Friday 27 April 2018

Antrim SHC final: Shiels secures the crown for Dunloy

Dunloy 2-15 Cushendall 2-9

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Five unanswered points at the start of the second-half paved the way for Cuchullains-Dunloy to secure their 12th title at the expense of old foes Ruairí Óg Cushendall in Ballycastle.

Dunloy trailed by three at the break, but outscored their rivals 2-8 to 0-1 in the third quarter.

Goals from Conal Cunning and Nigel Elliott midway through the half sealed the victory, before late goals from Conor Carson and Paddy Burke put a flattering look on the scoreboard for Cushendall .

Cushendall were 0-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break, but Dunloy sprung to life after the restart. Paul Shiels converted three frees and Nigel Elliott and Keelan Molloy put them 0-10 to 0-9 ahead.

Cunning and Elliott hit the net within the space of a minute, while Cushendall were reduced to 14 men when McManus saw red for an off-the-ball incident.

Shiels and Nicky McKeague added points to open up a 12-point gap as Dunloy cruised home.

Scorers - Dunloy: P Shiels 0-7 (6f, 1 '65'), N Elliott & C Cunning 1-1 each, K Molloy & E O'Neill 0-2 each, A Dooey & N McKeague (f) 0-1 each.

Cushendall: C Carson 1-2, P Burke 1-0, N McManus 0-3f, F McCambridge 0-2, P McGill & E Campbell 0-1 each.

Dunloy: R Elliott; P Duffin, J McKeague, O Quinn; K McKeague, C McKinley, K Molloy; C Elliott, P Shiels; N Elliott, G McTaggart, K Molloy; E O'Neill, C Brogan, C Cunning Subs: E Smyth for O Quinn (15), N McKeague for C Brogan (ht), A Dooey for G McTaggart (53), M Murphy for C Elliott (62)

Cushendall: E Gillan; R McCambridge, M Burke, S Delargy; A Graffin, P Burke, D Kearney; E Campbell, A McNaughton; C Carson, N McManus, D McNaughton; F McCambridge, S McAfee, P McGill Subs: C McClafferty for D McNaughton (ht), E McKillop for S McAfee (48), E Laverty for E Campbell (48), R Delargy for P McGill (57)

Ref - M O'Neill (Armoy)

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