Creggan joint top of Group 2

Andersonstown SC IHC Group 2

CREGGAN 1.23 v CLOUGHMILLS 1.08.

Kickham’s Creggan join Emmet’s Cushendun at the top of Group 2 of the Andersonstown SC Intermrediate Hurling championship following two win from two starts. Today it was the turn of St. Brigid’s Cloughmills to experience the scoring power of the Creggan men following their 10-point win over Sarsfield’s last day out.

Visitors, Cloughmills, would have been hoping for better luck and turn around their losing streak in the competition and they got off to a bright start with a Corey Blair point from the throw in.  This was immediately cancelled out when the home side’s Morgan Nelson pointed from play but Michael Devlin got the next 2 points for the visitors to put them 2 ahead and things were looking promising at this early stage of the game.

Creggan’s Thomas McCann and Morgan Nelson levelled proceedings with 13 minutes gone and as we approached the first water-break Creggan added 2 additional points – Kevin Rice & Conor McCann getting on the score sheet. 

With Fifteen minutes gone and only 2 points separating the teams the visitors were dominating mid-field and looked like upsetting the odds as Creggan struggled to put their game together.  Chris McKernan, the Cloughmills net minder, kept his side in the game with some superb saves but after the water-break the Kickham’s went up through the gears

 They added six  further point from Oran McCann (5 from frees) while Morgan Nelson added 2 points to his tally and points from Sam Maguire, Aidan McKeown and Rory McCann put them well on top. Aaron Smylie & Michael Devlin replied with 2 points for the Biddies, 1 from play and a 65 to leave them 11 points behind and when Stephen Smyth received a straight red they faced the 2nd half and an uphill struggle.

HALF TIME SCORE:  CREGGAN 0.16 v CLOUGHMILLS 0.05

The first 5 minutes of the 2nd half saw both sides miss chances and with numerical advantage Creggan went looking for goals to kill off the contest.  They were foiled on a number of occasion by St. Brigid’s excellent net minder Chris McKernan and a determined defence denying the Kickham’s 3 goaling opportunities.

Creggan’s Thomas McCann got his 2nd point of the day but it was almost 14 minutes before the visitors’ James Doherty scored a point from play and as we approached the 2nd water-break, Thomas McCann added an additional point to his tally.   

As both teams lined out for the final quarter, the home side’s Oran McCann, 10 metres out with only the goalkeeper to beat, blasted high into the net.  As Creggan emptied their bench, Morgan Nelson & Liam McCann got Creggan’s 2 final scores while the visitors replied with a consolation goal from Corey Blair who blasted low through a crowded goalmouth giving the unsighted Emmet Long no chance.

Creggan face a difficult away fixture to Cushendun on Wednesday night while St. Brigid’s entertain Sarsfield’s and will be hoping for a change of fortunes and a first win in the championship

CREGGAN:    No.1 Emmet Long, No.2 Jake McAteer, No.3 Declan McCann, No.4 Danaan O'[Hara, No.5 Sam Maguire (0.01), No.6 Aidan Maguire, No.7 Aidan McKeown (0.01), No.8 Tiernan McLarnon, No.9 Rory McCann (0.01), No.10 Conor McCann (0.01), No.11 Morgan Nelson (0.05), No.12 Oran McCann (0.07), No.13 Thomas McCann (0.03), No.14 Keelan McCann, No.15 Kevin Rice (0.02), No.16 Oliver Duffin, No.17 Michael Maguire, No.18 Liam McCann (0.01), No.20 Enda Maguire, No.21 Sean Donnelly, No.22 Sean McAuley, No.23 Dermot Mulholland, No.25 Matthew Nelson, No.26 Owen Grant.

CLOUGHMILLS:    No.1 Chris McKernan, No.6 Conor Laverty, No.7 Aaron Smylie (0.02), No.8 Liam Kearns (0.01), No.9 Michael Morrison, No.10 Michael Devlin (0.03), No.11 Reece Wall, No.12 Stephen Smyth, No.14 James Doherty (0;01), No.15 Rory Laverty, No.17 Sean McKendry, No.18 Corey Blair (0.01),

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