Champions Loughgiel through to another final

Under 17A Hurling Championship

Oisins 2-9 Loughgiel 5-13

U17 Hurling Champions Loughgiel qualified for yet another final with a stunning display in Sunday’s semi-final against Oisins Glenariffe at Waterfoot. These have been the top two teams in the competition this season with Loughgiel winning the Darragh Cup and Glenariffe the league and another close contest was anticipated but it didn’t work out that was as the young Shamrocks gave an exhibition of hurling to run out winners by sixteen points

The Oisins got away to a great start with a Michael Furey goal inside 20 seconds, but Loughgiel went straight up the field and Ronan Fitzgerald brought his team level with a goal at the other end before the clock had reached the first minute mark. Ryan O’Boyle put the Shamrocks ahead, and though Orrin O’Connor levelled for the home team, the next four score came from Loughgiel, as points from Ryan O’Boyle, Jack McCloskey and Charley O’Hagan were followed by a Roan McGarry goal. A pointed free by Phelin Ward kept the Oisins in touch but five points on the trot between the 23rd and 30th minute helped Loughgiel to a 2-9 to 1-3 lead at half time.

With the breeze behind them in the second half the Oisins looked as if they could claw back the nine point deficit when they hit the first four points of the second half through Phelim Ward, Orrin O’Connor (2) and Brogan O’Connor. Loughgiel had gone nine minutes without a score but once centre back Ben McGarry landed a long range point it settled them down, and when Darragh Patterson got in for a goal two minutes later the regained full control.

Brogan O’Connor pulled a point back midway through the second half but it was all Loughgiel at this stage and a second goal by Darragh Patterson was followed by two pointed frees from Jack McCloksey. Glenariffe did grab a late goal through Patrick McIlwaine, but by this time the Shamrocks were through to a final meeting with Cushendall, who beat Corpus Christie Gaels in the other semi-final at Corrigan Park.

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