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St Gall's on the trophy trail targeting a rare double

By John Campbell

Four years ago St Gall's were crowned All-Ireland club football champions.

And right now the west Belfast outfit is very much on the trophy trail once again.

Having lifted the All-Ireland club football Sevens trophy in Dublin last Saturday, St Galls will now switch their focus to a chase for the Antrim football and hurling championship titles.

They will meet Cushendall in the hurling decider at Ballycastle tomorrow and await the winners of the Cargin v St Teresa's semi-final in the football decider.

While Cushendall are favourites to lift a 12th hurling crown due to their depth of experience and the fact they've beaten Dunloy and Loughgiel to date, St Gall's are unfazed at the challenge from a north Antrim side managed by Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton.

The Saffrons legend will look to Neil McManus, Conor Carson, Aaron Graffin, Donal McNaughton, Eddie Campbell and Christy McNaughton to underpin his side, but Gall's can take their inspiration from Karl Stewart, CJ McGourty and Jackson McGreevy.

Stewart in particular has been in fine form in the championship to date and his experience and finishing skills will help to underpin St Gall's challenge.

While hurling success at senior level is something of a rarity for St Gall's, their dominance of the Antrim football landscape is absolute.

They are going for their eighth successive title which would be a record although they are taking nothing for granted.

Their likely final opponents are Cargin who could carry too much experience and power for St Teresa's in tomorrow's 'semi' at Ballymena (1.30pm).

St Teresa's did cause an upset when they overcame St John's and they will parade a number of fine players including Aaron Thompson, Steven Carey, Paul Johnston, Philly Maguire, Colm McGoldrick, Brendan Agnew and Joe Rainey.

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