THE REIGNING SENIOR hurling champions in Dublin, Offaly, Wexford and Laois are all still on course to retain their titles after the weekend’s action.
All-Ireland club kingpins Cuala booked a Dublin semi-final spot this afternoon while St Martin’s reached the last four in Wexford yesterday. In Offaly, Kilcormac-Killoughey sealed a final spot yesterday with Camross returning to the Laois decider after their semi-final victory today.
Cuala face a repeat of last year’s county final against Kilmacud Crokes at the semi-final stage this season after both picked up quarter-final wins this afternoon. Con O’Callaghan and Sean Moran both grabbed goals in Cuala’s 2-26 to 2-13 success over Lucan Sarsfields with Kilmacud Crokes running out 0-19 to 0-14 victors against St Jude’s.
The other semi-final will see Ballyboden St-Enda’s and St Vincent’s, quarter-final victors on Friday night, face each other.
Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship – Semi Final draw@StVincentsGAA1 v @Bodengaa@KCrokesGAAClub v @CualaCLG#DSHCA
— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) September 23, 2018
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In Offaly, Coolderry won a seven-goal thriller this evening by 4-13 to 3-15 against Belmont in Birr to set up a final against Kilcormac-Killoughey. Coolderry hit three early goals and were ahead 3-7 to 1-6 at half-time and held on despite Oisin Kelly completed his hat-trick of goals late on for Belmont.
Yesterday Kilcormac-Killoughey had five points to spare, 1-16 to 1-11, over St Rynagh’s in Tullamore. The meeting of the last two champions was a repeat of last year’s decider when Kilcormac-Killoughey prevailed by three points.
A strong finish was key for Kilcormac-Killoughey with Tommy Geraghty netting in injury-time to seal their victory. Only a point separated the teams with six minutes of normal time left but the victors outscored St Rynagh’s by 1-2 to 0-1 in the remaining stages. At the interval it had been 0-9 to 0-6 in favour of Kilcormac-Killoughey, who will now be attempting in the final to reign in Offaly for the fifth time in seven seasons.
Senior Hurling Championship Result: Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-16 @strynaghs 1-11. An injury time goal from Tommy Geraghty secures a spot in the County Final. Well done to the lads and management, brilliant stuff
— Kilcormac Killoughey (@KK_GAA) September 22, 2018
Source: Kilcormac Killoughey/Twitter
In Wexford, Naomh Eanna and Oylegate-Glenbrien both clinched senior hurling semi-final places this afternoon. Naomh Éanna were 4-17 to 3-11 victors over St Anne’s and Oylegate-Glenbrien saw off Shelmaliers by 3-12 to 2-12 in the curtain-raiser.
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There was success for St Martin’s and Rapparees in yesterday’s quarter-final ties at Innovate Wexford Park. 14-man St Martin’s saw off Ferns St Aidan’s by 2-18 to 2-11. They were in front 1-8 to 1-7 at the break but stretched clear thereafter. Joe O’Connor bagged two goals for the winners. A powerful second-half display saw Rapparees defeat Rathnure by 2-18 to 1-14 in a game where the teams had been deadlocked at 1-7 apiece at the break.
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All over, 2-18 to 2-11 win for our senior hurlers in the quarter final of the Pettitt’s senior hurling championship. True grit displayed as we were a man down for most of the match, well done lads! pic.twitter.com/Lv6aXYGjRE
— St Martin's GAA Club (@StMartinsGAA) September 22, 2018
Source: St Martins GAA Club/Twitter
Camross and Rathdowney-Errill both won their respective county semi-final ties in Laois today to set up a final meeting.
Dublin SHC quarter-finals
St Vincent’s 1-14 Na Fianna 1-12
Ballyboden St Enda’s 3-21 Ballinteer St John’s 0-18
Kilmacud Crokes 0-19 St Jude’s 0-14
Cuala 2-26 Lucan Sarsfields 2-13
Laois SHC semi-finals
Camross 1-17 Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton 1-12
Rathdowney-Errill 1-15 Ballinakill 0-10
Offaly SHC semi-finals
Kilcormac-Killoughey 1-16 St Rynagh’s 1-11
Coolderry 4-13 Belmont 3-15
Wexford SHC quarter-finals
St Anne’s Naomh Eanna
St Martin’s 2-18 Ferns St Aidan’s 2-11
Rapparees 2-18 Rathnure 1-14
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