Casement SC JHC Group 2
Shane O’Neill’s 5-21 Con Magee’s 2-13
Report and Photographs: Pete Hyndman
A seven goal thriller at Pairc Uí Fhearsithe today captured everything that championship hurling is all about. Two strong physical sides gave their all with score’s a plenty and some fantastic goals, some great tackling and superb point taking.
Con Magee’s showed early promise when just after forty seconds Declan Traynor goaled for an early lead.
This gave the home side an early kick up the backside as Ciaran Magill struck a point and he followed up with a cracker of a goal, a superb unstoppable effort. Daniel Black also pointed a free before the versatile Darren Hamill sent over a “65”, giving the home team a three point lead.
James Duffin replied from a free for the visitors before Magill for Glenarm struck his second point.
Glenravel’s Rian Lennon hit a point from 40 yards but again back came the Blue’s with Kevin O Boyle rifling the sliotar beyond Ronan O Donnell for a good goal.
After a short water break the hosts hit 1-04 without reply. First effort came from a clearance from defence where Sean O Boyle claimed the ball and took a delightful point. Hamill hit his second point from another”65″ followed by more great attacking play from Glenarm with Kevin O Boyle striking a nice score from the wing.
Dan Black was next to show his intent in this game when he picked the sliotar up and went on one of his trademark runs, evading tackle after tackle before sending a rasper to the net for Glenarm’s third major.
Decky Traynor sent over a point to interrupt the Glenarm dominance and Niall Donnelly followed with another for the visitors with a converted free.
Black replied from a free, but this was cancelled out with Donnelly hitting his second point in as many minutes.
Shane O Neill’s Sean O Boyle hit his second point on twenty eight minute’s and
with the short whistle beckoning Glenravel raised their game somewhat with three points. Traynor got in for his third score followed by two more frees for Donnelly to give the visitors some hope for the second half.
Shane O Neill’s 3-10 Con Magees 1-08
The second half resumed with early pressure from the visitors and Traynor sent a delightful point from a sideline cut and another Donnelly followed from another free.
Daniel Black slotted over a free for the home side with wing forward Dylan McLaughlin adding to the Glenarm scorecard as Glenarm found a response and Sean O Boyle punished a slack clearance with another Glenarm score.
Donnelly for the green and white’s showed his accuracy from two more frees, with James Duffin also pointing as the Con Magee’s battled hard to keep in touch.
The home side needed a lift and this arrived with Ciaran “Murph” O Boyle soloing through and stunned Glenravel with an excellent goal. In the next few moments Aidan Scullion sent the ball forward from a lovely sideline cut and Sean O Boyle jumped highest and won the ball before turning his marker and ramming it home for Glenarm’s fifth major.
Just before the last water break Glenravel Donnelly handed the visitors a lifeline when he fired to the Glenarm’s net but they needed a strong finish if they were to overturn a substantial Glenarm lead.
The break came at a good stage for the hosts however as the remaining quarter belonged to the home side.
Dan Black accurately converted a free with McLaughlin slotting over his second score of the game before the score of the game came from a massive effort from 80 yards from young Aidan Scullion which brought loud applause from the home support.
In a two minute spell, some great work from Glenarm led to Darren Hamill converting two “65’s” and another free by Black was added to with ‘Murph’ O’Boyle taking a point out on the wing. The final effort was from Black with another clinical finish from a free and shortly afterwards the referee called for the ball.
This game had it all, some great point taking, in particular the free-taking from Donnelly for the visitors, and from Hamill and Black for the hosts. Both defences worked well especially Glenarm’s with the Hamill brothers, Decky McDermott, Ben O Boyle and Aidan Scullion all showing promise.
Best for the visitors where James Duffin, Brian “Twig” O Neill with Declan Traynor and Niall Donnelly taking their score’s well.
For Glenarm the goals came at crucial stages and totally deflated the opposition. The O’Boyle brothers and Murph O Boyle (no relation) took their goals well, with Magill and Black being a constant thorn in Glenravel’s side.
Glenarm. Niall Hamill, Kieran O Boyle,Barry Hamill, Paul Magill, Chrissy Matthews, Darren Hamill 0-06, 5 “65” 1 f, Declan McDermott, Aidan Scullion 0-01, Ben O Boyle, Dylan Mc Laughlin 0-02, Daniel Black 1-06 6f, Ciaran Magill 1-02, Kevin O Boyle 1-01, Sean O Boyle 1-04, Ciaran O Boyle 1-01.
subs. Liam Mc Loughlin for Chrissy Matthews, Aidan O Neill, Rory Mulvenna, Liam Mulvenna, Darryl Mc Mullan, Ciaran Finnegan, Joe Cunning, Sean O Hare.
Glenravel. Ronoan O Donnell, Brian O Neill, Damien O Hagan, Michael Mc Quillan Padge O Neill, Shanlee Kerr, Micky Mc Donald, Johnny Fyfe, Rian Lennon 0-01, Declan Traynor 1-03, James Duffin 0-02 1f, Rian Mc Quillan, Conleth O Loan, Niall Donnelly 1-08 8f, Chris Burns.
subs. Sean Burns, Charlie Henry, Dean Kerr, Odhran Mc Aleenan, Sean Mc Cusker, Stevie Atcheson.
REFEREE. Sean Elliott: Lamh Dhearg.