McVeigh lands the winning point to keep the Faughs in the promotion race

Antrim All County Hurling League Division 2

Oisins 2-14 Carey Faughs 0-21

An injury time point by Fiachra McVeigh saw Carey Faughs snatch a late victory over Glenariffe on Wednesday evening in Waterfoot to keep his team’s promotion hopes alive. Five minutes from the end of normal time it appeared the Faughs’ hopes of victory were slipping away as the home team led by three points. However the Carey men kept plugging away and unanswered points from Conor McBride (2), and Conlith McKinley brought them level before McVeigh sealed the win with late score.

Paul McDonnell scores and early Glenariffe goal.

With both teams fielding without a host of regulars, due to injuries and holiday’s, the Oisins (whose full forward line had a combined age of 109) started strongly and a point from Alex O’Boyle and an early goal from Paul McDonnell put them four clear. With Conor McBride showing great accuracy from frees, and play, the Carey men hit eight of the next ten scores, six of them from Conor and one each from Daniel Martin and Colm McBride to open up a two point lead by the 19th minutes, but Glenariffe came back with five in a row through Alex McDonnell, Donall Kearney, Oliver Kearney and Seanan McToal.

McBride and O’Boye exchanged a couple of points each but the Oisin finished the half with a flourish and a goal from 42 year old Dan McKillop helped them to a 2-11 to 0-11 lead at the break.

Oisins Ciara Farrell gathers possession.

The early minutes of the second half saw the Oisins maintain that six point gap, and when Alex O’Bpyle extended that to seven in the 38th minute it looked good for the home side. However they would raise just one more flag in the remaining 22 minutes of normal play as Carey started to chip away that the lead. McBride’s accuracy from placed balls was vital as he hit the next four without reply, three of them from frees. Alex O’Boyle ended a 13 minute scoreless spell for Glenariffe when he split the posts from a free to give his team a three point lead.

The home team were still three to the good with just four minutes to play as McBride missed two frees he would normally put over with ease, but he sorted out his radar to hit the target with his next two to cut the deficit to a single point. When Conlith McKinley brought the Faughs back on terms a minute into injury time it appeared the teams would share the points, but there was still time for a winner and after three Oisins players fluffed the lines, Fiachra McVeigh kept his cool to hit the target and send his team home with the points.

Conor McBride sends over a Carey point.

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