Antrim and Derry to meet in Ulster Under-21 hurling final

Thomas Magee scored the third Derry goal against Armagh at Crossmaglen
Thomas Magee scored the third Derry goal against Armagh at Crossmaglen

Antrim and Derry will meet in the Ulster Under 21 hurling decider after semi-final victories on Wednesday.

Derry beat Armagh 3-19 to 1-10 to seal their place in the 27 July final.

Title holders Antrim claimed a 2-21 to 1-18 win over Down at Ballycran with goals in either half from Domhnall Nugent and Saul McCaughan.

The Saffrons led by 1-14 to 0-10 at half-time with Nugent netting their opening goal four minutes before the interval.

Antrim emerged fired up on the restart, with McCaughan bagging their second goal to ensure a 2-14 to 0-11 lead after 33 minutes.

Down's goal came 12 minutes from the end to cut the gap to three points on a 2-16 to 1-16 score-line, but McCaughan continued to impress as Antrim drove on for a six-point win.

Derry led by 2-8 to 0-7 at half-time in the other semi-final at Crossmaglen, thanks to goals from Brian Cassidy and Cormac O'Doherty in the opening quarter.

Armagh kept in touch, but Derry finished strongly with Thomas Magee scoring their third before Down netted a late penalty.

Bord Gais Energy Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship semi-finals
Antrim2-21 1-18Down
Armagh1-10 3-19Derry