Glenarm edge out Rasharkin to reach the Final

Casement SC JHC semi-final

Shane Uí Neills 0-18      Rasharkin 1-13.

A strong second half performance from Shane O’Neill’s, Glenarm helped pave the way to victory over Rasharkin in this Casement SC JHC semi-final at Fr. Maginn Park, Glenravel on Sunday. Shane O’Neill’s went into this game as favourites but were fully aware that the men from Dreen had beat them at this stage of the competition last year and were determined to gain revenge.

Both sides displayed a lot of nervousness over the hour with Rasharkin hitting 11 wides and Glenarm even more wastefull in their shooting and it is something they will hope to address before next weekend’s final but in the end the result was what was important.

It was the boys from the south west who hit the first point on four minutes from Tiernan O Boyle, however Glenarm responded to take the lead with  Daniel Black hitting a brace of points from two converted free’s on the eighth and tenth minute’s.

Conor Mc Keever replied from a free to level matters again and at this stage both defences were dominating while poor shooting kept the scoring to a minimum.

Glenarm’s defender Declan McDermott charged forward after stealing the ball from his marker and with pin point accuracy passed to Daniel Black who hit the Feystown club’s first score from play on thirteen minute’s.

Straight after the first water break, Donagh Quigg pointed to level matters for the third time but County minor Ciaran Magill slotted over a free for Glenarm before team mate Dylan McLaughlin split the uprights with a forty yard effort.

The Feystown side appeared to be gaining the upper hand but Conor Mc Keever evaded a number of challenges and sent a pile-driver beyond Niall Hamill to give Rasharkin back the lead and things were starting to warm up.

Aidan Scullion drove over the equalising point from fifty yards but Rasharkin then upped their game with McKeever in top form hitting a brace of points, the second from a place ball  from seventy five yards with Donagh Quigg and Conor McFerran adding points to move their side four ahead at half time.

Shane Uí Neills 0-06         Rasharkin   1-07

The Feystown men needed a good start to the second half and Sean O’Neill got them off the mark with a well taken score but again Rasharkin’s  McKeever punished another needless foul.

Glenarm started to get a foothold however to enjoy a period of ascendancy and inside a eight minute spell hit four unanswered points to level this game for the third time.

Ciaran Magill converted two free’s and Daniel Black raced forward and evaded a hook before batting an effort over Liam Tunney’s crossbar.

Dylan McLaughlin levelled matters, slotting over the black spot after a  Kevin O’Boyle shot came off the post. Again Shane O’Neill’s looked to be gaining the upper hand but Rasharkin responded.

 A promising attack looked destined to finish with a goal as Tiernan O Boyle pulled sweetly on the sliotar.The ball looked destined for the bottom corner of the net but Niall Hamill dived to make a superb save to deflect the ball over his bar for a point.

Ben O Boyle rifled over a long range point to level the contest once more before turning

providerand feeding Darren Hamill who pointed to restore his side’s lead in the 40th minute, bringing loud applause from the travelling support.

It was still anybody’s game as Conor McKeever reduced the arrears from a well struck seventy yard free but Ciaran Magill replied from a free before the end of the third quarter in this enthralling contest.

As the game entered the final minute’s Glenarm forward Daniel Black had two great chances for goals but on both occasions his shot was just wide of the target and Conor McFerran pointed at the other end to cut the gap back to a single point.

With both defence’s working overtime scores were proving hard to come by and with the clock winding down the pressure was immense.

It took a couple of great scores from Dylan McLaughlin to finally swing the game in favour of Glenarm but again sharp-shooter McKeever came to Rasharkin’s rescue as he drove over two frees, leaving only a solitary point between these two battling teams. 

With the clock ticking down a lazy free was punished by Magill for Glenarm, sending over to conclude the scoring with the referee calling for the ball on the poc-out with Shane Uí Neill’s running out winners by two points.

This game really lived up to expectations after a tentative opening and was a great spectacle to watch for the supporter’s. The lead ebbed and flowed throughout but when Glenarm took the outright lead on forty minute’s they were never headed.

Rasharkin played their part making this a real spectacle but will be disappointed that they couldn’t hold onto their four point lead at half-time. Shane Hasson and Thomas Mc Mullan worked tirelessly while Tiernan O Boyle, Conor McFerran and Donagh Quigg all took their scores while Conor McKeever was their outstanding performer, finishing with a personal tally of 1-07, (6F’s)

Glenarm had Niall Hamill to thank for a point blank save while in defence Liam Óg McLoughlin, Darren Hamill, Kieran O Boyle, Paul Magill and Declan McDermott were solid throughout.

With a couple of injuries before the game, Mc Loughlin and Magill slotted into the side to play their part while Ciaran Magill top scored for Glenarm with 6 converted free’s with Dylan McLaughlin and Daniel Black hitting  four apiece.

Rasharkin: Liam Tunney, Daniel Doherty, Aidan Mc Keever, Conor Doherty, James Scally, Shane Hasson, Daniel Hasson, Declan Mc Kay, Thomas Mc Mullan, Tiernan O Boyle0-02, Emmet Mc Ferran, Ruairi O Boyle, Conor Mc Ferran 0-02, Donagh Quigg 0-02, Conor Mc Keever 1-07, 6 f’s.  

Subs. Eoin Kennedy, Cathal Darragh.

Shane Uí Neills. Niall hamill, Conal Ward, Declan Mc Dermott, Liam Mc Loughlin, Kieran O Boyle, Darren Hamill 0-01, Paul Magill, Aidan Scullion 0-01, Ben O Boyle 0-01, Ciaran Magill 0-06 f’s, Danilel Black 0-04 2f’s, Dylan Mc Laughlin 0-04, Kevin O Boyle, Sean O Boyle 0-01, Ciaran O Boyle.

subs. Paddy Mc Auley for Conal Ward,45 mins,    Sean O Hare, Ciaran Finnegan, Joe Cunning, Liam Mulvenna, Rory Mulvenna, Darryl Mc Mullan, Aidan O Neill, Barry Hamill, Ryan Mc Loughlin. 

Referee: Eamon Hamill.

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