Coolderry continue to lead way as SHC enters must win time

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Coolderry continue to lead way as SHC enters  must win time thumbnailOdhran Kealey (Kinnitty) side steps Shinroneís Darren Crean and takes a quick look up before driving the ball straight between the uprights. Pic: Rose Mannion. MT31103RM

COOLDERRY remain the only undefeated team in the Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Championship after their 1-19 to 1-9 win over Birr kept them on top of the table and safely into the knockout stages. Joachim Kelly's side are now on eight points and guaranteed at least a quarter final spot but a win over Kinnitty on Sunday week will see them guaranteed to finish first or second which would put them straight into a semi final.
Brian Carroll was once again on form with 11 points as Birr produced a poor display all round.
Kilcormac/Killoughey also got back to winning ways as they came back from being 0-13 to 0-6 down at half time to Seir Kieran to win 2-16 to 0-18. The switch of Ger Healion to full forward and the introduction of Conor Mahon and Damien Kilmartin paid dividends as a depleted K/K produced a stirring fightback.
On Friday night at a rain soaked Coolderry, Kinnitty and Shinrone played out an entertaining 0-19 to 0-19 draw. Kinnitty had the better of the first half and led 0-11 to 0-7 at half time. They led by eight points with 25 minutes to go but Shinrone rallied and actually took the lead in injury time through Derek Morkan only for Colm Coughlan to rescue a draw for Kinnitty with the last puck of the game.
St Rynagh's hadn't a great start to the championship back in April but they look to be back on track now. Following their win over K/K in the last round, they accounted for Belmont on Sunday and won out on a 1-18 to 0-16 scoreline in Lusmagh.
Aidan Treacy's occupation of the full forward berth has been a shrewd move on their part and he once again scored heavily with 1-12.
Belmont lined out without Oisin Kelly and were well in the game with Treacy's goal coming at a crucial stage.
The next round of games take place the weekend after next and there are some massive games.
With the bottom two going into a relegation play off, the likes of Kinnitty, Belmont, Seir Kieran and Birr are all in a bit of trouble while K/K and Shinrone are not safe yet either.
Belmont and Seir Kieran are playing each other in the next round and the loser of that will be fighting for their lives in the final round. Kinnitty are bottom on two points and they are playing the form team ñ Coolderry on Sunday week. Should Kinnitty lose that, they will be guaranteed to be in the relegation final.
Birr take on St Rynaghs before facing Seir Kieran in their final game. They need a win from one of those to get into the quarter finals but there is nothing simple there for them.
Kilcormac/Killoughey will square up to Shinrone on Saturday week and that could have the makings of the game of the round.
There are likely to be twists and turns yet and reports on all this week's action can be found on pages 60 to 63.


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