Antrim Senior Hurling League Div1
Sunday 22nd April
The game had originally be scheduled to take place in Dunloy but due to heavy rain the match was moved to Cushendall at the last minute. Conditions were poor in Cushendall as well, Ruairi Og settled first and went 2 ahead thanks to a free from Shane Mc Naughton and a point from play from Paddy Mc Gill. Shaun Dowds and Paddy Richmond got Dunloy back on level terms. However Ruairi Og were showing the greater hunger in the poor conditions, Neill Mc Manus thumped over a long range free, Paddy Mc Gill got his second of the game and Shane Mc Naughton blazed over the bar with the goal at his mercy after Karl Mc Keegan’s fine run. Paddy Doherty stopped the rot for Dunloy but another 2 points from Mc Manus frees had Cushendall in the lead at the break 0-7 to 0-3.
Dunloy got the first score of the second half when Paddy Doherty tapped over a free from 30 yards but again Cushendall pushed forward, Mc Manus converted a free and in the 9th minute of the half Shane Mc Naughton finished brilliantly to the back of the net after superb inter change play between Karl Mc Keegan, Paddy Mc Gill and Neill Mc Manus. Shaun Dowds got a point from play for Dunloy however Cushendall were rampant, Neill Mc Manus won and converted 2 frees in a row and Paddy Mc Gill, having a super game, fired over a sweet point from the right wing. A point each from Paddy Doherty and Paddy Richmond gave Dunloy hope but again Cushendall turned the screw, Neill Mc Manus shot for goal was well saved by Gareth Magee but Conor Carson was in the right place at the right time to finish to the net. As the game drew to a close there was no respite for Dunloy, Neill Mc Manus converted yet another free and the final score of the game came from sub Eoghan Campbell to leave the final score Cushendall 2-13 Dunloy 0-7.
How they played: In truth Cushendall were on top from start to finish with what was a very convincing team performance. In goals Ronan Kearney was safe and assured, in front of him all six backs excelled with Aaron Graffin and Aidan Mc Naughton the pick of the bunch. Karl Mc Keegan hurled well at mid field and up front Neill Mc Manus and Conor Carson both put in strong shifts but my man of the match goes to Paddy Mc Gill who scored three cracking points from play. His link up play was also out of the top drawer and he was always on hand to support his team mates.
Team: 1. R Kearney 2. Aaron Graffin 3. O Scullion 4. S Delargy 5. M Burke 6. D Mc Naughton 7. A Mc Naughton 8. K Mc Keegan 9. P Mc Naughton 10. P Mc Gill(0-3) 11. N Mc Manus(0-7f’s) 12. C Carson(1-0) 13. E Laverty 14. Shane Mc Naughton(1-1) 15. F Mc Auley
Subs used: S Mc Killop for O Scullion 9mins, E Campbell(0-1) for E Laverty 55mins