|7 July 2020||1st Half||2nd Half||Total|
|County Down||County Antrim|
|M. MacDonald (Ards)||J. R. Stewart (Instonians)|
|J. McNeilly (Ards)||G. Bradshaw (Collegians)|
|P. Orr (Ormeau)||H. Smith (Instonians)|
|W. Bennett (Ards)||W. Riddell (Instonians)|
|R. Christie (Ards)||A. Merriak (Collegians)|
|A. Macintosh (Ards)||E. Clements (Collegians)|
|J. McClaw (Ormeau)||T. Heron (Instonians)|
|W. Stevenson (Ards)||F. Smith (Instonians)|
|N. Wilson (Ards)||B. Clememts (Collegians)|
|J. Macneill (Ards)||R. Wright (Instonians)|
|W. Smith (Instonians)|
|G. Martin (Instonians)|
County Down (Ards and Ormeau) were victorious by a score of 5-1 against County Antrim (Instonians and Collegians) in the Irish Lacrosse Union Shaftesbury Cup in 1900, a representative competition for the best players from the ILU Clubs.
The Irish Lacrosse Union was the Men’s Lacrosse Association in Ireland from the Late 19th to Early 20th Centuries. The Senior shield was the first level league competition.
Like the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Irish Lacrosse Union season was divided into an opening season (Shield – League Competition), and closing season (Flags – Knockout / Elimination Competition). The Irish Lacrosse Union had two levels, and a representative competition between County Down and County Antrim. It was Men’s only.
 North Down Herald and County Down Independent “Lacrosse: Shaftesbury Cup: County Down v County Antrim” Friday, July 13, 1900. pg. 3
 Newtownards Chronicle & County Down Observer “Lacrosse: Instonians v Ards” Saturday, July 14, 1900. pg. 3
Past editions of the Belfast Newsletter are available to view on the Irish Newspaper Archive at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/
Past editions of both the Belfast Newsletter and Newtownards Chronicle and County Down Observer are available to view on the British Newspaper Archive at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
Thanks to Cillian Murphy, Ireland Lacrosse and Brian Bird.
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