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Shamrocks see off Middletown for final place

Loughgiel 1-25

Middletown 0-12

LOUGHGIEL Shamrocks will meet Portaferry in the Ulster Club Hurling final after comfortably seeing off the challenge of Armagh contenders Middletown at Casement Park this afternoon (Sunday).

In the first of two back-to-back semis, Portaferry beat Swatragh 0-23 to 1-6.

Eddie McCloskey notched 1-6, with Liam Watson scoring 0-8 as All-Ireland champions Loughgiel beat Middletown 1-25 to 0-12 in the second semi-final.

Middletown stayed in touch early as two Ryan Gaffney frees left the scores 0-2 to 0-2, but Benny McCarry’s four points from play helped the All-Ireland champions move into a 0-12 to 0-5 lead by the interval.

McCloskey kicked in Loughgiel’s goal two minutes into the second half and it was largely one-way traffic for the remainder of the game.

The impressive McCarry completed his tally of 0-6 after two more efforts from play which complemented the scoring hauls of Watson and McCloskey.

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