First ever Ulster Intermediate title for Cloughmills

Thursday, 24 November 2016

First ever Ulster Intermediate title for Cloughmills thumbnailCloughmills full-back John McGuckian gets a kiss from his daughter Ellen after his teamís win over Coleraine on Sunday.

St. Brigid's, Cloughmills...........1-11 Eoghan Rua, Coleraine.............2-6

THERE was always going to be jubilation and utter agony at the conclusion of this Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling final at Ballymena when "neighbouring" clubs, but from different Counties, went head to head, writes Jim Smyth.
Both have figured before at this stage of the championship, Cloughmills four years ago and the Coleraine lads in 2014, and both have suffered the taste of defeat. For the Antrim champions this came at the hands of Fermanagh side Lisbellaw while the Derry men were beaten by Antrim side Rossa, Neither was preparing for another setback.
And it was a ding dong battle, just two points in it at the end, the St Brigid's side, slight favourites to start with, in the winners' enclosure and the Eoghan Rua side, Ulster Junior champions last season, failing to record what could have been back-to-back Ulster titles.
Both sides had their moments, both highs and lows, the winner's low point coming in the later stages of the first half when they let slip a five point lead to go in on level terms with a Coleraine side which certainly meant business.


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