Elliott, Mullan provide scoring bonanza as their sides reach final
Two of Ulster's brightest young hurling talents paraded their scoring wizardry to good effect yesterday in steering their teams into the Ulster Minor Championship final.
Sean Elliott was superb in compiling 1-10 as Antrim surged to a 1-21 to 0-18 semi-final win over Down while Richie Mullan returned 1-9 as Derry got the better of Donegal in the other last four tie by 4-16 to 2-6.
Elliott's crucial goal five minutes from the end provided Antrim with added impetus to push for home while Tiarnan Murphy, Conor McHugh and Ed McQuillan also played key roles.
Down were well served through the scoring prowess of Conor McCrickard and Ruairi Costello while Tom Murray and Ronan McCrickard played solidly.
The impressive Mullan's accuracy from play and frees helped to cement Derry's performance against a Donegal side that was forced onto the back foot and trailed by 3-8 to 1-5 at the break.
Ben Doherty and Jordan Barr grabbed their goals but Donegal's defence simply could not restrict the Oak Leaf attack.
In the All-Ireland Under 21 'C' championship Fermanagh found Sligo much too strong and lost by 4-20 to 0-6 with late goals from Paul Kilcoyne and Eamonn Kilgannon proving killer blows.
Galway powered to their second Leinster senior crown when they beat Wexford by 0-29 to 1-17 with the Cooneys, Conor and Joseph, and Joe Canning sharing the lion's share of their scores.
Diarmuid O'Keefe plundered Wexford's goal but his side were unable to match Galway's intensity.
In the All-Ireland qualifiers, Kilkenny took their inspiration from Walter Walsh and T J Reid to beat Limerick by 0-20 to 0-17 while goals from John O'Dwyer and John McGrath underpinned Tipperary's 2-18 to 0-15 win over Westmeath.
Dublin were too strong for Laois winning by 2-28 to 1-15 while Offaly had no answer to Waterford's power and accuracy and lost by 1-35 to 0-14.