Murphy’s late trio wins it for Rossa

Antrim Hurling League Division 1

Ballycastle 0-21 Rossa 2-16

Three points in injury time by top scorer Deaglan Murphy seen Rossa snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Ballycastle in Sunday’s Doherty Woodshavings Division 1 league game at Pairc MacUilin. Rossa had held a slight edge for a good part of the game but when Ballycastle staged a alter recovery with points from Conor Boyd, Feargal McKiernan and Lorcan Donnelly to move two points clear nearing the end of normal time, it appeared they had done enough to secure the points. However Rossa hit back and a point from play and one from a free from Murphy tied things up. It looked odds on to end a draw but there was still time and when the chance presented itself Murphy kept his cool to cut through and tap over the winner.

Ballycastle started well and went four points up after six minutes with points from Mark McClean, Tommy McIlroy, Lorcan Donnelly and Ronan Laverty. It could have been even better had the home side not shot as many wides as well and they were made to pay when Daire Murphy soloed through and fired the ball to the Ballycastle net.

Dominic McEnhill and Ryan O’Neill added points to put Rossa ahead and they went on to lead by 1-5 to 0-6 at the first half water break and when centre forward Seaghan Shannon cut through for their second goal soon after the restart they appeared to be in control of the game.

However Shannon’s goal was to be his team’s last score of the opening half and Ballycastle fought back with a series of excellent points from Seamus McAuley and Conor Boyd to trail by just a point at half time.

A fantastic save from Ryan McGarry early in the second half prevented Rossa stretching their lead, thought they Shaw’s Road men did pull three ahead with two more Murphy points.  Ballycastle hit back with two well taken points from Ciaran Butler and for most of the second half it was score for score with just a point separating the sides.

When Ballycastle staged what they thought was a late comeback to move two clear they were well placed for the win, but Murphy’s three late points gained his team the win and ended a really exciting game.

BALLYCASTLE

Ryan McGarry, Oran Kearney, Cormac Donnelly, Mark McClean, Conor Boyd, Neal McAuley, Ronan Laverty, Jack Magowan, Rueben McClean, Lorcan Donnelly, Ciaran Butler, Seamus McAuley, Eamon Elliott, Tommy McIlroy, Feargal McKiernan.

ROSSA

Donal Armstrong, Dylan Magee, Eoghan O’Neill, Darragh Murphy, Conall Shannon, Stephen Shannon, Ciaran Orchin, Cormac McGettigan, Eoin Trainor, Dominic McEnhill, Seaghan Shannon, Daire Murphy, Owen May, Ryan O’Neill, Deaglan Murphy

REFEREE – Michael Hardy (Rasharkin)

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