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Kickhams Creggan win against Craobh Rua

Ulster JHC Final

Craobh Rua 1-7 Kickhams 0-13: Antrim champions Kickhams Creggan carried too much physical power and scoring finesse for Armagh's Craobh Rua in the Ulster Junior club hurling final at the Athletic Grounds.

The Creggan side should have won by a more convincing margin, but the dogged resistance of Craobh Rua kept them in the picture for the most part.

Indiscipline was to prove their undoing when Ryan Lewis and Michael Garvey were shown red cards in the 46th and 47th minutes.

At that stage Craobh Rua trailed by 0-11 to 0-6 but had landed just a point from play, an indication of the Creggan's strong defence.

With Matthew Nelson impressing as a substitute, Creggan stretched their lead to 0-13 to 0-6 but they too fell victims of indiscipline when Kevin Rice was red-carded.

Craobh Rua grabbed a goal from Kyle Kane and a point from play by Fiachra Bradley, but by then it was too little, too late.

Oran McCann's seven-point haul was central to Creggan's success with Conor McCann hit three.

Scorers: Kickhams Creggan: O McCann 0-7 (0-5f, 0-1 '65'), C McCann (0-3), J Carey, M Nelson, C McGrenaghan 0-1 each.

Craobh Rua: E Robb 0-4 (all frees), K Kane 1-1, P Cunningham, F Bradley 0-1 each.

Kickhams Creggan: B Prenter; D McCann, A Maguire, D Totten; F McAuley, A McKeown, M Johnston; S Maguire, T McCann; J Carey, O McCann, K Rice; C McGrenaghan, J Dougan, C McCann. Subs: M Nelson for Dougan (48 mins).

Craobh Rua: R Lundey; M Lewis, M Fleming, H Hanna; S Casey, M Garvey, M Doran; F Bradley, R Lewis; P Cunningham, M Bradley, C Devlin; E Robb , P O'Connor, K Kane. Subs: F Burns for Devlin (19), A Nutley for Hanna (33), J O'Hare for O'Connor (43).

Referee: Jason McAndrew (Monaghan).

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