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Bennett brothers inspire Waterford's Ballysaggart to All-Ireland final date with Creggan

The final will take place in Croke Park on Saturday February 8th.

Shane Bennett (right) in action for the Waterford minors.
Shane Bennett (right) in action for the Waterford minors.
Image: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

IT’LL BE A battle of Waterford against Antrim in this year’s AIB All-Ireland junior hurling club final after wins today for Ballysaggart and Creggan Kickhams.

Waterford champions Ballysaggart were far too strong for Sligo’s Calry-St Joseph’s as they won 4-13 to 0-8 in Tullamore. The game was essentially over as a contest at half-time after Ballysaggart had raced into a 3-10 to 0-2 lead.

The Bennett brothers Stephen and Shane, who won All-Ireland minor hurling medals with Waterford last year, lead the way in the scoring stakes. Shane struck two goals while Stephen bagged one in the opening period.

Ronan Walsh hit Ballysaggart’s fourth goal after half-time and they cruised to victory from there. They will now attempt to become the first Waterford club to win the All-Ireland junior hurling crown.

Earlier in Páirc Esler in Newry, it finished 2-10 to 1-8 in favour of Antrim’s Creggan Kickhams against Fullen Gaels of Warwickshire.

Creggan Kickhams trailed by 1-6 to 2-2 at half-time but they fought back to claim victory against a side that had contested lat year’s final.

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Fullen Gaels’ Eamon Gleeson with Creggan Kickhams’ Conor McCann
Pic: INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry

RESULTS
AIB All-Ireland JHC club semi-finals
Ballysaggart (Waterford) 4-13 Calry St Joseph’s (Sligo) 0-8
Creggan Kickhams (Antrim) 2-10 Fullen Gaels (Warwickshire) 1-8

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