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GAA: Richmond brothers gearing up for Saffrons showdown

By John Campbell

The Richmond brothers Paddy and Liam are gearing up for action in the forthcoming Antrim senior hurling championship final.

The duo, who have both been prominent in the Saffrons line-up of late, played leading roles when Dunloy beat reigning champions Cushendall at the semi-final stage.

Paddy's five points in that match underpinned Dunloy's performance and helped to bring the club back into the decider after a three-year absence.

Old hands Gregory O'Kane and Alistair Elliott also made a big impact and Dunloy now look forward to locking horns with Loughguile in the decider.

And Loughguile, home club of joint Antrim manager Dominic McKinley, will go into the game fortified by a healthy ration of experience.

They have players like D D Quinn, Liam Watson, Barney McAuley, Johnny Campbell, Martin Scullion and Joey Scullion all of whom are past or present Antrim players. Liam Watson, indeed, is certainly showing the form that made him a regular in the Antrim side in the not too distant past.

Watson scored a prodigious 1-8 in his team's handsome semi-final win over Ballycastle, while Damien Laverty scored 1-6 meaning the two players shared 2-14 of Loughguile's 2-19.

If the duo carry their sharpshooting skills over into the county decider, then Loughguile may well have considerable cause for celebration.

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