Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship
St Brigid’s Cloughmills 1-12 Cushendun Emmet’s 2-22
Cushendun Emmet’s made a winning start to their IHC campaign when they travelled to Cloughmills on Sunday and beat the home team by 2-22 to 1-12. The Emmet’s had a bye in the first round of this five team group and with top scorer Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill missing for the starting line-up the had reason to be a little apprehensive. However they were at the pace of the game from the early stages and after leading by 11 at half time they went on to win comfortably.
Mickey Devlin gave the Biddies an early lead with a pointed free but Cushendun were soon in front as after Conrad McDonnell levelled from a free and David Kilgore put them ahead with a goal in the 3rd minute. Kilgore and his brother Harry sent over points each to put the visitors five ahead by the 5th minute, and though Devlin landed a 65 to close the gap a Harry Kilgore goal and a series of points from Conor McHugh (2), Conrad McDonnell, Matthew McCartin, and David Kilgore had them 12 ahead by the 20th minute.
Stephen Smyth and James Doherty got a couple of points for Cloughmills before the interval but David Kilgore, Calum Kilgore and Conrad McDonnell all hit the target for the visitors to put them 1-13 to 0-5 in front at half time.
St Brigid’s competed much better during the second and James Doherty, Mickey Devlin (2) and Ruairi Laverty all pointed. Harry Kilgore and Conrad McDonnell replied for the Emmets and when David Kilgore hit his team’s second goal it was all over bar the shouting. The Kilgore brothers ended the game with 2-11 between them with David on 1-7, Harry on 1-3 and Callum, who played at midfield, ending with a point.
Cushendun now have two home games on the trot, the first one next Sunday against St Paul’s, who beat them in last year’s Junior Championship semi-final, and Creggan, who share the top spot in the group, despite only having each only played one game. There are some interesting games ahead before they face Sarsfields in the Bear Pit in their final game.
David Kigore 1-7; Conrad McDonnell 0-6; Harry Kilgore 1-3; Conor McHugh 0-4; Matthew McCartin 0-1; Callum Kilgore 0-1.
Mickey Devlin 1-4; Liam Kearns 0-2; Stephen smyth, Eoin Dobbin, Michael Morrison, Rian Dobbin, James Doherty and Ruairi Laverty 0-1 each.