All County Hurling League Division 3
Cushendun 2-7 Cuchullains 1-10
Cushendun and Cuchullains Armagh shared the spoils when they met in Saturday’s Division 3 Hurling League games at the Rigs in Cushendun. If ever a game fitted the headline ‘a game of two halves’ then this was it as the visitors did the vast majority of their scoring in the first half while the Emmet’s clawed their way back in the second.
Having said that Cushendun were first to score and when David Kilgore got in for a goal after three minutes expectations were high, but it was to be the only time that they would trouble scoreboard operator in that first thirty minutes. Cuchullains got going in the seventh minute when Ciaran Currans pointed and two minutes later left half forward Davey Ryan added another.
Currans brought them level on sixteen minutes and the scores began to flow freely as they added three more without reply before really taking a grip of the game with a goal from a long range free by Conleth Laverty three minutes from the end of the first half. When midfielder Davey Bridges added a point in injury time the Armagh men were eight clear and though they had to turn to face the gale that blew in off the sea they knew they were in with a good chance of victory.
Wind assisted Cushendun opened the second half with a Conor McHugh point and when David Kilgore grabbed his second goal of the game on 36 minutes things were looking good for the home side. However the scoring was far from easy in the conditions but when Kilgore and Conor McHugh fired over points the gap was down to two with twenty minutes still to play.
Cuchullains dug in and they pulled a point back through Rafferty on 41 minutes and while McHugh reduced the gap to one with two points for the home side a point from a Conleth Laverty free put two between the teams again. When McHugh cut it back to a point again on 52 minutes Cushendun looked favourites once again but the Armagh men stood firm and it took an injury time point from Leo Morgan to earn the Emmet’s a draw.
Pics by Davy Morgan