Glenarm 2-20 Loughgiel 1-09
Glenarm won the North Antrim Junior Hurling League on Tuesday evening in Cushendun when they beat Loughgiel’s 3rd in a final that was blown up early due to a bad injury to one of the Loughgiel players.
When Shamrocks corner forward Caolan McIlhatton went down injured seven minutes into the second half, after colliding with one of his team mates, there was immediate concern for his safety and it was soon clear that the match would not be finished. Dr John McSparran and a number of volunteers attended to Caolan within minutes and an ambulance was called. After consulting with both teams, and match referee Kevin Parke, the Loughgiel management sportingly agreed to end the game and present the trophy to Glenarm, who at the time were leading by 2-20 to 1-09.
Caolan lay on the pitch for just over half an hour until the ambulance crew arrived. He was taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine where he was diagnosed as having severe whiplash, but the good news is he was released from hospital late last night is recovering at home. We all wish Caolan a speedy recovery and hope he will be back in the Shamrock colours in the not too distant future.
Glenarm, who are riding high in Division 3 of the Antrim Hurling League this season, were always in control of the game and an early Daniel Black goal put them in control of the game. A series of points from Black, Ciaran Magill, Dylan McLaughlin and Aidan Scullion saw them build up a good lead. Loughgiel, who were short a good few regulars due to injury battled back and points from Caolan McIlhatton, Ryan Hill and Eunan Laverty and a well taken goal from Daire McIhatton kept them in touch.
However Glenarm pushed on and they got a second goal just before half time through Ciaran Magill to lead by 2-16 to 1-8 at half-time.
At the start of the second half Glenarm added to their total with points from Darren Hamill (65), Aidan Scullion and Daniel Black, with Eunan Laverty pulling one back for Loughgiel with a fine strike from midfield. Seven minutes in the unfortunate injury to Caolan McIlhatton brought things to a premature end, and after Loughgiel sportingly conceded North Antrim vice-chairman Sean McKendry presented the trophy to Shane O’Neill’s captain Daniel Black
Niall Hamill, Aidan O’Neill, Barry Hamill, Ciaran Finnegan, Patrick McAuley, Darren Hamill, Chris Matthews, Sean O’Boyle, Ben O’Boyle, Ciaran Magill, Aidan Scullion, Dylan McLaughlin, Conal Ward, Daniel Black, Liam Mulvena.
Subs – Paul Magill
Kevin McAuley, Jack McDowell, Ronan McFadden, Seamus McGarry, Tiernan Carey, Conall McCloskey, Conor Henry, Damian Quinn, Ryan Hill, Frank Boyle, Eunan Laverty, Cahir McGrath, Caolan McIlhatton, Turlough McCarry, Daire McIlhatton.
Referee – Kevin Parke (Naomh Eanna)