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Kilcormac/Killoughey click into gear as group stages conclude in Senior Hurling Championship

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kilcormac/Killoughey click into gear as group stages conclude in Senior Hurling Championship thumbnailStephen Molloy (Kinnitty) gets ready to grab the ball ahead of the challenging Niall Duffy (Lusmagh). Pic: Rose Mannion. MT33636RM

THE shadow boxing in the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship is over for another year as the group stages came to a close last Saturday evening and confirming the quarter final draw.
Kilcormac/Killoughey were the only side to come through the group stages with a 100 percent record intact as Shinrone put St Rynagh's to the sword, 1-18 to 1-17, to give the champions their first loss.
K/K beat Birr 0-26 to 0-16 with debutant Stephen Leonard, Ciaran Slevin, Dan Currams and Cillian Kiely all to the fore in a game that they had control of once they recovered from going 0-3 to 0-0 down.
Kinnitty had a facile win over Lusmagh. It finished 3-20 to 1-12 with the Kinnitty men pulling away in the second half to confirm their second place finish in the group.
Stephen Molloy and Aodhan Kealey grabbed the goals with Colm Coughlan, as usual, racking up the frees.
The other game in group one saw a big win for Coolderry over a Shamrocks team already condemned to Senior B hurling for 2018. They won 6-29 to 0-16 with Brian Carroll having a field day, firing 1-11, while Kevin Connolly hit seven points from play.
Al the results in group one also put pay to the faint hopes of Lusmagh surviving the drop to senior B and they join Clodiagh Gaels, Tullamore and Shamrocks in the second tier for next year.
The big game in group two saw Shinrone edge out St Rynagh's 1-18 to 1-17. St Rynagh's were short players but Shinrone also lined out without Conor Doughan. This is a big win for them, especially facing into a quarter final with K/K who seem to be coming into a bit of form.
Donal Morkan hit six points while Jason Sampson, who hit 4-4 in the last round, found the net again as they finished fourth in the group with Rynagh's remaining on top.
Seir Kieran had things all their own way against Tullamore in Clara. Joe Bergin fired 2-9 while Adrian Hynes, Barry Kealey and James Scully also found the net in the 5-19 to 1-9 rout against a Tullamore side minus the services of Shane Dooley.
Belmont also won big as they beat the already relegated Clodiagh Gaels 3-29 to 0-13 in Rath. One of the players of the year so far, Damien Egan, hit 0-11 despite been called ashore after 34 minutes. Leon Fox chipped in with 1-7 also while Joe Maher and Colin Egan also found the net in the routine win.
Those results cleared up the quarter final draw and it is as follows.
Kilcormac/Killoughey v Shinrone
Kinnitty v Belmont
Coolderry v Seir Kieran
St Rynagh's v Birr.
These are fascinating ties. K/K and Shinrone are two teams in form and one of them will exit at the quarter final stage while Belmont and Kinnitty will also square off as two of the most exciting teams to watch.
There will be a local derby with Seir Kieran and Coolderry while in a repeat of last years final, St Rynagh's will take on their old rivals Birr. There is no fixed fixtures for the quarter finals yet but they are expected to be the weekend after next with two in O'Connor Park and two in St Brendan's Park, Birr.
Group 1 final standings
P W L D F A Pts
Kilcormac-Killoughey 5 5 0 0 121 71 10
Kinnitty 5 4 1 0 126 77 8
Coolderry 5 3 2 0 134 87 6
Birr 5 2 3 0 112 98 4
Lusmagh 5 1 4 0 78 118 2
Shamrocks 5 0 5 0 65 185 0
Group 2 final standings
P W L D F A Pts
St Rynagh's 5 4 1 0 126 71 8
Seir Kieran 5 3 1 1 134 86 7
Belmont 5 3 1 1 132 93 7
Shinrone 5 3 2 0 134 99 6
Tullamore 5 1 4 0 83 138 2
Clodiagh Gaels 5 0 5 0 70 192 0

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