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Second defeat leaves Antrim feeling the heat in Walsh Cup quest

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In vain: Neil McManus’sefforts were not enough to bolster Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

In vain: Neil McManus’sefforts were not enough to bolster Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

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In vain: Neil McManus’sefforts were not enough to bolster Antrim. Credit: INPHO/Evan Treacy

Antrim hurlers are beginning to feel the pressure in the Walsh Cup competition following their second successive defeat yesterday.

Having succumbed to Dublin last weekend, it was Offaly who proved the Saffrons’ masters this time winning by 3-18 to 0-21.

By half-time Offaly had exerted control when they led by 3-11 to 0-10, with Luke Nolan grabbing two of their goals and Eimphin Kelly the other. Although Ciaran Clarke, Neil McManus, Eoghan Campbell and Eoin O’Neill did their best to pull the game out of the fire, Offaly never lost their grip on proceedings.

Down and Donegal will meet in the Conor McGurk Hurling Cup final on Wednesday night following their semi-final wins over Louth and UUJ at the week-end.

Ronan Sheehan’s Mourne county outfit were in unstoppable form against Louth in romping to a 5-30 to 0-11 victory after leading by 3-14 to 0-6 at half-time. Ruairi McCrickard, Pearse Og McCrickard, Eoghan Sands, Paul Sheehan, Donal Hughes and Niall Fitzsimmons all had leading roles in their team’s surge into the decider.

Donegal were also relatively untroubled in accounting for UUJ by 3-26 to 1-17 although the students managed to remain in touch in the first-half.

Cavan side Denn will represent Ulster in the All-Ireland Club Intermediate football championship following their comfortable 3-16 to 2-6 win over St Brendan’s, Manchester yesterday. Sean Donohoe, Caolain McCabe and Jamie Reilly scored Denn’s goals.

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In the Ulster Colleges’ MacRory Cup competition, St Patrick’s, Maghera booked their place in the semi-finals when they fought back to overcome a gritty St Patrick’s, Cavan by 0-17 to 1-12 after having been in arrears by 1-7 to 0-6 at half-time.

Their near neighbours St Mary’s Magherafelt proved convincing 2-18 to 0-9 winners over St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon to also secure their place in the last four. Conchuir Johnston’s two goals were central to their win.

There was disappointment for Ulster ladies champions Donaghmoyne when they were beaten by Kilkerrin-Clonberne in yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final by 2-8 to 0-8.


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