Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 14 October 2015

County title still a Loughguile priority

By John Campbell

Published 21/09/2007

Loughguile currently supply one-third of the Antrim county team's outfield defence - and they certainly have cause to be grateful for that as they contemplate tomorrow's Antrim senior hurling championship semi-final against Ballycastle.

It's at Dunloy (4.00) that Loughguile will bid to take another step towards erasing the painful memory of four county final defeats on the trot.

And to achieve this they will need huge performances from Johnny Campbell and Barney McAuley who have been among Antrim's most consistent performers this year.

If this duo can help curb the Ballycastle attack, then midfield ace Martin Scullion can help operate the supply line that could see his brother Joey and Liam Watson, both ex-members of the Antrim squad, apply the necessary finishing skills up front that might just take Loughguile through.

But if McMullan's men live in hope, Ballycastle are similarly leaning on optimism.

In Cormac Donnelly, this year's Antrim Minor skipper, Neil McAuley and Ciaran Kelly they have quality players who can galvanise their side. Kelly is experienced while McAuley is one of the most promising players in the county. And in Ryan McGarry Ballycastle have a top-class goalkeeper who can thwart the Loughguile attack.

Not since 1989 have Loughguile got their hands on the county trophy and the lengthy famine they have endured has naturally heightened their desire to go the distance.

From the web

Sponsored Videos

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph