CAREY 3-17. Oisins 4-10
By Molly McGee
Pics by Ann Gillan of AG Photography
This game had everything, scores galore, some fierce competitive battles and lots of good hurling. Carey started off in a determined mode, anxious to put their earlier defeat by Sarsfields behind them and by half time they were 2-10 to 1-5 ahead against an in form Oisins side.
From the throw-in Caolan McCaughan immediately found his range with a Carey point and two further points from James Black left the home side three clear before Conor Patterson pointed for the visitors. Another McCaughan point was answered by Glenariff with points from Seamus McDonnell and Aaron Cosgrove.
With little between the sides Paul McDonnell took full advantage of a Carey defensive lapse to fire past Dylan McMullan to give the visitors the lead on the 15th minute but the game was to take a further turn within the next five minutes as Carey added a further 2-2 to the scoreboard, two points from the “Rocket” on either side of goal double by Fiachra McVeigh. Seamus McDonnell and Micky Gettins kept the Waterfoot men in touch, but two points from James Black and one from Martin Hunter left the Faughs 2-10 to 1-5 ahead at the short whistle.
The second half started similar to the first, with the brilliant James ‘rocket’ Black knocking over his seventh point. A Glenariff comeback with the breeze advantage started with an Alex O’Boyle point which was followed immediately with a converted penalty from the same player, to reduce the arrears to six. With the Oisins now in full flow two goals in three minutes from Seamus McDonnell and Paul McDonnell left the sides level on the 50th minute and smart money at this stage would have been on the visitors.
However Carey found another gear with Paddy Gillan and Black giving them the lead again but Alex O’Boyle and Paul McDonnell we’re proving to be a handful for the Carey Defence, in which James McCuaig was outstanding with Mick McVeigh.
Two Carey points from Martin Hunter, and a Glenariff point from the classy O’Boyle left the sides level going into injury time.
Disaster was to strike for the Oisins in the 63rd minute. Carey’s Paddy Gillan had his shot well saved by Seanan McToal in the Oisin’s goal only for the Rocket to flick the rebound to the Oisins net before sealing the deal with a brilliant long range insurance point.
CAREY: Dylan McMullan, Peter Murphy, Sean McBride, Colm Mcbride, Michael McVeigh, James McQuoaig, Peadar McVeigh, Patrick Butler, Caolan McCaughan, Sean Mcloughlin, John McBride, James Black, Fiachra McVeigh, Martin Hunter, Patrick Gillan.
OISINS: Seanan McToal, Niall Murray, Randal McDonnell, Michael Haughey, Shane O’Connor, Conor Patterson, Ciaran McKendry, Daniel Haughey, Michael Gettins, Dan McKillop, Semaus McDonnell, Thomas Quinn, Alex O’Boyle, Tom McDonnell, Aaron Cosgrove.
REFEREE: Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)
Pics by Ann Gillan – A.G. Photography