All county Hurling League Division 3
Glenarm 2:17 Cloughmills 5: 21
By Pete Hyndman
The scoreline suggests a runaway victory but this was a fierce battle from two good teams in Sunday’s league game at Feystown.
Glenarm who have played Div 3 for a few years, and Cloughmills who dropped from Div.2 last term. It was nip and tuck in the early stages of play, before Darren Hamill slotted over a 40 yard free. The home side doubled their tally with Dylan Mc Laughlin working from his corner forward berth robbing the ball and bagging a point. This woke up the Ballyveeley boys as they hit a purple patch hitting four points in 4 minutes, Micky Devlin getting a brace, with Conor Laverty and Liam Kearns getting a point each. On the 12th minute Darren Hamill found alot of space and went for goal, he pulled sweetly on the ball but Chris Mc Kernan the Naomh Bríd goalkeeper to his credit blocked the ball down hitting a Glenarm forwards leg and rolling passed the post going wide. Liam Kearns slotted over a 35 yard free on 12 minutes followed by another Micky Devlin “65”.
Johnny Duffin was next to score for the visitors with a nice effort before another Hamill goal effort was thwarted when his fierce drive came off a Cloughmills body, which was cleared upfield. Young Johnny Duffin hit his second score with Devlin bagging his 4th point and Saint Brigid’s ninth point of this match to open a bit of a gap. The Feystown boys barren spell was halted when Darren Hamill slotted over a free, closely followed by Sean O Hare feeding Hamill a delightful ball and dissecting the uprights from 40 yards.
Micky Devlin was leading the scores for the orange and black boys with another converted “70”, he added with a goal from a 25 yard free to the top of the Shane O Neill’s net! With half time approaching Daniel Black drove over an excellent 65 yard free, with Cloughmill’s Rian Dobbin pointing for the visitors before the referee called for the ball at the short whistle. SHANE O NEILLS 00:05 CLOUGHMILLS 01:11
Glenarm came out fighting at the start of this second half with sub Ciaran Magill clipping over a point way out near the sideline. A minute later and team-mate Daniel Black rifled over the bar. Young Magill chipped in with another white flag effort after evading a couple of strong tackles. With both teams making a couple of changes at half-time, it was the visitors turn for their sub Owen Dobbin to hit a point. The versatile Dylan McLaughlin cutely picked up a low hit ball and carved a gap through 2 Cloughmills defenders, before drilling over another home score. Micky Devlin again, causing havoc won a loose ball and struck a rocket goalwards, Liam Mulvenna blocked the sliotar down but it rolled beyond him into the Glenarm nets on 40 minutes. A minute later with a lot of home pressure, a ball swung over from near the endline was collected by Dylan McLaughlin who took his chance and sent the ball beyond the Cloughmills keeper for a Glenarm green flag effort.
Devlin and Duffin for the visitors got a point each next, with another Darren Hamill effort for the boys in blue. James Docherty found space, and with a lapse of concentration from the home sides defense found himself bagging another Cloughmill’s goal.
Glenarm’s Darren Hamill and the visitors Docherty traded scores a few minutes later, unforunately for the home side it was a goal for the Biddies half forward. Another point for the visitors was cancelled out by a Dan Black effort, with Conor Laverty then hitting a further score for the away team. Duffin on 49 minutes again hit a point, this awoke Black who claimed a ball from Mc Laughlin and punished the away team with a fine green flag effort, driving the ball beyond a near static defence. After a late water break, Daniel Black penetrated the posts with another solo effort. A Cloughmill’s hat trick of point all but sealed this game, with Devlin, Owen Dobbin and Joe Smyth all on the scoresheet. A great catch from Glenarm’s Ciaran Magill resulted in him finding Dylan Mc Laughlin who obliged by slotting over a point, Mc Laughlin then drove over a 21 yard free. A minute later Dobbin for the away team won a loose ball and claimed Cloughmills fifth goal, Docherty again replied with a point for the visitors. Two late points for the home side off the sticks of young Magill and Mc Laughlin concluded this game, with Cloughmills running out victors of this Div. 3 game. A tough game to start this Div. 3 league, Glenarm fought valliantly with Liam Mulvenna unlucky for at least two of the goals, as he had blocked the point blank efforts down but couldnt clear. Paul Magill Decky Mc Dermott , Hugh Pat all worked hard. Upfront Dylan Mc Laughlin(1:05), Dan Black(1:03), Darren Hamill(:06) and young Ciaran Magill all scored well and deserve some credit. A point to mention Glenarm have a few young players coming through the ranks and in the future should make a massive difference to the squad. For the visitors Aaron Smiley. “Oggy” Laverty and Conor Laverty quenced any Glenarm threat, with Dobbin, Docherty(2:01), Duffin and danger man Micky Devlin(1:06) all taking the bulk of the scores.
GLENARM. Liam Mulvenna, Aidan O Neill, Barry Hamill, Paul Magill, Decky Mc Dermott, Hugh Pat Mc Neill,Ben O Boyle, Paddy Mc Auley, Conal Ward, Sean O Hare, Daniel Black, Sean O Boyle, Dylan Mc Laughlin, Darren Hamill, Kevin O Boyle..subs Liam Mc Loughlin,Joseph Cunnig, Ryan Mc Loughlin, Ciaran Black,Darryl Mc Mullan,Rory Mulvenna, Dan O Boyle, Ciaran Magill, Ruairi Mellon. CLOUGHMILLS. Chris Mc Kernan, Geoffrey Laverty, Darren Morrison, Aaron Mc Guckian, AAron Smiley, Micky Morrison, Steven Martin, Conor Laverty, Marty Dobbin, Micky Devlin,Ruairi Laverty, James Docherty, Johnny Duffin, Liam Kearns, Rian Dobbin, subs.. Adam Mooney, Benny Martin, Joe Smyth, Owen Dobbin, JB Mc Guckian.