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Antrim hurler scores 3-3 after dislocating elbow during semi-final classic

Domhnall Nugent was in sublime form for St John’s.

Domhnall Nugent gets treatment after the game.
Domhnall Nugent gets treatment after the game.

HE SCORED 3-3 and played through the pain barrier in the Antrim senior hurling semi-final, but Domhnall Nugent found himself on the losing side after extra-time on Sunday.

St John’s went down to Loughgiel Shamrocks 2-31 to 5-18 in a rip-roaring encounter that was lit up by the bravery of Nugent.

An attempt to block a shot in the opening-half saw Nugent dislocate his elbow but after receiving treatment he reemerged and effectively played the rest of the game with one arm. 

That inconvenience didn’t bother the forward and he went on to net a stunning hat-trick on the way to sealing man of the match honours.

Source: Antrim GAA/YouTube

It wasn’t quite enough to get St John’s to their first hurling decider since 1994, however.

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The Shamrocks side featured Liam Watson – scorer of 1-3 – on his return from retirement as they sealed a final showdown with Dunloy.

Benny McCarry, another survivor from Loughgiel’s 2012 All-Ireland success, bagged 1-3 off the bench including two scores late in extra-time to seal the win.

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