Banagher captain Darragh McCloskey lifts the Ulster IHC title.
ULSTER IHC FINAL
Banagher became the first Derry hurling side to lift the Ulster intermediate title after goals from Brian Óg McGilligan and Ciaran Lynch helped them to a six-point win over Lisbellaw in Omagh.
Both sides were nervy in the opening stages, and St Patrick's took until the 8th minute to break the deadlock through Danny Teague.
Banagher levelled immediately, and nudged themselves ahead through Sean McCullagh before the first half water break at 0-3 to 0-2.
As the heavens opened, Lisbellaw came to life, and points from John Duffy, Danny Teague (2) and Ciaran Corrigan saw them head towards half time leading 0-6 to 0-3.
Brian Óg McGilligan then plucked the ball from the sky and fired to the net to see the sides go in at the break on equal terms.
St Mary's started the second half well, but Lisbellaw fought back, Danny Teague levelling the score in the 43rd minute.
The Derry men though, surged away, and a Ciaran Lynch goal saw them head into the water break with a 2-8 to 0-9 lead.
They added further points through Ciaran Lynch and Tiarnan McCloskey (2), and despite late pressure from Lisbellaw, the defence held and Banagher took the title.
An All-Ireland semi final in a fortnight against the Munster champions awaits.
*Full report, reaction and photos in Tuesday's County Derry Post.
BANAGHER: Darrell McDermott, Gabriel Farren, Ruairí McCloskey, Cathair McGilligan, Niall Farren, Darragh McCloskey, Mark Lynch, Shane Murphy, Brian Óg McGilligan (1-0), Callum O'Kane, Tiarnan McCloskey (0-5, 0-3f), Ciaran Lynch (1-1), Liam Eoin Campbell (0-2), Sean McCullagh (0-2), Steafan McCloskey (0-1)
SUBS: Jonathan O'Dwyer for C O'Kane (45), PJ McCloskey for S McCloskey, (52), Pauric McCloskey for S McCullagh, (56), Fiontan McGIlligan for C McGilligan, (58) Niall Biggs for L Campbell (60)
LISBELLAW: Mark Curry, Andrew Breslin, Rory Porteous, Connor O'Shea (0-1), Aidan Flanagan, Daniel Teague (0-6), Francie McBrien, Dylan Bannon, Luca McCusker, John Duffy (0-1f), Ciaran Corrigan (0-2), Mícheál Flanagan, Sean Corrigan (0-2), Caolan Duffy, Tom Keenan
SUBS: Mark Slevin for D Bannon (49), Eoin Cleary for T Keenan, (52)
YELLOW: L McCusker (5), J Duffy (48) E Cleary (62)
REF: Colum Cunning (Antrim)
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