Antrim Hurling League Round Up 17/06/18

Updated: Jun 18, 2018

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ACHL Division 1

O’Donovan Rossa 0-15 Ruairí Óg Cushendall 3-21

St Joseph’s Ballycran 0-16 Cúchullain’s Dunloy 1-13

St Patrick’s Portaferry 0-14 Naomh Eoin 2-17

Seán Mistéil Ballygalget 1-09 Loughgiel Shamrocks 0-21

Division 1 leaders Cúchullain’s Dunloy were held on the Ards Peninsula against St Joseph’s Ballycran. The hosts found themselves five ahead with 2mins to go but a Nigel Elliott major helped the County champions to rescue a point, leaving them four clear at the top.

Ruairí Óg, looking to build on a good midweek win, travelled to Rossa Park and notched 3-21 on the way to a double-points win over the hosts while St John’s edged a tough encounter away to Portaferry.

The final game in Division 1 saw Loughgiel win away from home against Ballygalget. Content to let the white flags do the talking for them, they finished with 21 points, recording a nine-point victory over the Down men.

ACHL Division 2

Tír na nÓg Randalstown 2-14 Pádraig Sairséil 0-14

Oisín Glenariffe 1-16 Mac Uilín Ballycastle 3-18

Glen Rovers Armoy 0-10 St Brigid’s Cloughmills 3-07

Naomh Gall 2-18 Naomh Éanna 0-07

Ballycastle’s seemingly unstoppable return to Division 1 rolled on in Division 2, with Oisín Glenariffe today’s unfortunate opponents. Mac Uilín, however, were made to work by the Glenariffe men who registered 1-16, but the Ballycastle side remain unbeaten at the top of the pile with four points to spare.

In the early throw-in, manager Colm McGuinness led his Tír na nÓg side to a tight victory over his own club, with the Randalstown men’s goals proving crucial in the end.

St Brigid’s Cloughmills pushed clear of the bottom teams with a well-earned away win against Glen Rovers in Armoy while St Gall’s put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom spot with a comprehensive victory at home to St Enda’s.

ACHL Division 3

Clooney Gaels 5-17 St Paul’s GAC 1-11

Lámh Dhearg 0-14 Carey Faughs 3-14

Carryduff 0-19 Shane O’Neill’s 1-12

Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon 2-22 St Mary’s Rasharkin 3-14

Emmet’s Cushendun 2-12 Kickham’s Creggan 4-12

It was a high scoring day in Division 3 as both the top two continued their runs to open a four-point gap on the chasing pack.

Clooney welcomed St Paul’s to Ahoghill and the Gaels picked up where they left off the last time out, with four of the six forwards helping themselves to a goal. Eoin Graham particularly impressed, hitting 2-02 as they collected the two points.

Fellow leaders Kickham’s Creggan won a helter-skelter affair in Cushendun, who despite suffering recent defeats have been racking up good scores. Today was no exception as they registered 2-12, but the Kickham’s netted four goals to see them home.

Carey Faughs made the journey to Hannahstown and were almost shocked, with Lámh Dhearg leading the visitors at half time. In the end the goals were telling as the Faughs’ greater firepower held sway.

The game in Dungannon was overshadowed by a horrific injury to Rasharkin corner back Conor Doherty, that delayed the game by almost an hour to allow treatment. Trailing by 12 points at the time of the injury, the visitors dealt with the delay well, pegging back the home side before Damian Casey steadied the side for the hosts to eventually win by five.

In the final game of the day, Carryduff put daylight between themselves and their opponents Shane O’Neill’s, claiming a hard-fought victory to leave them two points ahead of the bottom two.

ACHL Division 4

Con Magee’s Glenravel 3-23 St Agnes’ GAC 0-04

Bredagh GAC 8-14 Davitt’s 1-05

All Saints’ Ballymena 0-25 Loch Mór Dál gCais 0-04

Na Magha P-P Naomh Treasa

With Na Magha and Naomh Colmcille not in action today, Con Magee’s Glenravel had an opportunity to leapfrog the Tyrone men into second and open a gap on their Derry counterparts. St Agnes’ made the trip north looking to extend their cushion on Loch Mór Dál gCais at the bottom to two points, but were met with an in-form Con Magee’s side who hammered home their advantage to end the day three points behind Bredagh GAC.

The leaders themselves welcomed Davitt’s across the city to Cherryvale and also continued their free-scoring form, rattling home eight goals in a rout at home. Having led this league since the beginning, they have opened up a three-point gap on their nearest challengers. They will be wary however of the challenge of Na Magha and Naomh Colmcille, in particular the Derry men, who will draw equal on points should they win their three games in hand.

In the earlier throw-in, All Saint’s Ballymena didn’t need a goal to fend off the Loch Mór Dál gCais challenge, preferring to raise consistent white flags, running out winners by quite a margin. The Ballymena men lead the bottom half of the table in 5th, but look unlikely to trouble the top 4, with Na Magha four in front with those three games in hand.

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