All COunty Hurling League – Division 1
Latharna Og 1-07 Con Magees 2-20
Photos and report by Brian Quinn
Latharna Og welcomed Con Magees to a blustery Brustin Braes for this ACHL Division 4 fixture, motivated to show their improvement since the opening day fixture against the same side that resulted in a heavy loss of 6-14 to 0-2.
Division 4 high flyers Con Magees have won all league fixtures going into this game and started the game with intent, Sean McKay opening with a point in the first minute against the breeze and quickly followed by a point from McIntyre and a third for Kerr.
Latharna opened their account in the 6th minute with a 40 yard free from Ryan O’Donnell before McKay did likewise in the 8th minute for the visitors. Further quick scores for McIntyre and that man McKay increased the difference between the sides and it looked like despite the Larne men’s industrious work, a heavy defeat could be on the cards.
Latharna battled on though and on the 15th minute, Philip Craig was the most alert to a loose ball in the box and pulled home to keep Larne in this game. The scoreboard was kept busy with points for Lismore, O’Donnell and McGoldrick for the Brustin Brae natives and Kerr, McIntyre and McKay did likewise for the vistors to make the half time score, Latharna Og 1-05 Con Magees 1-09.
With the change of sides, Con Magees had the wind on their backs and key man McKay got them up in running with a point in the 31st minute, quickly followed by a goal from the impressive McIntyre who fired past the helpless Keenan and from then on Con Magees hit another 0-8 unanswered to ensure the scoreboard matched their dominance on the field.
The home side had battled hard but in the second half Con Magees had too much and showed why they are the league leaders. There were good performances from McIntyre and Kerr but the stand out performer was Sean McKay, scoring 0-8 and looking dangerous everytime the ball was near.
For Latharna, there will be better days but they should take heart from the improvements from that first game with a poor second half the difference here today. Ryan O’Donnell was the home teams’ best performer, working hard and scoring 0-4.
Keenan,O’Neill, Petticrew, Barkley, Carson, Matthews, Martin, O’Donnell (0-4), McKendry (Inj 22), Lismore (0-2), McGoldrick (0-1), Hegarty, Martin, Craig (1-0), Stewart
Subs Milliken Bergin McKillion Regan Rolston Rogan
Donnelly, McAuley, Carey, Atcheson (0-1), McDonnell, Duffin, O’Loan,O’Neill, Fyfe (0-2),McIntyre (1-5), Burns, Donnelly, McElroy, Kerr (1-2), McKay (0-8), Subs O’Hagan, McCann (0-1), McAleenan (0-1)
Referee Ciaran Mc Closkey (Loughgiel Shamrocks)