Cushendun keep up winning ways

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

Sarsfields 1-17 Cushendun 1-22

Cushendun secured their place in the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship when they travelled to the Bear Pit on Sunday and beat Sarsfields by five points, and in doing so maintained their 100% record this season.

There wasn’t a lot between the sides in the opening half, at the end of which the Emmets lead by three points, but when the Paddies had a man dismissed early in the second half, they took advantage to pull well clear.

Top scorer all season Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill got Cushendun’s opening point but Donal McKernan came back with two for Sarsfields, one of them from a sideline ‘cut’, to put his team ahead. It was score for score for the remainder of the opening quarter but three points inside two minutes from Daid Kilgore, Conrad McDonnell and Loaf McNeill helped the visitors to a 0-11 to 0-8 half time lead.

Points from Donal McKernan and Niall McKenna early in the second half closed the gaps to a single points but points from Loaf McNeill (2) and Conrad McDonnell were followed by a goal from substitute Dominic McQuillan and suddenly the Cushenun men had a seven point cushion. Kevo McKernan came back with a point for Sarsfields but Conor McHugh and Conor Bannon responded to open the game to eight.

Sarsfields made a late bid to save the game when substitute Carson fired in a goal, and when Niall McKenna and Kevin McKernan added points the gap was back to five. Two more from Donal McKernan, one from a sideline cut and one from a 65 had the gap down to four on 58 minutes, but a point from Conleth Ryan gave Cushendun a bit of breathing space and they held on to win by five.

CUSHENDUN

Gareth McGhee, Eoin McQullin, Aidan Corbett, Jack McKay, Tom Scally Donal O’Hara, Michael McCartin, Conleth Ryan, Calum Kilgore, Conrad McDonnell, Conlaoth McNeill, Conor McHugh, David Kilgore, Pearse Bannon.

Subs – Dominic McQuillan, Conor Bannon, James Morgan, Eoin Magee.

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