Antrim and Derry shine to book Ulster U21 final showdown
An explosive display of finishing from Saul McCaughan underpinned Antrim's 2-21 to 1-18 victory over Down in last night's Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-final at Ballycran.
McCaughan was the main difference between the sides, his first-half goal helping to ease the Saffrons into a 1-14 to 0-10 interval lead.
He then unleashed a volley of second-half points in amassing a personal total of 1-8.
The Mournemen had looked as if they might produce a strong finish but a second Antrim goal from Domhnail Nugent served to further cement the Saffrons' authority.
Antrim will now meet Derry in next Wednesday's final following the Oak Leaf side's emphatic 3-19 to 1-10 win over Armagh in the other semi-final.
Derry hit the ground running with two goals in the opening 15 minutes from Brian Cassidy and Cormac O'Doherty, which helped to pilot them into a 2-8 to 0-7 interval lead.
Dylan McKenna and Tiarnan Nevin tried hard to revitalise the Orchard County but the Derry attack showed a voracious appetite for scores throughout the game.
McKenna managed to bag a goal for the home side but it was quickly cancelled out when Thomas Magee struck home Derry's third goal.
Armagh missed chances but Derry's superior technique and fitness were very much in evidence in the last quarter of the clash.