Intermediate Hurling Championship
Glenariffe Oisins 2-29 Creggan 0-3
Glenariffe scored a facile win over an understrength Creggan in their final group game in the Intermediate Championship on Saturday to secure a semi-final place against their North Antrim neighbours Cushendun in two weeks’ time. Going into the game the Glenariffe boys knew they were in pole position, with a win or even a draw guaranteeing them a semi-final spot, and with Creggan short half of the team that lost to Carey in last year’s final the odds were heavily stacked against the visitors.
Right from the off the Oisin were on top and they had three points on the board inside two minutes through Alex O’Boyle, Seanie McIntosh and Seamus McDonnell, and when midfielder Odhran Gillan’s shot was spilled to the net by the Creggan keeper it was clear what way this game was going.
The scores kept coming, but all at the one end as Alex O’Boyle, Dan McKillop, Caolan O’Connor, Seanie McIntosh and even corner back Michael Haughey kept adding to the scoreboard. Diarmuid Mulholland broke the Creggan duck on 21 minutes with a point from play, but Dan McKillop came back with a goal and Alex O’Boyle added three late points to put the Oisins ahead by 2-17 to 0-1 at half time.
With the breeze behind them in the second half Creggan were expected to do better but it was more of the same as their weakened team struggled to stay in touch with Glenariffe. The O’Boyle brothers Alex and Michael scored heavily, while Dan McKillop got a couple, Caolan O’Connor and substitute Randal McDonnell all contributed. Creggan kept plugging away but it was not to be their day and they added just two more points to their tally in the second half.