Junior Hurling Challenge
Cushendun 1-19 East Belfast 2-9
By Denis O’Hara
EAST BELFAST hurlers paid a first to the Glens of Antrim for a serious practice run before making a debut in the upcoming Antrim Division Four league.
The historic challenge against the second string of Cushendun Emmet’s was arranged by former Emmet hurler Rory Millar, who featured in the number 13 jersey for the new boys.
The workout was a lively one with East Belfast off to a flying start to score 1-1 without reply.
Impressive was midfielder Eoin Taggart, a native of Portaferry.
The locals, with manager Rory McQuillan urging on his Division Four side, overcame the early shock and settled to eventually take control and turn 1-11 to 1-3.
Some young Emmet’s were naturally trying to stake a claim for spots in the first team.
At least four hurlers of promise caught the attention of the manager.
Late in the lively game East Belfast players, who train at Woodlands, produced a fiery finish, bagged a second goal but were eventually beaten by1-19 to 2-9. Referee was Shane McDonnell of Glenariffe.
Rory Millar said:”This game was a great workout and experience for our players. It was our second friendly before our debut in the Antrim league. We recently met Ardoyne’s hurling team. Last season East Belfast competed in Antrim football – and now we progress to participate in hurling.”
The East Belfast hurlers are Dungiven-born Turlough Henry, Conor McCurdy (Ballycastle ), Eoin Taggart from Portaferry and Cushendun native Rory Miller.