Loughgiel and Ballycran triumph in hurling finals

Loughgiel celebrate their victory over Cushendall at Casement Park
Loughgiel celebrate their victory over Cushendall at Casement Park

Loughgiel retained the Antrim Hurling Club Championship and Ballycran won the Down title for a 23rd time in Sunday's county finals.

Loughgiel finished strongly to beat Cushendall 1-14 to 0-14 at Casement Park in Belfast and secure back-to-back titles for the first time since 1971.

A Liam Watson penalty followed by three unanswered points sealed the win.

At Downpatrick, Ballycran just held on to beat Portaferry 1-11 to 0-13 after Kevin McGarry missed a late free.

McGarry, who scored eight points during the game, could have given Portaferry a draw but his effort went wide and the referee blew for full-time.

Portaferry had trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time but hit back to lead 0-13 to 0-11 going into stoppage-time.

Then Ballycran grabbed a crucial goal through Scott Nicholson to win by one point.

Forward Nicholson scored 1-5 overall for the winners.