Antrim Hurling League Division 2
Carey Faughs 4-20 St. Paul’s 1-12
By Steven McGinn
Pics by Ann Gillan
Carey welcomed St. Paul’s to St. Patrick’s Park in Ballyvoy on a scorching Sunday afternoon in the last round of league fixtures before the knockout format comes into play. Carey began the game with James Black scoring 2 great points, a theme that would continue throughout the contest.
Trailing 0-1 to 0-3 with around 10 minutes gone Caolan Crossan added a fantastic point after breaking a tackle from the middle of the park to add another score for St. Paul’s as the Andersonstown men battled well to make an impression on the game. By the 20 minute mark, both teams had settled and the game became a point for point contest with nobody taking a clear lead. Caolan Duffin added a fantastic long range point for St. Paul’s while Carey’s Paddy Gillan responded with a well taken point of his own after Carey goalkeeper Cathal McAuley tipped a shot over the bar from a Declan McGreevy effort as the teams battled to take control of the game. A pivotal moment of the game was a James Black goal right before half time as he took advantage of a short puckout and ran from the half foward line before releasing a rocket of his own into the top corner to give the Faughs a 4 point lead going into the break.
Half Time Score: Carey Faughs 1-10 vs 0-9 St. Paul’s
It was Carey who got off the mark in the 2nd half with Rocket firing over a free from 45 yards out, but St. Paul’s responded with a well taken score from Caolan Duffin. However Carey began to turn the screw and it was a piece of excellent footwork from James Black which allowed him to breeze past his man and deliver a hand pass to Connor McBride on the edge of the box who then rifled his shot past Joe Gillen in the visitors’ goal. The game was beginning to get away from St. Paul’s as Carey’s lead became more and more unassailable. As Carey were in full stride in front of goal, St. Paul’s couldn’t find their range with the Belfast men hitting several wides of their own as Carey started to run away with the game. James Black, who had already provided a couple of moments of brilliance was to put the icing on the cake with a fantastic individual goal. Collecting the ball from the sideline, ‘Rocket’ flicked the ball over the first defender before beating two more and placing his shot in the bottom corner beyond Joe Gillen’s reach in the St. Paul’s goal.
This was followed up by a Connor McBride goal from a penalty after James Black was fouled in the box. St. Paul’s battled hard with some excellent defending from Andrew McMorrow and Mark Munce throughout the game with Daniel McBride and Zach McCaughan shining at the back for the home side. St. Paul’s grabbed a consolation goal at the end but the damage was already done by this stage as Carey Faughs finish top of Div.2 B where they will now play Pádraig Sársfield CLG in the Quarter Final of the Div 2 league this Sunday in Carey.
Carey Faughs: 1 Cathal McAuley. 2 Daniel Hill. 16 John McBride. 4 Daniel McBride. 5 Conall McGlynn. 6 Peadar McVeigh. 7 Zach McCaughan. 8 Paddy Butler. 9 Paddy Gillan. 10 Fiachra McVeigh. 11 Caolan McCaughan. 12 Conlith McKinley. 13 James Black. 14 Darren McGowan 15 Connor McBride
3. Sean McBride for 16. John McBride 15mins
St. Paul’s: 1 Joe Gillen. 2 Ciaran O Carroll. 3 Sean Bradley. 4 Aaron Carey. 5 Andrew McMorrow. 6 Frankie Sewell. 7 Sean Lawell. 8 Conall Finnegan. 9 Marcus Munce. 10 Michael Walsh. 11 Antoin Gallagher. 12 Caolan Crossan. 13 Declan Chapman. 14 Caolan Duffin. 15 Declan McGreevy