Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Championship
Carey Faughs 3-20 Armoy Glen Rovers 2-13
Carey Faughs qualified for the semi-final of the Intermediate Hurling Championship when they beat their neighbours Armoy Glen Rovers in Saturday’s quarter final at the Rigs in Cushedun. The game had originally been scheduled for Loughgiel on Friday evening but torrential rain over the weekend had ruled that out so everyone had to re plan their weekend activities and thankfully the Emmet’s club stepped into the breach and hosted the tie
On what was generally a miserable weekend weather-wise for hurling the rain thankfully stayed away for the duration of the match but a strong wind blew down the pitch into the sea throughout. Both teams contributed to what was a fine championship match and it was the slight pre-match favourites Carey who progressed in the end with a convincing ten point win to set up a meeting with Sarsfields in the semi-final.
The Faughs got off to the perfect start with a Fiachra McVeigh goal after just twenty seconds, followed by a pointed James McCouaig free, two scores which set the trend for the opening quarter. Johnny McErlain opened the Armoy account from a free in the third minute with Conor McBride replying with a similar score for the Faughs to keep the gap at four. McErlain and Thomas Burns added on points for Armoy to cut the gap to two but Caolan McCaughan came back with one from play and Conor McBride added one from a free to maintain that four point cushion for Carey after 15 minutes.
James Black extended Carey’s lead from play but Armoy hit back again with two points from Johnny McErlain to leave just one score between the sides. It remained that way for most of the second quarter until the 25th minute when the Faughs got a lucky break as a harmless looking ball was flicked to the Armoy net by Conor McBride, extending the gap between the teams. Armoy were now making better use of the breeze and had a purple patch in the minutes before half time they clawed their way back with some fine scores, including two from County star John ‘Rocky’ Dillon and the gap was down to just two, but James ‘Rocket’ Black had the last score of the half to send Carey to the dressing room at half time with a 2-6 to 0-9 lead.
With the wind at their backs in the second half Carey again made a fast start as young Conor McBride fired to the Armoy net after great work by his namesake John and suddenly the gap was out to six. The Rovers needed a quick response and it came when Emmet O’Hara opened their second half account with a fine point and when Thomas Burns grabbed a goal soon afterwards it was game on again.
Carey’s star man Conor McBride and Armoy’s PJ McBride swapped scores from frees leaving the score at the mid-way point of the second half 3.10 to 1.12 to the men from Ballyvoy but two great points in quick succession from wing-half back Michael ‘Eggy’ McVeigh stretched the gap to six again. Carey’s were now in control and they pulled further ahead with some fine scores, including one from centre-half back James McCouaig from all of 80 metres. Armoy battled bravely but the Faughs were on top and the men in green finished on a high when wing-half back Peadar McVeigh sent over the last point of the match with a great strike from play to seal that semi-final spot.
Overall this was a good championship clash between two great rivals – hard fought and competitive throughout. Both defences were solid throughout and all scores were hard fought for. At midfield neither team dominated and both team’s pairings had their periods on top. In the forward lines best for Armoy were John Dillon and Johnny McErlain, while young Conor McBride was the star of the Carey attack with his two goals from play and faultless free taking, saw him end with a personal total of 2.07 overall.
CAREY: Christopher Butler, Colm McBride, Sean McBride, Patrick Gillan, Michael McVeigh, James McCouaig, Peadar McVeigh, Sean McLaughlin, Caolan McCaughan, James Black, Cathal McAuley, Daniel Martin, Fiachra McVeigh, John McBride, Conor McBride
Subs used – Connaire Butler, Martin Hunter, Patrick Butler, Gerard McBride
ARMOY: Conor Devlin, Shane Devlin, Cha McCormick, Joseph McFetridge, Liam Dillon, Arthur Devlin, Joe McBride, Ciaran McErlain, PJ McBride, Johnny McErlain, John Dillon, Emmet O’Hara, Thomas Burns, Daniel McPeake, Conor Christie
PICS BY ANN GILLAN AND MICKY MORGAN