U15 HL League Cup semi-final
Dunloy 3-8 Loughgiel 1-4
An Oisin McCamphill hat-trick in the opening minutes of the second half turned this game decisively in favour of Cuchullain’s Dunloy and sent them on their way to victory over Shamrocks, Loughgiel in this U15 HL League Cup semi-final at Slemish Park, Ballymena tonight.
Their opponents Loughgiel had enjoyed the better of the first half exchanges and looked in a good place when they changed ends 1-3 to 0-2 ahead thanks to a fine goal from their own number 14 Roan McGarry.
The game took a while to get going with the side’s level at 0-1 apiece at the opening water break with Roan McGarry giving the Shamrocks the lead and they might have been further ahead but Oisin Dillon in the Dunloy goals brought off a good save to deny Daniel O’Mullan in the 13th minute.
Oisin McCamphill got his side’s first point from a 13 meter free as both defences dominated, denying their opposite numbers any opportunity for scores.
After the first water break Roan McGarry got in for the game’s opening goal when he got on the end of a long delivery from Eddie Smith before firing past Oisin Dillon from close range.
Ryan O’Boyle added a Loughgiel point to move his side 4 ahead before Ryan Scott replied with a good point for Dunloy in the 26th minute but the final point of the half fell to McGarry who sent a 45 yard free between the uprights to leave Loughgiel 1-3 to 0-2 ahead as the half time whistle sounded.
During the opening half the Shamrock’s defence excelled with Codai McGarry, Liam Glackin and Eddie Smith denying their opposite numbers any space but the second half had just begun when Oisin McCamphill struck with two goals in the opening minute to turn matters on their head.
McCamphill completed his hat trick by the 7th minute as a shell shocked Loughgiel defence failed to get to grips with the excellent number 14 and when Padraig Martin followed with an 8th minute point there was suddenly six points between the sides.
Roan McGarry replied with a long range pointed free to open Loughgiel’s second half account but Ryan Scott and Padraig Martin responded with points for the young Cuchullain’s to leave them seven in front at the second water break.
As the last quarter got under way Loughgiel pushed forward in search of the goal that might have reignited their chances but Oisin Dillon in the Dunloy goals brought off a great save to deny Roan McGarry.
The scores dried up after this as the Dunloy defence, ably marshalled by Reece Cunning closed down the opposition but they were thankful again to Oisin Dillon when he brought off another brave blocking save as Daniel O’Mullan threatened.
That was as close as the young Shamrock’s got with Ryan Scott concluding the scoring with a Dunloy point and they now meet Oisin Glenariffe in the final after the Waterfoot side defeated Corpus Christi Gaels in the other semi-final at Dunsilly tonight.
Dunloy: Oisin Dillon, Jack McKeever, Luke McFerran, Cahir McMullan, Sean Og Blaney, Reece Cunning, Ryan McClements, Padraig Martin, Ben O’Kane, Ryan Scott, Aidan Richmond, Conor Mort, Caolan McFerran, Oisin McCamphill, Oisin McCallin. Subs:Emmet Mckendry, Padraig McColgan, Charlie Connon.
Loughgiel: Dylan O’Boyle, Dan Henry, Codai McGarry, Eddie Smith, Preston McGarry, Liam Glackin, Tomas McNulty, Ryan O’Boyle, Conan Johnston, Ronan Fitzgerald, Ashdon McGarry, Oisin Connolly, Daniel O’Mullan, Roan McGarry, Tadh McKendry. Subs: Sean Douthart forDaniel O’Mullan
Referee: Anthony McAuley (Ballycastle)