Report & Photographs: Joe Rice
Sunday morning, saw four South West Antrim Clubs compete in the glorious sunshine of Moneyglass for the Maggie Close Cup and shield.
First up were the host Club against Kickham’s Creggan, and it was they who raised the first flag from their first possession with Creggan, equalising seconds later in a low scoring encounter. Creggan soon added three additional points without reply before Moneyglass got their second to leave the final score Creggan 0.04 ,Moneyglass 0.02.
The second match featured Coolney Gaels against a much fancied All Saints who dominated the first half scoring 1.02, without reply and looked to be on their way to the cup final. As the second half got under way Clooney dug deep and found their range, bagging 1.02. All Saints countered running through the Clooney defence, to secure a victory to finish with one goal and 6 points.
All Saints stayed on the pitch as they now faced Kickham’s. The Ballymena outfit started as they had finished, in the first game, running riot, bagging three goals and two points in the first half to no score for Kickham’s.
REFEREE, Brendan Prenter, got proceedings under way for the second half as Creggan management made a few positional changes and their tactics seemed to be paying off scoring two goals and 4 points but this was a little too late as Ballymena added 2 further goals of their own to kill off the contest.
As the morning wore on, St Ergnat’s confidence grew and they held Clooney 1.04 to no score to secure their second win of the contest.
Next up was Creggan v Clooney. This was a much tighter battle with both clubs only managing a point a piece in the first half, but changes at the break favoured Clooney as they added 3 further points to seal the deal 0.04 to 0.01.
The last match of the qualifiers featured competition favourites All Saints against an ever improving St Ergnat’s. The host club dominated this battle and came out on top 2.01 to 0.01.
After the lunch break the Shield and Cup Finals featured All Saints v St. Ergnat’s in the Cup, while Creggan lined out against Clooney.
With the Shield Final under way goals were the order of the day for Kickham’s scoring 6.02 to 3.02 to claim the spoils.
The last encounter of the day was a fierce battle between Ballymena and Moneyglass and both teams gave it their all – level at half time, full time and after extra time to share the Cup.