Emphatic win sends Cuchulainns into decider
Armagh champions Cuchulainns strode impressively into next Sunday's Ulster club intermediate hurling final when they beat Monaghan representatives Inniskeen by 2-15 to 0-6 yesterday.
Inniskeen, though, made life difficult for their opponents in the first-half and were only two points adrift at the break (0-7 to 0-5).
But two rapid-fire goals by Paul Kernan on the resumption propelled the orchard county side into the driving seat and with Tony Duffy, Cormac Toner and the Coulter brothers sharing in a points-scoring spree, they streaked ahead.
Brian Meegan scored all but one of Inniskeen's points. Although his side won by a handsome margin, manager Ronan Sheehan is taking nothing for granted in advance of Sunday's decider.
"We had to play against the wind and sweeper in the first-half but when we got our two goals that give us a lift. We still have to work to do on the training ground, though," maintains Sheehan.
The other semi-final between Clooney Gaels and Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon was a much more closely-contested affair.
It was only after a frenetic extra-time stint that the Tyrone side prevailed on a 4-17 to 0-27 score
In the Ulster Junior club championship Craobh Rua (Camlough) and Creggan (Antrim) will meet in Sunday's final.
The Armagh side were good value for their fine 2-22 to 3-6 semi-final win over Strabane Sigersons with Conor Devlin and Fionan Burns landing their goals and Fiachra Bradley registering seven points.
Creggan, meanwhile, were pushed to the pin of their collar by Eoghan Rua, Coleraine, only managing to win by a point on a 5-13 to 3-20 score line after extra-time had to be played.