By Darach O’Mullan
A strong start for the Shamrocks was ushered in by a quick point by Christy McGarry and another by Rian McMullan. However, the home team were constantly pushing forward with scores by Cormac Coulter and Owen McDermott. By the first water break, Loughgiel were leading by two points, but Ballygalget were much more organised in their defence which inevitably countered Loughgiel’s efforts. Rian McMullan continued to persevere alongside Daniel McCloskey, but frees taken by Marc Fisher and Cormac Coulter tightened the scoreline. By half time, Loughgiel were ahead with nine points to Ballygalget’s eight points.
Ballygalget entered the second half with a fast paced start, as Cormac Coulter scored once more. He was subsequently followed by Ciaran Watson and Owen McDermott. Christy McGarry and Cormac McFadden tried hard to counter the incoming challenge by the home team, but a goal by Cormac Coulter pushed Ballygalget ahead before the second water break on a score of 1-16 to 0-16. The final fifteen minutes had little flow, though Rian McMullan scored two more points from frees for the Shamrocks. However Ballygalet were now on top and Tim Prenter and Cormac Coulter solidified their lead as they pushed on to win by six.
1. Eoin Clarke 2. Joseph Smyth 3. Peter McManus 4. Eoin Pucci 5. Paul McManus 6. Eoin Coulter 7. Michael Toner 8. Tim Prenter 9. Jordan Doran 10. Ciaran Watson 12. Marc Fisher 13. Caolan Coulter 14. Owen McDermott 15. Cormac Coulter 16. Aaron Crowe 17. Ryan Watson 18. Conall Fay 19. James Higgins 20. James McGrath 21. Jon Fisher 22. Oisin Coulter 23. Niall Gilmore 25. Rory Coulter 26. Rossa McGrath 28. Oran O’Connor
1. Chrissy O’Connell 2. Ciaran McKay 3. Rory McCloskey 4. Ronan McCloskey 5. Enda Óg McGarry 6. Declan McCloskey 7. Daniel McPeake 8. Daniel McCloskey 9. Donal McKinley 10. Christy McGarry 11. Callum McKendry 13. Rian McMullan 14. John Francis Connolly 15. Shan McGrath 17. Michael McGarry 18. Christy Dickson