ACHL Division 2A
Tir na nOg 1-14 Glenariffe 1-15
Despite a man of the match performance from Tir na nOg’s Eanon Og McAllister it was Oisin’s Glenariffe who staged a late rally to take the points in an evenly balanced contest at Whitehill today. McAllister was at the heart of everything good the home side produced and his 10th point of the afternoon with four minutes remaining looked to have earned the Randalstown side both points.
McAllister’s final score had moved the home side three in front but before the cheers had died down Oliver Kearney got in for a goal at the other end and Seanie McIntosh snatched it for the visitors with a point in injury time.
Oisin’s made the early running with Ciaran Farrell, Daniel Kearney and Seanie McIntosh pointing them 0-3 to 0-0 ahead after six minutes but Colm Duffin fired to the Glenariffe net after being placed by Kevin McCann to level the contest with 9 minutes gone.
Seanie McIntosh edged Oisin’s ahead once more before Eamon Og McAllister fired over his first point and the same player added two more to move the home side two in front by the 18th minute.
An Alex O’Boyle converted free and a great long range effort from Michael O’Boyle brought matter level once more but Eamon Og edged the home side in front once more when referee Hugh Torney moved the ball forward following a disputed sideline award.
Late points from Brian Fitzgerald and Eamon Og McAllister’s fifth of the half left the Whitehill men in a strong position as they led 1-6 to 0-6 at the break but it was clear that this one was far from over at this stage of the contest.
The irrepressible Eamon Og pointed a 2nd minute free to move the Whitehill side four in front but Glenariffe replied through Seamus McDonnell and Alex O’Boyle to close the gap to two before Eamon Og struck from another free.
The visitors were enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage and Michael O’Boyle pointed a 70 meter free and Alex O’Boyle followed with another from closer to goal before Tir na nOg lost a player to a straight Red card.
Despite being reduced in numbers it was Tir na nOg, led by the brilliant Eamon Og McAllister who responded positively as the big number 11 pointed a free and then struck a magnificent point from play to move his side two in front at the end of the third quarter.
Back came the visitors with Seanie McIntosh reducing the deficit to the minimum but a great point from Niall Devlin and Eamon Og’s 9th of the game from a 45 meter free appeared to have put the home side in a strong position with ten minutes remaining.
A couple of converted Alex O’Boyle frees kept the visitors in touch but late points from Eamon Og McAllister and Colm Duffin appeared to have clinched it for Tir na nOg before Oliver Kearney found the net at the other end and Seanie McIntosh rubbed salt into the wound with that late winner.
Tir na nOg: 1 Christy Sheerin, 2 Connor McCamphill, 3 Daniel Martin, 4 Neil Shannon, 5 Ethan Higgins, 6 Brandon McLarnon, 7 Kevin Kerr, 8 Emmet Martin, 9 Ciaran McKeown, 10 Darragh Fagan, 11 Eamon Og McAllister, 12 Niall Devlin, 13 Kevin McCann, 14 Colm Duffin, 15 Brian Fitzgerald
Subs: Conor McKenna for Darragh Fagan, Ciaran O’Neill for Brandon McLarnon
Oisin: 1 Paul McMullan, 2 Mairtin McAllister, 3 aaron Cosgrove, 4 Odshran Gillan, 5 Daniel Kearney, 6 Shane O’Connor, 7 Ciaran Black, 8 Alex O’Boyle, 9 Michael O’Boyle, 10 Seanie McIntosh, 11 Oliver Kearney, 12 Ciaran Farrell, 13 Shea McDonnell, 14 Seamus McDonnell, 15 Ben O’Boyle.
Subs: Dan McKillop for Ciaran Farrell, Seanan McToal for Shea McDonnell
Referee: Hugh Torney