Disappointing weekend for Offaly teams as Coolderry beaten in classic affair



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Joachim Kelly contiunued: “They had to dig so deep so many times. Draw match after full time. I felt we had it won. He told us three minutes injury time but he played six (actually six and a half) and made a draw of it but that's hurling for you.

“They are great men. They are all part of it. That is Coolderry for you. They have great bottle. They expect to win every match and we nearly did.

“We actually had it done at the end of normal time but referees and home venues – maybe he was intimidated by the home crowd, we got no rub of the green today.”

Brian Carroll, Stephen Corcoran and Kevin Brady all saw red in extra time as referee Justin Heffernan lost control of the game. Speaking on the sending off's, Kelly was unsure about them.

“Sending off's are sending off's – I don't know what happened but I felt a bit hard done by at the end of normal time.”

In the end, it was a three point defeat but the men from Coolderry can be proud of the fact that they left it all out on the field and did the jersey proud.

Brian Carroll chipped in with a massive 2-16 for Coolderry with 2-5 of that from open play while Dublin senior footballer Colm Basquel, who was making his first senior hurling start for his club, was the Dubliners hero scoring 3-3 over the 100 plus minutes.

Meanwhile Ballinamere's year also came to a close when they were beaten in the Leinster club Intermediate hurling semi final as they left O'Moore Park on the wrong end of a 3-13 to 2-11 scoreline.

While they competed well, they were outclassed on the day and can have few complaints. Brian Duignan and Paddy Murphy hit the goals for the Ballinamere men but they came up short and must now look forward and plan towards Senior hurling in Offaly in 2019.

This weekend sees the attention turn to the Leinster club football championships with Offaly having two teams left in action at the semi final stages.

Saturday sees Shamrocks have the advantage of home soil in O'Connor Park as they take on Wexford Intermediate champions Hoarswood in the Leinster club Intermediate football semi final. Shamrocks have disposed of the Wicklow and Carlow champions in previous rounds while the Wexford men come into the game having defeated Kilkenny and Longford opposition.

St Brigid's will also take to the field on Saturday when they take on Milltown in the Kildare Centre of Excellence outside Newbridge in the semi final of the Leinster club Junior football semi final.

The Croghan men were beaten finalists in the Offaly Intermediate championship but are the County representatives as Ferbane, who won the final, were fielding their second string at that grade.

Both games throw in at 1.30pm.

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