AIB Ulster Senior Hurling Club Championship Semi-Final
Dunloy vs Ballycran (Down)
Sunday October 26 @ The Athletic Grounds, Armagh
Throw In: 2:30pm
By Brendan McTaggart
The Cuchullains get back on the championship trail tomorrow
after a long wait from the county final.
It’s not the ideal scenario but let’s face it, you would rather be
waiting four weeks for your next competitive game of hurling than 24
weeks. That’s the general consensus
around Dunloy as they cast their gaze and prepare for a tilt at the provincial
On Sunday, they travel to the Cathedral City and make their
way to the Atheltic Grounds with the Four Seasons Cup on their mind. In their way, Ballycran. The Down champions reached the Ulster series
by overcoming Portaferry in the Mourne County final and come into the semi with
redemption on their mind.
12 months ago, the Cran caused a huge upset when they
dethroned Slaughtneil at the semi-final stage.
The Derry men had seemed unstoppable until that point but Ballycran had
10 points to spare over them on the day in Corrigan Park. Where the redemption comes in, is their
performance in the final against Cushendall.
An eight point defeat but a tale of missed frees, missed goal chances
and essentially a missed opportunity.
There are those who would tell you the final score flattered the
Ruairi’s on the day. They will travel to
Armagh with a hunger to prove they are better than they showed on the day.
Paudie Flynn at centre half is their lynchpin and
orchestrates their defence with Brett and Scott Nicholson also key for the
Cran. Colum McManus will be a handful on
the edge of the square, after his red card was rescinded in the Down final he’s
free to start the semi while Phelim Savage, James Coyle and Conor Woods will
all need to be paid attention to.
The four week break since defeating Cushendall in the county
final will leave the Cuchullains with some rusty to shake off their system but
they’ve been on the march for this all season.
Two years ago when they met Slaughtneil, the Cuchullains felt they were
in bonus territory. That doesn’t seem
like the case now. Two years of
maturing, two years of development and Dunloy are back on the Ulster trail.
Gregory O’Kane is left with more decisions over their
starting 15. Kevin Molloy is reported to
be back and available for selection after missing the county final while
Gabriel McTaggart and Seaan Elliott’s performance coming off the bench turned
the final in their favour in a devastating close to the Antrim final.
Phelim Duffin and Conor McKinley have been mainstay’s in the
full back line this season with Aaron Crawford and Conor Kinsella fighting for
the other corner back spot. Kevin
McKeague missed the Antrim semi-final win against Loughgiel but his performance
against Cushendall from centre half makes him almost undroppable. He filled in for ‘Bunga’ at centre half and
was more than an able replacement with a man of the match performance.
Paul Shiels will pull the strings from deep and allow the
talents of the likes of Keelan Molloy, Conal Cunning and Nigel Elliott to do
the damage in attack. One of the key
facets of the Cuchullains team however, they have match-winners
everywhere. You keep those three quiet
and you have Nicky McKeague, Eoin O’Neill and Chrissy Brogan to contend
with. McTaggart’s ability to catch clean
ball and work in rucks could give him the nod on the three-quarter line but
it’s just one of many options O’Kane and his management team are faced with.
The two sides faced each other once in the league this year
before the split, the Cuchullains taking that one with a score line of 3-18 to
2-19. Dunloy had made a number of
changes for that match and needed injury time goals from Deaglan Smith and
Ronan Molloy to finish a ‘smash and grab’ in Pearse Park.
Dunloy showed against Loughgiel that they can go into the trenches if required and have the ability to rip teams apart if they are given the opportunity. Against Cushendall, they fought fire with fire and came out on top. On Sunday, they go in as favourites but will need to be wary of the Cran, they are and have shown in the recent past that they the capability to cause an upset.
Tomorrow’s Senior Football championship final at Corrigan
Park brings together two sides who will need no introduction to each other.
Holders Erin’s Own take on the winners from two years ago, Lamh Dhearg and has all
the makings of a good final.
The Hannastown side have trod a longer and more difficult
path to the decider having accounted of St. Mary’s Ahoghill in a preliminary
round game at tomorrow’s venue with the
Cloney men still in contention at half time before Lamh Dhearg stepped it up
after the break to win with plenty to spare.
In the first round proper the Toome side didn’t get it all
their own way against division 2 champions, O’Donovan Rossa but had five points
to spare in the end against the Shaw’s Road side while Lamh Dhearg faced what
looked like a much stiffer test against Kickham’s Creggan.
Lamh Dhearg powered into the semi-final of the Northern Switchgear Antrim Senior Football Championship after a 1-13-0-11 win over Creggan at Chapel Hill. An exhibition of shooting from Paddy Cunningham accounted for 0-10 of his sides scores throughout the sixty minutes.
Cargin looked to have been handed the more difficult draw
when they faced old adversaries and former All Ireland winners, St. Gall’s in
the semi-final. A year earlier it took a quite spectacular late goal from Tomas
McCann to separate the sides at the same stage and many felt that this one
could be as close.
The St. Gall’s challenge never really materialised however
as Cargin reached their sixth decider in the space of seven years after
brushing aside the challenge of the Milltown side with relative ease.
The men from Toome led 0-05-0-04 at the break in a half that
lacked the quality and intensity that many of the spectators came to expect.
Cargin began to pull away with a goal at the beginning of
the second period through David Johnson and had five-six points to spare for
the majority of the second period, until substitute Ciaran Close scored his
side’s second goal.
On the other side of the draw Casement’s Portglenone had
been making many sit up and take notice when they beat St. John’s after an
exciting replay at Colaiste Feirste with Lamh Dhearg waiting in the wings to
face the winner in the semi-final.
The sides met at Creggan in the first of what transpired
into a semi-final marathon and it took three games to separate a young Casement’s
and eventual winners Lamh Dhearg in a trilogy of games that are likely to be
talked about long after Sunday’s final.
Leading by four as the game in Creggan went into time added
on, Lamh Dhearg were stunned as Paddy Kelly fired over a point before Conall
Delargy rifled home from the spot to earn his side a replay.
And so it was onto the ‘Dub’ for the replay and another
twist in what was becoming an intriguing story. The sides finished level again
after extra time with the game set to be decided by a free kick shootout. After
two sessions of free kicks the sides were level at 9-9 with the intervention of
County chairman Ciaran McCavana bringing matters to a halt.
Paddy Cunningham was about to start the third series of
kicks when County chairman McCavana approached referee Colm McDonald and after
consolation with both managers it was agreed that a second replay would be
required to see who will advance to meet Cargin in the County final.
Quinn Park, Ballymena was the venue for the second replay
and in wet and difficult condition it was a Paddy Cunningham inspired Lamh
Dhearg who finally emerged victorious. Despite narrowly trailing 0-05-0-04 at
the interval a quick-fire double from the reliable corner-forward on the restart
saw his side through to Sunday’s Northern Switchgear decider with Cargin on a
scoreline of 2-08-0-09 after over 200 minutes of drama and ecstasy over the
course of nine days.
While Lamh Dhearg have made the journey to the well on more
occasions than they would have liked over the past two weeks Cargin have been
waiting patiently in the wings but no doubt fine tuning their preparations for
tomorrow’s final with nothing likely to have been left to chance.
Cargin have looked solid and difficult to beat on the occasions
I have saw them this year and manager Damien Cassidy has a good blend of youth
and experience at his disposal as he plans to deal with the challenge of the ‘marathon’
John McNabb, Marty Kane, James Laverty, Tony Scullion,
Justin Crozier, John Carron, Michael Magill and the McCann brothers, Michael,
Paul and Tomas will be treading a well-worn and familiar championship path while
David Johnston, Jimmy Gribbin, Gerard McCorley, Ciaran Bradley and Pat Shivers should
add youthful exuberance to the Cargin challenge. The Cargin cause has been
further boosted by the return of Kevin O’Boyle and Ciaran Close following lengthy
spells out through injury.
Lamh Dhearg, like their opponents have many players who have
tasted the white heat of championship before and are unlikely to be overawed
with tomorrow’s occasion. John Finucane, Declan Lynch, Michael Herron, Kevin
Quinn, Conor and Ryan Murray and the ever reliable Paddy Cunningham bring a
wealth of experience while Owen McKeown, Ben Rice and Terry McCrudden have the
legs to trouble the Erin’s Own defence.
The loss of towering mid-fielder Pearse Fitzsimmons to
injury in the first replay against Portglenone was a big blow for Lamh Dhearg
and they are likely to carry a few niggling injuries into Sunday’s final.
Fatigue could be a factor but against that they are the side with momentum.
The game could turn into a shootout between two of the best
finishers in the county, Tomas McCann for Cargin and Paddy Cunningham for Lamh
Dhearg though both sides have a number of players who can influence the
Cargin though get a tentative nod to collect their second successive title but don’t be too surprised if it finishes all square. Mairtin Lynch will be saying “perish the thought!”
Dunloy manager Gregory O’Kane continues his own personal
crusade to write history with the Volunteer Cup. As a player and a manager, he’s been involved
in all of the Cuchullains championship winning teams. 13 might be unlucky for some but it’s the
magic number for O’Kane and his team.
Throughout his career, Greg’s parents have been by his side
through thick and thin, the good and the bad.
He suffered their loss in the space of eight weeks nine months ago and
there’s no doubting both will have been proud of their son and the
Cuchullains. It’s an incredible
achievement for Gregory but he wasn’t interested in the personal accolade:
“That’s number 13 and its nice stat to have but it’s not about me. I have a management team around me with 35
plus players. It’s their hard work and
effort that got us here.”
The match itself turned in first half injury time when the
Ruairi’s led by four points. Nigel
Elliott scoring the Cuchullains first goal and leaving the Cuchullains behind
by just the minimum. An improved
performance in front of the target after the interval and two goals in two
minutes at the business end of the hour sealed the deal. Despite a frustrating opening half with
double figures in wides, O’Kane told us they had to keep the faith: “That’s in
us. We just had to say to them at half
time to keep going. We didn’t play bad
in the first half and we probably didn’t deserve to be behind.
“We hit a lot of wides and it left us a bit nervous, you
know. But we got in at half time and
said to trust in themselves and their instincts.”
The changes made during the second half proved to be
pivotal. Gabriel McTaggart and Seaan
Elliott’s introduction significant with Elliott scoring the goals and McTaggart
involved in the build up for both.
O’Kane made the call to start Seaan from the bench for the final after
starting the three games previous, a massive call but the Dunloy manager told
us: “Seaan Elliott is still a boy and learning his trade. We felt the semi-final was a hard gig and
physically he maybe wasn’t up to that so we decided to take the pressure off
him today and allow him to come off the bench.
“Gaby’s a ball winner and we had the finisher off the shoulder
and the finish was spot on.”
“We were always creating and we tried to keep the players
composed. We knew the scores would flow
whether it be points or the goals. We
had to wait a bit longer for the goals but thank God they came when they did.”
For all the Cuchullains attacking talents, O’Kane was keen
to highlight the shift his defence put in over the hour, especially without
Kevin Molloy who suffered an injury in their semi-final win over Loughgiel: “I
felt we dealt with them well in defence.
To lose Bunga was a massive blow for us but Kevin McKeague came in today
and I thought he was outstanding. He was
as good as any player out on the pitch today.”
Cushendall’s first goal settled the Ruairi’s and while it
came from an uncharacteristic error from Ryan Elliott, the way the Dunloy
‘keeper responded delighted O’Kane: “Ryan pulled off a brilliant save after
half time and I thought his all-round game today was excellent. His poc outs and those two saves were
The Cuchullains now have a four week wait before facing
Ballycran in the Ulster semi-final in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Before turning his attention to that, the
Dunloy manager had a special word for the Cuchullains captain: “To have Paul
Shiels as captain as well makes it special. He’s our go to man when the chips are down and
by god he delivered today.
“Off course we’re delighted to get into Ulster but we looked
no further than today. We knew this
would be tough and the type of game Cushendall bring.”
Managers View – Ciaran Kearney, Ruairi Og’s
The Ruairi’s reign as county champions ended on Sunday but
they put in an incredible performance for 60 minutes in what has been described
as one of the best county finals in recent years. A small grain of consolation for the Ruairi’s
but they more than played their part in an excellent advert for hurling within
The match itself was defined in small but crucial
moments. Nigel Elliott’s goal before
half time and Ryan Elliott denying Paddy McGill what seemed like a nailed on
goal shortly after the restart.
Cushendall manager Ciaran Kearney gave his thoughts while recognising
the Dunloy ‘keepers mental strength in how he recovered from his error in the
first half: “We had goal chances and they had one or two good saves from Ryan
and to be fair to him he atoned for himself.
I’m sure he’s pleased, I was a goalkeeper myself and I know what it’s
like to drop one in. He made some big
saves and he can keep his head up after that.
“We just didn’t get the scores in the second half. We had goal chances and we didn’t take them,
that was the difference.
“We had to push up and it left us open at the back but it
was a risk and reward scenario. There’s
no point in losing by seven or losing by one.
It’s the same kind of thing.”
Despite holding a lead at half time, Cushendall played much
better after the interval. The second
half was pulsating, end to end hurling but the Cuchullains were more clinical,
Kearney added: “We were a bit more direct in the second half, sending ball in
and creating opportunities. We maybe
over played things around the middle on a few occasions in the first half,
instead of taking the scores but we didn’t take our opportunities and that was
With the sides tied 20 minutes into the second half, Cushendall
hit three wides in as many attacks. It
seemed to deflate their challenge and Kearney conceded a spell like that would
harm their chances: “Wides don’t help at anytime. There are obviously big moments in games but
it’s all still a blur to me. Fair play
to Dunloy, we know they’re a good team but I feel that our boys showed they’re
a hell of a team too. We have a lot of
boys there who are going to play senior hurling for Cushendall for a long time. We’ll just have to comeback again. This isn’t the first final we’ve lost
unfortunately. We lost in ’17 and came
back in ’18.”
Everyone knows the game Cushendall bring when they take to
the field. High pressure, huge intensity
and massive physicality. The work rate
they go through is incredible and yesterday they surprised some with how
attacking they set up. Kearney cast a
frustrated figure when commenting: “At times other teams play with two men in
the full forward line and it’s called making space in the attack. Some times we play two men in full forward
and it’s called very defensive. You have
to do what works. If I had a different
set of players I might play a different style of hurling. You can just play the hand that your dealt
with. Our lads have done very well I
have to say and we’ve tried to play differently but when you look at the
physicality that we’re missing from the likes of Conor Carson and Sean
“We’ve mixed things up with Paddy (McGill) and Alex
(Delargy) for most of the year and do things differently. We have plenty of boys, the likes of Paddy
Burke and Eoghan Campbell that if they’re given time and space, they can do
damage. Niall McCormick breaking
through, Fergus (McCambridge) breaking through, I don’t think us playing
attacking hurling shouldn’t surprise anyone.”
They played their part in a hugely entertaining game but
ultimately their championship ended at the final hurdle. Kearney concluded by praising his squad for
their efforts throughout the year: “Absolutely.
I just told the lads and before the game and then at half time
again. I couldn’t be prouder of
them. They’re an absolutely amazing
bunch of lads and a pleasure to work with.”
Brendan McTaggart reports from Páirc Mac Uílín,
Pulsating, intense, bewildering skill and ultimately an
incredible hour of hurling. All played
out in front of a raucous support packed into Páirc Mac Uílín. Everything you want from county final day and
by the end of the hour, we had a winner.
Dunloy Cuchullains, county champions for the 13th
time in their history and second in three years and while there was four points
between them and the Ruairi Og’s at the final whistle, where the Volunteer Cup
would reside wasn’t decided until the death.
Two goals in as many minutes at the end of the hour from substitute
Seaan Elliott ultimately proved to be decisive at the end of a close
contest. Cushendall held a one point
lead at the interval in a half where the Cuchullains hit double figures in
wides. The Ruairi’s were to build a four
point lead at one point in the opening 30 minutes with Neil McManus deadly
accurate from placed ball, Paddy McGill causing the Dunloy defence plenty of
problems and Fergus McCambridge taking advantage of some indecision between the
sticks from Ryan Elliott. The Dunloy
‘keeper would go on and more than atone for that indiscretion with three
outstanding saves in the second half but the pivotal moment came in first half
injury time when Nigel Elliott scored the Cuchullains first goal. It brought them to within touching distance
of Cushendall at a time when it felt like the Cuchullains challenge was in
danger of wilting.
The second half was full of drama with both sides
improving. Cushendall certainly played
much better after the break while the Cuchullains improved their accuracy in
front of the posts. The sides were tied
on three occasions with Cushendall holding a two point lead on two
occasions. It was the Cuchullains who
finished superbly however with the changes made having a major impact. Not only with Seaan Elliott’s two majors but
Gabriel McTaggart’s impact and assist for Elliott’s first major.
Cushendall, to their eternal credit pushed to the end like all great champions do but Ryan Elliott was immense in those closing stages and although Christy McNaughton got a goal in the sixth minute of injury time, it was too little too late.
The Cuchullains started the final well and looked more
fluent in the opening exchanges. Nicky
McKeague fired over the opening point of the final while McManus split the
uprights in the third minute for his first of ten points over the hour. The Dunloy forward line were at their impish
best with Keelan Molloy and Nigel Elliott splitting the posts to give the
Cuchullains a solid start after six minutes.
McManus and Conal Cunning exchanged frees but ‘Coby’s’ 11th
minute free was the Cuchullains last score for nine minutes when the Ruairi’s
hit a purple patch.
Another McManus free brought Cushendall to within a single white flag before Fergus McNaughton scored the opening goal of the final in the 15th minute. 45 yards from goal, his effort for a point went high and caught in the breeze, Ryan Elliott misjudged the dropping sliotar and the ball bundled over the line. A soft goal which was compounded by wides at the other end of the field for the Cuchullains and two frees from McManus to give Cushendall a four point lead with ten minutes of the first half remaining. A point from Eoin O’Neill got Dunloy firing again before Fergus McCambridge restored Cushendall’s four point lead with a well taken point seconds later.
Cushendall were more clinical in front of goal in the first half and while Dunloy played more of the hurling , their lack of accuracy was threatening to derail their challenge. They found some form with a trio of unanswered scored coming from Coby Cunning (one free) before Cushendall did the same. Eoghan Campbell, Alex Delargy and McManus (free) but the Cuchullains had the final say of the half.
Nigel Elliott collecting the sliotar wide on the left and making a dart for goal. He fired low, bouncing the sliotar in front of the Conor McAllister with the bounce of the sliotar deceiving the Cushendall net minder.
Half time: Cushendall 1-9 Dunloy 1-8
The goal at the end of the half was crucial for the Cuchullains challenge and while Cushendall would have been disappointed but they showed no signs of that at the start of the second half. Fergus McCambridge forcing a top save from Ryan Elliott with barely a minute played after the restart. McManus opened the scoring while the points were tit for tat in the early second half exchanges. A trio of frees from Coby Cunning in answer to two points from McManus and while Cushendall held a one point lead, they wouldn’t register another score for ten minutes. Points apiece from Paul Shiels and Cunning (free) brought Dunloy in front once again.
Cushendall responded with McManus (free) and McGill with an
outstanding and instinctive point to edge the Ruairi’s ahead once again with 11
minutes of normal time remaining. It was
the Cuchullains who hit back this time with Keelan Molloy producing a moment of
magic to land his second point of the match.
Cushendall’s challenge was now being hurt with a trio of wides in front of the target and while Coby edged the Cuchullain’s once again, the final changed in the 58th minute. Substitute Gabriel McTaggart plucking the sliotar from the clouds before playing the perfect ball into Seaan Elliott on the inside forward line. The 19 year old picked up at the second attempt and made no mistake with his effort, finding the back of McAllister’s net to give Dunloy a four point lead for the first time.
Cushendall responded with McManus landing his 10th
white flag and eighth free of the hour but their fate was sealed with the next
attack. The was sliotar sent down the
right where McTaggart was involved again.
Nigel Elliott retrieving the ball from a ruck and sending the cutest of
passes into the path of his brother Seaan to his left. The chance looked to have gone but Elliott
got the better of his marker before scoring his second goal in the space of two
A seemingly unassailable six point lead going into injury
time but Dunloy had to defend for their lives in those closing stages. Keelan Molloy added his third of the
afternoon but the Ruairi’s pushed for the goals they needed. The Dunloy defence were immense in those
scrambles and Ryan Elliott outstanding but substitute Christy McNaughton did
breach the Dunloy goal line in the sixth minute of injury time.
It wasn’t enough for the Ruairi’s as Dunloy saw out the
little time that remained to win the Volunteer Cup.
A superb game of hurling and a fine advert for the game
within our county. Dunloy were the
victors on the day but Cushendall played like the great team they are and more
than played their part in one of the best county finals in living memory.
Cuchullains advance to an Ulster semi-final with Ballycran
on Sunday October 27.
Dunloy: Ryan Elliott; Phelim Duffin, Conor McKinley,
Aaron Crawford; Eamon Smyth, Kevin McKeague, Ryan McGarry; Paul Shiels, Ronan
Molloy; Keelan Molloy, Chrissy Brogan, Nigel Elliott; Eoin O’Neill, Conal
Cunning, Nicky McKeague
Subs: Conor Kinsella for A Crawford (34);Seaan
Elliott for N McKeague (40); Shane Dooey for C Brogan (53); Gabriel McTaggart
for R Molloy (57).
Cushendall: Conor McAllister; Martin Burke, Paddy
Burke, Sean Delargy; Fred McCurry, Eoghan Campbell, Stephen Walsh; Niall
McCormick, Scott Walsh; Neil McManus, Fergus McCambridge, Ryan McCambridge;
Arron Graffin, Paddy McGill, Alex Delargy
Subs: Natty McNaughton for S Walsh (HT); Christy
McNaughton for S Delargy (49); Eunan McKillop for A Graffin (57)
Our own ‘St Brendan’ has already given his
prediction, unsurprisingly going for a Dunloy win so we decided to ask a few
other media types and managers from around the county for their thoughts on the
Hugh McCann – Loughgiel, Shamrocks Manager
It’s very hard to call. Cushendall are reigning champions and have proved time and again that they will fight to the end and are very strong defensively. Dunloy have a good blend of experienced players and some brilliant young players who if given the space will do a lot of damage.
They’ve already proved that they can mix it up in
championship hurling, that along with the loss of some of Cushendall’s
exoerienced players, I would have to say Dunloy for the win.
Tony McNulty – St Johns Manager
I think that if Dunloy can stay disciplined in the tackle
and don’t concede frees, they can come through but from experience, if
Cushendall get a sniff of a chance, they’ll not give up.
Dunloy to win but there won’t be much between the sides.
David Mohan – Belfast Media Group
for sure: tomorrow’s final will have a much different level of intensity to the
meeting between Dunloy and Cushendall in the group stages.
Dunloy edged that fixture by one, the game was certainly lacking the bite of a
straight-up knockout affair that ensures this repeat of the 2017 decider that
was won by Gregory O’Kane’s Cuchullians will differ greatly.
Not that we
can write-off that game altogether, as Cushendall did provide a bit of a
blueprint of how they can get at the Dunloy defence.
McAllister’s long poc-outs and their tactic of going long and early did cause
Dunloy some headaches and this could well be their approach again as they try
to isolate Paddy McGill and Alex Delargy inside, flood the middle and not give
Dunloy time or space to get into their stride.
best served by using pace and trying to hit their flying forwards with quality
ball to get a gallop up. They should be aiming to use quick, incisive passes to
create openings, while non-stop movement could be the key to unlocking a
formidable full-back line.
The middle sector is where this game is likely to be won and lost with both half-back lines not just required to repel attacks, but launch their own so the delivery from this sector into the forwards is likely to have a huge bearing.
are champions and won’t relinquish their title without a struggle, but that
extra, bruising game against St John’s just seven days prior could come into
play and for that reason, Dunloy may be a little fresher down the stretch to
prevail by a couple.
Liam Tunney – Unit Updates
Dunloy’s title defence last year ran into a savvy Loughgiel
challenge and the pre-match shenanigans around the dugout both delayed the
throw-in and de-railed Cúchullain minds.
Another year wiser and their young side exorcised those
ghosts, grinding out a victory over Loughgiel that was born out of grit and
Ruairí Óg have again taken the long road to the Final having
taken two games to dispatch the Johnnies but a sturdy defence and their uncanny
knack for winning tight games booked their place.
It’s easy to bill this as Cushendall’s brawn meets Dunloy’s
agility, but both teams have a healthy blend. The likes of Kevin Molloy and
Conor McKinley provide strength for Cúchullain’s, while Ruairí Óg’s Alex
Delargy and Niall McCormick can confidently dance their way through defences.
Ruairí Óg come in with that winning experience and will be
rightly confident as reigning champions, but Dunloy appear to have added the
bite that was so sorely absent last season as Loughgiel’s mocking grins leered
at them through the Ballycastle rain.
The pups have matured and are hungry for more.
Kevin Heron – Saffron Gael
I’m going to back Dunloy in Sunday’s hurling final.
Purely based on the fact that many of my early memories
of Croke Park was going down to watch Dunloy on All-Ireland club hurling final
day. We’d have been packed in the car down to go down and watch the Green and
Hopefully it’s a great final with plenty of drama, but
the Cuchullains by five.