“Ireland’s Call” Loughgiel’s spark

Antrim hurling club Loughgiel Shamrocks have made club hurling history by responding to the rousing lyrics of rugby anthem ”Ireland’s Call.”

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That’s the admission of talismanic forward Liam Watson, who shot an incredible 16 points in their surprise semi-final defeat of gifted young Limerick side Na Piarsaigh.

Underdogs Loughgiel looked to have been caught at the death at the weekend when they leaked 1-1 in the last two minutes to be taken to extra-time. But Watson has revealed how the players gained renewed energy by listening to Phil Coulter’s emotive song and promptly outscored Na Piarsaigh by nine points to one in the extra period.

“We had the Ireland rugby song on on the bus going up,” – revealed Watson, the Antrim forward and former Irish League soccer player. “Then we mentioned the song a few times before going out for extra-time, we talked about ’standing tall,’ like it says in the song. That’s what it’s all about. We’re a team and we came together.”


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