Countess of Antrim Cup Rasharkin v Carey Faughs

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Countess of Antrim Cup
Rasharkin 0-11 Carey Faughs 2-12

Carey came out on top in this Countess of Antrim Cup encounter against Rasharkin at Dreen on Thursday evening. The St Mary’s outfit had beaten Carey in the early rounds of the Division 3 League in Ballyvoy, and under new manager Paul McKillen have been playing some great hurling this season, but the Faughs got the better of them this time around to keep their good run in the Countess of Antrim Cup going.

Despite the non-appearance of the official referee, Carey coach Raymond McMullan got proceedings underway, and with only seconds on the clock Carey captain Sean McBride made a rare journey from full back to open the scoring with a fine point, this was followed by points from John McBride and Sean McLaughlin for the visitors who were enjoying the early possession, before Eamon McNeill opened the St Marys account. Carey centre half Shay Hunter replied with a pointed 65, but on the tight Rasharkin pitch the home side got into their stride and points from Conor McKeever and McNeill with two more levelled the scores on the 15th minute. The home side were now finding their range and went further ahead with two McNeill pointed frees and McKeever on hand with another, shay hunter kept his side in the game with a point from a free to leave the halftime score 0.7 to 0.5 for the Rasharkin men.

The opening quarter of the second half was a tough and feisty affair with the Carey defence of Sean McBride, Shay Hunter and Gerry McBride restricting the St Mary’s attack to long range efforts, the Faughs started to make their presence felt with McLaughlin and Shay Hunter reducing the arrears, an Eamon McNeill point gave the home side the lead again only to be cancelled out with a similar score from Carey’s Fiahra McVeigh. The team to find the net first in this close affair were always going to hold the advantage and this fell to Carey’s Sean McLaughlin in the 47th minute when he gave James O’Mullan no chance with his close range effort. Despite a Donagh Quigg point for the hosts, Carey who now were controlling midfield with Caolan McCaughan and Nat Hunter added further points through McBride and McLaughlin, and although Eamon McNeill added another point the game was sealed with a 59th minute Dan Martin goal when he latched on to a long ball from the impressive Shay Hunter, to leave the points going back to the coast.

RASHARKIN:  J O’Mullan, l Tunney, A McKeever, C Doherty, D Doherty, D McKay, J Sally, E McCarran, T McMullan, A Darragh, C McKeever, D Quigg, Donaghy, E McNeill, D Hasson.

CAREY: C Butler, G McBride, S McBride, M Hunter, M McVeigh, S Hunter, P McVeigh, N Hunter, C McCaughan, S McLaughlin, J McBride, P Butler, P

Gillian, D McGowan, F McVeigh.