North Antrim U15 McMullan Cup Final
Glenariffe 4-17 Dunloy 0-9
Monday July 19
Brendan McTaggart reports from Cushendun
A strong second half and an awesome performance from Orrin O’Connor saw Glenariffe claim the McMullan Cup for the third year in succession on Monday evening as they swept aside the challenge of Dunloy at CushLig an Airgid, in Cushendun
The Oisin’s edged a tight first half with goals from O’Connor and Oisin Mort gave them the advantage but in the second half the Waterfoot side went through the gears and showed their superiority. O’Connor would finish the match with 2-8, all coming from play in a man of the match performance but he was ably assisted throughout the field. Phelim Ward, Niall Magee and John Scullion showed their class throughout the hour while Joseph Leech and Peadar McDonnell excelled in the second half.
Dunloy were right in the mix at the half way mark with Ryan Scott, Ben O’Kane and Cahir McMullan leading the Cuchullain charge but Glenariffe excelled after the interval to run out worthy and comfortable winners.
The Oisin’s made a dream start to the game with O’Connor scoring the opening goal of the game with just 15 seconds gone. Showing his turn of pace and trickery, he danced through the Dunloy defence before giving Oisin Dillon no chance between the sticks for the Cuchullains.
Glenariffe continued to make all the early running with Phelim Ward and O’Connor stretching their advantage to five points by the first half water-break. Ryan Scott, Oisin McCamphill and McCallin raising white flags for the Cuchullains.
Dunloy improved in the second quarter with Ben O’Kane heavily involved in the majority of their play. They reduced the Glenariffe lead to just two points with McCallin (two) and O’Kane adding to the Dunloy score before the Oisin’s scored their second goal. A speculative effort from Oisin Mort landed just in front of Dillon in the Dunloy goals and the young netminder misjudged the flight before the sliotar crossed the line. A turning point in the contest with Mort’s major the only score Glenariffe mustered in that second quarter but they went from strength to strength in the remainder of the game.
The second half was an exhibition of hurling from the Oisin’s as they turned the screw on an overworked Dunloy defence. The Cuchullains had little or no respite in the second half from the Glenariffe onslaught as the Oisin’s powered clear. O’Connor the maestro while Joseph Leech and Phelim Ward were also excellent and if Dunloy did manage to get close to the Glenariffe goals, John Scullion in full back was immense and dealt with everything that came their way.
The third Glenariffe goal came in the 38th minute and it was all about O’Connor. Gathering the sliotar in the middle of the park and using his pace to evade any tackles before rifling to the back of the net.
The Oisin’s continued to rack up the points with O’Connor, Cahir McNaughton and Niall Magee getting in on the scoring act while Oisin McCallin took his tally to four for the match for Dunloy with substitute Charlie Cunning also adding his name to the score sheet.
The fourth Glenariffe goal came in the 60th minute and from a piece of brilliance from substitute Canice McIntosh. His initial effort was superbly saved by the brave Oisin Dillon in the Dunloy goals, the young netminder putting his body on the line to deny the initial shot but as the sliotar dropped from the rebound, McIntosh doubled in mid-air with an instinctive finish to add further gloss to a comprehensive victory for the Oisins.
Glenariffe: Paddy-Joe Harvey; Cahir McNaughton, John Scullion, James Kearney; Oran McClintock, Niall Magee, Colla Ward; Calum McIlwaine, Peadar McDonnell; Phelim Ward, Oran O’Connor, Daniel Douthart; Joseph Leech, Michael Furey, Oisin Mort.
Scorers: O O’Connor 2-8; O Mort 1-00; Canic McIntosh 1-00; J Leech 0-2; P Ward 0-2 (1f); P McDonnell 0-2; N Magee 0-2 (1 ’65); C McNaughton 0-1
Dunloy: Oisin Dillon; Jack McKeever, Sean Og Blaney, Cahir McMullan; Luke McFerran, Ben O’Kane, Ryan McClements; Padraig Martin, Reece Cunning; Ryan Scott, Oisin McCallion, Oisin McCamphill; Jack Martin, Aiden Richmond, Conor Mort.
Scorers: O McCallion 0-4; R Scott 0-2; Charlie Cunning 0-1; B O’Kane 0-1 (1 ’65)
Referee: Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)