Cushendall needed a strong second-half showing in order to win their second Antrim Championship in a row, beating Ballycastle 2-16 to 1-15 in Dunloy yesterday.
The Ruairi Ogs had a terrible start, failing to score in the first 12 minutes against a Ballycastle side who were bidding to win their first county title in 29 years.
By half time they were behind 1-11 to 0-5, Saul McCaughan got the Ballycastle goal.
Yet after a stern talking to from Cushendall boss John McKillop at half time, things changed in the second period as substitute Donal McNaughton got an early goal, and Conor Carson added another major. Christy McNaughton gave Cushendall the lead and they finished off the result with points from Neil McManus and Carson.
Cushendall meet the winners of Lisbellaw and Middletown in the Ulster Club SFC semi-final on Sunday October 18.
Here’s some reaction from Twitter:
— Ruairí Óg Cushendall (@RuairiOgCdall) September 27, 2015
All over at Dunloy where Cushendall retain Antrim SHC title with four point win over Ballycastle after being nine points behind at interval
— Damian Mullan (@DamianMullan2) September 27, 2015
— Arron Graffin (@AGraffin) September 28, 2015
— Neil McManus (@Neilmcmanus88) September 27, 2015
Well that was a cracking Antrim SHC final, some 2nd half from Dall, Ballycastle inches from winning it at end, their time will come
— David Mohan (@DavidMohan99) September 27, 2015
The players of Cushendall & Ballycastle were a credit to themselves in Dunloy today. Brilliant final.
— Brendan Crossan (@CrossanBrendan) September 27, 2015