Under 16 A Hurling Group 1
Ballycastle 4-17 Cushendall 3-10
Conditions may have been poor but Ballycastle and Cushendall still produced a high scoring game at Pairc MacUilin on Tuesday night with the home team coming out on top by a ten point margin. Ballycastle had the better of a hard fought opening half and led by 2-11 to 2-6 at the break, thanks to a Darragh Donnelly goal in the 29th minute. After the change of ends they strengthened their grip of the game as Donnelly grabbed a second goal and when Darragh Kelly got his team’s fourth midway through the half they were home and hosed.
Midfielder Somhaire Matthers opened the scoring for Ballycastle in the opening minute, but Cushendall replied with two inside a minute from Frankie McCormick and Joe McNaughton. Ballycastle began to get the upper hand when Gavan McToal, Cathair Donnelly, Tiernan Heggarty and James Bakewell all added points, but when corner forward John Birt grabbed a Cushendall goal the visitors were right back in the game. Darragh Kelly and Tiernan Heggarty replied with points for Ballycastle and when Aidan Hamilton added a goal there appeared to be a little daylight between the teams, but Cushendall responded with a goal of their own through Oissine McMullanFour on the trot from Bakewell, Kelly Heggarty, and Donnelly got Ballycastle back on top but it took a goal from Darragh Donnelly just before the break to give them a bit of breathing space.
When Darragh Donnelly grabbed his second goal nine minutes into the second half Ballycastle were seven up and when Darragh Kelly added another they were finally in control and held the advantage to the end.