Antrim Hurling Championship: Richmond on a roll as Dunloy dazzle
Dunloy 3-14 Rossa 1-7: Antrim title-holders Dunloy took a decisive first step towards retaining their county hurling crown when they overcame Rossa in part of a double bill at Loughgiel last night.
Dunloy’s 3-14 to 1-7 win fully reflected their superiority in a rather one-sided encounter in which veteran Paddy Richmond bagged two of their goals with the other coming from Paudie Shivers.
Antrim skipper Paul Shiels was introduced as a Dunloy substitute, but was subsequently withdrawn with a head injury. Sean Dowds pointed from a succession of frees for Dunloy while Rossa were best served by defenders Mickey Kettle and Gavin Bell along with centre-half- forward Michael Armstrong.
Ballycasle advanced in the other game last night thanks to a generous scoring input from Michael Dallas against Glenariffe.
With Antrim senior ace Cormac Donnelly as their defensive talisman, Ballycastle fully deserved their 1-17 to 1-7 victory with Dallas picking off the lion’s share of their points as Glenariffe wilted in the second period.
South Antrim and Gort na mona found their interest in the championship cruelly terminated. Indeed, South Antrim did not strike a ball at all, withdrawing from their scheduled engagement with Loughgiel at the eleventh hour because of an apparent inability to field a team.
Loughgiel move into the next round, but without the benefit of a game under their belts — something club officials are already expressing some concerns over.
With Liam Watson, Johnny Campbell, Joey Scullion, DD Quinn and Barney McAuley in their side, Loughgiel are planning a major assault on the county title.
West Belfast side Gort no mona probably wish their game against Cushendall had not gone ahead either as they were on the receiving end of a 5-17 to 0-7 defeat. Gort na mona only trailed by 0-9 to 0-4 at the break, but when Shane McNaughton, Neil McManus and Paddy Magill in particular caught fire for Cushendall in the second-half they found themselves submerged in a scoring avalanche.