutes quickly followed by Declan Traynor. Ballymena responded with a pointed free before Dean Kerr opened his account with a point after a clever hand pass from Neil ‘Vic’ McCann. McIntyre scored next with a fine effort from 60 yards, and McCann tapped over another after good work from Micky McDonnell. From the resulting puck-out Declan Traynor intercepted with a great pick up at full sprint, soloing through and slotting over. Odhran McAleenan got on the score sheet next with a point from near the corner flag but Ballymena responded with 2 points from distance
Glenravel’s first major came on 22 minutes when Paddy O’Neill fielded a high ball in the middle of the field and fed it into Niall Donnelly who won it cleanly, turned and hit the net. The score at this stage was 1.07 to three points, with all six Glenravel forwards on the score sheet. Micky McDonnell playing at midfield hit another point but Ballymena hit the remaining two scores of the half to leave the score 1.08 to 0.05 at the break.
At the start of the second half Ballymena upped their game hitting 4 points without reply, and had it not been for the efforts of Shanlee Kerr and Turbo O’Hagan in defence it could have been more, clearing the ball time and time again. Padge O’Neill got Glenravel going again with a pointed free It was ‘tit for tat’ at this stage with Niall Donnelly pointing then Ballymena pulled two back, as the excellent Cassley kept them well in touch. Second half substitute Conleth OLoan and Declan Traynor tapped over two more scores to pull the home team clear and further good work from O’Loan set up Niall Donnelly for another minor score. Archie Rae Jnr was introduced at this stage for Micky McDonnell who had played a pivotal role at midfield, continually chasing down balls and putting decent passes into the forward line.
Niall Donnelly hit a point from a free and Sean McIlroy scored after good work from James Duffin. Padge O’Neill registered Glenravel’s second goal with only minutes remaining as a result of a high ball in to the box which sailed the whole way to the back of the net. The final score went to Ballymena with a pointed free.
Con Magees: R Donnelly, B O’Neill, S Kerr, C Mullan, D O’Hagan, M Scullion, S Atcheson, P O’Neill, M McDonald, K McIntyre, N McCann, D Traynor, D Kerr, N Donnelly, O McAleenan
. All Saints. Daire Hasson, Darren McGinty, Chris McAfee, Sean O’Rawe, Vinney Esler, Luke O’Rawe, Eoin McGuigan (0-1), Ciaran McGarry, Gary Miskella, Liam Cassley (0-1), Damian Gillan (0-11 – 9 frees), Damian Kelly, Tony Connolly, Anthony Mitchell, Barry Dorrity. Subs Michael Dorrity, Joe Crawford
Pics by Dylan McIlwaine