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Seamus Kyne's joy as Mid Ulster beat Oriel to claim IIBA Inter-zone title

Mid Ulster's Seamus Kyne saluted his team after they regained the IIBA Inter-zone title at Killyman on Saturday.

The produced a blistering second half performance to see off the challenge from Boomer Cup holders Oriel, who were appearing in their fifth successive final.

It's was Mid Ulster's 11th success - and one of their sweetest to date.

"It's often we go into a final as underdogs, but that worked in our favour," said Kyne.

"We haven't had our hands on the trophy since 2012, so this is a really sweet moment for the zone."

Paul Duff got Oriel off to the best possible start against Mark Wilson.

Mid Ulster's Danny McStravock recovered from a fourth end 9-0 deficit to battle out a 9-9 result with Sean Traynor.

Damien McElroy kept Mid Ulster in the hunt by with a crucial 11-7 success against Stephen McMahon, but it was the rinks skipped by Alan Paul and Colm McHugh that turned the game on its head.

It meant that Gerry McCabe's 8-5 win against Dayne Jordan was of little significance.

Result: Mid Ulster 58 Oriel 46 (M Wilson 5 P Duff 14; D McStravock 9 S Traynor 9; D McElroy 11 S McMahon 7; D Jordan 5 G McCabe 8; C McHugh 13 K Conroy 3; A Paul 15 P Hanlon 5).

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