Cushendun V Cloughmills JHC (sent in from anonymous)

15 August 2009

Cloughmills Defeated!

Cushendun Emmets overcame a stubborn challenge from Cloughmills in the Junior Championship quarter-final on Friday night. Despite the bad weather, both teams settled into the game well. Cloughmills' two early scores were cancelled out by three Paul Graham points and efforts from Eoin McQuillan and Aidan Mort. Cushendun began to control the game at this stage and enforced this when Aidan Mort scrambled the ball into the net to give a five point advantage. Cloughmills battled back and scrambled a goal of their own when Liam Kearns kicked to the net and Aaron Smylie pointed. Cloughmills' F. Waide was sent off in the 29th minute after receiving his second yellow card for pulling wildly across Rory McQuillan leaving the half time score 1-8 to 1-6 in Cushendun's favour.

As expected, Cloughmills used the break to regroup and came out strongly; managing to go two points up after three Liam Kearns Frees and a Michael Devlin score. Cushendun however had many wise heads on the field and knew not to panic and Aidan Mort steadied the ship with another goal. Robert Paul Laverty turned back the clock to turn on a sixpence and fire over the bar. Aidan Mort completed his hat-trick catching a well delivered sideline cut from Eamonn Graham and rifling the ball to the bottom corner of the net. Paul Graham was giving an exhibition of high fielding to supply ball into the forwards and Brendan McSparran and Dominic McQuillan both benefitted from this to add further points. Aidan Mort netted for the fourth time to ensure progress to the semi final and Cushendun added more points to galvanise the scoreline. To Cloughmills' credit they battled hard right to the end and Liam Kearns netted from a 21 yard free to leave the final score Cushendun 4-14 Cloughmills 2-13.

How they played.

In a strong team performance there were several players who stood up and were counted when it mattered. Shane O'Connell marshalled the full back line and was ably supported by Michael and Gerard Magee. Stephen McNeill hassled well and won a lot of ball. Eamonn Graham and Robert Paul Laverty were controlling the midfield and winning the breaking balls. Connor McKay, Aidan Mort and Paul Graham were all showing well under the poc outs and Brendan McSparron never allowed an easy clearance from the defenders.

My man of the match is the mercurial Aidan Mort who netted four goals at crucial times in the game and also linked the play well with the other forwards.


Cushendun Team:

1. Niall Campbell 2. Gerard Magee 3. Shane O'Connell 4. Michael Magee 5. Rory McQuillan 6. Stephen McNeill 7. Niall McAuley 8. Robert Paul Laverty 9. Eamonn Graham 10. Eoin McQuillan 11. Aidan Mort 12. Connor McKay 13. Dominic McQuillan 14. Paul Graham 15. Brendan McSparron Subs. John McCaughan for Eoin McQuillan, Paddy McSparron for Brendan McSparron, Oisin McMahon for Michael Magee, Dominic Sharkey for Connor McKay, William Erwin for Dominic McQuillan.


Cloughmills Team:

1. C. McKiernan 2. D. McLoughan 3. J. Doherty 4. D. Morrison 5. M. Morrison 6. S. Martin 7. B. Martin 8. C. Laverty 9. S. Smyth 10. M. Devlin 11. A. Smylie 12. F. Waide 13. D. Watson 14. S. Watson 15. L. Kearns


Referee: Owen Elliot