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Neal McAuley targets Antrim success after Scottish victory

By John Campbell

Antrim ace Neal McAuley played a leading role in helping Ireland to overcome Scotland in the Hurling/Shinty International at Croke Park on Saturday but rather than immerse himself in the celebrations, the Ballycastle man immediately turned his attentions to another twin goal.

Having just become a father for the second time three weeks ago, McAuley was keen to re-focus on his domestic duties as well as setting his sights on what he hopes will be better times for his county now that P J O'Mullan has been appointed manager.

McAuley certainly flashed out the message that he still has plenty to offer by the manner in which he helped to shackle the Scotland attack in the second-half and naturally he was relieved to see Shane Nolan and Eoin Price sweep over late scores that sealed Ireland's victory by 16 (2-1-8) to 14 (2-4-0).

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"It was great to win. I missed the first game last month because Cillian's birth was imminent so it was good to play a part in Saturday's tie. Now it's back to helping out at home and I am also looking forward to starting the new season with Antrim," declared McAuley.

Zane Keenan posted 1-5 for Ireland in the first-half and Patrick Maher scored a second goal to help maintain their momentum with Fraser Heath and Kevin Bartlett grabbing Scotland's goals.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny hurling icon D J Carey was the centre of attention at Pairc Esler, Newry following his participation in the Kilkenny Legends v Ulster Select Team showpiece fixture organised by the St Peter's, Warrenpoint club.

Carey revealed some of the style and sublime finishing skills that have long since earned him a special place in the annals of the sport. He stayed out on the pitch for over an hour after the match signing hurley sticks for dozens of youngsters.

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