ACHL Division 4
Loch Mór 0-16
Ciceam Ard Eoin 0-22
Loch Mór suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Ardoyne on Sunday afternoon with victory seeing gthe Kickham’s climb above them into third place and the league for the title looks wide open following All Saints first defeat of the season to Cushendall on Sunday.
The match, which was played at Cardinal O’Donnell’s pitch on the Whiterock Road, was a feisty affair with both teams aware of the importance of every match now we are into the second half of the season.
An injury hit Loch Mór side started the match sheepishly and found it difficult to get a foothold in the game as Ardoyne raced into an early lead. This continued for much of the first quarter until Loch Mór started to put things together in a bid to stem the flow. Some great points from play from Darragh Turley, Declan Phillips and Ruairi Bannon got Loch Mór off the mark and into the game. Trading scores for the remainder of the first half it just didn’t seem to be enough and Loch Mór could not eat into the lead Ardoyne had built up, the sides going in at the break with 9 points between them.
Loch Mór started the second half much brighter and with intent. Pressing Ardoyne better and getting more turn overs they put a string of scores together from Mathew Jones, Conor Jones and Darragh Turley once again. This passage of play inspired a real comeback and a delightful point by Marty Braniff and a long range free from ‘keeper Bailey Graham reduced the deficit to 4 points with 15 minutes remaining. Ardoyne fought back and nullified any ball going into the Loch Mór full forward line, which seemed to be the theme of the second half, and that push for a decisive goal was now Loch Mór’s focus as time was running out.
Loch Mor made a change in full forward as Aodhan Morgan came on with 10 minutes to go but it wasn’t enough as Ardoyne pulled away and finished the match with 6 to spare.
This defeat was a setback for Loch Mór, who failed to produce the performance of recent games, while Ardoyne were on top of their game and will feel they can push hard for promotion as the season progresses.
With a congested fixture list ahead and championship starting this Saturday both sides will turn their attention in that direction for now and both will have ambitions of championship success.
Loch Mor Scorers
Darragh Turley 0-9
Declan Phillips 0-1
Mathew Jones 0-1
Ruairi Bannon 0-2
Bailey Graham 0-1
Marty Braniff 0-1