Points shared at windy Cushendun

All County Hurling League Division 3

Cushendun 2-7 Cuchullains 1-10

Cushendun and Cuchullains Armagh shared the spoils when they met in Saturday’s Division 3 Hurling League games at the Rigs in Cushendun. If ever a game fitted the headline ‘a game of two halves’ then this was it as the visitors did the vast majority of their scoring in the first half while the Emmet’s clawed their way back in the second.

Having said that Cushendun were first to score and when David Kilgore got in for a goal after three minutes expectations were  high, but it was to be the only time that they would trouble scoreboard operator in that first thirty minutes. Cuchullains got going in the seventh minute when Ciaran Currans pointed and two minutes later left half forward Davey Ryan added another.

Cushendun’s two goal hero David Kilgore. Pic by Davy Morgan

Currans brought them level on sixteen minutes and the scores began to flow freely as they added three more without reply before really taking a grip of the game with a goal from a long range free by Conleth Laverty three minutes from the end of the first half. When midfielder Davey Bridges added a point in injury time the Armagh men were eight clear and though they had to turn to face the gale that blew in off the sea they knew they were in with a good chance of victory.

Wind assisted Cushendun opened the second half with a Conor McHugh point and when David Kilgore grabbed his second goal of the game on 36 minutes things were looking good for the home side. However the scoring was far from easy in the conditions but when Kilgore and Conor McHugh fired over points the gap was down to two with twenty minutes still to play.

Cuchullains dug in and they pulled a point back through Rafferty on 41 minutes and while McHugh reduced the gap to one with two points for the home side a point from a Conleth Laverty free put two between the teams again. When McHugh cut it back to a point again on 52 minutes Cushendun looked favourites once again but the Armagh men stood firm and it took an injury time point from Leo Morgan to earn the Emmet’s a draw.

Pics by Davy Morgan

St Paul’s bounce back

All County Hurling League Division 3

St Paul’s 0-14 Cushendun 0-12

St Paul’s bounced back from their midweek defeat to Gort na Mona to beat Junior Champions Cushendun in Sunday’s Division 3 game at Shaw’s Road. Leading by six points at the break St Paul’s saw their advantage whittled away during the second half and going into injury time the lead was down to a single point. However the Belfast men reacted well when the chips were down and finished strongly to seal a valuable win.

Despite playing with the breeze St Paul’s were slow to settle and it was the visitors who made the early running as Conleith McNeill (2) and Pearse Bannon pointed to put the Emmet’s three clear after ten minutes. Once they got going St Paul’s were the better team and four points without reply, three from Sean O’Carroll and one from James Farrell, edged them ahead by the twentieth minute. David Kilgore brought Cushendun back on terms with a well taken point but St Paul’s then took total control as they hit six points in a row, three from Maguire, and one each from Carbery, McLarnon and O’Carroll to go in at the break with a 0-10 to 0-4 lead.

The signs were good for the Emmet’s when they started the second half brightly with five points on the bounce from Aidan Corbett, Conleith McNeill, David Kilgore and Conor McHugh (2) to close within a point inside ten minutes. O’Carroll got one for St Paul’s to open the gap to two but a pointed free by Conor McHugh and one from a 65 by Conelith McNeill brought Cushenun level with five minutes still to play. The men from the Glens must have felt they were in with a great chance at this stage, but St Paul’s reacted well as points from Sean O’Carroll and Farrell put them two up by the end of normal time. McNeill sent over another point from a free as the game entered injury time to leave just one between the side, but that was as close as they would get as O’Carroll hit the insurance point in the final seconds to seal the win.

ST PAUL’S: C Murray, D Stevenson, C Heatherington, S Bradley, A McMorrow, F Swail, S Lawell S Rooney, D Chapman, G Maguire, S O’Carroll, C McLarnon, C Carson, G Carberry, J Farrell.

CUSHENDUN: E Magee, J Jamilton, A Corbett, J McKay, M McCartin, M Scally, T Scally, C McHugh, P Bannon, D Sharkey, D McQuilan, C McNeill, C Bannon, E Duffin, D Kilgore.

Subs – G McCormick, H Kilgore, J Morgan, N McAuley.

Referee – Ryan O’Reilly (Con Magees)

Pics by Micky Morgan

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Carryduff win in Armagh

ACHL Div.3

Cuchullains 1-6 Carryduff 1-13

Carryduff travelled to Armagh to take on Cuchullain’s with hope of bouncing back from a difficult season last year, narrowly avoiding relegation to Division 4.

Cuchullains started the brighter with several pointed frees from half forward Conleth Lavery taking advantage of Carryduff overcarrying the ball on several occasions. Eoin Rooney responded by tipping over his first point of the game and Sean O’Callaghan’s frees edged Carryduff back into the game. With the wind sweeping towards the Carryduff net and midfielder Davy Bridges stamping his authority on the match, Cuchullains increased their pressure on the Carryduff defence. As Cuchullains’ forward Patrick Mackin attempted to strike against his former club, the Carryduff defence held strong with key tackles coming from Ciaran Goodwin and Conor Cassidy. Carryduff then had a breakthrough with a well worked team move starting from defence ending up with half-forward Daniel McCartan who made no mistake in burying the ball into the bottom corner of the Cuchullains’ net. An end-to-end first half concluded with Cuchullains bagging a goal of their own through the lively Mattie Rafferty at corner forward, pushing the home side one to the good at half-time. HT Score: Cuchullains 1-5 Carryduff 1-4.

Carryduff started the second half stronger with several long-range Sean O’Callaghan frees splitting the posts, with the help of the breeze which was now in the away side’s favour. Cuchullains struggled to get a foothold in the match after the break and two quickfire points through Eoin Rooney pushed Carryduff further ahead. With Carryduff’s lead extended to six points, this left the home side looking for goals toward the end of the match. A late Cuchullains charge led by centre-back Ciaran Clifford eventuated in several dropped balls into the Carryduff square which were well defended by corner back Eoin Maguire and goalkeeper Conor McLornan. Carryduff subsitute Pete Loughrane then came on to score a fine individual point to put the match out of sight for Cuchullains, with Carryduff securing the win by a seven point margin.

After a positive first half, Cuchullains will be disappointed to only score one point in the second half. They will hope for better fortune in a couple of weeks as they face Carryduff’s neighbours Bredagh. Carryduff will be happy to start their campaign with a victory and will have a difficult match against Rasharkin up next.

Scorers: Carryduff – Sean O’Callaghan 0-8 (0-7f), Daniel McCartan 1-1, Eoin Rooney 0-3, Pete Loughrane 0-1

Cuchullains: Conleth Lavery 0-5 (0-5f), Mattie Rafferty 1-1

Emmets beat Glenarm on opening day

All County Hurling League Division 3

Cushendun 3-22 Glenarm 3-9

In a repeat of last season’s Junior Hurling final Cushendun got the better of Glenarm in Sunday’s opening game in Division 3, running out 13 point winners at the Rigs in Cushendun.

The Emmets were three to the good after seven minutes thanks to points from Duffin, McQuillan and Sharkey before the visitors raised their first flag through Dylan McLaughlin. It was to prove brief respite however as the home team came back with seven unanswered points with Conor McHugh, Loaf McNeill and Eoin McQuillan hitting two apiece and Tomas Scally grabbing one to put them in firm control. Glenarm pulled a couple back through O’Hara but Cushendun were in dominant form and by the half time whistle they had stretched their advantage to 0-18 to 0-3.

Conlaoth McNeill in action during Cushendun’s win over Glenarm. Pic by Micky Morgan

With the wind now at their back the visitors made a much better start to the second half and points for O’Hara (2) and Matthews and a goal from Kevin O’Boyle gave them some hope. However that hope was soon snuffed out as two goals inside a minute by David Kilgore swung the momentum back in the Emmet’s favour. Glenarm raised hopes again as Daniel Black and O’Hara grabbed goals midway through the second half but even though O’Hara added three more points and McLaughlin one the home side were always in control and points from Scally, Duffin and Kilgore saw them safely home.  

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No let up as Clooney Gaels defeat Gort Na Mona in Ahoghill

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James O’Connell who scored 0-13 as Clooney Gaels defeated Gort Na Mona in the ACHL Division 3 on Sunday.

O’Neill’s ACHL Div. 3

Clooney Gaels 2-25   Gort Na Mona   1-14

Clooney Gaels may have the division 3 league title already secured but they showed no sign of letting up when they entertained Gort Na Mona on Sunday. Last year’s Junior Champions were expected to provide a stiff test for the home side and they certainly didn’t make things easy but in the end they had little answer to a slick Clooney Gaels side.

First half goals from Donal Graham and Dan O’Neill saw the Ahoghill men in control at the short whistle where they led 2-9 to 0-8 with James O’Connell weighing in with a flurry of points, both from play and from frees.

Despite the best efforts of Mark Rea, Sean Doyle, Padge McHugh and Dessie McLean the West Belfast side were left with a mountain to climb in the second half and despite a Ciaran McMullan goal they never looked like getting back into contention.

James O’Connell continued to display unerring accuracy as he brought his total for the day to 0-13 and his brother P.J. kept the score board ticking with five of his own as the Clooney side ran out winners by 14 points and they look in fine shape as they await an Intermediate championship meeting with St. Brigid’s Cloughmills in Cushendall on the 25th Of August.

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Clooney Gaels:  Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Eamon Brady, Bernard Graham, Neill O’Connell, Diarmaid Graham, Donal Graham 1-02, James Magee 0-01, Ronan Graham  0-01, James O’Connell   0-13 (6 frees),  Patrick Graham  0-2, Owen Neeson, PJ. O’Connell  0-5, Dan O’Neill            1-01

Subs:

Dominic Neeson for Donal Graham

Martin Graham for Ronan Graham

Gerard Graham for PJ.O’Connell

Gort Na Mona: Martin Ward, Kevin Valliday, Mark Rea, Conor Caldwell, Sean Doyle, 0-1, Conor McCann, Colm Scullion, Patrick McCafferty, Declan Hayes 0-2, Thomas McCaffrey 0-2, Padge McHugh 0-5 (3 frees), Darren Boyd, Dessie McClean 0-2, Christopher McErlean, Ciaran McMullan 1-2.

Ref Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)