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Dublin: 17 °C Friday 20 September, 2019

Kilkenny, Antrim, London and Warwickshire clubs reach All-Ireland hurling finals

Kilburn Gaels will face O’Donovan Rossa in the intermediate decider while it will be Fullen Gaels against Bennettsbridge in the junior clash.

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KILKENNY, ANTRIM, LONDON and Warwickshire will all have representatives in this year’s AIB All-Ireland intermediate and junior club hurling finals after today’s semi-final action.

The intermediate decider will be a battle between London and Antrim after Kilburn Gaels and O’Donovan Rossa won today’s encounters.

Kilburn Gaels became the third London club after Robert Emmett’s (2007) and St Gabriel’s (2013) to reach the intermediate decider with a narrow win in the Gaelic Grounds today over Galway’s Cappataggle.

The winners were in front by 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval but Cappataggle drew level at 0-8 apiece during the second-half and then Kilburn Gaels missed a penalty. However Kilburn Gaels closed out the game strongly to prevail.

They will take on O’Donovan Rossa after the Antrim club were victors over Waterford’s Cappoquin-Afane today by 2-12 to 1-8 in Mullingar. Thomas Morgan grabbed 2-2 in the opening-half for the winners as they moved into a 2-5 to 0-2 lead against a Cappoquin side that were reduced to 14 men. Cappoquin rallied in the second-half with Aaron O’Sullivan firing home a goal but O’Donovan Rossa ended up seven-point winners.

In the junior final, Bennettsbridge will hope to maintain Kilkenny’s dominance of the grade by becoming the sixth team from the county to lift the title. They impressed today in Neagh with a 16-point semi-final win over Galway’s Annaghdown.

Bennettsbridge played against the wind in the first-half and trailed 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval. But they dominated the second-half when they were backed by the elements and goals by Liam Blanchfield and Cormac Wafer sealed their success.

Fullen Gaels comprehensively won the other semi-final by 14 points against Castleblayney of Monaghan at Parnell’s GAA club in Coolock in Dublin.


All-Ireland IHC club semi-finals:

Kilburn Gaels (London) 0-11 Capptaggle (Galway) 0-10
O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) 2-12 Cappoquin (Waterford) 1-8

All-Ireland JHC club semi-finals:

Fullen Gaels (Warwickshire) 2-18 Castleblayney (Monaghan) 1-7
Bennettsbridge (Kilkenny) 2-19 Annaghdown (Galway) 0-9

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