Cork man Ryan gets vital goal in Cushendun win

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 2

Cushendun Emmets 2-16 Creggan Kickhmas 1-15

Cushendun got the better of visitors Creggan in Wednesday evening’s crucial top of Group 2 clash in Cushendun to maintain their unbeaten run and they will travel to the Bear Pit on Sunday evening knowing that a draw would be enough to secure a semi-final spot. However a Sarsfields win by more than five points, and a Creggan victory over St Paul’s by more than six could see the Emmet’s miss out.

Cork man Contleth Ryan has been a major player for the Cushendun this year since his move to the parish at the start of the season and it was him who got them away to a good start with points inside thirty seconds and on two minutes, and when Dominic McQuillan added another on three minutes thing looked very promising.

However Creggan are quality opposition and the men from the Loughshore were soon level as Tommy McCann, Morgan Nelson and Oran McCann fired over to tie things up at three apiece on ten minutes. It was score for score for the next ten minutes as points from Harry Kilgore and Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill (2) for the home team were answered by three from Oran McCann (2) and Aidan Maguire for Creggan but two in a row from Loaf and one from Conleth Ryan helped the emmets to a one point lead at the break. (0-9 to 0-8)

Cushendun’s Conaloath ‘Loaf’ McNeill in action against Creggan’s Sam Maguire

The pace of the game stepped up a notch as the second half got underway and Creggan went ahead with two pointed frees by Oran McCann and one from play by his namesake Thomas to move two in front. Loaf McNeill, playing at right half forward, then hit three on the bounce, two from play and one from a sideline ‘cut’ to put Cushendun back in front, but the accurate Oran McCann sent another free over for the visitors to restore parity.

A point from Conrad McDonnell saw the home team edge back in front but Creggan retook the lead as Dairmuid Mulholland and Oran McCann split the posts with just ten minutes left for play.

These tight games are quite often decided on a break of the ball and Cushendun got that little slice of luck when a good Loaf pass found Harry Kilogre in space and his shot for goal was deflected to the net by a Creggan defender in the 51st minute. Two more by McNeill in reply to one from McCann for Creggan left the game on a knife edge as the game entered injury time but Conleth Ryan struck a telling blow for Cushendun when he cut through from midfield and fired the ball to the Creggan net.

The Emmet’s fans didn’t get long to enjoy their club’s six point cushion as Ruiri McCann had the ball in the net at the other end of the field thirty seconds later. The fat was in the fire once again until Harry Kilgore settled it all with a late point which gave the home team a four point win.

Creggan’s Tommy McCann in action against Cushendun’s Aidan Corbett

SCORERS

Cushendun – Conlaoth McNeill 0-9; Conleth Ryan 1-2; Harry Kilgore 0-2; Conrad McDonnell, Dominc McQuillan and Calum Kilgore 0-1 apiece.

Creggan – Oran McCann 0-10; Ruairi McCann 1-0; Thomas McCann 0-2; Morgan Nelson and Dermot Mulholland 0-1 apiece.

CUSHENDUN – Gareth McGhee, Eoin McQuillan, Aidan Corbett, Jack McKay, Tom Scally, Conor McHugh, Mattew McCartin, Conleth Ryan, Calum Kilgore, Conrad McDonnell, Harry Kilgore, Conlaoth McNeill, Dominic McQuillan, Eunan McKillop, Pearse Bannon.

CREGGAN – Emmet Long, Jake McAteer, Declan McCann, Danny O’Hare, Sam Maguire, Aidan Maguire, Aidan McKeown, Tiernan McLarnon, Ruriaire McCann, Conor McCann, Morgan Nelson, Oran McCann, Tomas McCann, Keelan McCann, Dermot Mulholland (23)

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