The Ulster Club Hurling Championship continues this upcoming weekend with semi final fixtures across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Hurling grades.
Three clubs from Antrim, three from Down, two from Armagh, two from Derry and one from Monaghan and Tyrone look to secure victory and progress through their Ulster semi-final match ups this weekend and book their places into the Ulster finals.
This Sunday in the Ulster Club Hurling championship, Antrim’s Senior Hurling champions Dunloy will take on Down champions Ballycran at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, with a place in the Ulster Senior Hurling final up for grabs!
The Saffron side Dunloy dethroned last years Antrim Senior Hurling championship winners Cushendall on a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-15 in Ballycastle a few weeks ago.
Conor McKinley, Conal Cunning, Nicky McKeague and Keelan Molloy all impressing for the Cuchullains in this years championship.
While their opponents Ballycran powered past Portaferry in the Down Senior Hurling final this year, on a 1-13 to 1-20 scoreline to cement their status as the kings of Down hurling.
Both sides will face off for a place in the Ulster Senior final against either Derry’s Slaughtneil or Middletown from Armagh who feature in the other semi-final fixture.
This Saturday another Antrim v Down clash will take place in the Ulster Intermediate semi-final at Lamh Dhearg, Hannahstown.
Naomh Eanna and their hurlers have got a taste for success this time around, after their footballers reached the All-Ireland Intermediate final last season. Former Antrim and Cushendall hurler Sambo McNaughton is managing the North-Belfast side this year.
They defeated Carey Faughs by a single point on a 3-14 to 1-17 scoreline in the Antrim Intermediate Hurling final. They went on to beat Banagher in the Ulster quarter-final by a single point, full time score reading 1-10 to 0-12.
While their opponents Bredagh defeated Carryduff 2-13 to 1-8 in the Down Intermediate Hurling final to progress into the Ulster championship. They claimed victory over Castleblaney in the Ulster quarter-final with a 2-11 to 0-13 win, to book their place in the Ulster semi-final.
Both sides will look to book an Ulster Intermediate final spot and will face the winners of Tyrone’s Eoghan Ruadh v Armagh’s Keady in the other semi-final.
Also on Saturday the Ulster Junior Hurling semi-finals will throw-in at 2.30pm in Ballela, with Belfast side Gort Na Mona and Downs Newry Shamrocks battling it out for a place in the Ulster Junior Hurling final.
Gort Na Mona claimed the Antrim Junior Hurling title with a 0-20 to 0-14 point victory over St Paul’s. They then traveled to Donegal to take on Junior champions St Eunan’s in the Ulster quarters, winning that game 1-14 to 1-13 by a single score to book their place in the next round.
Their County Down opponents Newry Shamrocks won the Down Junior Hurling final with a 1-17 to 1-7 convincing victory over Ballela. They also secured victory over Sean Treacy’s in the Ulster quarters with a 1-13 to 0-13 win.
Both sides will square off for a place in the Ulster Junior final against the winner of the Eoghan Rua v Inniskeen other semi-final.
Dunloy (Antrim) v Ballycran (Down)-Senior semi-final
Slaughtneil (Derry) v Middletown (Armagh) -Senior semi-final
Bredagh (Down) v Naomh Eanna (Antrim)-Intermediate semi-final
Eoghan Ruadh (Tyrone) v Keady Lamh Dhearg (Armagh)-Intermediate semi-final
Gort Na Mona (Antrim) v Newry Shamrocks (Down)-Junior semi-final
Eoghan Rua (Derry) v Inniskeen (Monaghan)-Junior semi-final
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