Dunloy Make It Three In A Row

Thursday, 14 September 2017

LIAM McCann with a goal in the last minute of ordinary time in this Darragh cup final in Ballymena, saw Dunloy take the trophy back to the North Antrim village and set the bar high for their senior hurlers.
Leading by just two points with just a couple of minutes remaining McCann delivered the killer blow to make it three titles in a row.
It was end to end stuff throughout with Cushendall getting away to a flier when Niall Allen was on target but two quick points from Seean Elliott and Eoghan McGrath indicated Dunloy were there for the long haul.
Ed McQuillan kept the Ruairi Og's in front with a point from an awkard angle but Dunloy were back on terms with a couple of Elliott points swing things up after 10 minutes.
The Dall were having none of it and a response from Scott Walsh Christy McLaughlin had them back leading the way.
And so it continued with players exchanging points during the second quarter with a late McQuillan point pulling the 'Dall back in after Ryan McFarlane and Declan Smith had given Dunloy a two point advantage. With just one in it at 0-11 to 1-7 at the break it was still all very much to play for in the second half. The second half was a replica of the first with both sides sniping from the wings and it wasn't until replacement Sean O'Neill fired home a Dunloy goal that the men in green began to show their true ability.
Again leading by two they made the cardinal error of allowing the opposition back in immediately when top scorer McQuillan added a second goal but in fairness to Dunloy they responded immediately, restoring their two point advantage when Elliott blasted home at the other end.
At this stage it was anyones guess as to which way this Darragh Cup final would go but when McFarlane added another Dunloy point, the ball was in their court with just 10 minutes remaining.
There was, however, one final twist however when Cushendall completed their scoring with a third goal, McQuillan on the end of this one leaving everything again back in the melting pot.
Full story and pictures in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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