There were goals galore at Loughgiel on Friday evening as Dunloy beat Cushendall in the Under 14 Camogie final, their first win over the Ruairis in a few years. A powerful first half display had the young Cuchullains eleven points clear at half time, and when they stretched that lead to twelve soon after the restart it looked like it was all plain sailing for the girls in green and gold.
However Cushendall showed they were far from finished and by the end of the third quarter they had cut the gap back to just five. They were back in the contest but Dunloy came to life again in the final quarter and hit 2-1 without reply to win in the end by twelve.
After and early Cushendall goal by Eva McNeill they were hit by a barrage of scores by a rampant Dunloy side as Erin McMullan (2) and Hannah O’Neill grabbed goals and Eobha McAllister hit two points in a sixteen minute spell. A goal from Kady McNeill on 21 minutes gave Cushendall some hope, but three goals in three minutes from Erin McMullan, Adria McAllister and Eobha McAllister stretched Dunloy’s lead to fourteen, though Naomh Neill goaled just before the break for Cushendall to cut the gap to eleven.
When Eobha McAllister got the first point of the second half the gap was out to twelve. A goal by Cushendall centre forward Eva McNeill was answered by one at the other end by Dunloy full forward Mary McArthur, and the gap was still twelve. The game came to life again just before the second half water break when Niamh and Kady McNeill hit goals apiece from Cushendall and Amy McAllister added a point and by the time Franny Traynor had sounded the whistle for the second water break, there was only five points between the sides.
That however was as good as it got for Cushendall as Dunloy came back in the final quarter at full throttle. Full forward Mary McArthur started the run for home with a goal on fifty minutes and after Eobha McAllister added a point McArthur struck again for her third goal of the game to secure the win in style.