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Niall Smith bound for Boston after Ulster final victory

Andy Watters

NIALL Smith saw off a determined challenge from Austin McKeown to win the Novice One Ulster Championship in Eglish on Sunday.

McKeown was a shade unlucky with his first bowl and Smith took a 30-yard lead before McKeown launched a comeback at the halfway stage. But there was no stopping Smith who continued to hit every sap and break records over the Eglish course.

Credit must be given to Austin McKeown as he didn't do much wrong, but Smith has now won his fourth Ulster title and booked himself on the plane for Boston to contest in the All-Ireland final in October.


Sunday, May 20

Junior A:

Chapel, 11am: Darren Donnelly v Philip Corrigan

Knipe's, 11.45am: Boys Under 14: Matthew Killen v Cathal Maguire


Friday, May 18

Boys U18 Ulster Championship (Village 7pm) Patrick Carr v Eugene McVeigh; Bagnalls 7.45pm: Jake Cullen v Eoin Murphy

Sunday, May 20

Paul Dobbin Trophy, Currans 10.30am: Paddy Donnelly v PD Donnelly; McGrails 11.15am: JD Donnelly v Gareth Lavery; Currans 12pm: Martin Toal v Rhys Daly; Bagnalls 12.30pm, Boys' U18 Ulster Championship: Darragh Kinchen v J B Clinton

Bol Chumann Na Meirleach

Tuesday, May 15

Felons Tournament, sponsored by Viva Bar, 6.30pm Challenge Patrick Wilson & Paul Murphy v Ryan Gamble & Martin Malone, 7pm Challenge Bilko Quigley v Erin Connolly; Thursday, May 17: 6.30pm G1 Joe Shortt v David Devlin; 7pm Challenge Pete Murphy & Darragh Hughes v Malachy Quigley & Malachy Lappin jnr; Saturday, May 19: 1pm G1 Peter Clinton v Colm Rafferty; 1.30pm G3B Eamon Nugent v Erin Connolly; Sunday, May 20: 11am Grade 3A Final Karl Ó Conghaile v Stephen Doran v Ike Gribben; 11.30am G3B Roberto v Gerard Darragh; Tuesday, May 22: 6.30pm Odhran Rafferty v Ronan Toal


Thursday, May 17

U16 girls' Championship, sponsored by Philip White Tyres, shop lane 7:15pm Courtney Fisher v Shannon Maguire.

Saturday, May 19

U16 girls' Championship, sponsored by Philip White Tyres, shop lane: 3pm Caoimhe Rafferty v Annie McVeigh.

Sunday, May 20

Novice 2 Championship final, sponsored by Philip White Tyres: Barry O'Reilly v Conor Grimley

Keady Tassagh

Sunday, May 20

11am Philip Corrigan v Martin McGaughey (+1shot); 12pm: Gerry Rafferty (k) v Patrick Carr.

Tieve Tara

Sunday, May 20

Boys' U16, 11am Eugene McVeigh v Oisin Kearney; 12pm challenge; 2pm U16 Boys' Cathal McGuire v Tristan Lyttle; 3pm challenge

Rock Road Fixture's

Friday, May 18

6.45pm Pat Mallon v Sean Dillan; 7.30pm Gerard Rafferty v Frank Donnelly

Monday, May 21

6.45pm Paddy O'Neill v Keith Campbell; 7.30pm book score Raymond Finnegan v Malachy Lappin


Saturday, May 19

Ulster U12 Championship, sponsored by Philip White Tyres, 3pm (Moy Point): Niall Stevenson v Niall Gribben; 3.40pm (McKenna's Lane) Karl Donnelly v Jack Hughes; 4.20pm (Moy Point) Joshua O'Neill v Ciaran Corrigan; 5pm (McKenna's Lane) Eoin McVeigh v Dylan Connolly; 5.40pm (Moy Point) Diarmud Grimley v Shay Hughes

Sunday 20th May:

Ulster Junior B Championship

Sponsored by Philip White Tyres

11am - Moy Point;

Gabriel McElvanna v David Devlin

11.40am - Horse Sign;

Shane Feighan v Mickey Rafferty

1.30pm - Moy Point;

Caolan Garvey v Rohan Rafferty


Sunday, May 20

Martin McKeown Memorial Cup, sponsored by Austin McKeown & Gavin Hannaway

11.15am: David Devlin vs Ronan Toal, 11.45am: John Quigley vs Mark O'Rourke, 12.15pm: James Devlin vs Franko Oliver, 12.45pm: £5 a man Challenge

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