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All at Eoghan Ruadh chipped in, maintains Casey

Damien Casey
Damien Casey
John Campbell

By John Campbell

When it comes to racking up scores in hurling matches that matter, Damien Casey can hold his own with the best of them.

Whether it be for his club Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon or Tyrone, Casey can be relied upon to deliver the goods when the chips are down.

And it's his unerring accuracy that is one of the main reasons why Eoghan Ruadh will now square up to Terence McNaughton's fired-up St Enda's side in the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship final on November 16.

Casey was at his brilliant best in his team's 1-16 to 0-15 win over Lamh Dhearg, Keady in their weekend semi-final, his stunning 0-12 contribution ensuring that the Red Hand representatives took a step nearer provincial glory.

Keifer Morgan scored the only goal of the game and while Stephen Renaghan, James King and Joby Burke did their best for Keady, Eoghan Ruadh held firm in a tense finish.

Afterwards, the outstanding Casey emphasised that it was essentially a team performance that took Eoghan Ruadh through to the Ulster decider.

"I thought that everyone played their part and boys did a lot of hard work to create scoring chances for me. There is a good spirit within our team and obviously we would hope that this will be seen to good effect in the final. Not only would we like to win for our own sake but we would like to flash out a message on behalf of Tyrone hurling," said Casey.

For their part, St Enda's were forced to pull out all the stops in extra-time to fend off the feisty challenge of Down champions Bredagh (0-18 to 0-16) in the other semi-final clash.

John McGoldrick, veteran Philly Curran, Mark Donaghy and Ruairi Donaghy were to the fore for the Glengormley outfit, while skipper Ian Galway did his best to inspire Bredagh, who showed tremendous courage and resilience throughout what was an absorbing contest.

Galway's string of points kept his side in the picture for long spells, but it wasn't to be.

In the Ulster Club Junior Championship, the final pairing will see Eoghan Rua (Coleraine) and Newry Shamrocks go head-to-head.

The Coleraine side were much too sharp and penetrative for Monaghan champions Inniskeen and fully deserved their 0-23 to 0-8 semi-final win.

The north west side were quickly into their stride and their clinical finishing ensured that they remained in the driving seat.

In the other semi-final, Down title holders Newry Shamrocks proved their worth by overcoming Antrim outfit Gort na Mona by 0-16 to 1-9.

The Newry side were reined in by their opponents at one stage but managed to hold sway during the final quarter.

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