Antrim Hurling League Division 2
St Paul’s 1-8 Oisins 2-23
Glenariffe travelled to Shaws Road on Sunday knowing that a win would all but guarantee them making it to the quarter finals of the league. Full credit must go to the St. Paul’s ground staff for the excellent condition of the surface as it made for a fast, free flowing game of hurling.
St. Paul’s were slightly understrength due to the absence of county star, Stephen Rooney and it was the visitors that made the better start, racing into a three points to no score lead. However, a catalogue of missed chances from Oisin’s allowed St. Pauls to find their feet and level proceedings after ten minutes with a well taken score from Caolan Duffin.
Glenariffe soon found their range and finished the half strongly with points from Caolan O’Connor, Alex O’Boyle and a well worked goal finished off by Seanie McIntosh.
A stuttering start to the second half meant that Glenariffe had to work to put the game to bed. Caolan Crossan was a constant threat for the Shaw’s Road men and he dispatched a penalty midway through the second after confusion in Glenariffe’s defensive line.
Ironically, it would be a mishap at the other end that would kill the game off. A quick sideline intended for Ciaran Hetherington in the St. Pauls goal was mistimed and the excellent Caolan O’Connor dispatched the ball to the net to round of a great individual performance.
A strong defensive performance from the Glensmen spring boarded many attacks and notable performances from David Kearney, Conor Patterson and Michael Haughey held the home team to scoring just 1-7
Late points from Shea McDonnell and Cathal McDonnell capped off a good win for the Oisins on a scoreline of 2-23 to 1-8.