Shane O Neills 2-14 Cuchulainns Armagh 0-14
Report and pics by Pete Hyndman
The passion between these two top teams was in abundance on Saturday at Feystown, Glenarm, who says the lower leagues aren’t exciting. Both teams where only separated with a two points scored for advantage for the Armagh boys at the summit of the League, so it was up to the home side to steal the bragging rights. This tussle was to be a classic!!
Straight from the throw-in from referee Darren Mc Keown, a loose ball was collected by forward Daniel Black who carved his way through a couple of tackles and sent the sliotar beyond Cuchulainn keeper Adam Murtagh for an early goal for the home side. Conleth Lavery replied with a free for the visitors, which was added to when Fionntan Oliver reduced the arrears to a point. Daniel Black added to his tally with two points for the Feystown side but in the sixth and eighth minute’s there was back to back point’s for the Armagh side through Lavery(free) and Ben Devlin.
Dylan Mc Laughlin pointed next for the home side, and half forward Sean O Boyle won the ball and sent over a delightful point but Lavery again drove over Hamills bar for the visitors before the water break with the scores at 1-04 to 0-05.
After the short break Darren Hamill popped over a nice “65”, but the next six minutes belonged to the Cuchulainns with a hat-trick of points from Conleth Lavery (2 free’s) and a Connor Devlin effort from play. Stopping the rot for the Glenarm team was Dylan Mc Laughlin who collected a pin-point pass from Ben O’Boyle and drilling over the Cathedral city teams crossbar to level this tight tussle. However jut before the interval Lee Murtagh sent over a point from out on the wing for the team in yellow to give his team a one point lead at the break
SHANE O NEILLS 1-06 CUCHULAINNS 0-10
Early in the second period a free inside the away teams box, resulted in a penalty for the home team. Shane O’Neills stalwart Darren Hamill wasted no time by driving the ball beyond Murtagh for Glenarm’s second major. GAME ON!!
Ben Devlin reduced the gap to a single point with a score from 30 yards but the home side hit a purple patch next with an excellent high ball point for Chrissy Matthews after Black worked hard to win a ball and feed the midfielder. Provider turned scorer Dan Black hit over a 45 yard free before a Hamill brace, both placed ball efforts(“65”, 1 free) but just when it appeared the boys in blue were gaining and edge Cotter and Lavery replied for the visitors to cut the gap back to just there points – 2-10 to 0-13, in favour of the home side.
An accurate pass from Paddy “Crow” Mc Auley to Dylan Mc Laughlin resulted in another point for Glenarm, but the accurate Ben Devlin slotted over another point for the visitors on 44 minute’s. This only caused the home side to up the tempo in the last quarter. Dan Black won a ball fed from defence and as he shipped a heavy tackle he cutely found Mc Laughlin in space who penetrated the afternoon sky with a sublime point. Both defence’s dominated the closing few minutes until two late point’s from free’s off the stick of Darren Hamill concluded this epic game.