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GAA: Young McGrath shows he's a chip off the old block

By John Campbell

Published 31/10/2007

Sean McGrath, son of former Dunloy hurler Jarlath McGrath, was the star of the show as Loughgiel Primary School got the new North Antrim Cumann na mBunscol League off to a winning start against their Dunloy counterparts.

Young Sean showed that he is very much a chip off the old block by emerging as top scorer in his team's emphatic 5-6 to 1-3 victory.

Displaying his wide range of skills, he showed a sharp appetite for finishing.

Dunloy led by 2-1 to 1-3 at half-time thanks to goals from Aiden Smyth and Ryan Elliott but with wind advantage in the second-half Loughgiel took control and McGrath grabbed his second goal while Ryan McKee, Odhran Laverty and Aaron Scullion also added major scores to seal the win.

For Sean McGrath, it was a particularly satisfying win.

His dad may have enjoyed considerable success with Dunloy in the 90's when the club regularly collected Antrim and Ulster honours but he is now very much domiciled in Loughgiel.

And Jarlath can certainly take satisfaction from young Sean's burgeoning talent.

The North Antrim Cumann na mBunscol League is already proving a fertile ground for young talent and a number of respected hurling coaches, among them Seamus Elliot, believe that the flourishing under-age sector holds out rich promise for the future.

"There are a number of people doing invulable work on the coaching front with the kids and this is already paying off. And it's good to see families with a great hurling tradition continuing to have an input," says Seamus.

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