Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final
Davitt’s v All Saints
The first of this year’s championships continues tonight with the semi-finals of the Junior B Hurling Championship where holder All Saints face Davitt’s at Tir na nOg at 7-30 while at the same time Latharna Og take on Loch Mor Dal gCais at Feystown.
Holders All Saints reached this year’s semi-final with a resounding win over Ardoyne at Hightown in the quarter-final but they are likely to face a much stiffer test tonight against Michael Davitt’s who defeated St. Agnes in the other quarter-final.
These sides met in the 2017 decider and on that occasion Davitt’s emerged victorious but an improving All Saints claimed last year’s title and tonight’s game has all the makings of a tight contest.
Davitt’s withstood a second half comeback by St Agnes’ in their quarter final at St Teresa’s to book a place in tonight’s semi-final. They were five up at half time and had appeared to be comfortable when they stretched their lead to seven during the second half but the Aggies were able to stay in touch by grabbing goals and twice got it back to just two, and even had the chance to snatch it with a Kevin Grieve injury time free.
However Davitt’s were deserving winners and had they have shown a bit more accuracy then they would have had the game wrapped up much earlier and they will need to sharpen up in that department before facing holders All Saints in tonight’s semi-final.
Stephen McGivern with 0-6, Gearoid Cosgrove, 1-2 and Ciaran Rice, 1-1 were the danger men for Davitt’s and will need some watching by the Ballymena defence.
All Saints weren’t really pushed against Ardoyne in their quarter-final and with a strong wind in their favour they had the contest more or less tied up by half time. Chris McAffee, Damian Gillan, Cormac Magill, Liam Cassley, Colum Neeson, Luke O’Rawe, Niall McGarry and Ciaran Neeson are the men who will carry the greatest threat for the Slemish Park side.
IMPROVING LATHARNA OG COULD EDGE OTHER SEMI-FINAL
Junior B Hurling Championship B Semi-Final
Latharna Og v Loch Mor Dal gCais
Latharna Og of Larne made their return to ACHL Division 4 action this year and have acquitted themselves well. They meet a Loch Mor Dal gCais side who have struggled for results despite turning in a number of creditable performances in tonight’s semi-final at Feystown.
The sides met in the league at Brustin Braes a number of weeks back and on that occasion Latharna Og came out tops in a high scoring game but Loch Mor showed in glimpses just what they are capable of.
The game finished 4-19 to 1-13 in favour of the home side with Matthews, Lismore, McNeill and Lismore again the Lathara Og goal scorers with the Loch Mor goal coming from McDonnell after good work by Darragh and Drayne.
The Larne men have recorded five wins in their 12 outings in a very competitive division 4 with a win over All Saints in Ballymena perhaps their best result to date and they will start this one as firm favourites against a Loch Mor Dal gCais side who have recorded only one win in the league to date.
Championship and league can be entirely different things and with nothing to lose this one could be closer that you think but the Larne men should go through to possibly another meeting with All Saints in the final.