O’Boyle excels in Oisin’s victory

All County Hurling League Division 2

Glenariffe Oisins 2-17 Armoy Glen Rovers 1-11

Glenariffe recorded their second win in three days on Wednesday evening when they had nine points to spare over Armoy in Waterfoot. The Oisins did most of the damage in the first half when aided by a strong breeze as they opened up a 2-7 to 0-4 advantage by the short whistle. Armoy raised hopes of a victory when Owen Kinney pulled a goal back seven minutes into the second half, but and extraordinary display of free taking by the home side’s Alex O’Boyle kept the visitors at arms’ length as they sealed the win.

Glenariffe scored inside ten seconds of the throw-in when the won the ball from the throw-in and dispatched it to the edge of the Armoy ‘square’ where Alex O’Boyle hammered it home. It took Armoy a while to settle, but when PJ McBride and Johnny McErlain pointed to cut the gap to the minimum they looked a bit more settled. However when Conor Patterson soloed through to take an inch perfect pass by Dan McKillop in his stride and fire it home without breaking stride the home team were back in charge. They went on to dominate as the hit six points in the next ten minutes, four of them from O’Boyle, and one each from Tom Quinn and Daniel Haughey, in reply to just one from Armoy’s Owen Kinney. Conor Christie added another for Armoy but O’Boyle had the last say of the half with another score from a placed ball in first half injury time.

17Owen Kinney gave Armoy hope with a first half goal. Pic by John McIlwaine

O’Boyle and Armoy’s PJ McBride exchanged points early in the new half and while O’Boyle nailed another beauty from inside his own half points from Eamon McCaughan and PJ McBride, on either side of an Owen Kinney goal gave the visitors a bit of hope. Kinney came close with another goal effort soon afterwards and there was a brief nervousness in the Oisins camp. However Alex O’Boyle soon settled the nerves with three on the trot and though Ciarn and Johnny McErain came back with points for the Glen Rovers men, ace marksmen O’Boyle always had an answer and he hit four more in the final minutes to take his personal tally to an impressive 1-14.

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