Ulster U21HC: Antrim and Down advance to final

July 16, 2014

Antrim huddle before the 2013 All Ireland U21 hurling decider against Clare. INPHO
Antrim and Down will meet in the Ulster U21 hurling final after wins over Derry and Armagh respectively.

In tonight's semi-finals, the Ardsmen defeated Armagh by 3-24 to 3-7 at Newry, while the Glensmen roared to a 3-23 to 0-10 victory over Derry in Ballycastle.

Ciaran Clarke had the Saffrons up and running with a goal after 70 seconds and substitute Saul McCaughan added two second-half majors as they eased into the decider.

With the neighbouring counties notching 6-47 between them tonight, it looks like the final could be a high-scoring affair!

Antrim - C Butler; T O'Ciarain, P Burke, F Donnelly; J McGreevy, E Campbell, M Bradley (0-2); D McGuinness (0-1), M Dudley; D McCloskey (0-3), R McCambridge (0-2), N McKenna (0-3); C Clarke (1-7, 0-2f, 1'65), J O'Connell (0-2), Stephen McAfee. Subs: Sean McAfee for Stephen McAfee, N McNaughton for D McGuinness, S McCaughan (2-1) for D McCloskey, C McNaughton (0-2) for J McGreevy, S Rooney for N McKenna.

Derry - M Taggart; E Crossan, N Farren, N McCallion; R Farren, B McGilligan, M Warnock; T McCloskey (0-1), B Douban; N O'Neill, J O'Dwyer (0-3), P Bradley; T O'Kane (0-1), S Farren (0-5f), L Murphy. Sub: P McSorley for N McCallion.

Referee - J Clarke.

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Down - S Savage; B Byers, R Brannigan, G O'Neill; J McGrath, C O'Neill (0-1), M McCullough; J McManus (0-3), S Mageean; P Mason (0-9, 5f), B Nicholson (2-1), L Savage (0-1); C Fitzsimmons, M Nicholson (1-2), E Sands (0-4). Subs: J Doran (0-2) for C Fitzsimmons, J Crowe for S Savage, D Gilliland for M McCullough, D Freer (0-1) for G O'Neill.

Armagh - L McGrane; M McAvoy, P Duffy, P McKearney; N Anscombe, S Renaghan, C McAnallen (0-1f); N Green (0-2f), T Lennon; G McKeown, T Nevin (1-0), C Duffy (0-2); D McKenna (1-0), D McCreesh, C Gorman (1-1). Subs: R Conway for T Lennon, C Farrell (0-1) for D McCreesh, J Brennan for P McKearney, N Gannon for C Duffy.

Referee - O Elliott.


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