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Belmont stun Birr as Hurling Championships down to last four

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Belmont stun Birr as Hurling Championships down to last four thumbnailDerek Morkan (Shinrone) looking for the best positioned player as he heads down field in possession and Pat Camon (St. Rynaghís) hot on his heels. Pic: Rose Mannion. MT37660RM

After a weekend of quarter action, the Offaly Hurling Championships are down to the last four in both the top flight and the 'B' championships as well as junior and intermediate while Coolderry easily beat Belmont in the junior 'B' final last Saturday.
With Kilcormac/Killoughey and Coolderry already through to the semi finals in the senior hurling, they will be joined by Belmont and St Rynagh's after they came through stiff tests at the weekend.
St Rynagh's were made to work all the way for their 0-17 to 0-14 win over Shinrone on Saturday evening in Birr. Aidan Treacy top scored with eight points on the evening as Rynagh's came back from being a point down with 12 minutes to go to get the win.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Belmont grabbed an injury time goal to snatch a dramatic victory over Birr. It was their first ever time to beat them in senior championship hurling as Damien Egan's goal left Birr crestfallen at the final whistle.
Birr had led 0-6 to 0-0 early on but Belmont, to their credit, fought their way into the game and never threw in the towel.
Joe Maher was the top marksman for the Belmont men with three points from play and they now move on to play Coolderry in the semi final while old rivals St Rynagh's and Kilcormac/Killoughey will contest the other semi final.
The semi finals will take place on the weekend of 20/21st of September with the final pencilled in for two weeks later.
The Senior 'B' championship also threw up two interesting quarter finals at the weekend. Shamrocks and Drumcullen went to battle in Birr on Saturday evening and it was the Shamrocks men who came back from being five points down with fifteen minutes to go to earn a draw and force extra time.
Shamrocks dominated extra time and with Wayne Mooney and Johnny O'Toole-Greene making a big difference off the bench with nine points between them, they won out by a point ñ 0-25 to 1-21 with the Drumcullen goal coming with the last puck of extra time.
On Sunday, Clodiagh Gaels came back from being six points down at half time to win by four points with a 0-20 to 1-13 win over a Lusmagh side that finished the game with 13 men.
Liam Langton was the star of the show with six well taken points from play as they reversed the result when they met each other two weeks ago in the group stages.
The semi final draw for the Senior 'B' was also made with Tullamore taking on Shamrocks and Ballinamere going up against Clodiagh Gaels.

Senior Hurling Championship semi finals:
Kilcormac/Killoughey v St Rynagh's; Coolderry v Belmont

Senior 'B' Hurling Championship semi finals:
Tullamore v Shamrocks; Ballinamere v Clodiagh Gaels

Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-finals
Kilcormac/Killoughey v Clara; Birr v St Rynagh's

Junior Hurling Championship semi-finals
Kinnitty v Shinrone; Kilcormac/Killoughey v Tullamore.

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