This Sunday the Antrim and Down Club Hurling Finals take place. Who will be crowned Antrim and Down Senior Hurling champions for 2019?
On Sunday at 3pm in Ballycastle, currently Antrim Hurling champions and last years All-Ireland semi-finalists Cushendall will face a Dunloy side that have won the league for the past two years and the Championship in 2017.
This is a repeat of the final from two years ago in which Dunloy won with a 20 minutes of breath-taking hurling against Cushendall, before losing to Slaughtneil in the Ulster championship.
The ever reliable free-taker Neil McManus will be looked towards for inspiration, with the experienced trio of Eoghan Campbell, Paddy Burke and Aaron Graffin leading the line.
Fergus Mc Cambridge has been a revelation with Alex Delargy and Paddy McGill showing glimpses of brilliance.
The talent coming through the ranks in Dunloy has been no secret with four minor championship winning sides in a row.
Former Antrim Hurling captain Conor McKinley sets the tone at full back in-front of keeper Ryan Elliot.
The experience of Paul Shiels and Kevin Molloy, while Conal Cunning, Keelan Molloy and Eoin O’Neill are not the finished article but are three of the brightest attacking talents in the county.
This should be a cracking game and one with a fine margin. It’s anyone’s game to win on the day!
The second game on Sunday at 3.30pm in Ballygalget sees current champions Ballycran looking to retain their crown against Portaferry who haven’t won the Down Hurling championship from 2014.
Both sides play in the Antrim leagues with Portaferry in Division 1A and Ballycran featuring in Division 1B. This past season Portaferry were relegated from the top tier of 1A with rivals Ballycran taking their place with promotion from 1B.
A storied rivalry for the Down natives will be settled for another year in Sunday’s final. The winner of the Antrim and Down SHC finals will go on to face each other in the Ulster Senior Hurling championship next month.
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