Cuchullains in cruise control

  •  Full match report and photos will be posted later
    Bathshack Antrim Senior Hurling Championship Final 
    Dunloy 2-20-2-13 Loughgiel
    Kevin Herron reports from Pairc Mac Uilin
    Dunloy had seven points to spare as they saw off the challenge of Loughgiel 2-20-2-13 to retain the Volunteer Cup at Pairc Mac Uilin this afternoon. 
    Goals in each half from Eoin O’Neill and Kevin Molloy had the Cuchulians firmly in the box-seat before late replies from Liam Watson and Benny McCarry. 
    Dunloy were first off the mark through a Paul Shiels free but Shan McGrath responded instantly. 
    Keelan Molloy stroked Dunloy back in front- though James McNaughton equalised with a free. 
    Loughgiel hit the front for the first time with McNaughton converting another free within 60-seconds of his first and another score from Daniel McCloskey gave his side a 0-04-0-02 lead. 
    Keelan Molloy and Liam Watson (sideline cut) exchanged scores in the aftermath and prior to the first water-break Seaan Elliott popped up with a point to leave it 0-06-0-05 at the short interval. 
    Kevin Molloy levelled proceedings but Loughgiel moved two-points to the good through scores from Shay Casey and Eddie McCloskey. 
    Conal Cunning halved arrears through a converted free and on the stroke of half-time the Cuchullians had the games opening goal. 
    Space opened up for Keelan Molloy whose low effort was repelled by Chris O’Connell and Eoin O’Neill scrambled the ball to the net to give his side a 1-06-0-07 advantage. 
    James McNaughton and Sean Elliott traded scores but Loughgiel levelled at the break thanks to late scores from Donal McKinley and Watson. 
    Dunloy made a bright opening to the second period playing with a stiff wind advantage. 
    Conal Cunning landed two frees with Keelan Molloy riding a challenge to score in-between and give Dunloy a 1-09-0-09 lead. 
    Loughgiel hit back through Donal McKinley after good work from Tony McCloskey. Liam Watson popped over another in the aftermath and the bare minimum separated the sides. 
    Five points on the spin moved Dunloy six ahead, Cunning was on hand with two points – one from play and the other from a free. Keelan and Kevin Molloy and goal scorer O’Neill provided the others. 
    James McNaughton responded with a free but an outstanding Keelan Molloy free was followed up by another Cunning point from play. 
    It was game, set and match for Dunloy on 53 minutes as Kevin Molloy rounded Chris O’Connell and applied the finish to make it 2-17-0-13. Conal Cunning landed his fourth free of the half in the aftermath. 
    Loughgiel claimed consolation goals through Liam Watson and Benny McCarry with Eoin O’Neill and Cunning (free) finishing Dunloy’s scoring for the day. 
    The late goals would have little bearing on final outcome as Dunloy retained the Volunteer Cup on a scoreline of 2-20-2-13. 
    Dunloy: R Elliott, P Duffin, A Crawford, C Kinsella, R Molloy, C McKinley, R McGarry, P Shiels (0-01), N McKeague, S Elliott (0-02), K Molloy (1-02), K Molloy (0-05), C Cunning (0-08, 0-06f) , G McTaggart, E O’Neill (1-02). Subs: E Smyth for N McKeague (50), C McMahon for G McTaggart (54). 
    Loughgiel: C O’Connell, T Coyle, N McGarry, S Dobbin, T McCloskey, D McMullan, D McCloskey, D McKinley (0-02), D McCloskey (0-01),J McNaughton (0-04f), C McKendry, E McCloskey (0-01), S McGrath (0-01), L Watson (1-03, 1-00f), S Casey (0-01). Subs: R McKee for C McKendry (40), B McCarry (1-00) for S Casey (40), O McFadden for D McCloskey (54). 
    Referee: Darren McKeown ( St Galls) 


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Gaels hang on to earn semi-final place

Andersonstown SC IHC Group 2

Gort na Mona 1-15 Cloney Gaels 2-14

Cloney Gaels withstood a late rally from Gort na Mona at Enright Park today to book a place in the Andersontown Social Club IHC semi-final. The Ahoghill side looked to have matters well in control when they led 1-9 to 0-5 at the interval but after the break the Gorts began to gain a foothold and a late Padraig McCafferty goal closed the gap to two points but that was as close as they got.

Cloney Gaels travelled to Enright Park today knowing that if they won they would qualify for the semi-finals of the Intermediate championship, having already defeated Oisin’s Glenariffe two weeks ago in the opening game of the group.

They made their intentions clear right from the start as Frankie Neeson split the posts in the first minute and Donal Graham added a second with only three minutes gone. Gort na Mona hit a couple of wides but the play quickly switched to the other end and the visitors struck with the game’s opening goal.

Dan O’Connell started the move with a hanging delivery from out on the right and as Donal Graham challenged Sean Kelly for the dropping ball it fell perfectly for Gerard Graham who drilled it first time to the net.

James O’Connell added a good point before Dessie McLean finally got Gort na Mona on the board with a point from a free in the 7th minute and the Enright Park men stated to enjoy a bit of possession but were guilty of some poor shooting.

James O’Connell was proving a handful for the home defence and he fired over from a free to extend his side’s lead and at the other end Dessie McClean had an opportunity to close the gap from another free but he went for goal and the Cloney defence repelled his effort.

Gort na Mona were creating chances but wasting them while James O’Connell was displaying unerring accuracy at the other end as he converted another free to leave the visitors 1-4 to 0-1 ahead at the first water break.

On the resumption James O’Connell continued where he had left off before Dessie McClean raised his and his side’s second white flag but the same player was having an off day and he shot wide from another free as his side fought to get themselves into the game.

No such problems for the Cloney men as their talisman, James O’Connell fired over to bring his personal tally to 0-5 and at this stage Gort na Mona rang the changes, introducing Padrig McCaffery for Brendan Cousins and Gary Doyle for Martin Ward and it seemed to have an immediate effect as Mark Rea struck an excellent point with five minutes remaining to the break.

This score seemed to lift the home side and Martin Graham in the Cloney Gaels goal pulled off a good save to deny Barry McFall and from the breakaway Thomas McGlone fired over at the other end and Donal Graham followed with another as the visitors restored earlier order to proceedings.

Gort na Mona were still creating but wasting chances as a massive free from keeper, Sean Kelly tailed wide before Darren ‘Diesel’ Boyd fired over an excellent point from play to leave it 1-9 to 0-5 in favour of the visitors from Ahoghill at half-time.

With the slope behind them Gort na Mona started the second half on the front foot and Barry McFall shot wide after 30 seconds before Dessie McClean pointed from a 35 meter free with just a minute gone.

James O’Connell replied from another free but Darren Boyd responded for the Gorts as he sent over a massive point from near the right hand touchline and 55 meters from goal and the home side were starting to play with a bit of belief.

Dessie McClean added another and the momentum appeared to be swinging the way of the Enright Park men but they were rocked back in their tracks as James O’Connell finished to an empty net after Harry O’Donnell took advantage of a bad mix-up in the Gort na Mona defence to set him up.

It was end to end stuff at this stage of the game and from the puck out play swung to the other end and Gort na Mona were given a chance to get back into contention when they were awarded a penalty but Martin Graham pulled off a good save to deny Dessie McClean.

The momentum was now with the Turf Loge side and Dessie McClean looked to be in for a goal but again the visitors defence stood tall to repel the Gort na Mona man who was having a bit of an off day by his usual high standards.

Darren Boyd struck another superb point for Gort na Mona at the start of the final quarter but again the visitors were able to respond and Gerard Graham split the uprights but the home side had the bit between their teeth and Barry McFall took advantage of a slip by Niall O’Connell to point from close range.

Darren Boyd added another fine point and the Gorts number 5 was having an excellent game and he followed with another from a free to leave just four in it before James O’Connell eased the pressure with an Ahoghill point.

The home side went looking for a goal as the clock counted down but Martin Graham was in the right place at the right time with his third great save of the game before being finally beaten as Pardraig McCaffery drilled a close range free through a crowded goalmouth with time almost up.

McCaffery’s goal closed the gap to two but it was to prove the game’s final score and it is Cloney Gaels who advance to the semi-finals while Gort na Mona travel to Waterfoot on Wednesday night hoping for a big win that could see them qualify as best losers but Oisin’s will have similar aspirations.

Gort na Mona: Sean Kelly, Neil Henry, Paul McClelland, James Connolly, Darren Boyd, Connor McCann, Mark Rea, Padraig McHugh, Gavin McKenna, Niall Healey, Martin Ward, Declan Hughes, Brendan Cousins, Barry McFall, Dessie McLean. Padraig McCaffery for Brendan Cousins, Gary Doyle for Martin Ward, P Cournane for G McKenna, P Fryers for D Hughes, R Coleman for N Healey

Cloney Gaels: Martin Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Bernard Graham, James Magee, Harry O’Donnell, Niall O’Connell, Eamon Brady, Francis Neeson, Thomas McGlone, Owen Neeson, Eoin Graham, Gerard Graham, Gerard Graham, Dan O’Neill, Donal Graham, James O’Connell. Subs: Pease Downey for Donal Graham, Colla McDonnell for Eoin Neeson

Referee: Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)

South West Fixtures (Friday 21st/Sunday 23rd Aug)

Friday 21st August

Thomas Devlin Car Sales Under-14 League (6.30 pm)

St James Aldergrove v St Comgall’s Antrim

St Mary’s Aghagallon v St Enda’s Glengormley

Erin’s Own Cargin v Tir na nOg Randalstown

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v All Saint’s Ballymena

Con Magees Glenravel v St Mary’s Rasharkin

Sunday 23rd August

Thomas Devlin Car Sales Under-12 Football League (10.00 am)

St Comgall’s Antrim v St James Aldergrove

St Enda’s Glengormley v St Mary’s Aghagallon

Tir na nOg Randalstown v Erin’s Own Cargin

All Saint’s Ballymena v Cuchullian’s Dunloy

St Mary’s Rasharkin v Con Magees Glenravel

Breslin Cup (7.OO pm)

St Mary’s Aghagallon v All Saint’s Ballymena (quarter-final)

Erin’s Own Cargin v Tir na nOg Randalstown (semi-final)

Kellystone Breslin Shield (7.00 pm)

Cuchullian’s Dunloy v St James Aldergrove (semi-final)

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