JOHNNY McINTOSH: Learning lessons

THE dust has settled on Dunloy’s All-Ireland final defeat to Ballyhale Shamrocks, and you can be certain that Gregory O’Kane won’t countenance any talk of ‘moral victories’. Dunloy’s game-plan worked to perfection for most of the contest but Gregory will be disappointed that they didn’t kick on and seize the initiative when the game was there […]

O’Kane hails Dunloy as an ‘unbelievable’ club

DUNLOY manager Gregory O’Kane was full of pride in his team and club after Sunday’s All-Ireland defeat at the hands of Ballyhale Shamrocks who clinched a ninth title. The 1-22 to 1-15 scoreline was harsh on Dunloy for what they brought to the game, especially in the second half. Ballyhale were thriving in the spaces […]

Dunloy must avoid reverse gear on the biggest stage

Dunloy v Ballyhale Sunday, Croke Park, 1.30pm By Michael McMullan GREGORY O’Kane’s body language matched his words. Minutes after watching his charges see off Sleacht Néill to end their Ulster silverware famine, the Dunloy manager’s eyes lit up when he appealed for an All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Advertisement The club’s new generation, with pace […]

Looking across the field of dreams

Gregory O’Kane insists the current Dunloy team are walking their own path in history, he spoke with Michael McMullan… YOU don’t need to be talking to Gregory O’Kane long to sense the love of hurling and his pride to see Dunloy pulling up a seat at the top table once again. Now, in his eighth […]

Playing the ‘short’ game

By Michael McMullan IT was only ever going to be hurling that grabbed Paul Shiels’ full attention. One of the sporty types, ‘Shorty’ was a capable Gaelic footballer and captained St Louis, Ballymena to a Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup soccer title. Hurling would pull hardest. The last time Dunloy were in an All-Ireland final, their 2004 […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: It’s up for grabs

SUNDAY is the day that the footballers of Glen and the hurlers of Dunloy have been dreaming about since they first pulled on their boots at the start of last year. Granted, it has been a long slog for both teams but it’s one that both teams would gladly endure in order to reach the […]

Crawford in a race against time ahead of Dunloy’s Croke Park return

By Michael McMullan DUNLOY manager Gregory O’Kane says defender Aaron Crawford is in a “race against the clock” with their All-Ireland final date with Ballyhale Shamrocks around the corner next week. Crawford, who scored a vital point in their Ulster final win over Sleacht Néill, was forced off after picking up a collar bone injury in […]

KEVIN HINPHEY: D-Day for Dunloy

SUNDAY, January 22 is D-Day for the Dunloy hurlers. An All-Ireland final match up against Kilkenny giants Ballyhale Shamrocks in Croke Park awaits the Antrim men. It is the stuff of dreams for all hurlers to play in an All-Ireland Club final but something that only a very small number will ever get to experience. […]