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Antrim Man Liam Watson Makes Unbelievable Club Return With Cracking Scoring Tally

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One of the biggest names to come out of Antrim hurling is back playing with his new club and he is back to his brilliant best…

Liam Watson, who was pivotal to Loughiel Shamrock’s domination of Antrim and Ulster hurling at the start of the decade, is now back playing with John Mitchels GAA club in Birmingham.

The John Mitchel’s club team travelled to London on Saturday to play Robert Emmetts in a friendly test before their championship season begins next week. Notably, Robert Emmets currently hold county title in the London Senior Hurling Championship, so it was sure to be an intriguing tie.

Watson, who is most widely regarded for scoring 3-7 in the All-Ireland club final in 2012 against Coolderry, had an a glorious club career with Loughiel Shamrocks, winning four county senior titles and four Ulster senior titles along the way.

Admittedly for the Antrim native though, playing for his county was a rocky one and especially after the arrival of Kevin Ryan to the set-up in 2012. Speaking to The Irish Times in April 2017, he stated that:

“It started off well and it ended up a disaster, but that’s the way it goes. It is what it is.

“The reality is Antrim never wanted me. The only time I’ve been asked on was when PJ O’Mullan came into the set-up, the rest of the management teams have never invited me on to the panel.

“I always get bad mouthed about not going to play for Antrim – I haven’t been invited so for me to just go and express myself and play hurling and actually enjoy it, it was Warwickshire who invited me to go and play for them.

“But Warwickshire has put a smile back on my face, and I’m actually enjoying my hurling again.”

After guiding Warrackshire to Lory Meagher success in 2017, while scoring 4-40 in championship appearances along the way, it seems Watson is hurling as well as ever with that long-lost smile back on his face.

Jason Redmond, Pundit Arena

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