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Title hopefuls looking to their star Ulstermen

By Staff Reporter

Two Ulster hurling hotshots hold the key to success for their respective teams this weekend.

Today, Paul Shiels will bid to extend his stunning scoring record when he lines out with Dunloy in the Antrim semi-final against McQuillans (Ballycastle) while tomorrow, Dungannon's Damien Casey will aim to replicate his phenomenal accuracy once again when his team confront Eire Og in the Tyrone decider at Healy Park, Omagh.

Shiels has been the mainstay of both the Antrim and Dunloy teams this year and his finishing skills will certainly be required.

Shiels will be joined by Kevin Molloy, James McKaigue, Nigel Elliott and Conor McKinley in underpinning a Dunloy side that last won the county crown in 2009.

McQuillans, even more anxious to become top dogs as they have not won the title since 1986, will lean on former Under-21 county captain Matthew Donnelly, the emerging Ciaran Clarke and veteran war-horse Neal Macauley.

Tomorrow, Loughgiel and Ruairi Og (Cushendall) will meet in the second last-four showdown with the latter side anxious to move into the decider in their bid to retain the crown they clinched last year.

Casey, meanwhile, can bring his sublime scoring skills into play for a Dungannon side that will fancy their chances of landing the Tyrone title.

"To win the county title would put us into the Ulster Club championship and we would like to get a crack at one of the big guns," said accountant Casey.

"But we will be taking it one match at a time. Eire Og will share our ambitions, after all."

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