Carvill in front stage role as Middletown net semi-final slot
Armagh hurling champions Middletown strode into an Ulster senior club championship semi-final meeting with Slaughtneil next weekend following an emphatic 2-15 to 0-10 over Fermanagh representatives Lisbellaw at Crossmaglen.
With Cahal Carvill on fire up front and both Kieran McKernan and Nathan Currie in particular employing their combined experience to good effect, the border village side led by 1-9 to 0-7 at half-time before consolidating their advantage after the break.
Carvill's goal lit the fuse for a concerted onslaught on the Lisbellaw defence but their resilience prevented the orchard county outfit from moving into overdrive.
However, despite the best efforts of skipper Ryan Bogue, Ciaran Corrigan and Mark Slevin, Lisbellaw subsequently found themselves overwhelmed.
Lamh Dhearg, meanwhile, are now confronted by the inviting prospect of two championship victories within the space of four days.
Yesterday the Hannahstown club's hurlers just managed to get the better of Lurgan side Sean Traceys in the Ulster Club junior hurling championship quarter-finals.
Lamh Dhearg got over the line by 1-12 to 1-11, but were forced to fight all the way in the second-half by their spirited opponents. Domhnall Nugent played a key role by hitting five points for the winners.
On Wednesday night, Lamh Dhearg meet St Gall's in the second semi-final of the Antrim senior football championship - a difficult assignment for the club.
Also in the provincial junior hurling championship, Derry side Na Magha were unable to contain Donegal outfit MacCumhaills in the closing stages of their quarter-final and lost by 1-17 to 1-13.
But Down side Liatroim Fontenoys served notice that they could prove a force in the competition by beating Tyrone's Naomh Colm Cille by 2-16 to 1-8.