Ruairis snatch it with late burst

Doherty Woodshavings Hurling League – Division 1

Cushendall 1- 23 St John’s 0-25

A goal and two points in injury time gave Cushendall victory over visitors St John’s at Pairc Mhuir on Sunday in a top class game that produced no less that 49 scores. It is not often a team will score 25 times in a 60 minute game and not win, but that is what happened to the Johnnies on Sunday. The appeared to have the game won when Oisin Donnelly’s point put them four clear going into second half injury time, but a Christy McNaughton goal turned the game on its head and though Aaron Bradley put St John’s back ahead with a foint in the 64th minute, Cushendall came back with two inside a minute from Emmet Laverty and Christy McNaughton to snatch the win

Some great scores from Aaron Bradley, one directly from a sideline cut, plus excellent points from Domhnal Nughent, Conal Morgan, Andrew Magown and Ciaran Kerr saw the Corrigan Park men lead at the end of a high scoring first half.

A point from centre forward Oisin Donnelly increased their lead to three just after the restart but hit their best spell of the game and four points in a row from Alex Delargy (2), Scott Walsh and Christy McNaughton saw them edge ahead. It was score for score for the rest of the second half, but when went three clear entering injury time they appeared to be going home with the league points.

However Cushendall never gave up the fight and a goal direct from a free from Christy McNaughton got them going again, before Laverty and McNaughton sealed it and left the luckless Johnnies empty handed.

CUSHENDALL

Eoin Gillan, Terry McAlister, Martin Burke, Liam Gillan, Scott Walsh, Ryan McCambridge, Ruairi McCollum, Alex Delargy, Fred McCurry, Conor Carson, Christy McNaughton, Fergus McCambridge, Niall McCormick, Emmet Laverty, Andrew Delargy.

ST JOHN’S

Simon Doherty, Jack Bohill, Ryan McNulty, Louis Boyd, Stephen Tierney, Conall Morgan, Ciaran Kerr, Andrew Magowan, Michial Dudley, Ciaran McKenna, Oisin Donnelly, Domhnal Nughent, Donal Carson, Conor Hand, Aaron Bradley

REFEREE – Mark O’Neill (Armoy)

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