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Hitman Coulter leading the way in Setanta's mission for junior glory

 

By John Campbell

Na Magha have certainly been chalking up the scores on their way into tomorrow's Ulster junior club hurling championship decider in which they will meet Donegal champions Setanta at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey (2.30pm).

In their opening game Derry city side Na Magha beat Cavan representatives Mullahoran by 2-25 to 0-8 before going on to overwhelm Monaghan champions Carrickmacross by 3-15 to 1-4 in a totally one-sided semi-final.

Deaglan Foley, Tim Rankin and Aodhan O'Donnell have been very much to the fore in the scoring stakes and their accuracy will certainly be required against a Setanta side who have also been hitting the high spots when it comes to putting scores on the board.

They overcame Down title-holders Ballela by 1-18 to 2-8 before going on to get the better of Antrim champions Gort na Mona by 1-20 to 1-6.

Setanta will parade a strong twin-pronged strike force in Kevin Campbell and Decan Coulter who scored 1-12 between them against Gort na Mona.

Campbell has been a consistent performer in the Donegal county colours while Coulter has slotted comfortably into the Setanta team mechanism since transferring from his native Armagh.

Noted for his ability to convert half-chances, his predatory instincts have helped to cement Setanta's fire-power this year.

Indeed, Coulter's experience has to date been a massive bonus to Setanta, a side that provides the backbone of the Donegal team.

Should he and Campbell hit it off again tomorrow, then the Na Magha defence could have their hands full.

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