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In the the group stages of the Antrim Hurling Championship, title holders Dunloy, having been held to two previous draws, really opened up against St John's on the Whiterock Road and hit 4-19 to 1-17 (stock photo)

In the the group stages of the Antrim Hurling Championship, title holders Dunloy, having been held to two previous draws, really opened up against St John's on the Whiterock Road and hit 4-19 to 1-17 (stock photo)

In the the group stages of the Antrim Hurling Championship, title holders Dunloy, having been held to two previous draws, really opened up against St John's on the Whiterock Road and hit 4-19 to 1-17 (stock photo)

Ulster and Down champions Kilcoo found the going tough in the last group stage game of the Down Championship last night, going down to Warrenpoint by the slenderest of margins, 0-10 to 0-9.

This leaves Kilcoo now in round three of the Championship while Warrenpoint advance to the quarter-final.

There was a bit of controversy in the meeting of Castlewellan and Burren at Mayobridge when the referee opted to start a half without Castlewellan lined up on the pitch. Burren withstood the challenge to win by six points, 0-14 to 0-8.

Clonduff and Bryansford went to extra-time, with Steven Poacher's Bryansford squeezing home on a 2-14 to 0-17 scoreline.

In the the group stages of the Antrim Hurling Championship, title holders Dunloy, having been held to two previous draws, really opened up against St John's on the Whiterock Road and hit 4-19 to 1-17.

Conal Cunning, Kevin Molloy and Seaan Elliott were among the goals for Gregory O'Kane's men and Mickey Johnstone's side, who many have fancied to come good this season, had no answer to them.

Another side that looked good in the early part of the group stages have been Loughgiel and they made no mistake in killing off St Enda's, who have found this level of hurling a step up after winning the county and Ulster Intermediate titles last year.

James McNaughton grabbed the first goal and Eddie McCloskey once again followed up with the second for Hugh McCann's men as they finished up double scores, 2-24 to 1-12.

St Gall's have also had a hard time in the thinner air, and Cushendall were in no mood to be charitable to them, drilling home 3-19 to 2-5 on the board.

O'Donovan Rossa showed their resurgence in form in drawing with Dunloy was not out of the blue, and they enjoyed a famous win away from home against Ballycastle, hitting a brilliant 4-14 to 1-15.

The quarter finals are now St John's v St Gall's, the winners of that meeting Loughgiel in the semi-final, while O'Donovan Rossa face Cushendall, with Dunloy meeting whoever comes out of that.

In Derry, they were completing the last round of their league section of the Championship and defending champions O'Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt were in commanding form beating Banagher 2-10 to 0-10.

Old stagers Slaughtneil will still be a huge threat. They were meeting an emerging Lavey and crushed them 3-16 to 2-5. However, Lavey were not at full strength for this one.

Coleraine got the better of Kilrea 1-10 to 2-6, while there was something of a surprise at the margin with Newbridge beating Bellaghy 2-7 to 0-8.

Last year's beaten finalists Glen beat Ballinderry 0-14 to 0-9.

Meanwhile, holders Clontibret have been dumped out of the Monaghan SFC.

Inniskeen Grattans poached two late goals to send Clontibret reeling out of the series - Inniskeen 2-8, Clontibret 0-11.

The only certainty going into yesterday's final round of games was that Scotstown and Ballybay were through to the semi-finals as winners of their respective groups. But there was a hint of controversy even before a ball was kicked as Truagh were through to the quarter-finals after Castleblayney conceded their game to them.

Elsewhere, Carrickmacross enjoyed a relatively easy victory over Latton to book their place in the quarter-finals. Latton now face a relegation play-off against Donaghmoyne.

Carrickmacross ran out comfortable winners, by 1-13 to 0-9, while the other game between the two sides promoted from intermediate ranks last year, Magheracloone defeated Donaghmoyne 1-16 to 2-7.

Belfast Telegraph