O’Neill’s ACHL Division 3
Kickham’s Creggan 1-11 Emmett’s Cushendun 3-8
Heavy rain and a strong wind blowing across the Lough greeted the Glens’ men as they lined out to face an impatient South West Side keen to place an early marker and re-ignite their promotion hopes.
Conor McCann raised a green flag for the visitors after 20 seconds followed by another 2 minutes later to get the Lough Shore lads up and running. This early success was added to in the 5th minute when Creggan’s Cormac Rice got on the end of a high ball to volley it past Cushendun’s net-minder E. Magee. Magee’s puck out was caught by Teddy McKeown who drove the ball in low and intercepted by McCann to score his third point and the Kickham’s promotion efforts seemed to be back on track.
C.McHugh finally got Emmett’s off the mark – his 1st point in the 7th minute followed less than 60 seconds later by another. As the wind increased across the pitch both sides struggled to get their shots on target and neither side troubled the umpires for 13 minutes. David Killgore registered his 1st point and Emmett’s third in the 23d minute and E. Duffin added another in the 25th leaving the score – Creggan 1.03 to Cushendun 0.04.
This low scoring affair did not do justice to the home side who dominated play for the 1st 30 minutes but it was their wayward shooting from range that proved their downfall.
These Hail Mary efforts, into the clouds, were blown off target time and again while their opponents chose to deliver the balls at a much lower altitude finding their targets with much less possession.
Ed McQuillan and Bannon reaped the rewards of these tactics and both bagged majors in the 29th and 30th minute to knock the wind out of the Kickham’s side.
Half-Time: Robert Emmett’s 2.04, Creggan 1.03.
With the second half under way the rain stopped and the wind increased though the home side continued to waste their chances with the wide tally increasing to 15 although they did add a further 8 points from the McCann clan – Liam McCann in the 32nd minute, Keelan McCann in the 35th, Oran McCann with points in the 36th and 38th minutes and Conor McCann with points in the 39th, 41st, 44th minute and 57th minute as they battled hard to regain the lead.
Emmets responded through David Kilgore 0-2 and James Morgan and Ed McQuillan fired a rasper to the Creggan net at the end of the third quarter to keep the visitors noses in front. They were only able to add one further score in 55th minute off the hurl of C.McHugh but by this stage they had done enough.
Try as they may, the home side, despite dominating possession for the final ten minutes could not find a way through the Emmet’s defence with Hamilton, Corbett and McKay turning everything that came their way. Behind them keeper, Magee foiled 2 serious attempts on goal by Conor McCann and Cormac Rice, both saved comfortably.
Emmett’s management will be delighted with this win and it will boost their team’s confidence and ensure that they keep their position in Division 3 for next season. It’s a different story for Creggan however and the wheels have certainly come of the wagon in recent weeks and after leading the division four games ago they can’t seem to buy a win for love or money.
They certainly had the chances to win this one but their shooting once again let them down but Creggan are a resilient bunch and will be hoping to bounce back to put the past 2 weeks behind them as they look forward to the championship.
Robert Emmett’s – No.1 E.Magee, No.2 S.Hamilton, No.3 A.Corbett, No.4 J McKay, No.5 P.Bannon (1.0), No.6 M.McCartan, No.7 M.Scally, No.8 T Scally, No.9 C.McHugh (0.03), No.10 E.McQuillan (2.0), No.11 E.Duffin (0.01), No.12 J.Morgan (0.01), No.13 D.Killgore (0.03), No.14 R.McQuillan, No.15 C.Bannon, No.17 A.McMullan.
Kickham’s Creggan – No.1 Jake McAteer, No.2 Enda Maguire, No.3 Liam McCann (0.01), No.4 Mick Maguire, No.5 Donal Carey, No.6 Thomas McCann, No.7 Teddy McKeown, No.8 Rory McCann, No.9 Keelan McCann (0.01), No.10 Cormac Rice (1.0), No.11 Niall McAuley, No.12 Oran McCann (0.02), No.13 Tieran McAteer, No.14 Conor McCann (0.07), No.15 Ciaran Rice.
Referee: Kevin Parke.
Report & Photographs Joe Rice