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Creggan Kickhams crowned champions after Eire Og win

Creggan 2-12 Eire Og 1-7

By John Martin

Creggan Kickhams claimed the Ulster intermediate hurling championship title yesterday with a deserved eight-point win over Tyrone's Carrickmore at Owenbeg - just two years after winning the junior crown.

Goals from Conor McCann and Conor Small helped the Antrim side to victory. Creggan led by seven points at the break, 1-9 to 1-2, with Sean Og Grogan grabbing Carrickmore's major. Carrickmore brought the game to within five points midway through the second half, but Small's goal put the game beyond doubt.

The game was evenly matched in the opening 10 minutes with Sam Maguire and Aidan Kelly exchanging points, however, Creggan would then add 1-8 without reply to open up an 11-point margin.

Oran McCann, Kevin Rice and Maguire added points before Conor McCann rattled the net for a 1-5 to 0-1 lead for the Antrim side.

The pick of the first half points came from Small on 22 minutes when firing over from a tight angle and Ruairi McCann then added his name to the growing list of Creggan scorers.

Carrickmore hauled themselves back into contention in the third quarter, outscoring Kickhams by 0-4 to 0-2.

However, the hammer blow for the Tyrone men came on 50 minutes when Small fired to the net.

Rice added a fine point from play to make it a double scores game, 2-12 to 1-6, as the final whistle approached, but there was enough time for Justin Kelly to add a consolation score from a '65'.

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