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Coulter piles on the agony as Gort na Mona fall short

Gort na Mona 1-6 Setanta 1-20

By John Campbell

Donegal champions Setanta proved too strong for Antrim representatives Gort na Mona in yesterday's Ulster junior hurling championship semi-final at the Celtic Park, Derry.

Setanta, with Kevin Campbell and Declan Coulter prominent up front, were the better team throughout and might have won by an even more convincing margin.

Coulter picked up an injury but not before he had inflicted woe on the west Belfast side for whom Thomas McCaffrey netted to offer a sliver of hope but Setanta's power up front proved too much.

They chalked up a string of points to eventually emerge on top by 1-20 to 1-6.

They will now meet Derry champions Na Magha in the Ulster final.

Meanwhile, Ireland lost to Scotland in the annual Hurling/Shinty international at Bught Park, Inverness on Saturday.

Ireland shot 19 wides over the course of the 80 minutes and thus contributed to their own downfall.

Kevin Bartlett and Roddy McDonald scored Scotland's goals in their 2-13 to 0-15 win while Cork ace Conor Lehane hit four points for Ireland with John McGrath (Tipperary) and Lee Chin (Wexford) each landing three.

The Leinster Council's competitions control committee is set for a busy spell following serious trouble at two club championship games. In the Kilbride (Carlow) v O'Connell's (Louth) intermediate football championship tie no fewer than 10 red cards were brandished while a brawl marred the game between Crossabeg Ballymurn (Wexford) and Man o War (Dublin) in the club junior football championship.

St Ronan's, Lurgan may be newcomers to the Ulster Colleges' MacRory Cup competition but having reached the closing stages last year they have now set their stall out impressively for the current campaign.

They overcame St Patrick's GS Armagh at the weekend by 3-11 to 3-7.

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