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Eoghan Rua’s reign comes to end

By John Campbell

Several fancied sides came a cropper in Ulster yesterday as the various county championships stepped up a gear.

Reigning Derry football title-holders Coleraine Eoghan Rua were ambushed by a fiery Loup side (0-6 to 0-4), Rostrevor stunned Ballyholland in Down by coming out on top on on a 2-5 to 0-9 score line while St Gall’s took Cushendall right down to the wire in the Antrim hurling championship.

Loup squeezed over the line against Coleraine thanks to a late score from Benny Quigg and the match-winning point from Charlie Kielt.

Dungiven also advanced to the last four by overcoming a disappointing Ballinascreen side by |1-10 to 0-5, Ryan McElhinney grabbing their goal.

And goals from Damien McGee and Sean Power highlighted Rostrevor’s win over Ballyholland — a win which has now thrust them into the Down semi-finals.

Cushendall were extremely fortunate to edge past St Gall’s in the Antrim hurling semi-final having been in arrears by 2-8 to 0-4 at half-time.

Cushendall produced a strong finishing burst that yielded a last-gasp goal which booked their place in the final against current champions Loughgiel.

In the Fermanagh senior football championship semi-finals Teemore beat Tempo by 2-9 to |1-11 when Declan Reilly drilled in their second goal in the fifth minute of added time.

Devenish and Roslea finished level at 1-6 each, Kevin Cosgrove pouncing for a Roslea goal in the first minute and John O’Flanagan finding the net in the 39th minute for Devenish.

In the All-Ireland camogie finals at Croke Park, there was double disappointment for Ulster.

Despite a magnificent contribution from captain Jane Adams who scored 0-13, Antrim lost out by 2-12 to 0-15 to Wexford in the Intermediate decider. Adams was superb, her uncanny accuracy sustaining her team’s challenge for the greater part of the game.

Antrim fought hard for an equalising goal, but a late Adams free in the second minute of injury time was cleared out, as Wexford took a first title at this grade.

In the Junior final, Down suffered a heartbreaking one-point defeat to Waterford (2-11 to 1-13) having put up a heroic performance that was underpinned by a goal from substitute Nicola Braniff and generous contributions from Catherine McGourty (0-5), Niamh Mallon (0-3) and Fionnuala Carr (0-2).

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