Liam Watson may be in the frame to land a coveted Vodafone Hurling Allstar on Friday next in Dublin but right now Ulster’s hottest scoring ace is focused on helping to take Loughgiel to even more glory.
Having ended a 21-year title famine by winning the Antrim crown last month, P J O’Mullan’s feisty young warriors have their sights set on the prestigious Ulster Club Championship accolade.
And when they meet Down champions Ballygalget in tomorrow’s semi-final at Casement Park it’s to Watson’s exquisite scoring touch that they will look in the main to see them through to a final meeting with either Lavey or Keady.
Watson, outstanding in Loughgiel’s county semi-final and final victories over Dunloy and Cushendall respectively, will take a break from assisting Donegal Celtic in the Irish League to try and help bring Loughgiel onto an even higher plateau but he will certainly not be lacking assistance in this respect.
Johnny Campbell, Neil McGarry, DD Quinn, Barney McAuley and the Scullion brothers Joey and Martin are all experienced Antrim county players and their combined know-how will make life difficult for a Ballygalget side that overcame neighbours Ballycran in the Down decider.
Yet such is the influence of the Clarke clan within the Ballygalget side — Eoin, Stephen, Gabriel and Graham are all likely to be involved tomorrow — that they are capable of halting Loughgiel’s progress.
In tomorrow’s other semi-final, Keady face a stiff challenge against Derry champions Lavey.