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Cushendall throw down the gauntlet to O'Donovan Rossa in Antrim senior hurling Championship semi-final

By Adam McKendry

Published 09/09/2016

The Ógs have Neil McManus back
The Ógs have Neil McManus back

It's all on the line for Ruairi Óg Cushendall as they face O'Donovan Rossa in the Antrim senior hurling Championship semi-final.

Having taken care of Creggan in the previous round, the Ógs have Neil McManus back.

The game is hosted at Corrigan Park on Saturday (5pm), with the champions expected to progress.

On the other side of the draw, a much more competitive fixture may be in store when 2012 All-Ireland winners Loughgiel Shamrocks face McQuillan's Ballycastle (Sunday, Glenravel, 4pm).

Ronan Donnelly's McQuillan's side ran Cushendall extremely close in last year's county final, but Shamrocks' Johnny Campbell, in his first year as manager, is desperate to get his club back to their first county decider since 2013.

They beat St Gall's 4-24 to 1-7 in the last round, while Ballycastle have a serious win over Dunloy behind them from the quarter-final, plus Matthew Donnelly back playing an injury-free.

In football, Cargin and Creggan have their replay at Ahoghill on Saturday at 6pm.

Ulster football champions Crossmaglen Rangers have been imbued by the youthful spirit of Sean McConville and Stephen Morris, both of whom showed up well in their first-round win over Dromintee, and meet Tir no nÓg this Sunday at The Athletic Grounds, throw-in 5pm.

In Derry, the senior hurling final will feature Banagher - under Brian McGilligan - against reigning champions Slaughtneil.

Derrygonnelly Harps, champions of Fermanagh, meet Devenish this Sunday in Brewster Park at 3pm, with the other semi-final being Roslea Shamrocks against Erne Gaels at the same venue, throw-in at 1.30pm.

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