Blistering Second Half Sees Dunloy Crowned Champions

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Blistering Second Half Sees Dunloy Crowned Champions thumbnailThe Dunloy senior hurlers who, after a ten year absence are back as Antrim champions. GB39GAA8-P63

DUNLOY have waited a considerable time for a result like this, their last Volunteer Cup success some 10 years ago.
And against the bookmakers odds and the views of many prominent hurling aficionados they came from nowhere to dump the hot favourites Cushendall in a final which had many twists and turns.
When they trailed 0-4 to 0-7 at the break, like the good Lord when asked to change water into wine, it appeared that their time had not yet come.
Indeed this was the message coming out from their camp during the week but, after this result it would appear that that was by design rather than accident.
Gregory O'Kane, Willie Richmond and Shane Elliott, the Dunloy management trio have been around many a corner in their time and they knew by playing their sides chances down they could well produce an upset.
And upheaval rather than upset was the outcome when their charges took the Ruairi Og's by the scruff of the neck in the second half as they went on to complete a championship treble, Minor, Under 21 and Senior.
And after these performances the indications are that Dunloy will be around for some considerable time to come as they set out to emulate the achievements of the late nineties and early noughties.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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