Published Saturday, 08 February 2014
Action from Loughgiel Shamrocks v Mount Leinster Rangers at Pairc Esler. (© Presseye)
The Antrim and Ulster champions were strong favourites going into the game against a Mount Leinster side who had never before reached this stage of the competition.
However it was the Carlow side who bossed large periods of the game, pulling away from Loughgiel after some fairly even opening exchanges to lead by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break.
The Antrim kingpins saw their opponents stretch their lead to five points soon after the restart, but Benny McCarry's goal hauled Loughgiel back into the game.
Further scores from Diarmuid Byrne, Denis Murphy and David Phelan widened the margin between the sides to three points, but Loughgiel struck back when captain Liam Watson scored his side's second goal of the game to tie the contest.
Mount Leinster battled to regain their lead, and another Murphy point left a single score between the sides in the closing stages.
Loughgiel could - and should - have at least taken the game to extra time, but they were guilty of wasting a number of crucial chances towards the end of the contest.
First the normally dependable Watson sent a very scoreable free wide of the posts with a minute left, before seeing another free decision reversed - a situation which also saw Mark McFadden sent off for a second yellow card.
Watson had a final chance to take the game to extra time with a last-gasp free from distance, but he saw his long-range effort drop agonisingly short to send Mount Leinster through to their first All-Ireland senior hurling final.
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