Cushendall and Ballycran to meet in Ulster club hurling final

Cushendall overcome Loughgiel in Antrim decider

Cushendall defeated Loughgiel to set up an Ulster club hurling decider against Ballycran, who stunned provincial champions Slaughtneil.

The Antrim title was secured by Cushendall thanks to a 2-12 to 0-15 scoreline in the Ballycastle decider.

Paddy Burke and Conor Carson netted the decisive goals for Cushendall.

Down side Ballycran produced a major shock by easing to a 4-15 to 1-14 win over holders Slaughtneil in the Ulster semi-final at Corrigan Park.

Ballycran made a strong start and James Coyle's goal put them four points in front before they netted again through Niall Breen after 20 minutes.

Slaughtneil improved before the break and a goal from Meehaul McGrath saw them trail 2-6 to 1-7 at the interval.

Ballycran regained control on the restart with Christopher Egan and Coyle finding the net to ensure a comfortable win.

It was a closer affair in Ballycastle with Cushendall two points back before Burke hit the opening goal on 23 minutes.

Conor Carson scored Cushendall's second goal in the three-point victory on Sunday
Conor Carson scored Cushendall's second goal in the three-point victory on Sunday

Donal McNaughton's third point ensured Cushendall held a 1-8 to 0-9 advantage at half-time.

Neil McManus extended the gap to three but Loughgiel scores from James McNaughton and Daniel McCloskey made it a one-point game.

Carson struck the second goal with 10 minutes left and it gave Cushendall the cushion to secure the county crown and a place in the Ulster decider.

AIB Ulster Club Hurling Championship semi-final
Slaughtneil 1-14Ballycran4-15
Bathshack Antrim Club Hurling Championship final
Cushendall2-12Loughgiel 0-15

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