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Loughgiel do it in style against Ballycastle and now face Cushendall in final shoot-out

Published 12/09/2016

Eddie McCloskey grabbed three points for Loughgiel yesterday
Eddie McCloskey grabbed three points for Loughgiel yesterday

Loughgiel turned on the style to terminate Ballycastle's interest in the Antrim Hurling Championship on Sunday when they won a lively semi-final by 0-19 to 0-12 at Glenravel.

Maol Connolly proved the ace in the Loughgiel pack by helping himself to eight points - seven frees - while Eddie McCloskey and Shay Casey each contributed three.

Ciaran Clarke hit four points for Ballycastle for whom the normally potent Saul McCaughan was more subdued than usual, scoring just twice with KB McShane also landing a brace.

Loughgiel will face a big task in the final against reigning county and Ulster club champions Cushendall, who were nonetheless given a fright by O'Donovan Rossa before coming out on top by 1-24 to 1-17 in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile, Cargin booked their place against St John's in the Antrim Football Championship semi-final following their 2-10 to 0-10 quarter-final replay win over Kickhams Creggan.

Ciaran Close scored 1-5 with Ryan McKiernan landing the winners' other goal.

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