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Loughgiel set up clash with holders Cushendall in Antrim Senior Hurling Championship

By John Campbell

Loughgiel will now get to cross swords with reigning champions Cushendall in the semi-finals of the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship following their victory over a gritty St Gall's side while Cushendall disposed of St John's.

Loughgiel were put to the test in the first-half of their tie as St Gall's led at the break by 0-11 to 0-7, but when Joey Scullion, Tony McCloskey and Shay Casey moved into top gear in the second-half Loughgiel gained considerable momentum.

Dan McCloskey's goal proved a timely fillip and, with Scullion helping himself to 10 points, the team finished strongly to shorten the odds on their chances of regaining the title.

Loughgiel won the All-Ireland club title three years ago but lived in the shadow of Cushendall last year and are determined to ascend the Antrim throne again - for starters.

Slaughtneil booked their place in another Derry senior hurling final against Swatragh by overcoming Kevin Lynch's in extra-time in an enthralling semi-final.

The sides were deadlocked at 1-10 each at the end of normal time and Slaughtneil managed to just hold on to win by a point (1-16 to 1-15).

Swatragh showed considerable character and no little skill in edging past Lavey by 0-17 to 2-8 with Mickey Kilpatrick landing 11 of their points from frees and play.

In a tense finish, Swatragh held their nerve to cross the line just ahead of their opponents.

Meanwhile, Derry marched into the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship semi-finals when they beat Carlow by 5-9 to 2-5 at Mullahoran yesterday afternoon.

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