Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship
Carey Faughs 2-21 Cushendun Emmet’s 1-13
By John McIlwaine
Carey Faughs booked their place in the final of the Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship when they outplayed and outscored pre match favourites Cushendun in Sunday’s semi-final at Armoy. Fresh from their 43 point hammering of Gort na Móna on Tuesday evening the Faughs gave another faultless display to secure their place in the final in two weeks’ time.
Their facile win over the Gorts in midweek clearly did not task them too much, and it was clear the game did them a world of good as their first touch, their striking and their score taking was on a different level to the Emmet’s, who had one of those days when simply nothing would go for them. The Cushendun men have been excellent all season, but they could not raise a gallop this time out and were way off the pace.
The Faughs won the toss and elected to play with the aid of the diagonal breeze and their decision was soon justified as they flew from the traps. Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill got the first score of the game for Cushendun with a fantastic point from inside his own half, but the next ten minutes was all Carey as they hit 1-5 without reply, the goal brilliantly taken by Patrick Gillan while the points all came from different players, James McCouaig, Caolan McCaughan, James Rocket Black, Conor McBride and Gillan to move 1-5 to 0-1 clear.
It was clear even at this early stage that Cushendun were in a spot of bother, but when Loaf came back with four points on the trot to close the gap to just four by the first-half water break it looked like they had weathered the worst of the storm. That was far from the case as it turned out for after the short break Carey found their touch again and in the 13 minutes that remained in the opening half they hit a further 1-6, to just one point in reply from Loaf McNeill to open up a a 2-12 to 0-6 half time lead. Their goal five minutes before half time came from Caolan McCaughan who ghosted in behind the Cushenun defence and when John McBride broke from a ‘ruck’ and found him with a pass McCaughan blasted home from close range.
It wasn’t quite clear just how much advantage the diagonal breeze was to the Faughs in the first half but when Cushendun opened the second half with a McNeill point and a goal from substitute Dominic McQuillan it appeared that it might be more beneficial than we thought. However that was a good as it got for the Emmet’s as McNeill continued to plough a lone furrow as far as scoring was concerned. He ended with 0-12 to his name, all from frees.
Carey on the other hand had a range of score takers with McBride, Gillan, Black and Shea Hunter keeping the scoreboard operators busy as they hit scores from all distances and angles to book their place in the final against Creggan in two weeks’ time, a repeat of the of the 2015 decider.
Cathal McAuley, Daniel Hill, Sean McBride, Zach McCaughan, Michael McVeigh, Peadar McVeigh, James McCouaig, Daniel McBride, Patrick Butler, Shea Hunter, John McBride, Caolan McCaughan, Patrick Gillan, James Black, Conor McBride.
Careth Magee, Eoin McQuillan, Aidan Corbett, Jack McKay, Matthew McCartin, Donal O’Hara, Tom Scally, Conor McHugh, Callum Kilgore, Conrad McDonnell, Harry Kilgore, Conlaoth McNeill, Conor Bannon, Conleth Ryan, David Kilgore.
Subs – Dominic McQuillan, Pierce Bannon
Referee – Mark O’Neill (Armoy)