Heart. Skill. Determination. Passion. Heartbreak. Ecstasy.

Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final

Pádraig Sairséil 1-20 Carey Faughs 3-17

By Liam Tunney@UnitUpdates

Páirc Rossa overflowed with all of the above as Carey Faughs sprung an upset on Sarsfield’s to reach the Andersonstown Social Club Antrim IHC Final after 80 minutes of the highest-octane championship hurling.

The Paddies had played with the wind in the first half but failed to take advantage of the elements, hitting 11 wides and only mustering a single-point lead at the break, Conor McBride’s long-range goal keeping Carey in touch.

After a breathless second half, it looked like Caillin Caldwell’s effort had sealed the Sarsfield’s victory, but a late, late John McBride free from his own 45m line sent the tie to extra time, where the Glens side pulled clear in the final minutes.

Just 3 minutes into the match Sarsfield’s had opened up a two-point lead, a Kevin McKernan effort preceding Niall McKenna’s first of eleven points, but Carey battled back with points from John and Conor McBride to level matters on 7 minutes.

0-03 without reply followed for the Paddies as a brace of Niall McKenna frees and a neat finish from Niall McAlea opened up some daylight between the sides, but a James Black rocket from the right-hand side and a long-range James McCuaig effort saw the Faughs reduce the deficit to one.

Loose tackling in defence was hurting Carey with Niall McKenna in inspired form from placed balls, adding another brace either side of a James Black score, before Man of the Match Conor McBride hit the first half’s crucial score in the 21st minute.

Sent clear by a neat John McBride hand pass, the corner forward galloped down the left flank and unleashed a low effort from 25 yards that bobbled on the turf into the bottom right corer of David Ward’s net to give Carey the lead.

Buoyed by the goal, there was a visible tenacity about the Faugh’s defence and it took Sarsfield’s five minutes to hit back through a long-range Kevin McKernan free.

Further points followed from McKenna and Ryan Carson before James McCuaig brought the first half to a close with his second of the afternoon.

It took only 2 minutes of the second half for Carey to wrestle back the lead, Cathal McAuley pulling to the net after the Sarsfield’s defence failed to deal adequately with a high ball.

Two further points from Conor McBride opened up a four-point lead for the Faughs over a visibly rocked Sarsfield’s side, but Niall McKenna continued his battle with James McCuaig by winning and pointing a free to get the Paddies off the mark.

The sequence was repeated six minutes later as McKenna notched a further free, before James Black restored Carey’s three-point lead, racing through and pointing off the hurl from close-range.

The Faughs then suffered a blow on 50 minutes as James McCuaig received his second yellow card, referee Kevin Parke ordering him off. James Black fired over his 4th point of the day on the run in defiant response but it took just 6 minutes for McCuaig’s sending off to be punished accordingly.

Breaking free of a ruck, Ryan Carson got a run at the Carey defence and finished low inside Chrissy Butler’s near post to level the scoreline with four minutes to play.

Sean McLaughlin responded by slotting the Faughs back into the lead, but another Niall McKenna free restored parity and the tension rose sharply as Parke indicated six minutes of stoppage time.

Conor McBride welcomed the start of injury time with a fine score to give his side the lead again, but Niall McKenna wriggled free of Michael McVeigh to feed Caillin Caldwell, the centre back firing over to equalise on 63 minutes.

In the final minute of injury time, Sarsfield’s found Niall McAlea in space on the right and his driving run ended with a flick back for Ryan Carson to split the posts to raucous cheers from the Paddies’ line.

There was yet more drama to come.

Carey worked their puck out short and were awarded a free on their own 45m line and up stepped the nerveless John McBride to hammer the ball over the black spot as the crowd on the hill watched in disbelief.

The Faughs were able to start extra time with the full complement of fifteen on the pitch, but it was Sarsfield’s who seized the initiative having regained wind advantage.

Niall McKenna pointed a free from almost the same position as John McBride minutes earlier, before the centre-forward hurled another effort over the Carey crossbar.

Unruffled, the Faughs roared forward again, Caolan McCaughan seeing his low drive beaten away by David Ward in the Paddies net before Carey ended the half with two Conor McBride frees to leave the sides level after 70 minutes.

It took five minutes of the second period before the deadlock was broken, substitute Martin Hunter judging the wind well to loop over a neat score before Caolan McCaughan followed suit with a long-range effort from midfield.

Sarsfield’s responded with a 78th minute 65 to leave just one between them, but as the seconds ticked away, Conor McBride latched onto a long ball and pulled it to the net on the bounce as the Carey sideline erupted in the kind of unbridled joy that championship hurling can release.

There was still time for a Paddies response and Niall McAlea finished the afternoon’s scoring with an acrobatic flick on a high ball looping over the bar, but Parke’s whistle brought to the end what was arguably the game of the season so far.

A superb 2-06 from Conor McBride saw him clinch the Man of the Match award, but Niall McKenna will be devastated to have finished on the losing side having hit 0-11 and starred in the match.

The cliché of neither side deserving to lose rang true but both were equally gracious in victory and defeat, but the beaming smiles of the Carey players and management carried them off the pitch and into a final meeting with Naomh Éanna.

Pádraig Sairséil: David Ward, Jack Daniels, James Cunningham, Kevin Ward, Niall McAlea (0-02), Caillin Caldwell (0-01), James McKernan, Eoghan Rodgers, Kevin McKernan (0-01, 0-02f), Gary Lennon, Niall McKenna (0-03, 0-08f), Ryan Carson (1-02), Daniel McKernan, Mark Rea, Caolan McKernan.

Subs: Aran Stewart for Mark Rea 41’, Brendan McGibbon for Daniel McKernan 43’, Malachy Campbell for Aran Stewart 46’, Niall McDonald for Brendan McGibbon (Blood Sub) 72’

Carey Faughs: Chrissy Butler, Kevin Murphy, Sean McBride, Patrick Gillan, Peadar McVeigh, James McCuaig (0-02f), Michael McVeigh, Colm McBride, Sean McLaughlin (0-01), Caolan McCaughan (0-01), John McBride (0-01, 0-01f), James Black (0-04), Fiachra McVeigh, Cathal McAuley (1-00), Conor McBride (2-03, 0-03f).

Subs: Paddy Butler for Colm McBride 34’, Cathair Brogan for Fiachra McVeigh 55’, Martin Butler (0-01) for Sean McLaughlin 59’, Darren McGowan for Cathal McAuley 71’, Dan Martin for Cathair Brogan 73’, Sean McLaughlin for James Black 77’.

Referee: Kevin Parke (Naomh Éanna)

McGoldrick fire-power leads St. Enda’s to victory

IHC Semi-Final

Oisín CLG Glenariffe 2-10 Naomh Éanna 3-19

By Liam Tunney@UnitUpdates

A fearsome Naomh Éanna scoring display, led by the imperious John McGoldrick, ended Glenariffe’s interest in the Andersonstown Social Club Antrim IHC this afternoon at St Paul’s.

McGoldrick may have been at the forefront of the Hightown attack with 0-08, but he was joined on the score sheet by no less than nine of his team-mates in a quite incredible spread of scorers. Oisín’s on the other hand relied mostly on the individual brilliance of Alex O’Boyle who ended the game with 1-03 to his name.

Terence McNaughton’s side played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, a breeze that extended McGoldrick’s already lengthy range and the Division 2 champions built up a healthy lead in the opening half and despite the Glens side battling back well in the second half, the Glengormley men always had an answer and were comfortable in the end.

McGoldrick had opened the scoring with a brace of points, one from either 45m line, before Alex O’Boyle hit back with a brace of his own to leave matters all square after 9 minutes.

With Oisín’s struggling to clear the ball in the face of a brisk breeze, Naomh Éanna capitalised with a Ruairí Donaghy point before they hit the first major of the day, Philly Curran poking home at the second opportunity after Seanan McToal had uncharacteristically spilled a high ball in his own box.

Glenariffe hit back straight away however as Alex O’Boyle swept home the sliotar following a surging Dan McKillop run through the heart of the St Enda’s defence.

Affronted by the concession of the goal, Naomh Éanna rattled off four points in as many minutes as Manus Mullan, Eddie O’Connor and a further McGoldrick brace opened up a six-point deficit.

An Alex O’Boyle free temporarily lifted the siege but a further three-point burst from McGoldrick (2) and an on-the-run finish from Joe Maskey followed as the Hightown side tightened their grip on the game.

O’Boyle and McGoldrick traded frees in first half stoppage time to leave the North coast side eight points adrift at the short whistle.

Oisín’s full back Randal McDonnell opened the second period with a huge free from inside his own 45m line and the score sparked a period of Glenariffe dominance as Naomh Éanna adjusted to playing into the breeze.

However, the Glens men could not make their purple patch count and hit three costly wides before McGoldrick split the posts up the other end. Dan McKillop again raised faint hopes of a comeback with a strong run and point down the left flank, but in the 41st minute the game was ended as a contest.

Tenacity from Killian Jennings ensured a wayward ball stayed in play along the end line and he recycled it back to Eddie O’Connor. O’Connor sent a pass zipping crossfield into the hand of Matthew O’Hare who applied the finish and sealed the win.

In the following minute, O’Boyle saw a 21m free saved on the line, the forward going low in a desperate effort to haul his side back into the game, but Naomh Éanna worked the sliotar back up the field for Killian Jennings to hit his side’s third goal of the afternoon.

Now trailing by fourteen points, Glenariffe were awarded a penalty. Alex O’Boyle wriggled free of his man and was upended unceremoniously by goalkeeper Martin Curran in the six-yard box. A shaken O’Boyle then watched in frustration as his strike was turned away by Curran for a 65 that Randal McDonnell converted.

Oisín’s did manage a goal in the 46th minute, Paul McDonnell letting fly from 30 yards and watching his effort find Curran’s net via an outstretched Naomh Éanna hurl and when Seamus McDonnell plucked the sliotar from the sky to point there was a murmur of hope from the assembled Oisín’s support.

Eddie O’Connor did his best to quell the optimism by taking a short ball to point for Naomh Éanna only for O’Boyle to fire over a free in response, before Fermanagh’s Ryan Bogue traded minors with Paul McDonnell.

That would prove to be Oisín’s final score as McNaughton’s men saw out the final minutes of the second half much like they had the first, a host of late scores from Joe Maskey, an Eddie O’Connor brace and a neat point from substitute Ruairí Crummey.

A thoroughly impressive performance from Naomh Éanna in this Semi-Final without really being forced into top gear. They played in bursts and managed the game well, maintaining the established gap between the sides.

They’ll now turn their attention to a final with Carey Faughs, having watched the other Semi-Final’s action from their perch on the St Paul’s balcony.

Oisín CLG: Seanan McToal, Michael Haughey, Randal McDonnell (0-01f, 0-01 – 65), Kieran McKendry, Shane O’Connor, Michael Gettens, Daniel Haughey, Caolan O’Connor, Aaron Cosgrove, Thomas Quinn, Conor McAllister, Dan McKillop (0-01), Conor Patterson (0-01), Paul McDonnell (1-01), Alex O’Boyle (1-00, 0-03f).

Subs: Seamus McDonnell (0-01) for Conor Patterson 22’, Alex McDonnell for Thomas Quinn 45’, Patrick Burns for Aaron Cosgrove 46’, Oliver Kearney for Conor McAllister 56’.

Naomh Éanna: Martin Curran, Niall O’Connor, Rian Gillan, Ruairí Diamond, Cormac Ross, Mark Donaghy, Joe Maskey (0-02), Ryan Bogue (0-01), Ruairí Donaghy (0-02), Philly Curran (1-00), Manus Mullan (0-01), Eddie O’Connor (0-03), John McGoldrick (0-01, 0-07f), Matthew O’Hare (1-00), Killian Jennings (1-00).

Subs: Ruairí Crummey (0-01) for Killian Jennings 57’.

Referee: Darren McKeown (Naomh Gall)

Naomh Eanna and Sarsfields start as favourites, but this is championship and anything can happen

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

Shaw’s Road is the place for hurling fans to be tomorrow afternoon with the two Intermediate semi-finals down for decision. The first sees Naomh Eanna take on Oisin’s Glenariffe at St Paul’s at 12.30 while in the other one at 2pm at Rossa Park Sarsfields play Carey Faughs.

Naomh Eanna had to work hard last time out to get the challenge of Creggan. The sides met at Tir na nÓg on a wet and windy Friday evening in a game that turned out to be a real dogged affair with the accuracy of John McGoldrick getting the Glengormley men over the line. Naomh Eanna led by a point at the end of a first half in which both teams struggled to adapt to the conditions but Creggan got on top during the second half and edged in front. However the men from the Lough Shore shot eleven wides in the second half and though Naomh Eanna were not at their best they showed great resilience to win in a tight finish, McGoldrick’s accuracy from placed balls proving the difference in the end.

It took extra time for the Oisins to get through in a high scoring game against Cloughmills in their quarter final in Cushendall. Cloughmills, who hadn’t won a league game all season started the game like an express train and were 0-7 to 0-2 ahead after fourteen minutes. An upset appeared to be on the cards but the Oisins found two heroes to drag them back into the game, one of them goalkeeper Seanan McToal and the other corner forward Alex O’Boyle. McToal made a couple of unbelievable saves to keep his team in the hunt while at the other end O’Boyle gave a brilliant display of score taking, ending the game with 1-17 to his name. The Oisins appeared to be cruising entering the final quarter but the Biddies rallied with three Liam Kearns points and a last gasp goal from John B McGuckian to take it to extra time. The extra time turned out to be a one sided affair as Glenariffe ruled the roost and with O’Boyle slotting them over with ease they ended up winning by seven on a scoreline of 3-26 to 3-19.

Their superior league form, and the fact that they will play their hurling in Division 1 next season, makes Naomh Eanna favourites going into this one but Glenariffe have the hurlers to trouble anyone on their day. Much will depend on the two free takers, McGoldrick and O’Boyle and it is important that both defences keep their discipline or they could be made to pay dearly.

Sarsfields and Carey both had comfortable wins in their respective quarter finals, the Paddies accounting for Tir na nÓg by 0-19 to 0-10 while the Faughs beat their neighbours Glen Rovers by 3-20 to 2-13.

These two last met in the championship two seasons ago when Sarsfields beat the north Antrim men in the 2017 Intermediate final in Armoy. In their two meetings in the league Sarsfields have held the upper hand, winning by 2-12 to 0-9 in Ballyvoy back in March while in their most recent meeting in the Bear Pit in August the Paddies had twelve to spare – 2-23 to 1-14. All that would point to a Sarfields victory tomorrow, but of course this is championship and as we know anything can happen in these big games. The Faughs will be looking for big performances from the likes of Sean McBride, James McCouaig, James Black and Conor McBride if they are to cause and upset, while Sarsfields will look to Niall McAlea, Jack Daniels, Kevo McKernan and their great leader Niall McKenna to see them through.

These were the teams who started for the four club’s in their quarter finals:

SARSFIELD’S: D Ward; K Ward, J Cunningham, J Daniels; N McAlea, C Caldwell 0-1, J McKernan; K McKernan, D McGuinness; T Doherty, N McKenna, R Carson; C McKernan, M Rea, G Lennon

OISINS: Seanan McToal, Michael Haughey, Randal McDonnell, Kieran McKendry, Shane O’Connor, Mickey Gettins, Daniel Haughey, Caolan O’Connor, Aaron Cosgrove, Dan McKillop, Conor McAlister, Thomas Quinn, Alex McDonnell, Paul McDonnell, Alex O’Boyle.

NAOMH EANNA: Martin Curran; Niall O’Connor, Rian Gillen, Ruairi Diamond; Cormac Ross, Mark Donaghy, Joe Maskey; Ryan Bogue, Ruairi Donaghy; Philip Curran, Manus Mullan, Edward O’Connor; Dermot Maguire, John McGoldrick, Killian Jennings.

CAREY: Christopher Butler, Colm McBride, Sean McBride, Patrick Gillan, Michael McVeigh, James McCouaig, Peadar McVeigh, Sean McLaughlin, Caolan McCaughan, James Black, Cathal McAuley, Daniel Martin, Fiachra McVeigh, John McBride, Conor McBride

Carey beat Armoy to set up semi-final meeting with Sarsfields

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Championship

Carey Faughs 3-20 Armoy Glen Rovers 2-13

Carey Faughs qualified for the semi-final of the Intermediate Hurling Championship when they beat their neighbours Armoy Glen Rovers in Saturday’s quarter final at the Rigs in Cushedun. The game had originally been scheduled for Loughgiel on Friday evening but torrential rain over the weekend had ruled that out so everyone had to re plan their weekend activities and thankfully the Emmet’s club stepped into the breach and hosted the tie

On what was generally a miserable weekend weather-wise for hurling the rain thankfully stayed away for the duration of the match but a strong wind blew down the pitch into the sea throughout. Both teams contributed to what was a fine championship match and it was the slight pre-match favourites Carey who progressed in the end with a convincing ten point win to set up a meeting with Sarsfields in the semi-final.

The Faughs got off to the perfect start with a Fiachra McVeigh goal after just twenty seconds, followed by a pointed James McCouaig free, two scores which set the trend for the opening quarter. Johnny McErlain opened the Armoy account from a free in the third minute with Conor McBride replying with a similar score for the Faughs to keep the gap at four. McErlain and  Thomas Burns added on points for Armoy to cut the gap to two but Caolan McCaughan came back with one from play and Conor McBride added one from a free to maintain that four point cushion for Carey after 15 minutes.

James Black extended Carey’s lead from play but Armoy hit back again with two points from Johnny McErlain to leave just one score between the sides. It remained that way for most of the second quarter until the 25th minute when the Faughs got a lucky break as a harmless looking ball was flicked to the Armoy net by Conor McBride, extending the gap between the teams. Armoy were now making better use of the breeze and had a purple patch in the minutes before half time they clawed their way back with some fine scores, including two from County star John ‘Rocky’ Dillon and the gap was down to just two, but James ‘Rocket’ Black had the last score of the half to send Carey to the dressing room at half time with a 2-6 to 0-9 lead.

With the wind at their backs in the second half Carey again made a fast start as young Conor McBride fired to the Armoy net after great work by his namesake John and suddenly the gap was out to six. The Rovers needed a quick response and it came when Emmet O’Hara opened their second half account with a fine point and when Thomas Burns grabbed a goal soon afterwards it was game on again.

 Carey’s star man Conor McBride and Armoy’s PJ McBride swapped scores from frees leaving the score at the mid-way point of the second half 3.10 to 1.12 to the men from Ballyvoy but two great points in quick succession from wing-half back Michael ‘Eggy’ McVeigh stretched the gap to six again. Carey’s were now in control and they pulled further ahead with some fine scores, including one from centre-half back James McCouaig from all of 80 metres.  Armoy battled bravely but the Faughs were on top and the men in green finished on a high when wing-half back Peadar McVeigh sent over the last point of the match with a great strike from play to seal that semi-final spot.

Overall this was a good championship clash between two great rivals – hard fought and competitive throughout. Both defences were solid throughout and all scores were hard fought for. At midfield neither team dominated and both team’s pairings had their periods on top. In the forward lines best for Armoy were John Dillon and Johnny McErlain, while young Conor McBride was the star of the Carey attack with his two goals from play and faultless free taking, saw him end with a personal total of 2.07 overall.

Teams

CAREY: Christopher Butler, Colm McBride, Sean McBride, Patrick Gillan, Michael McVeigh, James McCouaig, Peadar McVeigh, Sean McLaughlin, Caolan McCaughan, James Black, Cathal McAuley, Daniel Martin, Fiachra McVeigh, John McBride, Conor McBride

Subs used – Connaire Butler, Martin Hunter, Patrick Butler, Gerard McBride

ARMOY: Conor Devlin, Shane Devlin, Cha McCormick, Joseph McFetridge, Liam Dillon, Arthur Devlin, Joe McBride, Ciaran McErlain, PJ McBride, Johnny McErlain, John Dillon, Emmet O’Hara, Thomas Burns, Daniel McPeake, Conor Christie

PICS BY ANN GILLAN AND MICKY MORGAN

Oisins seal it in extra time

Andersonstown Social Club

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Glenariffe Oisins 3-26 St Brigid’s Clougmills 3-19 (AET)

Glenariffe booked their place in the semi-final of the Intermediate Hurling Championship when they beat Cloughmills in a thrilling encounter on Sunday evening at Pairc Mhuire, Cushendall.

On a weekend when much of the fare on view was insipid and uninspiring we were served the best wine last. Given their record in championship matches in Cushendall over recent years when they lost to St Enda’s twice and Armoy once, the Oisins could not have been jumping with joy when they heard the game was switched from its original venue in Loughgiel to Pairc Mhuire. After recovering from a bad start and leading by five at the break even the most pessimistic Oisins fans must have thought they were going to put their fear of playing in their neighbours back garden behind them when they stretched their lead to eight soon after the break. However as the game progressed they got the collywobbles once again as the Biddies battled back, but all seemed well when a goal from a penalty by man of the match Alex O’Boyle put them six clear again with just four minutes of normal time remaining.

Liam Kearns got Cloughmills off to a great start

That was that, or so it seemed, but the Pairc Mhuire curse was not dead yet and in the four minutes which remained the Biddies grabbed two goals, one from a Mickey Devlin penalty (his second of the half) and one from substitute John B McGuckian to tie the scores with just seconds left. If the Dubs fans in Croke Park two hours earlier felt they were under pressure when Kerry hit the front going down the home straight, it was nothing compared to this. All seemed well when the Oisins were awarded a free three minutes into injury time and Alex O’Boyle stepped up to seal the win. However as O’Boyle punched the air in celebration the corner-forward’s shot tailed wide of the target by the narrowest of margins, a la Tipperary’s Bubbles O’Dwyer in the 2014 All Ireland final against Kilkenny, and match referee Colum Cunning sounded the long blast on Cloughmills puc-out to indicate extra time.

If the Oisins fans nerves were shot by this stage they were soon calmed again as their team hit the first six points of extra time, five of them coming from O’Boyle. There were a few nerves when the Biddies closed the gap back to four early in the second period of extra time, but that was as close as they would get and two more from O’Boyle and one apiece from Conor McAlister and substitute Oliver Kearney sealed the win with seven to spare.

Oisins goalkeeper Seanan McToal somehow gets a hurl to Chris McKiernans point blank shot to deny the Biddies what seemed a certain goal.

This was a great game of hurling and both teams deserve praise for their efforts. Liam Kearns, Aaron Smiley and Mickey Devlin all starred for Cloughmills but two men are worthy of special mention, and both of them are on the Oisins team. Corner forward Alex O’Boyle gave a display of score taking that will rank with the best seen for quite some time and over the hour and twenty minutes he had 1-17 to his name. The other is goalkeeper Seanan McToal who made a series of excellent saves, but one in particular in the first half was extra special when he somehow got his stick to a shot from point blank range from full forward Chris McKiernan to prevent what seemed a certain goal. It was to prove crucial as the Oisins goaled in their next attack and what would have been a nine point lead was suddenly back to three and it changed the face of the game.

The Oisins went into this game as firm favourites given St Brigid’s league record this season, but the Biddies were not weighed down by the underdogs tag and they flew from the traps to go four ahead in five minutes Liam Kearns leading the charge with two class strikes while Conor Laverty and Mickey Devlin hit one apiece. Paul McDonnell opened Glenariffe’s account on seven minute but Kearns hit three of the next four points to pull his team 0-7 to 0-2 clear after fourteen minutes. Alex O’Boyle pulled one back for the Oisins to cut the gap to six, but seconds later it looked certain to go out to nine when McKiernan won possession on the edge of the Glenariffe square, only to be denied by McToal’s miraculous save.

For so long tasked with the job as gamekeeper John B McGuckian poached a late goal when introduced as a second half sub to bring the game to extra time.

It was to prove a turning point in the game for the Oisins went straight up the field and when the ball broke across the large square Alex McDonnell struck a ground shot the Biddies net and though Stephen Smyth hit a quick reply the next four points all went the Waterfoot men, one from Mickey Gettins and the other three from O’Boyle, one of them direct from a sideline cut. Cloughmills were wasteful in front of goal as they battled back but they steadied the ship with two fine points from Mickey Devlin and Jimmy Doherty to leave just one between the sides, but the Oisins came back with an O’Boyle point and Conor McAlister goal on the stroke of half time to go five clear at the break. (1-12 to 0-10)

The gap was out to eight as O’Boyle added two more and Paul McDonnell one in the opening five minutes of the new half but Doherty grabbed a point and Mickey Devlin fired in a penalty to keep the Biddies in touch. That gap stayed roughly the same during the next fifteen minutes with a real purple patch from Kearns yielding three points, which were cancelled out by an O’Boyle goal from a penalty which he struck low to the corner. The Oisins appeared to have done enough but the Cloughmills men showed great resolve in the final minutes and Devlin’s penalty brought them within a score before John B McGuckian became an unlikely hero as he drilled the match saving goal to the Oisins net.

Oliver Kearney made his championship debut for the Oisins when he was brought on as a second half substitute and it was fitting that he grabbed his first score with a late point on his fathers home patch.

As is often the case in these type of games extra time turned out to be a bit of procession for Glenariffe and with O’Boyle pulling all the strings they closed out the game to set up a semi-final with newly crowned Division 2 champions Naomh Eanna in a fortnight’s time.

OISINS: Seanan McToal, Michael Haughey, Randal McDonnell, Kieran McKendry, Shane O’Connor, Mickey Gettins, Daniel Haughey, Caolan O’Connor, Aaron Cosgrove, Dan McKillop, Conor McAlister, Thomas Quinn, Alex McDonnell, Paul McDonnell, Alex O’Boyle.

Subs – Patrick Burns, Oliver Kearney, Conor Patterson

ST BRIGID’S: Gary McCollum, Sean McKendry, Michael Morrison, Stephen Martin, Geoffrey Og Laverty, Aaron Smiley, Jospeh Smyth, Stephen Smyth, Conor Laverty, James Doherty, Ruairi Laverty, Michael Devlin, liam Kearns, Chris McKiernan, Eoin Dobbin.

Subs – Johnny Duffin, John McGuckian