St Paul’s late push for promotion continues with win over Emmets

All County Hurling League Division 3

Cushendun 0-16 St Paul’s 1-20

St Paul’s amazing comeback in Division 3 of the Antrim Hurling League continued at Cushendun on Wednesday evening when they beat the Emmet’s by seven points to continue a great run of victories. When the Shaw’s Road side lost their first two games of the season their hopes of promotion appeared to be very slim but once Mickey Rooney’s side got going they have lost just one more game and if they beat Gort na Mona in their last game of the season next Tuesday evening then they are champions.

Stephen Rooney was the star of the show in Cushendun on Wednesday evening and after Conor McHugh had given the home team an early lead Rooney started a charge that brought St Paul’s five points on the bounce, two from Rooney, and one each from James Farrell, Colm McLarnon and Gerard Carberry. Pearse Bannon pulled one back for the Emmett’s but four in a row from Rooney pulled his team 0-10 to 0-2 ahead after seventeen minutes.

Conor McHugh replied with a point from a free for Cushendun but a Gerard Carberry goal and a Fintan Gamle point helped St Paul’s to a 1-11 to 0-6 half time lead.

Points from the McHugh brothers Michael and Conor at the start of the second half left six between the teams but Stephen Rooney came back with two for the visitors to restore that eight point cushion. Harry Kilgore and Conor McHugh added points for the Emmet’s to close it to six again but Rooney, Carberry and Doyle replied for the Belfast men to give them a nine point cushion.

In their best spell of the game Cushendun then hit five points without reply through Michael McHugh, James Morgan, Conor McHugh (2) and Harry Kilgore and with St Paul’s now down to 14 men there was just four points between the sides with still five minutes left to play. For a time it was a bit anxious for the visitors but points from Colum McLarnon and Gerard Carberry settled the nerves and Stephen Rooney sealed it with a late point.

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