Cosgrove stars as Cushendall beat Ballycastle

Antrim Senior Camogie Championship – round-robin

Cushendall: 1-13 Ballycastle: 1-4

Cushendall created a bit of a shock when they beat Ballycastle in Sunday’s Antrim Senior Camogie Championship round robin game in Carey. The Ruairis hadn’t beaten their opponents for a few years now and went in as outsiders in most people’s eyes, but they turned in a great display to win this one with a bit to spare and put a serious dent in Ballycastle’s chances of making the final.

Dervla Cosgrove was a leading light for Cushendall in the first half, scoring in the opening minute to put her team ahead. Siobhan McKillop added a second four minutes later and Cosgrove’s second on 11 minutes was added to by Ellen Leech in the two minutes later to put them 0-4 to 0-0 ahead.

It was eighteen minutes before Fionuala Kelly opened Ballycastle’s account with a point from play, but thirty seconds later Siobhan McKillop sent one over at the other end to keep the gap at four.

When Ballycastle full forward Kathryn Mullan got the first goal of the game there was just a point between the sides, but an Ellen Leech point and a goal from Dervla Cosgrove, but the gap out to five, though a pointed free by Riana McBride just before the break left just four between the sides at the half time whistle. (Cushendall 1-7 Ballycastle 1-2)

Two points from Cosgrove early in the second half, one from a free and other from a 45, pushed the Cushendall lead out to six. Riana McBride pulled one back for the Town from a free but Cushendall were well in charge and five points in a row, four from Cosgrove frees and one from play by midfielder Cara O’Boyle, sealed the win. Catherine McShane pulled one back for Ballycastle late in the game but by that time the destination of the points had been decided.

CUSHENDALL

Louise Mulholland, Aoife McClafferty, Sinead Cosgrove, Catriona O’Boyle, Caoimhe McNaughton, Coleen Patterson, Clodagh McKillop, Anna McNeill, Cara O’Boyle, Dervla Cosgrove, Siobhan McKillop, Ellen Leech, Mary Kane, Orlagh O’Hara, Laura McMullan

BALLYCASTLE

Becky Ellis, Maria Donnelly, Niamh Donnelly, Catherine McShane, Aoife Toner, Enya McShane, Orla Donnelly, Niamh Anne Donnelly, Caitlin Heggarty, Nuala Devlin, Emma Laverty, Fionula Kelly, Riana McBride, Kathryn Mullan, Aine Donnelly.

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