Belfast Saints make it four out of five

Antrim Hurling League – Division 4

Belfast Saints 1-17 Loch Mór 2-13

Pics by Martin Brunty

The newly formed St Agnes and St Teresa’s combination Belfast Saints recorded their fourth win from five league games with a brilliant home win at Woodlands versus opponents Loch Mór. 

The Glenavy/Crumlin travelling team started hot taking the lead hitting 1-2 inside the first 5 minutes without reply. 

Belfast Saints key man Philly Maguire got the home team on the score board with two points in a row at the 13min mark in the first half.

A further Declan McLarnon point sparked the game into life. 

Maguire added to his scoring hitting a brilliant goal and a point inside 15mins of the first half. Now a one point game at 1-5 to 1-4 to Loch Mór.

Another from Maguire and Saints forward James Halloran on the 28th min mark brought game 1-8 to 1-6 score at half time with the home side the happier of the two. 

At the second half restart a Philly Maguire point, followed by a Loch Mór goal and point put the away side 2-9 to 1-7 in front with 5 minutes played. 

A further 4 scores from the Saints coming from Maguire, Mark Caldwell, one from Ronan Carroll and Brian Keatings brought the Saints back into the game on the 17th minute mark. A 1-13 to 2-11 game with a point between the sides.

Loch mor added to their tally, taking a two point lead on the 20th minute of the second half with score at 2-12 to 1-13.

But it was the Belfast Saints who finished stronger in the last 10 minutes with Maguire and Ronan Carroll hitting points pushing them into a 1-17 to 2-13 lead, with referee Charlie Hemsworth blowing the whistle for full time.

Fantastic game to watch and despite being behind on a number of occasions the Saints never gave up against a youthful Loch Mór and snatched victory at the very end. 

Final score 

Belfast Saints 1-17

Loch Mór 2-13

Saints Scorers 

Philly Maguire 1-11

Ronan Carroll 0-2

Brian Keatings 0-1

Mark Caldwell 0-1

James Halloran 0-1

Declan McLarnon 0-1

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