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Mourne hurlers breeze through to final showdown with UUJ Jordanstown

By Declan Bogue

Marty Mallon's bright new beginnings with Down hurlers got another nice little shove along the road when they trounced Conor McGurk semi-final opponents Derry on a scoreline of 1-28 to 0-9.

Much the hungrier side throughout Saturday's game, just like their footballing counterparts they were actually two points ahead of Derry opponents within the first minute of the game.

Prior to half-time, they gained a goal through Paul Sheehan, leaving the scoreboard reading 1-16 to 0-5 and from then on, the game was effectively over as a contest, and as a spectacle for Collie McGurk's men.

A man from either side -Down's Conor O'Prey and Derry's Niall Ferris were dismissed just after the goal - following a fractious incident.

Down's Caolan Bailie was strong under the puck out and scored 12 points throughout.

In the other semi-final, University of Ulster Jordanstown, defeated their cross-town rivals Queen's University 3-10 to 1-10, two first half goals for the men from the Shore Road.

The final will be hosted at Queen's on Saturday.

In the Ulster under-21 club Championship, Stewartstown Harps of Tyrone opened proceedings with a win over Donaghmoyne of Monaghan, 1-12 to 0-9 the eventual scoreline in Creggan. A Dan Lowe penalty in the first half made it 1-4 to 0-3 in favour of the Tyrone men, a lead they would not relinquish.

Next weekend will have a double round of fixtures, with Ramor United of Cavan squaring up to perennial contenders, Watty Graham's of Derry.

The other game will feature Mayobridge of Down, up against Crossmaglen Rangers.

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