McGarel masterclass steers Oisin to big win

Under 16 Hurling A Hurling Group 1

Dunloy 1-4 Oisins 1-21

A masterclass of score taking by centre forward Niall McGarel steered Glenariffe Oisins to victory over Cuchullains Dunloy on a wet Tuesday evening on the back pitch in Dunloy. McGarel was is superb form start to finish and on an evening which was not conducive to good hurling he displayed his wide range of skills as he fired over 15 points from both play and  placed balls to take the game away from Dunloy.

The number 11 opened the scoring in the second minute and between then and  the first half water break he had six on the board as the  visitors led by 0-7 to 0-1, the Dunloy point coming from midfielder Daira McMullan. When the game resumed Dunloy got themselves back into it when the grabbed a goal on 21 minutes and when McMullan added a point  a minute later, the gap was back to three. What had looked like a safe lead suddenly looked anything  but, considering they had  to face the breeze in the  second  half, but it all turned back in the Oisins favour with two points from Brogan O’Connor, a goal from Patrick McIlwaine and four more McGarel points  to go 12 clear  at half  time. (1-02 to 1-14)

Dunloy had a good bit of pressure early in the second  half but couldn’t make a breakthrough and  when McGarel hit the first two scores at the other end it was clear the Oisins would not be caught. Daire McMullan got a couple back for the home side but three more from McGarel and one from substitute James O’Kane had the Oisins 17 clear at the  end

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