Under 20 Hurling Championship
Dunloy 0-10 Loughgiel 1-17
Loughgiel’s greater accuracy saw them ease past their neighbours Dunloy by double scores in Tuesday evening’s Under 20 Hurling Championship at Pearse Park. Had Dunloy taken the chances they created in the second half then this would have been a much tighter contest, but eleven wides in the second period tells its own story.
The Shamrocks, who won the Minor title two years ago, were in control of this match from the start and they led by 1-3 to 0-2 at the first half water break. When the game got going again top scorer Rian McMullan sent over two long range points, while Damien Quinn and Frank Boyle did the same to help stretch their team’s lead to 1-11 to 0-4 at the half time.
With the wind in their favour in the second half Dunloy certainly were not out of the game but some terrible shooting did not help their cause. Paudie Elliott did manage to hit a couple but the goal they needed to get back in the game never came, though Loughgiel goalkeeper Kevin McAuley was called on to make a fine diving save on 42 minutes to prevent a major score.
In the final quarter Rian McMullan hit a couple of great points into the wind to stretch Loughgiel further ahead before Dunloy found the scoring rate they were looking for as Rory Mullan (2) and Chipper McFarlane hit three inside a minute to finish with a flourish.
Kevin McAuley, Conor Henry, Ruari McCloskey, Conal McCloskey, Cathal Hargan, Tiernan McAlonan, Shane O’Boyle, Damian Quinn, Ryan Hill, Eunan Laverty, Michael McGarry, Rian McMullan, Odhran McGrath, Frank Boyle.
Paul Doherty, Cathair McCloskey, Barry Scott, Daire McMullan, Rory Mullan, Ciaran McQuillan, Cathain Martin, Padraig McGilligan, Eoin McFerran, Conal Kelly, Ryan McFarline, Sean Scullion, Oisin Elliot, Daithi Cree, Conor McAleese.
Callum Mullan, Fiachra Martin, Darryl O’Hagen, Sienna Martin,