Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Plenty of drama in Antrim this evening as the Junior B Hurling Sem-Finals were decided, while league action continued in both counties.
The evening’s main action in Antrim was in the Junior B Hurling Championship as it reached the Semi-Final stages, with goals galore in both games.
Lathárna Óg made a winning return to championship hurling as they saw off a determined Loch Mór Dál gCais 7-17 to 2-12, the Larne men continuing their good league form and booking a place in the final.
There they will be met with holders All Saints. The Ballymena men clinched the championship last season and benefited from their All-Ireland experience in Limerick as they once again dispatched Davitts in Randalstown, prevailing 6-13 to 0-13.
The sides will now meet in the final with the winners entering the Junior Hurling Championship in an opening round clash with St Mary's Rasharkin.
There was a crucial clash in the ACFL Division 1B relegation battle as the teams in the danger zone faced off on the Glen Road. IFC holders Naomh Éanna battled in their less familiar inside-out jerseys to see off St Teresa’s 3-14 to 1-11.
The Glen Road men’s relegation is now confirmed with two games remaining. They sit four behind Naomh Éanna with the Hightown side having won both games in the head-to-head. Naomh Éanna will now set their sights on escaping the play-off position, with Ahoghill, St Brigid’s and Gort na Móna all still in mathematical danger.
In the ACFL Division 2, Dunloy had the chance to move within a point of play-off incumbents Moneyglass, but Sarsfield’s roared to a 5-17 to 1-15 victory in the Bear Pit.
The result means that Moneyglass and Rossa are now both guaranteed at least a play-off spot, with the latter likely to lift the league title in their final three games. St Ergnat’s will still hold out hopes of automatic promotion but look set for a play-off date.
A straightforward 3-20 to 0-02 victory for Na Piarsaigh in Division 3 over McQuillan’s sees them move into the top four at the expense of St Malachy’s and leaves Ballycastle still pointless at the bottom.
Over the Bann in Derry, Glenullin and Ballymaguigan played out a 2-08 to 1-11 draw as the Glen attempted to climb out of the bottom two. The single point moves them level with Faughanvale while Naomh Trea’s share moves them to 8th.
Kilrea could have moved 4th with a win over Drumsurn, but it was St Matthew’s who took the points on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-15 to leapfrog the Pearse’s into 5th place as the promotion race hots up.
In Derry ACFL Division 2, Magilligan were comfortable 4-19 to 0-06 winners over Doire Colmcille as they widen the gap on the bottom five teams, while Ballerin hammered Ardmore 5-25 to 0-07 to move 3rd and close the gap on leaders Slaughtmanus to just three points.