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Queen's left flying the flag for Ulster

By John Martin

QUB remain the last Ulster side standing in the Leinster pre-season hurling competitions after edging past Roscommon 1-16 to 2-10 in the Kehoe Shield semi-final at St Colman's College.

Both Down and Derry fell at the semi-final stage of the Kehoe Cup over the weekend, with Kildare and Meath contesting next weekend's final.

Queen's took advantage of a strong breeze to go in at half-time leading by 1-11 to 0-4, Ruairi Laverty with the goal on nine minutes.

Conor Corvan, Conor McClelland, Conor Mageean and Colin Madden were all on target for Queen's in the opening half.

Armagh star Corvan bagged all five of his side's second half points to seal a three point win after Roscommon had drawn level thanks to goals from Cathal Kelly and Gerry Fallon.

Queen's will face Mayo who beat DCU 2-14 to 0-19 in the other semi-final.

Down looked good when leading 0-7 to 0-1 at the break against Kildare, however Ray McLoughney's goal put the Lilywhites back into contention after the restart.

Fintan Conway's major looked to have brought the game to extra time but a last gasp free from Gerry Keegan earned Kildare victory by 1-9 to 1-8.

Derry were always on the back foot against Meath at Celtic Park and trailed 0-5 to 0-1 after 10 minutes. The gap remained four at the break, 0-10 to 0-6, but Derry faced into the second half without Ruairi Convery who saw red after 20 minutes.

The Royals pulled further away in the second half for a 0-21 to 0-12 win.

In the opening Bank of Ireland Ulster Under-21 club football tournament clash at Creggan, the 2014 competition got off to a cracking start when Antrim champions Portglenone beat Slaughtneil of Derry by a point in a thriller.

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