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Incredible Scenes As Dunloy Defeat St Thomas To Reach All-Ireland Final

Incredible Scenes As Dunloy Defeat St Thomas To Reach All-Ireland Final
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Antrim Senior Hurling champions Dunloy became the first Ulster side to reach an All-Ireland Senior club Hurling final since 2016 after they defeated St Thomas.

In a tense game at Croke Park, they defeated the Galway side 1-14 to 0-13, as they await the winners of the second semi-final between Ballygunner and Ballyhale.

Today is not only a memorable day for Dunloy, but also for Ulster hurling. The Antrim side were heavily written off going into today's game.

Speaking to TG4 after the game, Player of the Match Conal Cunning was thrilled with Dunloy's incredible achivement.

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It's unreal. To be honest, not many people gave us a chance. I seen all the reports, everybody had us as big underdogs and nobody gave us a chance.

We concentrated on ourselves. We knew ourselves what we could do, and we knew if we could perform, we could get a win here.

That first half we came in 0-06-0-06, it maybe wasn't the best first half, we came in a little dissapointed with how we preformed. When you miss a penalty it's not easy to come back, but we just try and focus on the next moment, and that's what we done.

You just have to keep coming back, knocking on the door, and lucky enough we won our first Ulster this year. WE are just glad to get over the line today."

Dunloy Shock St.Thomas

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It was a tight start to the game in Croke Park, with both sides exchanging points early on. St Thomas showed their quality to stay just ahead, leading 0-03 to 0-05 after 15 minutes.

Dunloy had an opportunity to go ahead with a penalty, but it was saved. They finished the half strong to go in level at 0-06 each.

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The Ulster champions upped their game after the interval and took the lead with three unanswered points.

The decisive moment in this game came from a brillaint goal from Keelan Molloy, who skipped past the defence before firing it into the net as Dunloy were on the crisp of victory.

While St Thomas closed the defecit, they couldn't do enough to turn the game around and Dunloy will celebrate a remarkable victory.

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