N.Antrim Minor B Championship Final Shane Uí Néill’s 2-16, St Marys Rasharkin 0-4
Friday 25th May 2012
For the second time in as many years Shane Uí Néill minor hurlers are once again North Antrim Minor B champions after an emphatic win against St Marys Rasharkin on Friday evening. On a perfect evening for hurling in Cushendun Shane Uí Néill’s made light work of their south west opponents with Hugh Pat McNeill opening the scoring with a fine solo effort to settle any early nerves. From then on however the Glenarm men were on top in every department and scores from fellow forwards Dylan McLaughlin and Liam O’Neill soon followed and O’Neill weighed in with a further goal with a speculative shot which defeated the keeper and sent the travelling support into delight. From there on the game only looked like only going one way and Dylan McLaughlin showed skill beyond his years with a series of points throughout the half, with Sandy Johnstone, Jake Hamiltion, Hugh Pat McNeill and Patrick McAuley also weighing in with points to leave a half time score line of 1-12 to 0-2. The second half took a little while to get going but it was our wing half forwards Sandy Johnston and Dylan McLaughlin who added further to the score line. A couple of points by St Marys briefly gave some hope for the Rasharkin faithful but the introduction of Barry Petticrew to the full forward line soon extinguished any hope of a late come back with Petticrew finding the net, and could have had another soon after only to let the ball slip out of his grasp. In the closing stages of the game Petticrew added a point to his tally before Sandy Johnstone scored the final point of the game to see Shane Uí Néill’s run out comfortable winners on a 2-16 to 0-4 score line.
Man of the Match. This was a hard one to call with forwards Liam O’Neill Hugh Pat McNeill and Sandy Johnston all in fine form, but Dylan McLaughlin at half forward put in an Excellent shift and finishing with a tally of 0-5 and with 3 more years at minor level is one to watch for the future.
Glenarm Team; Patrick Abram, Aiden O’Neill, Reece Mellon, Ciaran Finnegan, Rory Mulvenna, Jake Hamilton 0-1, Conor Bell, Keelan McAuley, Patrick McAuley 0-2, Sandy Johnston 0-3, Liam O’Neill 1-2, Dylan McLaughlin 0-5, Connor Matthews, Hugh Pat McNeill 0-2, Matthew Devine, Barry Petticrew 1-1, Leon McVeigh, James black, Sean O’Hare, Declan McDermott, Terry O’Donnell.
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