McIntosh double set Oisins up for the win

Antrim Hurling League Division 2

Cushendun 1-15 Oisin 4-10

Oisins won the first of the North Antrim derbies on Wednesday evening when they travelled to Cushendun and beat their Division 2 rivals in a hard fought and entertaining game. The Glenariffe’s sides ability to find the opposition net was to prove vital, three of them coming in the first half at the end of which the visitors led by 3-4 to 1-7. The fourth came early in second when Seanie McIntosh cut in from the left wing to fire in a real beauty, just as had done in the first period, and when the Glenariffe men added four points without reply, the gap was out to ten by the 46th minute. However they only managed one more point in the following 21 minutes of play (14 minutes normal time and 7 of injury time), but while the Emmets outscored their visitors by 7 to 1 during that time, they couldn’t get the goal they needed to really spark a comeback.

Colm McKeegan celebrates Cushendun’s goal

An Alex O’ Boyle point from a free and an opportunist goal from Kevin McDonnell, which was fired home off the ground after a shot for a point came back of the upright. Two from Conor McHugh frees and a goal from Colm McKeegan got the home side in front midway through the first half, but goals from Alex O’Boyle and Seanie McIntosh, and a few excellent points from O’Boyle frees gave the Oisins the upper hand as they opened up a 3-4 to 1-7 lead by half time.

When McIntosh got the Oisins fourth just after the restart it all looked good, and when they added four of the next five points to stretch their lead to ten it all seemed to be plain sailing. To their credit Cushendun dug deep and they had the better of the final quarter as Conor McHugh hit two, David Kilgore added three and substitute ‘Loaf’ McNeill got one to leave just four between the sides. Alex O’Boyle steadied the Oisins ship with a point on 61 minutes to put the gap out to five, but while McNeill cut it back to four again that was as close the Emmet’s would get.

Conor Patterson breaks forward from the half back line


Gareth McGhee, Mark McSparran, Aiden Hamilton, Sean Corbett, Sean McKay, Jack McKay, Tom Scally, Dominic McQuillan, Conor Bannon, James Morgan, Fintan McQuillan, Dominic Sharkey, Colm McKeegan Conor McHugh, David Kilgore.

SUBS – Conlaith Magee, Aidan McSparran, John V Morgan


Seanan McToal, Daniel Haughey, Niall Murray, Daniel Kearney, Conor Patterson, Donal Kearney, Aaron Cosgrove, Ciaran McKendry, Odhran Gillen, Alex O’Boyle, Caolan O’Connor, Oliver Kearney, Brogan O’Connor, Kevin McDonnell, Seanie McIntosh

Referee – Fíonntan McCotter

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