Dunloy 0-6 Loughgiel 0-14: Loughgiel are through to the Antrim senior hurling final after inflicting an eight-point defeat on rivals Dunloy at a blustery Ballycastle last night.
The Shamrocks were superb in defence against the reigning Antrim and Ulster champions while corner forward Liam Watson supplied 0-8 of their total from play and placed balls.
Loughgiel played with the strong breeze in the first half but failed to make it count until the second quarter. After 13 minutes it was all square at 0-3 apiece before Loughgiel knocked over six unanswered scores to go in at the break 0-9 to 0-3 ahead.
Watson had opened the scoring for Loughgiel in the first minute with Liam McKillop and Benny McCarry also raising flags for the Shamrocks. Paddy Richmond provided Dunloy’s opener and points from play from Sean Dowds and Paul Shiels levelled matters.
The Loughgiel forward line then began to click. Watson provided five of the next six points, the pick of which was a long-range effort on 18 minutes.
Dunloy were dealt a blow when veteran forward Ally Elliott was carried off with what looked like a serious ankle injury but his replacement Paddy Doherty and the rest of the Dunloy forward line struggled to win first time ball. Indeed the six Dunloy forwards managed just 0-3 from play.
Two quickfire James Campbell points after the break had Loughgiel thinking about a final place and a fine score from play by Watson — just before he retired through injury — and a second point from McCarry sealed the Shamrocks win.
In the decider, Loughgiel will face Cushendall who beat Ballycastle 0-11 to 0-8 in Saturday’s semi-final.