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Back In The Day - Antrim claim deserved clean sweep of Ulster hurling titles - The Irish News, July 18, 1999

Antrim Captain Karl Keegan holds the Christy Ring Cup after beating Carlow. But on this day 20 years ago, he was lifting the Ulster U21 Hurling Championship.
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Ulster U21 Hurling Championship final: Antrim 2-14 Derry 0-12

ANTRIM thoroughly deserved their eight point winning margin in Ballinascreen yesterday as they completed their clean sweep of Ulster hurling titles.

Karl McKeegan came in for Alec Watt and Antrim made and some positional switches before the start.

However, Watt was introduced after just five minutes for the unfortunate Sean Kelly who was substituted.

The Glensmen adapted better to the slippery conditions and were always first to the ball.

Their half-back line were solid and thwarted many Derry attacks, they also contributed four points to the winning total.

The Slaughtneil boys in the full-back line fought hard, but Derry really had no answer to Antrim’s half-backs.

Their fielding was superb at times and they certainly will give any forward line they meet a torrid time.

Antrim looked sharper and fitter and left Derry chasing the game for most of the hour.

Antrim: S Reid, M Dallas, M McCambridge, M Kettle, M Currie 0-1, J Flynn 0-1, P Kelly (0-2, 1 free), C Cunning, C Hamill (0-3), P Clare (0-3, 1 free), J McIntosh (0-3, 1 free), S Kelly, K McKeegan (0-1), K McGrath, M McCullough. Subs: A Watt (1-0), for S Kelly (5 mins), K McGourty (1-0) for M McCullough (39 mins), A Brennan for C (Cunning 41 mins).

Derry: J McGeehan, M Kearney, D Kearney, P Kelly, R Lynch, K Collins, P Kelly, K McCloy (0-2), P O’Kane (0-1), P Cartin (0-1), R Kennedy, D Lockart (0-4), E Farren, E Murray, P McCloskey (0-4, 3 frees) Subs: A McGlade for K Collins (30 mins), P Hearty for R Kennedy (43 mins), P McVeigh for E Murray (56 mins). Ref: N Gribben (Down).



Dunloy ditch Loughgiel

DUNLOY collected their fourth Antrim Senior Championship title in six years after a 5-15 to 1-6 win over their neighbours Loughgiel at Rasharkin yesterday.

The game was well beyond Loughgiel’s reach at half-time with Dunloy leading 3-9 to 0- 3, with Dunloy’s first half goals coming from Una Elliot, Majella McMullan and a superb long range free from full-back Sinead McMullan ended up in the Loughgiel net.

Noelle McCarry’s early goal for Loughgiel in the second half gave their supporters hope for a few minutes until an in-form Una Elliot goaled for Dunloy.

Dunloy were strong throughout the pitch. Ciara McKinley, their 15-year-old goalkeeper, played like a veteran in this position.

Their defence was solid while the Loughgiel forward line, which included Grace McMullan and Ursula Culbertson, failed to ignite.

The midfield battle was well won by Dunloy – both Elaine Dowds and Edel Mason gaining control over Catriona Higgins and Donna McBride.

The Dunloy forward line were much too classy for a Loughgiel defence that was much too slow on the day.

Nine Dunloy players got their name on the scoreline including the full-back.

They now play the winners of Liatroim v Lavey.

Dunloy scorers: Una Elliot (3-1), Majella McMullan (1-1), Ann McKee (0-6), Sinead McMullan (1-0), Edel Mason (0-3), Elaine Dowds, Brenda Kearns, Clare Maguire (0-1).

Loughgiel scorers: Noelle McCarrey (1-3), Catriona Higgins (0-3).

Referee: Aoife Woods (Armagh).



HOLDERS Liatroim Fontenoys easily qualified for the quarter-final of the Ulster Club Championship with a comprehensive 13-24 to 2-1 victory over the Fermanagh champions Teemore in Fontenoy Park yesterday.

Liatroim scorers: M McAleenan (5-8), C McCrickard (4-3), M Murray (1-3), L McCrickard (0-4), R O’Higgins (2-1), L Quinn (0-2), S McGovern (0-2), C McGovern (1-1).

Teemore Scorers: C Flanagan (1-0), A Fitzpatrick (0-1), G Fitzpatrick (1-0)

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