15 Apr 2018
Loch Mor Dal gCais were founded in 2013 with an amalgamation of players from Aldergrove, Crumlin and the greater Lisburn area. Dominic McQuillan was formed over 50 years ago in the village of Cushendun and has made a welcome return to the management team of Glenravel hurlers.
With the opposition only able to field 14 players this was seen as an opportunity to try out different players, however the opposition started well.
The first half was a lack lustre affair with our defence under more pressure than expected. During this period Shanlee Kerr, Caolan Mullan and Damian "Turbo” O’Hagan were rock solid in the Glenravel defence coming out with the ball time and time again.
Neil McCann got Glenravel on the score sheet early with a gal and a point. This was followed by two points from Kieran McIntyre ( Martin Scullions’ wifes’ cousin ) one a peach from wide on the left wing.
Niall Donnelly and Brian O’Neill added further points from play. When a high ball into our defence was fielded high under pressure from Turbo he cleared to Padge O’Neill who moved the ball onto James Duffin, he put a clever ball in to Brian O’Neill in space who burst the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
By half time Glenravel had a 1:08 to 1:01 lead but the overall performance had been below par.
During the break there were stern words from the management team with Sean Kerr letting the players know in no uncertain terms what was expected in the second half.
Decky Traynor and Shane Woulahan were introduced at the start of the second half. James Duffin was first to score after the restart with further scores from Vic, Padge and Decky.
Midway through the half Sean McElroy, Odhran McAleenan and Ronan McCann were introduced.
Niall Donnelly continued to slot over frees and Padge got a lovely score after great first touch control to take the ball down.
Our second goal came from a high ball in by Decky which their keeper failed to control and James Duffin calmly poked in.
Shane Woulahan got our final goal shortly after this, winning the ball in the top right hand corner of the pitch before soloing in and finishing to the net.
The final score of the game went to Duffin with a point from play to give the Con Magees a twenty point victory.
Full credit must go to the Loch Mor team for their spirited first half performance despite only having fourteen players available. The referee had informed Dominic McQuillan at half time that Glenravel were entitled to play with the full fifteen players, but the Glenravel management sportingly opted to stick with fourteen against fourteen.
This game proved a useful opportunity to try out new players but lacked any real intensity due the one sided score line. There are no further league matches for four weeks which should give the opportunity to knuckle down to training - as there certainly will be tougher contests ahead.
Team: Ronan Donnelly, Archie Rae, Shanlee Kerr, Caolan Mullan, Stevie Atcheson, Micky McDonnell, Damien O’Hagan, Paddy O’Neill, Kieran McIntyre, Niall Donnelly, Brian O’Neill, James Duffin, Conleth O’Loan, Neil McCann.