Rossa keep Ulster title in Antrim

O'Donovan Rossa lifted the Four Seasons Cup this afternoon at Casement Park and kept the Ulster Hurling title in Antrim as they defeated Down champions Ballygalet 0-16 to 0-14.

FT: O'Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 0-16 Ballygalet (Down) 0-14, Casement Park

O'Donovan Rossa lifted the Four Seasons Cup this afternoon at Casement Park and kept the Ulster Hurling title in Antrim as they defeated Down champions Ballygalet 0-16 to 0-14.

The west Belfast side - who broke Dunloy's four-year grip on the county title - earned their first provincial success since 1989 as Paul Graham's free-taking saw them run out winners.

With the sides locked at 0-8 apiece at half-time, thanks to Ballygalet's Johnny McGrattan's four late frees, the Down side, who claimed the 1998 crown, crucially stuttered and hit seven wides.

Aaron Dynes and Barry Coulter did help them into a 0-10 to 0-8 lead but Graham's placed balls and scores from Michael McCullough, captain Jim Connolly and Chris Hamill saw Rossa - jointly-managed by Aidan Hamill, Liam McAuley and Paul Gormley - to victory.

They await the Leinster winners in the All-Ireland club series proper.

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