Junior Feis Cup Hurling
Glenarm 1-18 Cushendall 4-6
Glenarm won the Junior Feis Cup at Armoy on Tuesday evening when they came from 2-3 to 0-0 down after ten minutes to beat Cushendall 3rds and collect their second silverware in three days.
Glenarm, who started short seven of Sunday’s league winning team, were rocked back on their heels in the opening ten minutes as the Cushendall started like a freight train. Colm McKeegan got them going with a point and Cormac McClafferty added a spectacular goal soon afterwards. McClafferty and McKeegan added points apiece to put six between the sides, before full forward Finlay Walker grabbed his team’s second goal to stretch the gap to nine.
Daniel Black eventually got Glenarm off the mark with a point in the 12th minute and further points from Niall McGarrel and Ciaran Magill gave them a foothold in the game. Paddy Sharpe came back with a point for the Ruairis, but it was to be their last score of the opening half and four in a row from Ciaran Magill, two from frees and two from play, left them trailing by just three at the short whistle.
Glenarm introduced five new players at the start of the second half, but despite that Mark Emerson stretched the Cushendall lead to six just after the restart when the he fired a low shot to the net. However the new men started to make a difference and they started to reel off the scores. Three from Ciaran Magill and one each from Dylan McLaughlin, and Darren Hamill had them level by the 42nd minute.
Daniel Black put them ahead and Dylan McLaughlin put them two clear before Cormac Clafferty stopped the rot for the Ruairis with a pointed free. Back came the Feystown men with a point from Niall McGarrel and when Ciaran Magill hit the Cushendall net soon afterwards they had a bit of breathing space.
There was a few nervous minutes for the Glenarm fans to endure before the title was secured however and it took a brilliant save by goalkeeper Chris Magill to deny Cormac McClafferty from the penalty spot, and one play soon afterwards before they could relax properly.
McClafferty did manage a late goal for the Ruairis from a narrow angle, though there were suspicions that the ball did not enter by the ‘front door’ but Glenarm held on for the win to add another piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet.
Chris Magill, Niall Murray, Liam Og McLaughlin, Ruairi Mulvenna, Paddy McDermott, Daniel Black, Aidan Scullion, Kevin O’Boyle, Paul Magill, Ryan McLaughlin, Ciaran Magill, Sean O’Hare, Joe Cunning, Niall McGarrel, Darryl McMullan.
SUBS – (All at half time) – Darren Hamill, Barry Hamill, Dylan McLaughlin, Declan McDermott, Kevin O’Boyle.
Karl McKeegan, Ruairi McAuley, Damian Bergin, Paddy Mooney, Mark Emerson, Eoin McAllister, Kevin McKillop, Paddy Sharpe, Conan Brown, Colm McKeegan, Eunan McKillop, Mark Emerson, Cormac McClafferty, Finlay Walker, Conal McAteer
Referee – Owen Elliott (All Saints)