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Shane McNaughton's fitness a fillip for Cushendall

By Declan Bogue

The biggest match on the club scene this weekend is the rescheduled Loughgiel Shamrocks and Ruairi Óg Cushendall Antrim semi-final, which has been set for tomorrow in Dunloy (1.00pm).

The first game last weekend was cancelled shortly after half-time when Paddy Watson, father of Shamrocks and former Antrim All-Star nominee Liam, had a heart attack at the ground. As a magnanimous gesture, the Antrim county board are donating all gate receipts to the Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association.

Loughgiel were 0-8 to 0-3 down at half-time during the first game. County champions Cushendall had expected a huge battle with their keen rivals and with Shane McNaughton making his way back to full fitness, along with the assurance of having beaten this present Loughgiel side, they remain favourites.

Derry host their hurling final in Owenbeg today (2.30pm) with defending champions Slaughtneil taking the hard route to the final in beating Kevin Lynch's in the semi. They now meet 2012 champions Swatragh.

Elsewhere in the Oak Leaf County, the football Championship enters the quarter-finals.

In Armagh, Killeavey face Armagh Harps in the senior Championship and benefit from Ciaron O'Hanlon's return after playing football in America this summer.

However, a recent league meeting between the two yielded a 13-point win for the Harps and the same outcome is expected here.

In Fermanagh, it took a late salvo from Sean Quigley to rescue Roslea's title as they scraped to a draw against Erne Gaels. The champions are unlikely to fall in this weekend's replay and should progress to the final, where they will meet Derrygonnelly Harps.

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