Ulster Senior Hurling Championship: Antrim to face Armagh in final

Antrim's Daniel McKernan in action against Danny Cullen and Lee Henderson of Donegal
Antrim are one win away from a 16th successive Ulster hurling title

Antrim and Armagh will meet in the Ulster Senior Hurling Final for the second year in a row after semi-final wins on Saturday.

Antrim's quest for a 16th title in a row got off to a brilliant start as they beat Donegal 3-24 to 1-10 at Celtic Park.

In Inniskeen, Armagh edged a keenly-contested local derby with Down on a 1-17 to 2-12 scoreline.

The provincial final will be played on Sunday, 16 April.

Donegal led briefly against the Saffrons after a Davin Flynn goal, but James McNaughton's netted 26th-minute reply handed Antrim a lead they would not relinquish.

Antrim led by 2-9 to 1-5 at half-time, with Loughgiel clubman McNaughton firing a second goal in the 32nd minute.

The reigning champions built up a 15-point lead inside 12 minutes of the restart, with Daniel McKernan scoring their third goal.

Armagh beat Down by two points at Inniskeen
Armagh beat Down by two points at Inniskeen

In the other semi-final, two goals by Malachy Magee helped Down to a 2-5 to 0-7 lead.

Down were reduced to 14 men at this stage, after the dismissal of Caolan Baile in the 25th minute.

A Dylan McKenna goal levelled the tie at 1-10 to 2-7 inside 13 minutes of the restart, with the sides level on three further occasions, until Armagh fired two injury-time points, to ensure a two-point win.

Ulster Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals
Armagh 1-17Down2-12
Antrim3-24Donegal1-10
Shields semi-finals
Tyrone4-18Fermanagh0-10
Monaghan0-9Derry6-28

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