Shamrocks at a different level

Antrim Hurling League – Division 1

Cushendun 1-10 Loughgiel 4-25

Photos by Mickey Morgan

Loughgiel turned in a polished display on Wednesday evening when they visited Cushendun in Division 1 of the Antrim Hurling Leagues, tuning on the style as they ran out winners by 27 points.

One club official I spoke to today told me that he felt the Shamrocks were the sharpest side they had met all season, operating at a different level than the Emmets, who have found life in the top division very testing.

A goal from an early free by Rian Bubbles McMullan was the start Cushendun did not need, but in fairness to the Emmet’s they stayed in touch quite well and trailed by 2-15 to 1-10 at break, David Kilgore getting the goal for the home side while Dan McCloskey got the Shamrocks second.

 They scoring rate continued at a high rate for the visitors after the restart as they added another 2-10 to their tally, while restricting Cushendun to just two points, the Shamrocks goals coming from Dan McCloskey and Enda Og McGarry.

The Shamrocks trail Portaferry by a point at the top of the table, though the Down men have a game in hand. That game will be played on Sunday when they take on Rossa, while Loughgiel sit it out. With most of the county players back in action for the second stage of the league it should be very interesting run-in for the teams in contention. That of course will not affect Loughgiel whose county star James McNaughton is off to the USA for a few weeks, but they will be looking forward to getting him back in the red jersey before the championship commences in six weeks’ time.  

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