Cuchullains in cruise control

  •  Full match report and photos will be posted later
    Bathshack Antrim Senior Hurling Championship Final 
    Dunloy 2-20-2-13 Loughgiel
    Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Mac Uilin
    Dunloy had seven points to spare as they saw off the challenge of Loughgiel 2-20-2-13 to retain the Volunteer Cup at Pairc Mac Uilin this afternoon. 
    Goals in each half from Eoin O’Neill and Kevin Molloy had the Cuchulians firmly in the box-seat before late replies from Liam Watson and Benny McCarry. 
    Dunloy were first off the mark through a Paul Shiels free but Shan McGrath responded instantly. 
    Keelan Molloy stroked Dunloy back in front- though James McNaughton equalised with a free. 
    Loughgiel hit the front for the first time with McNaughton converting another free within 60-seconds of his first and another score from Daniel McCloskey gave his side a 0-04-0-02 lead. 
    Keelan Molloy and Liam Watson (sideline cut) exchanged scores in the aftermath and prior to the first water-break Seaan Elliott popped up with a point to leave it 0-06-0-05 at the short interval. 
    Kevin Molloy levelled proceedings but Loughgiel moved two-points to the good through scores from Shay Casey and Eddie McCloskey. 
    Conal Cunning halved arrears through a converted free and on the stroke of half-time the Cuchullians had the games opening goal. 
    Space opened up for Keelan Molloy whose low effort was repelled by Chris O’Connell and Eoin O’Neill scrambled the ball to the net to give his side a 1-06-0-07 advantage. 
    James McNaughton and Sean Elliott traded scores but Loughgiel levelled at the break thanks to late scores from Donal McKinley and Watson. 
    Dunloy made a bright opening to the second period playing with a stiff wind advantage. 
    Conal Cunning landed two frees with Keelan Molloy riding a challenge to score in-between and give Dunloy a 1-09-0-09 lead. 
    Loughgiel hit back through Donal McKinley after good work from Tony McCloskey. Liam Watson popped over another in the aftermath and the bare minimum separated the sides. 
    Five points on the spin moved Dunloy six ahead, Cunning was on hand with two points – one from play and the other from a free. Keelan and Kevin Molloy and goal scorer O’Neill provided the others. 
    James McNaughton responded with a free but an outstanding Keelan Molloy free was followed up by another Cunning point from play. 
    It was game, set and match for Dunloy on 53 minutes as Kevin Molloy rounded Chris O’Connell and applied the finish to make it 2-17-0-13. Conal Cunning landed his fourth free of the half in the aftermath. 
    Loughgiel claimed consolation goals through Liam Watson and Benny McCarry with Eoin O’Neill and Cunning (free) finishing Dunloy’s scoring for the day. 
    The late goals would have little bearing on final outcome as Dunloy retained the Volunteer Cup on a scoreline of 2-20-2-13. 
    Dunloy: R Elliott, P Duffin, A Crawford, C Kinsella, R Molloy, C McKinley, R McGarry, P Shiels (0-01), N McKeague, S Elliott (0-02), K Molloy (1-02), K Molloy (0-05), C Cunning (0-08, 0-06f) , G McTaggart, E O’Neill (1-02). Subs: E Smyth for N McKeague (50), C McMahon for G McTaggart (54). 
    Loughgiel: C O’Connell, T Coyle, N McGarry, S Dobbin, T McCloskey, D McMullan, D McCloskey, D McKinley (0-02), D McCloskey (0-01),J McNaughton (0-04f), C McKendry, E McCloskey (0-01), S McGrath (0-01), L Watson (1-03, 1-00f), S Casey (0-01). Subs: R McKee for C McKendry (40), B McCarry (1-00) for S Casey (40), O McFadden for D McCloskey (54). 
    Referee: Darren McKeown ( St Galls) 


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