Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championship
Report by Terence Mulvenna
Pics by Micky Morgan
On a sun kissed Pairc Uì fhearsithe in Feystown the stage was set. The hosts, having narrowly lost their opening two games in the group were playing for a slim chance of qualifying, while their guests knew a win would secure a semi-final berth. In front of a large crowd the home team laid down a marker for what was to come. Played at a blistering pace Ben O’Boyle, Niall McGarel,and Ciàran Magill had Glenarm three up inside three minutes.
A point and a Conrad McDonnell goal on six minutes gave Emmets the lead before four unanswered points for Glenarm, McDermott, McGarel (2), O’Boyle, put a goal in it. A point and a goal from Loaf McNeill gave the lead back to the Dun, but a 90 yard free for Darren Hamill levelled the game and really lifted the home team and the large home support. The second quarter was all about the men in Blue, twelve points to Emmets five, then a McGarel major on half time gave the score 1-19, 2-07.
The second half was all about the Cushendun fightback, and they didn’t disappoint, two goals, McKeegan & Kilgore, and exchanged points with the host brought the teams level and on 60 minutes the travelling team took a one point lead, frantic play ensued, and in the 63rd minute a high delivery to the Cushendun goalmouth was collected by Sean O’Hare who then wrangled his way free to fire low to the net, securing an historic two point victory for Shanè Uì Nèill, 2-25, 4-17. Their first at this level for many a long day and something to be proud of, despite the journey coming to an end for this season.
No wonder the final whistle was greeted with great delight by the home side and supporters. Glenarm cannot now qualify while Cushendun have a “winner takes all” battle with neighbours Carey to join Randlalstown in the semis. That should be some contest at the Riggs.