Creggan win hard earned point

07 May 2012
Kickhams Creggan 1-09 St. Mary's Rasharkin 2-06

A late point from Conor McCann gave Creggan a share of the spoils in this home Division 3 hurling league game. Always close, four points at most the difference, it ended 1-9 to 2-6 with Rasharkin remaining a point above their opponents ,each with four games played. The St Marys side have won one and drawn twice with Creggan slightly worse off with a win and a draw.

Rasharkin scored first from the stick of Eamon McNeill but the home side soon turned up the pressure. For the next twenty minutes they dominated affairs, scoring from most attacks through Brendan Maguire, Kevin Rice and Oran McCann.

While Rasharkin were able to tag on two scores from the dead ball they had less success from the penalty spot. Eamon McNeill saw his effort well blocked by the three man wall and they found themselves four back,0-4 to 0-8 at the break.

With their lead Creggan should have done better in the second half. They gradually allowed the St Marys side back in, first with a point, followed by a scrappy goal at the end of the third quarter, which came from a bad defensive error.

With the sides now level the possibility of a draw became more likely, but Rasharkin had other ideas. They cracked home a second goal and corner forward Enda McFerran pointed and suddenly they had the game again standing on its head.

The  Creggan lads threw everything into the closing stages,thanks to great leadership from  Thomas McCann, Aidan McKeown and Kevin Rice. And it was Rice who swung the game back Kickhams way when, with just five minutes remaining, he collected a high ball, rounded two defenders and found the target.