All County Under 16 Hurling League – Division 1
Loughgiel maintained their unbeaten start in Division 1 of the All County Under16 Hurling League when they beat Dungiven by 2-12 to 2-2 at Fr Healy Park on Sunday afternoon and now sit top of the table. A goal from Conor O’Mullan and some excellent points from Enda Og McGarry and Rian McMullan helped the wind assisted Shamrocks to a 1-10 to 0-0 half time lead.
Dungiven fared better in the second half and grabbed a couple of goals of their own, but a second goal from Ronan McCollum and further points from McMullan, McGarry and Damian Quinn saw Loughgiel safely through to a convincing win.
As the saying goes, goals win matches and the goals did the damage as Cushendall hosted Dunloy in the U16 League in Cushendall on Monday evening, the Ruairis running out winners by 7-13 to 1-9. Playing with what breeze there was blowing across the pitch, Cushendall got off to a strong start with the defence standing strong and the foundation for the midfield and forwards to drive forward and dominate the first half going in 3-7 to 0-5. The second half started like the first but 10 minutes in Dunloy started to find their feet and started to win the breaking ball and drive forward and picked up a few good scores, however some more excellent goal scoring by Cushendall meant there was only going to be one winner. Most observers who braved the cold and wind will probably agree that it was a good all round performance by Cushendall but to Dunloy’s credit they never gave up and fought for every ball right to the final whistle.
Cushendall scorers on the night were Fionntan McQuillan 0-5, Colum McKeegan 5-3, Conlith McKinley 2-1, Conal McGlynn 0-1 and Padraig McKillop 0-3, but the management will be most pleased with the all-round performance given last week’s slow start.
Ballycastle got their season up and running when they beat Ballinascreen by 3-13 to 1-10 at Pairc MacUillin while Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon laid down a marker when they beat Rossa by 4-15 to 1-12 in a high scoring game in Dungannon.
It was a busy night in Division 2 of the Under 16 Hurling League where St Paul’s beat Glenravel by 3-9 to 1-6, while St Gall’s got the better of Glenarm in a high scoring game at Milltown, running out winners by 9-10 to 2-13. Lamh Dhearg travelled to St Enda’s and won by 3-15 to 0-6. Clooney Gaels had a 8-10 to 4-7 win over South West Antrim neighbours Tir na nÓg while Na Magha ran up a massive 9-29 when beating St Olcan’s