Cushendun beat Rasharkin in high scoring game

All County Hurling League Division 3

Rasharkin 1-18 Cushendun 4-16

Cushendun travelled to Rasharkin on Wednesday evening and came away winners by 4-16 to 1-18 in a high scoring encounter. Early goals from Alex McMullan and Conor McHugh got the Emmet’s off to a flyer but with Eamon McNeill in great form for the home side they battled their way back and with the help of a Conor McFerran goal in the eleventh minute they went in at the break on level terms. 1-10 to 2-7

Cushendun edged back in front with a David Kilgore point soon after the restart but points from McNeill and McKay put Rasharkin ahead for the first time in the match. A great solo goal by Dominic Sharkey gave the visitors the edge again but it was point for point for most of the second half until an Eoin McQuillan goal five minutes from time gave Cushendun an edge they held to the final whistle.

Shane O’Neill make the long journey worthwhile

Shane O`Neills made the arduous midweek trip to Pearse Park, Armagh on Wednesday evening and “robbed the Orchard”.

On a fine evening with a damp sod underfoot, and after a delayed throw in both teams exchanged points over the course of the first half, Darren Hamill, Dan Black, Kevin O`Boyle, and Chrissy Matthews being on target for the Glensmen as they raced to a 0-10 to 0-9 half time lead. The second half saw a transformed Glenarm team in their attitude take to the field, running fast and hard at the hosts defence, whilst also defending stoutly. Cuchulainns lost a player to a red card on 45 mins, but the men in blue by this stage had already stamped their authority on the game. Further points from Dylan McLaughlin and Paddy McAuley eased the visitors ahead. With 3 mins remaining Kevin O`Boyle made a brave block on the home keeper and Darren Hamill had a `tap in` to ensure a well deserved victory.

In defence for the winners Paul Magill and Ben O`Boyle were best, Paddy McAuley did well at midfield while in the forwards Darren Hamill and Kevin O`Boyle were best.

Shane O’Neill’s scorers Darren Hamill 1-7; Dylan McLaughlin 0-4; Daniel Black 0-6; Kevin O`Boyle, Chrissy Matthews, Paddy McAuley 0-1 each.

Shane O`Neills: Liam Mulvenna, Paul Magill, Barry Hamill, Sean Moran, Rory Mulvenna, Jake Hamilton, Ben O`Boyle, Daniel Black,Paddy McAuley, Ryan McLaughlin, Darren Hamill, Dylan McLaughlin, Kevin O`Boyle, Chrissy Matthews, Sean O`Hare. 

Subs, Darryl McMullan, Aidan O`Neill, Ciaran Matthews, Decky McDermott, Matthew Killough, Gerard Scullion.

Na Magha sail to win in basement battle

ACHL Division Three

Lamh Dhearg 1-08-3-14 Na Magha

By Kevin Herron at Hannahstown

Na Magha turned in a powerful second-half display to earn their first win in the Division Three Hurling League and leave Lamh Dhearg rooted to the bottom of the table after claiming a 3-14-1-08 win in the basement battle at Hannahstown this afternoon.

Alan Grant and Timothy Rankin were amongst Na Magha’s sharpshooters in the opening half –  but the visitors only led by three at the break as Cathal Kelly found the net and Mark Finnegan was accurate from the placed ball.

In the second period it was very much one-way traffic as goals from Ryan O’Donnell, Piaras Casey and Alan Grant secured the Derry sides first league win of the season and left the Lamhs routed to the bottom of the division three table.

Despite playing against the breeze in the opening half it was Na Magha who settled into the game quickest with the scores to back it up.

Piaras Casey hit the opening score and midfielder Brendan Douban doubled his sides lead shortly after.

The Derry side should have hit the opening goal after a prolonged period of pressure inside Lamh Dhearg’s defensive third – but credit to young Lamhs keeper Michael Clarke who was twice on hand to prevent Casey from finding the net.

Fearghal McAnaney and Alan Grant hit back to back scores to ensure Na Magha held a 0-04-0-00 advantage with over ten minutes played.

Though that lead was soon reduced as the hosts found the opening goal of the afternoon – Cathal Kelly let fly with a shot that floated through the air and deceived Barry Robinson to find the net and make it a one-point game at Hannahstown.

The sides continued to trade scores in the aftermath of Kelly’s goal, Alan Grant converted a free and Mark Finnegan responded thanks to a 65’ metre placed ball.

Timothy Rankin and Michael McGuigan traded points from play and the pattern continued through Grant and Finnegan (free) as a point separated the sides with ten minutes to the break (0-08-1-04).

Back to back points from Timothy Rankin and Fearghal McAnaney opened up a three-point lead for Na Magha – but Ronan Fegan picked out Aidan McGuigan and the first-half substitute split the posts.

Lamh Dhearg may even have edged in front for the first time with two minutes of the half remaining as Cameron Flynn was illegally sandwiched in the view of referee Fionntan McCotter; who signalled for a penalty.

Aidan McGuigan seized responsibility but was denied by a magnificent stop from Barry Robinson in the Na Magha goal.

Timothy Rankin converted a free in the aftermath as the visitors headed in at the break with a three-point advantage (0-11-1-05).

Na Magha began the second period like a house on fire and hit the net within sixty seconds of the restart.

Michael Clarke batted down Brendan Douban’s dipping shot and Ryan O’Donnell reacted quickest to give his side a 1-11-1-05 lead.

Bliadhan Glass then drove forward and sent the ball between the large posts to extend his sides lead – Mark Finnegan would reply courtesy of a placed ball.

Fearghal McAnaney claimed his third point of the afternoon and the Derry side were cruising with a second goal from range by Piaras Casey to give his side a 2-13-1-06 lead.

Na Magha were defensively solid in the second period and frustrated the Lamhs attacking options with the hosts three second half scores coming courtesy of Mark Finnegan free’s.

In between Finnegan’s last two scores came Na Magha’s final flourishes of the afternoon – Fearghal McAnaney popped the ball off to Alan Grant who blasted past Clarke to the net.

Grant would claim his fourth point of the afternoon in the aftermath as Na Magha claimed their first win in the Division Three league and opened up a three-point gap over Lamh Dhearg at the basement.

Lamh Dhearg: M Clarke, R Fegan, M Lynch, S Byrne, J Brady, SP Gibson, C Herron, M Finnegan (0-06, 0-05f; 0-01 65’), C Kelly (1-00), C Flynn, G Smyth,  M McGarry, A Perry, M McGuigan (0-01), A Ferris. Subs: A McGuigan (0-01) for A Perry (16 mins).

Na Magha: B Robinson, C McElholm, D Shiels, O O’Doherty, M Temple, B Quigley, M McShane, B Doubhan (0-01), T Rankin (0-04, 0-01f), F McAnaney (0-03), B Glass (0-01), C Shiels, P Casey (1-01), R O’Donnell (1-00), A Grant (1-04).

Referee: Fionntan McCotter (Sarsfields)

Bredagh feel the blues as Glenarm shock leaders

All County Hurling League Div. 3

Shane O’Neill’s 1-13 Bredagh 0 -14

Glenarm scored a much needed win over table toppers Bredagh at Feystown on Wednesday evening in Division 3 of the All County Hurling League.  After pointing five scores without reply, the home side squandered a few chances and let the visitors back into the game and they Down men actually went on to lead at the short whistle.

Shane Ui Neill 0:08 Bredagh 0:10

After the break the home side took control, cancelling out our first half errors and pushed forward, fought like warriors, hassling and harrying the South Belfast team. The home team were back on top but it took a  50th minute goal from Dylan Mc Laughlin to seal the victory.

GLENARM 1. Paddy Abram 2 .Sean Moran 3.Barry Hamill 4.Paul Magill 5.Ben O Boyle 6.Jake Hamilton 7.Rory Mulvenna 8.Daniel Black 9.Conal Ward 10.Paddy Mc Auley 11.Darren Hamill 12.Liam Mulvenna 13.Dylan Mc Laughlin 14.Sean O Hare 15.Kevin O Boyle.

Subs. Ryan Mc Laughlin, Aidan O Neill, Matthew Killough, D. O Boyle

Emmets win in Hannahstown

ACHL Division Three

Lamh Dhearg 1-11-3-21 Cushendun

By Kevin Herron at Hannahstown

Cushendun had 16-points to spare but were pushed by a dogged Lamh Dhearg side for the majority of the game in a 3-21-1-11 win at Hannahstown this evening.

In a nip and tuck first half the sides were level on five occasions before the visitors hit a further six unanswered points to lead 0-13-0-07 at the break.

Gavin Quinn struck early in the second-half to give Lamh Dhearg renewed hope – but two goals in a matter of minutes from Eoin McQuillan and Conleth McNeill saw Cushendun regain their composure and a second McQuillan goal sealed the points for Cushendun.

Dominic Sharkey hit the opening score at Hannahstown inside of the two minutes – though Mark Finnegan replied from the placed ball.

Conleth McNeill quickly restored his sides advantage, but Gerard Smyth gathered a high ball from  Finnegan and hit a delightful point on the turn to level at 0-02-0-02.

A second converted Mark Finnegan free had edged Lamh Dhearg in front for the first time – however Dominic Sharkey intercepted a defensive clearance and popped the ball over to level for the third time inside of ten minutes.

Lamh Dhearg hit their first purple patch of the evening – Mark Finnegan registered his third free of the evening and quickly followed it up with a forth after Gerard Smyth was felled.

Defensively the hosts were solid in the first quarter with Ronan Fegan, Mark Lynch and Sean Paul Gibson mopping up at the back and youngsters Joel Brady and Michael Clarke showing composure.

Indeed their next score opened up a three point gap and it began in the defensive third as Ronan Fegan’s clearance was picked up by Cameron Flynn who switched to Mark Finnegan and Finnegan turned provider for Michael McGuigan who popped the ball over to make it 0-06-0-03.

Cushendun hit back through a David Kilgore point and almost conjured up the opening goal of the game – Lamh Dhearg goalkeeper Michael Clarke opted to close down the danger but left his goal slightly unguarded; the ball was popped into the path of James Morgan whose shot was blocked on the line by Mark Lynch and Eoin McQuillan eventually settled for a point.

The sides were level for a fourth time approaching the tweety minute mark as Morgan laid the ball off for David Kilgore to stroke over his second point of the evening.

Mark Finnegan’s fifth converted free of the half edged Lamh Dhearg back in front (0-07-0-06) but it was to be the hosts final score of the first period as Cushendun would hit seven without reply in a dominant period.

A third David Kilgore point levelled proceedings for a fourth time and that was quickly followed by a superb Eoin McQuillan point; after a good switch from Dominic Sharkey.

James Morgan shot over a tight angle in the aftermath and midfielder Conor McHugh confidently shot over the bar to open up a three point gap (0-10-0-07).

The visitors were firmly in the ascendancy and McHugh turned provider for Conleth McNeill to score his second point of the half – Dominic Sharkey and McHugh would add further points to ensure that their side held a 0-13-0-07 lead at the midway point.

Lamh Dhearg came out with the bit between their teeth after the break and struck the games opening goal.

Cameron Flynn picked up the reins and confidently burst forward – his shot was doubled upon by Gavin Quinn and Eoin Magee could do nothing to stop Quinn’s shot finding the corner of the net to make it 0-13-1-07.

A foul on Aidan McGuigan gave Mark Finnegan the chance to register his opening score of the second period and the midfielder duly obliged to make it a two-point game.

David Kilgore charged forward and hit his sides opening score of the second period – Mark Finnegan would reply after a foul on Flynn to make it 0-14-1-09 and keep the game firmly poised.

Cushendun upped the ante and three unanswered points opened up a five-point lead with 42 minutes gone.

Dominic McQuillan drove the ball over the bar and back to back converted frees from Conor  McHugh brought his evenings tally to 0-04.

The visitors then killed the game off as a contest with two goals inside of two minutes approaching the final quarter – Eoin McQuillan skipped forward with purpose and from a tight angle was able to rifle to the net past Michael Clarke and make it 1-17-1-09.

Moments later the Lamh’s were caught napping at the back and Conleth McNeill gave Clarke no chance – rifling into the bottom right hand corner to open up a 2-17-1-09 advantage.

Mark Finnegan replied with his first score from play of the evening – though Aidan Corbett converted a free and with ten minutes remaining the visitors secured a third goal.

Conor Hugh’s free was flicked to the net by Eoin McQuillan for the centre-half forwards second of the evening.

Mark Finnegan again replied but despite the midfielders best efforts late on; there was to be no grandstand finish as Cushendun saw out proceedings with three further points.

Conor McHugh shot over the bar from range and James Morgan added to single first-half point – the final score fell to Conleth McNeill from a  converted free as Cushendun ran out 3-21-1-11 winners at the games conclusion.

Lamh Dhearg: M Clarke, R Fegan, M Lynch, S Byrne, J Brady, SP Gibson, E Herron, M Finnegan (0-09, 0-08f), A McGuigan, C Herron, M McGuigan (0-01), C Flynn, G Quinn (1-00), G Smyth (0-01), A Ferris. Subs: A Perry for A Ferris (52 mins), C McKenna for G Quinn (52 mins), N McGuigan for C Herron (54 mins), K Herron for G Smyth (56 mins).

Cushendun: E Magee, M Dunne, C McKay, M McHugh, N McAuley, A Corbett (0-01f), M Scally, C McHugh (0-05, 0-02f), T Scally, D Sharkey (0-03), E McQuillan (2-02), J Morgan (0-02), D McQuillan (0-01), C McNeill (1-03, 0-01f), D Kilgore (0-04). Subs: R Millar for J Morgan (56 mins), M Aillew for D McQuillan (58 mins), P Dunne for D Sharkey (58 mins).

Referee: Danny O’Neill (Gort na Mona).