Kinnitty Maintain Momentum As K/K and St Rynagh’s Send Out Warning 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

ROUND two of the Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Championship has come and gone and with the resumption not expected until July, only three teams still have a 100 percent record intact.

Two of those teams are in group one with Kilcormac/Killoughey and Kinnitty keeping the pressure up on each other.

Kinnitty have been the big winners of the opening rounds as they followed up their opening round win over Birr with a 1-17 to 0-16 win over Coolderry on Saturday. An Eoghan Callaghan goal in the second half proved the key score while Colm Coughlan proved on form from placed balls. 

KK had a routine 6-22 to 0-9 win over Shamrocks with Dan Currams and Thomas Geraghty hitting 5-10 between them. The result was never in doubt and it leaves Shamrocks deep in relegation trouble even at this early stage. 

The other game in group one saw Birr register a 2-13 to 1-9 win over Lusmagh.  The Birr men started well and an Eoghan Cahill goal had them well on their way before Lusmagh battles back. An Eoin Kelly goal helped them get back level in the second half but Birr pulled away again and earned their first points of the championship with their second goal coming from Colm Mulrooney.

Group two saw St Rynagh's make it two wins from two after they inflicted a 4-29 to 0-12 defeat on Clodiagh Gaels. Stephen Quirke hit 1-11 as the reigning champions had the game well sown up at half time with a 2-17 to 0-4 lead. 

Belmont and Seir Kieran played out the game of the weekend on Friday night. They ended level after 60 minutes, 1-16 to 0-19, with a Joe Bergin free in injury time levelling it up. James Nally found the net for Belmont in the second half but they couldn't kick on as the lead changed hands in the final five minutes before Bergin pointed the late free to give the teams a point each. 

Friday night also saw the meeting of Shinrone and Tullamore with the Shinrone men really hitting top scoring form. They won the game 0-28 to 0-13 and were in free scoring form throughout. Sean Cleary was lively up front while Conor Doughan excelled around the middle third. They led 0-15 to 0-5 at half time and kicked on again in the second half to amass 28 points.

With the date for the next round not known yet, there are already teams under pressure. When the championship resumes, Coolderry will face Lusmagh and what a massive game that will be now. Should Coolderry fail to win that, relegation trouble will come into play for the 2015 champions.

Kinnitty and K/K will also go head to head in a battle at the top in Group one while the meeting of Belmont and Shinrone in group two will also be massive for both clubs.

Meanwhile, Offaly's campaign in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship came to an end on Saturday with a 2-17 to 1-13 quarter-final defeat in Wexford.


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