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Dublin: 22 °C Sunday 24 June, 2018

Here's your round-up of today's key club hurling action

Cork champions Sarsfields are still on track to retain their title while last year’s Clare beaten finalists Cratloe bowed out.

Michael Cussen found the net twice for Sarsfields this afternoon. (file photo)
Michael Cussen found the net twice for Sarsfields this afternoon. (file photo)
Image: INPHO/James Crombie


LAST YEAR’S FINALISTS Cratloe exited the Clare senior hurling championship today as the group stages concluded.

Paddy Vaughan fired over a late pointed free to enable 2010 and 2011 champions Crusheen draw level at 0-16 apiece with Cratloe in their Group 2 tie at Cusack Park in Ennis. The result ensured Crusheen progressed to the quarter-finals but it’s the end of the road for Cratloe.

Inagh-Kilnamona are the other team to advance to the quarter-finals from this group after they got the better of St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield by 2-18 to 1-10 in Clarecastle.

Meanwhile in Group 3 it is Clonlara and Sixmilebridge who move forward to the quarter-finals. They met this afternoon in Clarecastle with Sixmilebridge triumphing by 1-18 to 3-10.

But both sides will progress with the other game in that group seeing Clooney-Quin defeat Clarecastle by 5-8 to 2-11.

In the Senior B championship, Ballyea moved into the final of that competition and the quarter-finals of the A championship by virtue of their 1-22 to 0-11 success against Scarriff.


Crusheen’s Pat Vaughan
Pic: INPHO/James Crombie


Reigning champions Sarsfields moved into the semi-final stage of the senior hurling championship with a comfortable 5-12 to 2-9 quarter-final win over Killeagh today.

In a game played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Sarsfields raced into an early 2-2 to 0-0 lead after both Michael Cussen and Tadgh Óg Murphy found the net. Kieran Murphy grabbed a third goal and they were 3-5 to 0-6 clear at half-time.

Further goals by Cian McCarthy and Cussen stretched Sarsfields lead in the second-half and they were in front by 5-11 to 0-8 at one juncture. Killeagh fired home late goals from Sean Long and Andy Walsh but Sarsfields still ran out winners by a 12-point margin to set up a semi-final meeting with Ballymartle.


Sarsfields Kieran Murphy
Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

In the second quarter-final clash at the venue this afternoon, Midleton enjoyed a runaway success over Bishopstown by 2-18 to 0-8. The East Cork exacted revenge in style for their quarter-final loss last year to Bishopstown.

Conor Lehane was on fire for Midleton as he struck 1-13 during the game. The winners lead by 1-9 to 0-4 at the break with Declan Ryan hitting the first-half goal for Midleton.

Lehane struck home the second goal in the 43rd minute and with both Paul Haughney and Luke O’Farrell in good form, Midleton ultimately cruised to a 16-point success. They now go forward to a semi-final tie against Na Piarsaigh.

Meanwhile a last-gasp pointed free from 100 yards by Anthony Nash handed his club Kanturk a semi-final win in the Cork intermediate hurling championship against Fermoy this afternoon in Ballyhea.

Nash was the hero with the vital point in the 2-16 to 2-15 victory. Irish International Rules vice-captain Aidan Walsh and Cork senior hurler Lorcan McLoughlin both weighed in with a goal apiece during the game for Kanturk.


Anthony Nash in action for Cork
Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy


St Brigid’s booked their place in the semi-final of the senior hurling championship with a 1-20 to 1-17 success today against St Pat’s (Palmerstown).

In a game played at O’Toole Park, St Brigid’s ran out three-point winners after the teams had been tied at 0-9 apiece at the break.

In the second quarter-final tie played at O’Toole Park, there was success for Craobh Chiarain by 2-9 to 1-10 against Ballinteer St John’s.

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