Antrim stun Derry to take title

Antrim 1-19 Derry 0-09, Casement Park, Belfast

Antrim 1-19 Derry 0-09, Casement Park, Belfast

Antrim are the Bord Gáis Energy Ulster Under-21 Hurling champions for the first time since 2006, following a stunning performance which earned them a 12-point victory over Derry tonight.

Man-of-the-match Conor McGourty was in outstanding form throughout for Antrim, with the St. Gall's clubman scoring 1-06 including a well-taken first half goal.

Corner forward McGourty was a major threat in this Casement Park decider. He did major damage to Derry bid's for their third Ulster U-21 title in-a-row.

Antrim led by 1-08 to 0-03 at the interval, and although the Oak Leafers made a spirited start to the second half they were overpowered by the hosts.

McGourty continued to torment the Derry defence on a night where Antrim held plenty of aces up front.

Ryan Donnelly (0-03), PJ O'Connell and Eddie McCloskey (0-02 each) also gave sterling performances.

After the game, Antrim captain Cormac Donnelly accepted the cup on behalf of his side from Martin McAviney of the Ulster Council.

The Saffrons will take on reigning champions Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-finals on August 22.

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