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Morrison boys prove decisive for First Ahoghill

By David Mason

Published 14/11/2016

First Ahoghill will now play All Saints and St Mark's are due to face Cookstown Parochial in this season's IIBA's Galway Hotel Club Championship semi-finals (stock photo)
First Ahoghill will now play All Saints and St Mark's are due to face Cookstown Parochial in this season's IIBA's Galway Hotel Club Championship semi-finals (stock photo)

First Ahoghill powered their way into the semi-finals of the IIBA's Galway Hotel Club Championship at Watson Stadium on Saturday.

Fuelled by the talented Morrison brothers - David, William and Andy - they defeated United Services by only two shots in an epic Section final clash.

It sets up an intriguing confrontation against All Saints in the Club Championship last four at the same venue on Friday, November 25.

St Mark's will face Cookstown Parochial in the other semi-final.

Ahoghill negotiated a banana skin first-round tie against Christ Church, winning 31-19, before roaring to a 27-18 win over Strabane in the last eight.

They maintained their excellent form in the semi-finals to defeat St Coleman's (24-18), but were pushed to the wire by an impressive United Services side in the Section final.

The Morrison siblings were just able to edge out Leigh Harrison, Ryan O'Neill and Mark Beattie.

Results: IIBA Club Championship Section C, quarter finals: 1st Ahoghill 27 Strabane 18; Armagh GC 18 St Coleman's 24; St Johnston w/o Largy; United Services 34 Ardaghy 10.

Semi-finals: 1st Ahoghill 24 St Coleman's 18; St Johnston 1 United Services 28. Final: 1st Ahoghill 22 United Services 20.

Plate final: Kildress 13 Armagh GC 24.

Section D, quarter-finals: Du Pont 22 Cookstown High 29; St Mary's 16 All Saints 24; Ardstraw 28 Cranagill 19; Ulster Transport 35 Pickie 12.

Semi finals: Cookstown High 18 All Saint's 28; Ardstraw 22 Ulster Transport 12.

Final: All Saints 26 Ardstraw 24.

Plate final: St Anthony's 22 Pickie 27.

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