K/K and St Rynagh’s maintain unbeaten starts as need for Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship highlighted

Thursday, 20 July 2017

KILCORMAC/Killoughey and St Rynagh's may have maintained their 100 percent record in this years Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Championship but the bigger story from the weekend is the one sided nature of four of the five games.

The games between Belmont and Shinrone and K/K and Kinnitty had only a score in them but outside of that you had winning margins of 18, 22, 25 and 27 points in the other four games. With a Senior 'B' championship coming into play for 2018 and for teams being relegated this year (bottom two teams in each group), last weekend's results were a timely reminder of why a Senior 'B' Championship is needed.

On Friday night, Belmont defeated Shinrone for the first time in senior championship history on a scoreline of 3-19 to 2-19. Donal Morkan's red card on the stroke of half time was a big blow for Shinrone and while Belmont were the better team on the night, Shinrone almost caught them at the death. Oisin Kelly hit 1-4 for Belmont in a massive confidence boosting win for them.

Also on Friday night, Coolderry had little trouble in disposing of Lusmagh. Coolderry won out on a scoreline of 2-28 to 0-12 with Brian Carroll top scoring with 1-12. They led 2-13 to 0-6 at half time and eased to victory.

Birr were another team to ease to another two points. They had 25 points to spare over Shamrocks on Saturday evening with a 4-27 to 0-14 points win. There was only two points in it with eight minutes to go to half time but Birr finished the half strong to lead 4-13 to 0-8 at the break and have the game sewn up with half an hour to go. Goals from Colm Mulrooney (two), Thomas Bolger and Paddy Mullins set them on their way.

Kilcormac/Killoughey remained top of group one with a narrow 0-15 to 0-14 win over an ever improving Kinnitty. Kinnitty led at the break and were a point up with five minutes to go but late points from Cillian Kiely and Conor Mahon got K/K over the line by the slightest of margins.

The remaining two games were played in Moystown on Sunday afternoon with Seir Kieran easing past Clodiagh Gaels 7-24 to 1-15. James Mulrooney notched 3-4 with Joe Bergin 2-9 as they attacked at will and showed no mercy.

St Rynagh's hit 21 wides against Tullamore but still put up a score of 3-21 to Tullamore's 0-12 in the final game of the weekend to cement their place at the top of Group 2. Goals from Sean Dolan (two) and Sean Kenny helped the champions brush aside the Tullamore challenge.

With two rounds of games left, it is looking like Tullamore, Clodiagh Gaels, Shamrocks and Lusmagh will be relegated to Senior B for 2018 unless these teams can pull off some major shocks in the remaining games.

K/K top group one while St Rynagh's lead the way in group two. The next round of games are the weekend after next with the exception of Birr and Coolderry who play this Sunday morning. It has the makings of a tight affair with both coming in off the back of big wins last weekend. Eoghan Cahill will miss the game having been sent off against Shamrocks but Birr might still have enough to get over the line.



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