O’Connell’s class fires Gaels to Intermediate glory

Intermediate Hurling Championship Final

Clooney Gael 1-19 Cushendun 1-15

Saturday 15 October

Brendan McTaggart reports from Dunsilly

With just over ten minutes of this final remaining, it looked like Cushendun were on the cusp of adding to the junior crown they claimed so memorably just four years ago.  The men from Clooney were in no mood to listen to any fairy-tale endings at Dunsilly however.  Led by the brilliant James O’Connell, the Gaels were simply superb in the closing stages, turning a three point deficit into a four point victory.

James O’Connell who scored 13 points in Cloney Gaels win over Cushendun

This was a final that brought a rollercoaster of emotions for those in attendance.  Clooney Gaels looked much brighter and hungrier in the first half, taking a three point lead and could have been further ahead but for a brilliant penalty save from ‘keeper Gareth McGhee.  Cushendun came out in the second half a different side however.  With Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeil firing over frees from all angles and captain Harry Kilgore at the heart of everything the Emmett’s had to offer, Cushendun looked most likely to take the Intermediate crown. However, the introduction of Eoin Graham and a second wind for James O’Connell in the closing stages ensured the red and black army of Clooney were celebrating at the final whistle.

James O’Connell top scored with 0-13 for his hours work with five points from play.  A scintillating display, especially in the first half where he was simply too good for the Cushendun defence.  Jack McKay was his equal as Cushendun turned the screw after the half time break but O’Connell’s accuracy from frees and overall attacking play was on another level.  He scored the final point of the game with an outrageous point with his feet closing on the whitewash on the right hand side and barely 21 yards from goal.  A fitting end to a final where his light shone brightest for the men in red and black.

Patrick Graham fires in his side’s opening goal. Gareth McGhee got his hurl to the ball but it spun off the hurl and into the net.

Both sides started brightly at Dunsilly with O’Connell’s free opening the scoring with barely a minute gone.  Cushendun fired over an instant reply from Matthew McCartin before Callum Kilgore gave the Emmett’s an early lead.  It was short lived however as the Gaels went up another level.  A huge free form Fionnbar O’Neill restored parity before Patrick Graham hit the opening goal of the tie.  James O’Connell collecting the sliotar and passed to the rushing Patrick Graham.  His fierce shot was blocked initially by McGhee in goals but the sliotar managed to get over the line despite the Emmett’s best efforts.

Cushendun reacted well to the concession of the goal with Harry Kilgore and McNeill splitting the uprights either side of another James O’Connell point.  The Gaels began to stretch their legs though with Pat Graham and a trio of james O’Connell points (2fs) were only responded to by a solitary score from Conor McHugh to leave five between the sides after the first quarter.

The Gaels maintained their five point lead with both sides firing over a brace of scores, Cushendun more wasteful in front of the target but they found a glimmer of hope in the 28th minute when they scored their major.  Harry Kilgore finding David Gilgore and with a sharp turn he found himself one on one with Francis Neeson and made no mistake to leave two between the sides.  

A super score from Ronan Graham from wide on the right followed before the Gaels forced another goal chance.  PJ O’Connell was brought down in the large square when he was through on goal and referee Ciaran McCloskey awarded a penalty.  Francis Neeson made his way up the pitch from between the Clooney sticks for the penalty but his effort was superbly saved by McGhee with the half time whistle going soon after to leave the Ahoghill me 1-10 to 1-07 ahead at the interval.

David Kilgore fires in Cushendun’s goal just before the interval to bring his team right back into the game

With the elements swirling in their favour, Cushendun made a rapid start to the second half.  Conrad McDonnell and McNeill (free) reduced the Clooney lead to the minimum before Neil ‘Boris’ O’Connell split the posts for the Gaels.  It was their last score for close to ten minutes however as the Emmett’s began to dominate the middle third, forcing errors from the Gaels and Loaf McNeill punished any indiscretions with expert ease from placed ball.  A trio of frees came between scores from Harry Kilgore and Conor McHugh to leave Cushendun three ahead with just over ten minutes remaining.  McHugh’s score quite brilliant with three passes from one end of the pitch to the other in next to no time before he split the posts. 

The tatood arm of team captain Eamonn Brady hold the cup aloft

Cushendun appeared to be well in control, such was their dominance of the Gaels but they found something extra with their championship lives on the line.

The introduction of Eoin Graham certainly gave them an extra dimension in attack and with James O’Connell once again thick in the heart of the Clooney Gaels renaissance.  He would fire over a brace of frees before showing his predatory attacking instincts with a tidy score to leave the scores tied after a run of three points in as many minutes.  

Another O’Connell free preceded scores from substitute Eoin Graham, his brace leaving four between the sides again in favour of the Ahoghill men.

A super score from Donal O’Hara gave Cushendun a glimmer of hope but the Gaels were not to be denied. O’Connell’s final score outrageous and a fitting end to a quite brilliant display that had those in red and black celebrating at the final whistle.


Cushendun: Gareth McGhee; Sean Hamilton, Aidan Corbett, Jack McKay; Tom Scally, Donal O’Hara, Oisin McMahon; Matthew McCartin, Conor McHugh; Conleth McNeill, Harry Kilgore, Calum Kilgore; Conor Bannon, David Kilgore, Conrad McDonnell

Scorers: C McNeill 0-5 (4fs); C McHugh 0-3; H Kilgore 0-3; D Kilgore 1-00; D O’Hara 0-1; M McCartin 0-1; C Kilgore 0-1; C McDonnell 0-1

Clooney Gaels: Francis Neeson; Harry O’Donnell, James Magee, Diarmuid Graham; Fionnbar O’Neill, Bernard Graham, Daniel O’Neill; Eamonn Brady, Neill O’Connell; Ronan Graham, Thomas McGlone, Patrick Graham; PJ O’Connell, Donal Graham, James O’Connell

Scorers: J O’Connell 0-13 (8fs); P Graham 1-1; Eoin Graham 0-2; F O’Neill 0-1 (1f); N O’Connell 0-1; R Graham 0-1

Referee: Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)

Cloney Gaels get a tentatvie nod, but there is little between Saturday’s opponents

Andersonstown Social Club Intermediate Hurling Championshp Final

Saturday – 4-00pm Dunsilly

Cloney Gaels v Robert Emmet’s

Saturday’s Andersonstown Social Club IHC Final between Cloney Gaels, Ahoghill and Robert Emmet’s, Cushendun looks too close to call. Arguments can certainly be made on the merits of both sides to lift the trophy but in the end I believe it will be down to which side produces their ultimate performance on the day.

Cushendun played their hurling in Division 1 of the ACHL this year after gaining promotion from division 2 last year and it has proved to be a difficult season for the North Antrim side who failed to win any of their league games.

Having lost out in last season’s Intermediate championship at the semi-final stage they had something to focus on to lift the gloom, and though their championship campaign started badly, when they lost to Saturday’s opponents in Ahoghill, they have turned things around. They stand only one game away from an Intermediate title, but it is a title they will have to work for.

Standing in their way is the considerable hurdle of Cloney Gaels Ahoghill who have been the outstanding side in this year’s Intermediate Championship and under the guidance of Hugh Dobbin and Shea O’Hagan have turned in consistently high scoring performances.

Cloney finished second in division 2 of the ACHL this season with 12 wins and one draw from 16 starts, a point behind eventual winners, Cathaoir an Ri who they defeated heavily in Cloney in the league but lost to in Ballyvoy.

Cushendun’s David Kilgore has been among the top scorers from play this season

Saturday’s finalists were drawn together in Group 2 of the Intermediate Hurling championship and it was the Ahoghill side who got off to the better start when they defeated Emmet’s in a high scoring game in Cloney on the 3d August by 3-18 to 1-17, despite being short one of their star men, PJ O’Connell.

Cloney Gaels went on to top the group with wins over Gort na Mona, Tir na nOg and St. Paul’s with Robert Emmet’s finishing second on score difference to Tir na nOg after wins over Gort na Mona and St. Paul’s and a vital draw with Tir na nÓg at Whitehill.

As group 2 winners Cloney Gaels were drawn against St. Gall’s in the semi-final at Dunsilly while Robert Emmet’s faced what looked a difficult semi-final draw against group 1 winners, Oisin, Glenariffe in Cushendall the following day.

Both sides nothched up resounding victories with Cloney Gaels recording a 4-16 to 0-9 win over the Milltown men at Dunsilly and the Emmet’s outscoring Oisin’s 5-15 to 2-16 in Cushendall.

James O’Connell has been among the goals for Cloney during this championship run

Both sides have been prolific in their scoring throughout the championship with Cloney Gaels hitting 18 in the group stages and adding another 4 in their semi-final win over St. Gall’s while Cushendun only managed 11 in their group games but scored five against Glenariffe in the semi-final which suggests they may be peaking just at the right time.

Gareth McGhee brings a wealth of experience in goals for Cushendun and Aidan Corbett, Tom Scally and Donal O’Hara are accomplished defenders.

Conor McHugh is likely to figure at mid-field while Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill and the Kilgore’s, Harry Calum and David carry a considerable threat in attack.

Like the Emmet’s, Cloney Gaels are likely to field along familiar lines with Frankie Neeson a strong and reliable net-minder and James Magee, Fionnbar and Dan O’Neill and Bernard Graham anchoring a defence who don’t usually give much away.

Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill has been on target from play and from frees this season

At mid-field the power of Neil O’Connell and the pace of Eamonn Brady complement each other while the O’Connell’s, James and PJ are prolific scorers and Thomas McGlone and Patrick and Donal Graham are all capable of weighing in with vital scores.

As I said at the start of my preview, this one looks too tight to call but if I were forced to make that call then I would give Cloney Gaels a tentative nod.

Loaf hat-trick paves the way to Emmet’s victory

Andersonstown SC IHC semi-final

Cushendun  5-15 Glenariffe 2-16

Pics by Sean Paul McKillop and Micky Morgan 

A hat-trick from Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill paved the way for an Emmet’s Cushendun victory over Oisin Glenariffe in this Andersonstown SC IHC semi-final in Cushendall on Saturday. McNeill hit his first when he drilled a 25 meter free to the Oisin’s net in the 25th minute and went on to add two more in the second half as his side booked their place in the final against Cloney Gaels in two weeks-time.

In a high scoring and entertaining encounter, Cushendun had the upper hand for most of the contest but in the end it was McNeill’s goals that were to prove the difference and matters boiled over deep into injury time with an unsavoury incident that saw four players get their marching orders.

The early exchanges were fairly even with Conlaoth McNeill giving the Emmet’s the lead from a pointed free in the opening minute and Sean McIntosh and Michael O’Boyle replying for the Waterfoot side before McNeill brought matters all square again from a 7th minute free

The Oisins were enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage and Alex O’Boyle put them ahead for the second time from a sublime sideline cut and after Calum Kilgore fired over the equaliser, O’Boyle repeated his earlier piece of magic from another sideline cut.

Slowly though the division 1 basement side began to get to grips as Conor Bannon and Calum Kilgore replied with points and two more Alex O’Boyle pointed frees for Glenariffe brought a Cushendun response from Conor Bannon, David Kilgore and a pointed free from talisman, McNeill.

An Oliver Kearney point brought another reply from a Conlaoth McNeill free but when Seamus McDonnell’s shot was deflected to the net for an Oisin’s goal things looked to be swinging in favour of the Waterfoot men.

Seanie McIntosh added a point to move the Oisin’s 1-8 to 0-8 ahead and the Oisin’s side looked to be heading to the break in the lead but ‘Loaf’ McNeill replied from another pointed free before drilling a free to the Glenariffe net.

Before their opponents had time to recover Conor McHugh fired home a second goal for the Emmet’s with Alex O’Boyle replying with the final point of the half in injury time to leave Cushendun 2-10 to 1-9 ahead at the break with all still to play for in the second half.

 Oisins needed a good start to the second half but in the event it was the men in green and black who struck a decisive opening score with David Kilgore getting their third goal with only a minute of the new half gone.

Alex O’Boyle and Calum Kilgore exchanged a couple of points each by the 40th minute as the game continued to flow at a blistering pace and when Seanie McIntosh raced through for a great individual goal for Oisin’s in the 44th minute it was back in the melting pot.

Alex O’Boyle added a point as the Glenariffe comeback gathered pace, much to the delight of their support but a Conlaoth McNeill goal in the 49th minute swung the momentum back in favour of Cushendun.

Loaf found space at the far post and drilled his shot low to the Glenariffe net and when he completed his hat-trick with a carbon copy of his previous goal with 8 minutes of normal time remaining it was as good as over.

Alex O’Boyle, who carried the Oisin’s greatest scoring threat, replied with two pointed frees and another from play by the 55th minute but these were merely consolation scores at this stage of the game and it was Emmet’s who finished on the front foot.

Calum Kilgore, and Pearse Bannon replied with points with Loaf McNeill opting to take a point from a penalty deep in injury time before a game that had been simmering boiled over in injury time with the Oisin’s receiving three Red cards and a Cushendun player joining them on a second yellow.

The Emmet’s now meet Cloney Gaels in the final in two weeks-time and it promises to be a real cracker with the Ahoghill side hitting 4-16 in their semi-final win over St. Gall’s on Friday night and the Cloney men have a win over the Emmet’s in the opening game of the group qualifiers.

Cushendun: 1 Gareth Magee, 2 Sean Hamilton, 3 Aidan Corbett, 4 Jack McKay, 5 Tom Scally, 6 Donal O’Hara, 7 Oisin McMahon,  8 Matthew McCartin,  9 Conor McHugh,10 Conlaoth McNeill, 11 Harry Kilgore, 12 Calum Kilgore, 13 Conror Bannon, 14 David Kilgore, 15 John V Morgan

Oisin’s: 1 Paul McMullan, 2 Michael Haughey, 3 Niall Murray, 4 Daniel Kearney, 5 Donal Kearney, 6 David Kearney, 7 Conor Robert Patterson, 8 Alex O’Boyle, 9 Odhran Gillan, 10 Michael Gettens, 11 Caolan O’Connor, 12 Michael O’Boyle, 13 Oliver Kearney, 14 Seamus McDonnell, 15 Seanie McIntosh, 16 Seanan McToal, 17 Paul McDonnell, 18 Aaron Cosgrove, 19 Shea McDonnell, 20 Shane O’Connor, 21 Randal McDonnell, 22 Ciaran Farrell, 23 Ciaran Black, 24 Ben O’Boyle, 25 Daniel McAuley

Referee: Colum Cunning (Dunloy)

Gaels blow St. Gall’s away

Andersonstown SC IHC Semi-Final

Cloney Gaels 4-16 St. Gall’s 0-9

Photographs: Bert Trowlen

Cloney Gaels produced a performance of skill and intensity to blow away the challenge of St. Gall’s in this Andersonstown SC Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final in the wind and rain at Dunsilly on Friday night.

The heavy rain which began just prior to throw in and increased throughout the opening half made conditions difficult but the Ahoghill men made light of those conditions to produce another high powered performance that the Milltown side just couldn’t live with.

The Milltown Row side led briefly when Mark Napier pointed them ahead in the 2nd minute but Cloney Gaels came back with points from Neil ‘Boris’ O’Connell, Patrick Graham and Eamonn Brady to lead 0-3 to 0-1 with only 8 minutes gone.

Jackson McGreevey closed the gap to one from a ‘65’ but Cloney Gaels were beginning to find their feet in the difficult conditions and Donal Graham with a fine point and James O’Connell moved them three in front before McGreevy from a long range free scored his second and his sides third to leave it 0-6 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter.

At this stage the Belfast side were still hanging in there but the Ahoghill men suddenly found another gear and an astute pass from Ronan Graham placed PJ O’Connell who fired to the net from an acute angle.

Naomh Gall were still fighting hard for every ball and Marcus Donnelly and Jackson McGreevey replied with points but the Milltown men were having to work extremely hard for their scores so great was the intensity and closing down of the opposition.

And that intensity began to pay dividends as Fionnbar O’Neill sent a 60 meter free between the uprights before James O’Connell got in for their second goal with a simple tap in after Kurtis McGreevy in the St. Gall’s goal failed to deal with a speculative delivery.

Mark Napier briefly lifted the siege when he pointed a 30 meter free in the 25th minute but Boris O’Connell and James O’Connell replied with late point to see the South West side lead 2-8 to 0-6

If St. Gall’s were going to get back into this game then they needed a score and they finished the half on the offensive and looked in for a goal but Antoin McCaffery’s effort was blocked for a ‘65’ which came to nothing as Ciaran McCloskey sounded his half time whistle.

Patrick Graham extended the ‘Gaels’ lead at the start of the second half as Stephen O’Connell briefly replaced Bernard Graham who took a heavy knock as a few heavy challenges went in but the Ahoghill centre half back was able to resume after treatment.

The Ahoghill side continued to play with a great intensity as they moved the ball around accurately and were quick to close down the opposition when they gained possession and James O’Connell extended their lead from a 9th minute free.

St. Gall’s were living on scraps as Sean McAreavey replaced Gregory McGreevy and Mark Napier raised their first white flag of the half in the 10th minute but once again the Cloney side responded emphatically as Eamonn Brady and Patrick Graham combined in a sharp passing move to place Donal Graham for their third goal.

PJ O’Connell from play and James O’Connell from a free moved the Ahoghill side 12 ahead by the 14th minute as St. Gall’s rang the changes but it had little or no affect and when an 80 meter free from Fionnbar O’Neill deceived Kurtis McGreevy in the St. Gall’s goals with Donal Graham possibly getting a touch, it was over.

It was the turn of Cloney Gaels to ring the changes as they gave game time to Stephen O’Connell, Eoin Graham, Owen Neeson, Colla McDonnell and Gerard Graham but it failed to disrupt their rhythm and PJ O’Connell added two points in the 25th minute.

Paddy Friel pulled one back for St. Gall’s but the game was long gone at this stage but Cloney Gaels kept the intensity going right to the end with Colla McDonnell seeing his first time ground shot come back of an upright before James O’Connell and Neill O’Connell concluded the scoring with late points.

I predicted in my preview during the week that Cloney Gaels would win this one but suggested that they would find it difficult to reproduce the high scoring totals that have been their trademark all season but despite the difficult conditions they proved me wrong.

The Ahoghill side took a time to get into their stride but when they did there was only going to be one winner. Their pace and movement coupled with some excellent scores was breath taking under difficult playing conditions and after a few celebration pints tonight I’d expect quite a few of them to be in Cushendall tomorrow to run the eye over Cushendun and Glenariffe who play in the second semi-final.

Cloney Gaels: 1 Francis Neeson, 2 Harry O’Donnell, 3 James Magee, 4 Diarmaid Graham, 5 Fionnbar O’Neill, 6 Bernard Graham, 7 Dan O’Neill, 8 Eamonn Brady, 9 Neil O’Connell, 10 Ronan Graham, 11 Thomas McGlone, 12 Patrick Graham, 13 PJ O’Connell, 14 Donal Graham, 15 James O’Connell. Subs: Stephen O’Connell, Eoin Graham, Owen Neeson and Colla McDonnell

St. Gall’s: 1 Kurtis McGreevey, 2 Ewan Rush, 3 Ruairi Wilson, 4 Niall O’Neill, 5 Lorcan O’Ciarain, 6 Ryan Irvine, 7 Ciaran McCaffery, 8 Jack Hopkins, 9 Jackson McGreevy, 10 Tomas O’Ciaran, 11 Gregory McGreevy, 12 Aodhan Gallagher, 13 Marcus Donnelly, 14 Antoin McCaffery, 15 Mark Napier. Subs: Sean McAreavey, Paddy Friel, Connla McCarthy, Owen McIlhatton, Cormac Sheehan.

Referee: Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)

Top 2 in Group 2 could meet again in the final

Andersonstown IHC Semi-Finals

The first of the Andersonstown SC Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-finals takes place on Friday night in Dunsilly where Group 2 winners, Cloney Gaels take on St. Gall’s while North Antrim rivals, Emmet’s Cushendun and Oisin Glenariffe meet in the second semi-final in Cushendall on Saturday.

On paper group 2 of the qualifiers looked the slightly stronger group and it was the Ahoghill men who set the pace in this group with a win over division 1 side Emmet’s on day one. Cloney Gaels won that one 3-18 to 1-17 in Cloney and went through the group unbeaten with big wins over Tir na nOg, Gort na Mona and St. Paul’s.

Emmet’s recovered from that opening day defeat with wins over St. Paul’s and Gort na Mona but a draw against Tir na nOg at Whitehill meant they had to rely on a big win on the final day at Enright Park to qualify ahead of the Randalstown side on score difference.

Oisins topped group 1 with an away win at St. Gall’s on day 3 and a resounding victory over Creggan on day four seeing them finish ahead of St. Gall’s but the Milltown side qualified in second place with three wins from four starts, the Glenariffe defeat their only loss.

Cloney Gaels v St. Gall’s  (Dunsilly 7.00pm Friday)

Cloney Gaels look the form team of the two going into this eagerly awaited semi-final and a strong league campaign saw them finish second to Cathaoir an Ri with 12 wins from 16 starts to finish just a point behind the Ballyvoy side.

The Ahoghill men have scored freely this season with their twin attacking threat of James and P.J. O’Connell proving a real handful for most defences and the Gaels finished the highest scorers in division 2.

They carried that high scoring into the championship, hitting 3-18 against Cushendun, 4-15 against Tir na nOg, 7-19 against Gort na Mona and 4-22 against St. Paul’s.

Their opponents on Friday night, St. Gall’s had an indifferent league campaign with only six wins from 16 starts but not too much should be read into that league form as they were competitive in most of their defeats and Chris Dornan’s side always reserve their best for the championship.

They started their group 1 campaign with a 0-14 to 0-7 win away to Glenravel and followed it up with a 2-17 to 2-14 win at home to Creggan. St. Gall’s looked favourites to win the group when they defeated Sarsfield’s 0-22 to 0-19 at the Bear Pit but lost out on the final day to eventual group winners, Oisin’s at Milltown.

Cloney Gaels will start Friday night’s game as favourites but this won’t unduly worry Chris Dornan or his side. St. Gall’s have been renowned championship challengers at this level over the years and in Joe McDaniel, Niall O’Neill, Jackson and Gregory McGreevey, Tomas O’Ciarnan and Mark Napier they have excellent performers.

Cloney Gaels are likely to line out along familiar lines and even a hat-trick from Colla McDonnell against St. Paul’s on the final day of the group games does not guarantee the youngster a start on Friday night so stiff is the competition for places.

James ‘Bobby’ Magee and Bernard Graham should anchor a solid defence where Diarmaid Graham and Fionnbar O’Neill are likely to get the nod for a starting place. Niall O’Connell and Eamonn Brady have formed a strong mid-field partnership this year while Thomas McGlone, Donal Graham and Dan O’Neill should accompany the O’Connell’s in a potent attack.

Others will be waiting anxiously for the nod for a starting place in a side finely tuned by Hugh Dobbin and Shea O’Hagan but I don’t expect the Gaels to find scoring as easy as in recent championship outings but they should have enough to get them through with a bit to spare.

Oisin Glenariffe v Emmet’s Cushendun (Cushendall Saturday 3.00pm)

Saturday’s second semi-final brings together two sides who will need no introduction with a number of the Emmet’s panel, including the McSparran twins and John B Morgan having played at U17 level for the Oisin’s.

Emmet’s played their hurling in division 1 this year after moving up from division 2 last year but found the going extremely tuff in the higher grade. They opted to play Intermediate Championship and on reflection it has proved a wise decision though the readjustment hasn’t been easy.

The Cushendun side lost on day one of the group stages at Ahoghill and drew away to Tir na nOg but a superior score difference say them qualify in second place in the group to earn them a semi-final place against the Waterfoot side.

They hit 6-21 against Gort na Mona in their final game however which suggests they have plenty of fire-power with David Kilgore getting a hat-trick and Harry Kilgore 2-0 and Conor O’Hara all rippling the Gort na Mona net.

Gareth Magee in goals brings a wealth of experience to the side and Aidan Corbett, Donal O’Hara, Tom Scally and Conlaoth ‘Loaf’ McNeill are likely to carry the Emmet’s challenge on Saturday.

Oisin’s Glenariffe have been knocking at the Intermediate door for a while now and have always been tipped as potential winners and this could be the year to turn that potential into success but it won’t be easy.

Their win over St. Gall’s at Milltown and a great comeback to earn a draw against Sarsfield’s suggests that they certainly have the bottle for the big occasion and while nothing can be read into that final day mauling of a weakened Creggan, they certainly carry a scoring threat.

Paul McMullan, the Kearney’s, Daniel and Donal, Conor Patterson, Seanie McIntosh, David Kearney, Alex and Michael O’Boyle, Caolan O’Connor and Seamus McDonnell will carry the Oisins’ challenge in a game that could be very close with the possibility of extra time not to be ruled out but Emmet’s might just shade it in the end.