Burke saves the day for the Ruairis with injury time point

Antrim Hurling League – Division 1

Cushendall: 0-16 Rossa: 0-16

Cushendall and Rossa shared the points in Sunday’s All County Hurling League game at Paric Mhuir. For Rossa it was their first game back with their county players on board, while Cushendall had use of their county players for the second time, having played St Enda’s in a rearranged game on Wednesday evening.

Cushendall were on top during the first half and led by five at the break, but after the change of ends Rossa were much stronger, and with the wind at their backs they had much the better of things, and it took a point from Paddy Burke deep in injury time to earn the Ruairis a share of the points.

Two Paddy McGill points gave Cushendall an early lead but Rossa were level by the sixth minute as Stephen Beattie and James Connolly found the target at the other end for Rossa. Scott Walsh and Paddy Burke put the Ruairis two ahead again, and though Thomas Morgan cut the Rossa deficit to a single point, three in a row from Mark Donaghy, Dominic Delargy and Fred McIntyre gave Cushendall a four point cushion.

James Connolly pointed a free for Rossa to cut it back to three, but two more from McGill, one from play and one from a 65, had the home team five to the good by the 17th minute. The scoring dried up a bit during the second quarter with only Connolly and McGill getting on the scoreboard with two points apiece, Connolly cutting it back to three with points in the 19th and 21st minutes, while McGill hit back with two for Cushendall to give them a 0-11 to 0-6 half time lead.

If Cushendall thought they were in control of the match they soon found out different as Rossa wiped out the deficit and went ahead with six points in a row all of them from play. Denis Rocks started the run, Gerard Walsh, Stephen Beaty, Stephen Shannon and Beaty again to draw level before James Connolly put them in front in the 40th minute. Scott Walsh brought the home team level, but Walsh and Connolly put Rossa ahead again by the 45th minute.

Two points by McGill in the 47th and 51st minute. It stayed that way as they game entered injury time, and when Michael Armstrong and Denis Rocks fired over points from play in the 62nd minute it looked like the points were on their way to Shaw’s Road, until Paddy Burke’s late point earned Cushendall a share of the spoils.

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