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Tuesday 23 January 2018

McAfee hat-trick as Saffrons ease into semi-final date with Wexford

Antrim 6-22 Derry 0-6 Ulster U21 HC Final

Derry’s Ciaran Lynch attempts to get away from Antrim duo David Kearney, left, and Chris McGuinness during their Ulster U21 HC final
Derry’s Ciaran Lynch attempts to get away from Antrim duo David Kearney, left, and Chris McGuinness during their Ulster U21 HC final

Antrim are through to an All-Ireland semi-final against Wexford after hitting Derry for six at Casement Park.

Antrim are through to an All-Ireland semi-final against Wexford after hitting Derry for six at Casement Park.

The Saffrons scored an unanswered 3-8 in a devastating 13-minute spell before half-time to romp to the Ulster title for the fifth year in a row.

After early exchanges of wides, Derry's Tiernan McCloskey's free in the 16th minute levelled the game up at 0-3 apiece.

Jackson McGreevy, Chris McGuinness and Ciaran Clarke added points for Antrim before the floodgates opened. Stephen McAfee and Clarke both scored goals in the 27th minute, before Clarke grabbed his second in first-half injury-time to put the Saffrons 3-11 to 0-3 ahead at the break.

McAfee managed two further goals in the second half to press home the advantage, with Daniel McKiernan also finding the net.

The watching Wexford manage-ment will not have learned much. They play Antrim on August 24.

Scorers – Antrim: D McKiernan 1-7, S McAfee 3-1, C Clarke 2-1, J McGreevy 0-4, C McCann 0-3 (2fs), C McGuinness, N McKenna 0-2 each, S Beatty, M Bradley 0-1 each. Derry: T McCloskey (1f, 1 '65'), N Ferris 0-2 each, E Cassidy, B Rodgers 0-1 each.

ANTRIM – G Dixon; T O Ciarain, M Donnelly, T Coyle; S Dooey, P McNaughton, D Kearney; J McGreevy, E Campbell; S McAfee, S Beatty, C McGuinness; D McKiernan, C McCann, C Clarke. Subs: N McKenna for McGuinness (h-t), M Bradley for Clarke (h-t), C Morgan for Donnelly (h-t), M Dudley for McGreevy (39), C Burke for Beatty (39).

DERRY – C O'Kane; N McCallion, C McGurk, E Crossan; C Lynch, B McGilligan, R Farren; E Cassidy, L Murphy; B Rodgers, D Mullan, T McCloskey; T Henry, A Armstrong, N Ferris. Subs: D McAlary for Armstrong (43), C Devine for McCallion (44), C McIntyre for Crossan (48), D Breen for Henry (52), J Loughlin for Lynch (52).

REF – P Braniff (Down)

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