Mc Caughan Cup. – North Antrim Intermediate Hurling
Laharna 2.12 Carey Faughs 2.17
This North Antrim Intermediate hurling game was a “nip and tuck” encounter in the Brustin Braes just outside Larne. The first quarter was evenly contested with the home side getting off the mark with points from Darren Martin, Caolean McAuley and two from Chris Roulston, while Carey kept in touch with points from Rory McBride, Paddy McBride and a couple from Martin Hunter, to leave both sides on 0.4 each after 15minutes. Only for some fine goalkeeping from Chris Keenan in the Larne goal the visitors would have been well ahead, but despite this and a litany of wides they held sway at half time 0.10 to 0.9.
The second half started off a bit of a “slow burner” but Carey edged further ahead with points from Garron McBride, Daniel McBride and 3 from Martin Hunter, for a hard working Larne side points from Conor Mulvenna, Conor Boyle, Roulston and McAuley keep them in touch .further Carey points from Daniel , rory and Gerald McBride were cancelled out with similar scores from Tom Lismore, Conor Boyle and the impressive Caolan McAuley at centre half. We had to wait 45 minutes for the first goal of the game and it came from Carey’s Daniel McBride, further Carey points from Cahir Crogan, Martin Hunter and Gerry McBride left a 9 point margin on the second water break. Things were to get worse for the home side when Rory McBride scored a second major after finding himself with only the keeper to beat. Larne were rewarded for their endeavour with late goals from Conor Matthews and Chris Roulston. Best for larne who are looking forward to an east Antrim derby next Sunday with Shane O’Neills were Caolan McAuley, Ciaran Mulvenna and Chris Keenan, with Carey’s Kevin Murphy, Paddy Butler, Conor Boyle and Martin Hunter their big performers.