Loughgiel 2-18 0-8 Ballycran

Loughgiel's Joey Scullion moves clear of Patrick Hughes in the Ulster final
Loughgiel's Joey Scullion moves clear of Patrick Hughes in the Ulster final

Loughgiel retained the Ulster senior club hurling title with a comfortable victory in Sunday's decider at a rain-lashed Casement Park.

Ballycran had the wind advantage in the first half but they failed to make it count and Antrim champions Loughgiel led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.

Eddie McCloskey scored Loughgiel's opening goal early in the second half with a dipping shot under the bar.

Loughgiel surged clear and James Campbell netted in injury-time.

Clonoe stayed in touch with Loughgiel in the first half but that all changed on the restart.

McCloskey's goal was followed by two points from Joey Scullion and from here it was a stroll for the holders.

Loughgiel go through to the All-Ireland club semi-finals, where they will play the winners of the Munster championship.

"To win two Ulster finals in a row is just great - Ballycran are a formidable team and the scoreline probably flatters us," said Loughgiel captain Johnny Campbell.

"We had to concentrate on our own game and it worked out on the day.

"It is going to be a very tough task for us mo matter who wins the Munster title."

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