Junior Feis Cup Final
Shane O Neill’s 1-28 Oisins 1-07
From Pete Hyndman at Slemish Park
Shane O Neill’s lifted their second piece of silverware this year on Tuesday night, running out convincing winners of the Junior Feis Cup, having already won the North Antrim Junior League Trophy earlier in the season.
Ciaran Magill was in top form with nine points over the hour.
The playing surface was in great shape on the Woodside Road venue, bathed in early evening sunshine. In the early stages Glenarm showed their intent in this final taking a three point lead with score’s from Ciaran Magill, Ben O Boyle and a converted “65” from Darren Hamill.
Oisin’s Michael O Boyle struck over a free before Oliver Kearney converted a “65” reducing the deficit to a single score.
On the next poc out from Seanan Mc Toal, nippy half forward for Glenarm, Dylan Mc Laughlin jumped up to claim the ball and returned it with favour over Mc Toal’s bar. The wee forward was finding his feet and again won a ball and evading a couple of tackles, pointed again on twelve minute’s. Wing half back Chrissie Matthews then drove over a majestic point from all of 70 yards. Ciaran Magill sent over a free before Mc Laughlin scored his third point of the game and Glenarm’s eighth score before the referee called for the water break.
On the resumption of the second quarter the Feystown boys didn’t lift their foot off the throttle as Declan Mc Dermott, having a great opening to the game won a ball in the heart of his defence and sent the sliotar cross field to Mc Laughlin who obliged by slotting over another white flag effort from out on the wing. County Minor player Magill pounced on a loose ball and darted towards the pavillion end before striking over another point. With Glenarm’s rear guard on top, centre half back Darren Hamill sent an accurate pass to big Ben O Boyle who sent the ball 60 metres before splitting the uprights. Again Magill showed no mercy on the 26th minute and found another point before wee Kevin O Boyle chased down a loose ball and turned it sweetly over Glenariffe’s bar before the referee blew up for the end of the first half.
Shane O Neill’s 0-14 Oisin’s 0-02
The Coast Road boys opened up the third quarter with two points after not scoring for the previous twenty minutes, Michael O Boyle hitting two placed ball efforts.
There was to be little respite for the sea-siders, as Dan Black scored a free and Magill hitting his fifth score of the game but in the thirty seventh minute O Boyle for Glenariffe hit over a “65”.
Glenarm’s sharpshooting continued with Magill responding with a score. Oliver Kearney hit his second free from forty yards in an attempt to reduce the margin that the Shane O Neill’s had opened up.
Another blue wave of attack resumed with Sean O Boyle rifling over an excellent point and a brace from Dan Black, the latter effort from a free.
At the start of the last quarter after the water break, Black kept adding to his scoring tally with two more placed ball efforts from needless free’s conceded.
On the fifty minute mark Ollie Kearney got his side’s first(and only)point from play.
Dylan Mc Laughlin worked space for himself and again penetrated the evening sky with a great score towards the town end. The attacking force from Shane O Neill’s was relentless with Magill delivering two more score’s, followed up with Sean O Boyle raising the white flag.
Young O’Boyle was leading his marker on a merry dance when he rammed home a goal which was a joy to watch.
With three minues remaining, Oisin’s where running out of ideas but up stepped Michael O Boyle to a twenty meter free and buried it beyond Niall Hamill in Glenarms goals.
To their credit Glenarm just dusted themselves down and closed out this Final with back to back scores from Ben O Boyle and another Magill effort.
For Oisins they had Seanan Mc Toal to thank as he saved at least three point blank efforts and cant be blamed for conceding just the one goal. Oliver Kearney took his free-taking well. Micky O Boyle was the main threat and hit 1-04 in the match.
For Glenarm this was an impressive team performance with each and every man winning their own battles over the hour. The sheer determination to try and win every ball was evident for all to see. Eight different scorer’s tonight showed the ferociousness of their scoring prowess with Magill hitting -09, Black on -05, and Sean O Boyle ramming home a major and two points. But behind every great attacking team, is an equally great defence team led by the Hamill brothers, Declan Mc Dermott back after an injury had an excellent hours work snuffing out any threat. Kieran “Murph” O Boyle ran his marker ragged !!Young Paul Magill and Aidan Scullion deserve a mention also. Ben O Boyle was inspirational around the midfield area and took his scores with aplomb.
Oisins. Seanan Mc Toal, Ciaran Black, Donal Mc Auley, Sean Leech, Martin Mc Alister, Aaron Cosgrove, Daire Mort, Michael Gettins, Thomas Quinn, Paddy Burns, Oliver Kearney 0-03, 2f, SUBS. Ben O Boyle for Sean Leech 53 minutes, Oliver Mc Larnon, Michael Mc Connaghie, Michael O Boyle 1-04, 2f, 2 65s, Paul Mc Donnell, Alex O Donnell, Daniel O Boyle.
Shane O Neills. Niall Hamill, Ciaran O Boyle, Barry Hamill, Paul Magill, Chrissie Matthews 0-02, Darren Hamill 0-01, 1 65, Declan Mc Dermott, Aidan Scullion, Ben O Boyle0-03, Ciaran Magill 0-09, 1f, Daniel Black 0-05 3 f, Dylan Mc Laughlin 0-05, Kevin O Boyle0-01, Sean O Boyle 1-02, Kieran O Boyle.
subs used. Conal Ward for Ciaran O Boyle-halftime, Ciaran Finnegan for Paul Magill-45 mins, Sean O Hare for Kevin O Boyle-50mins, Ryan Mc Loughlin 54mins. Darryl Mc Mullan, Jake Hamilton, Hugh Pat Mc Neill, Paddy Mc Auley, Joe Cunning, Aidan O Neill.
Referee Francis Traynor.