Derry champions Banagher underlined their spirit and fierce commitment in getting the better of Armagh outfit Middletown by 1-11 to 0-10 in the semi-final of the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship at Corrigan Park, Belfast.
Banagher, with Liam Eoin Campbell a rich source of scores from frees, led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time despite having lost Oisin McCluskey to a red card in the 14th minute, but when Middletown’s Nathan Curry suffered a similar fate in the 42nd minute Banagher stepped up their effort.
A Pauric McCloskey goal in injury-time complemented seven points in all from Campbell while Dean Gaffney landed five points for defeated Middletown.
Meanwhile in the other Intermediate Hurling semi-final Lisbellaw turned in an impressive performance to overcome Eire Og, Carrickmore by 1-17 to 0-10.
Sean Corrigan swooped for seven Lisbellaw points, Ciaran Corrigan landed the only goal of the game along with three points and Brian Jones, Daniel Teague, John Duffy and Tom Keenan all shared in their team’s scoring spree.
Dermot Begley did his best to boost Eire Og by playing a big part in keeping them in touch at half-time when it was 0-7 each, but they were to post just three points after the break.
In the Ulster club junior hurling championship semi-finals Armagh champions Craobh Rua got the better of Con Magee’s (Antrim) by 0-14 to 0-11 while Carrickmacross just managed to edge out Derry city club Na Magha by 2-13 to 0-18.
Tiarnan O’Hare emerged as man of the match by scoring 10 points for Craobh Rua with Fionnán Burns another to make a useful contribution while Niall Donnelly, James Duffin and Conleth O’Loan tried hard for Con Magee’s who led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval before O’Hare cut loose again after half-time.
Carrickmacross were pushed all the way by Na Magha before scrambling over the line with second-half goals from Luke McKenna and Shane Slevin underpinning their efforts.
The Ulster cub junior football championship semi-finals saw Donegal champions Downings overcome Monaghan representatives Sean McDermotts by 1-9 to 0-8 while Cavan title-holders Denn squeezed past Derry kingpins Desertmartin by 2-7 to 1-9.