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Munster SHC club final
Glen Rovers (Cork) 2-10 Ballyea (Clare) 1-21 - FT

Leinster SHC club semi-finals
Oulart The Ballagh (Wexford) 0-17 O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) 3-17 - FT
St Mullins (Carlow) 1-7 Cuala (Dublin) 1-19 - FT


Hello and welcome to today’s liveblog. Kevin O’Brien here. We’ve got three games quality games of provincial club hurling in store for you today.

It’s Munster final day in Thurles, where two clubs with contrasting tradition meet at Semple Stadium. Ballyea won their first ever Clare senior county title last month, while Cork’s Glen Rovers boast 27 senior crowns, three Munster titles and two All-Irelands.

The game is being billed as the clash of the sharpshooters – Tony Kelly versus Patrick Horgan – but there will be so much more quality on show all over the field. Read a preview here:

Meanwhile further east, four teams will become two in the Leinster championship. The standout tie is Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) v O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny).

O’Loughlin Gaels recently lifted their first county title in six years, and fourth overall, while two-in-a-row Wexford winners Oulart finally got over the hump by winning Leinster last year.

The weekend’s third game sees Dublin’s Cuala make the trip south to Carlow outfit St Mullins – who will fancy their chances of causing an upset. Cuala were beaten by Oulart in last year’s provincial decider, and they’ll be eyeing revenge down the line. Here’s a preview to whet the appetite:

Patrick Horgan Patrick Horgan is the Glen's leading attacker

Tony Kelly Ballyea's former Hurler of the Year - Tony Kelly

Rory Jacob with Paul Quirke Former Wexford star Rory Jacob is a key man for Oulart

David Treacy Dublin's ace forward David Treacy is central to Cuala's hopes Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

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What three sides do you see winning today?

We’re moments away from throw in.

Ballyea 0-1 Glen Rovers 0-0

2 mins – Niall Deasy gives Ballyea the lead.

Ballyea 0-2 Glen Rovers 0-1

5 mins – Both danger men are on target. Patrick Horgan slots over a free, before Tony Kelly jinks his way past a couple of defenders and splits the posts.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-2 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-0

5 mins – Oulart have taken an early two point lead. There hasn’t been a score yet in Carlow.

Ballyea 0-2 Glen Rovers 0-2

7 mins – Phenomenal point by Cathal O’Brien in the corner to level us up.

Cuala 0-0 St Mullins 0-1

8 mins – Marty Kavanagh sends the Carlow champions into the lead in a low-scoring affair.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-4 O’Loughlin Gaels 0-0

8 mins – Garrett Sinnott adds a score for the Wexford side, who’ve been well on top so far.

Cuala 0-1 St Mullins 0-1

10 mins – David Treacy’s free draws Cuala level.


GOAL! Pearse Lillis finds the net for Ballyea. He skinned the Glen Rovers defender there and confidently fired home. Ballyea lead by 1-3 to 0-3 after 13 minutes.


GOAL! John Murphy hits the net for St Mullins. The Carlow champions lead Cuala by 1-1 to 0-2 after 11 minutes.


GOAL! Mark Kelly will a vital three-pointer for O’Loughlin Gaels. They trail Oulart by 0-7 to 1-0 after 16 minutes.

Ballyea 1-5 Glen Rovers 0-4

18 mins – David Cunningham does well to shake off a defender and take his point. Instantly Tony Kelly drives forward and lands his third score. This game has all the makings of a classic.


GOAL! Mark Bergin’s finishes to the net for the Kilkenny champions. They’re right back in this now.

Cuala 0-5 St Mullins 1-2

20 mins – Treacy converts another free. We’re all level in Dr Cullen Park.

That’s three frees for Cuala’s Treacy so far.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-9 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-2

23 mins – O’Loughlin Gaels hit their fifth wide but they’re only a point behind.

Cuala 0-7 St Mullins 1-2

22 mins – Schutte sends Cuala two in front from play.

Ballyea 1-8 Glen Rovers 0-4

26 mins – PJ Connolly stretches the Clare side’s lead as we near half-time.

Patrick Horgan and Gearoid O’Connell Patrick Horgan and Gearoid O’Connell in action during the Munster final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Ballyea 1-10 Glen Rovers 0-4

29 mins – Nine points between the teams. The Glen will need to pull out something special to make a game of this in the second-half.

Cuala 0-8 St Mullins 1-3

28 mins – It’s a tight affair in Dr Cullen Park as we near the half. Con O’Callaghan is fouled and Treacy applies the finish from the placed ball.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-9 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-4

29 mins – Remarkably O’Loughlin Gaels are in front. This has been quite the comeback from them.


Half-time scores

Munster club SHC final: Ballyea 1-10 Glen Rovers 0-4

Leinster club SHC semi-final: Oulart the Ballagh 0-10 O’Loughlin Gaels 2-6

Leinster club SHC semi-final: Cuala 0-9 St Mullins 1-3

GOAL! Conor Dorris finds the net for Glen Rovers right after half-time. The perfect storm for the Glen.

Ballyea 1-10 Glen Rovers 1-5

33 mins – That’s 1-1 since the restart for the Glen as Dorris adds a point to his goal moments earlier.


GOAL! Sammy Johnston capitalises on an Oulart mistake for a third O’Loughlin Gaels goal. They now lead by 3-7 to 0-13.


GOAL! Another one from Dorris! Stunning finish there from 14m out. That’s 2-1 for Dorris in seven minutes.

Cuala 0-10 St Mullins 1-4

10 mins – Jack Kavanagh and Con O’Callaghan trade scores.

Ballyea 1-13 Glen Rovers 2-6

40 mins – Niall Deasy with the latest score for Ballyea.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-13 O’Loughlin Gaels 3-11

43 mins - O’Loughlin Gaels are seven up now, despite that desperate start.

Cuala 1-13 St Mullins 1-5

40 mins – Looks like there won’t be any ambush for St Mullins today. Sean Treacy sends over a score to leave the Dublin champions eight in front.

Ballyea 1-14 Glen Rovers 2-7

46 mins – Horgan takes his score from a 21m free. The Glen are four behind with 14 minutes left.

Cuala 1-15 St Mullins 1-5

45 mins – O’Callaghan slots over a point to leave Cuala ten points to the good.

Oulart The Ballagh 0-16 O’Loughlin Gaels 3-16

54 mins – Martin Comerford leaves nine between the sides.

Cuala 1-16 St Mullins 1-7

51 mins – With nine minutes left, another David Treacy free edges Cuala further in front.

Ballyea 1-18 Glen Rovers 2-9

57 mins – Deasy converts a placed ball, leaving us with a six point gap as we enter the final three minutes of regulation time.

Ballyea 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-9

60 mins – Massive score by Pearse Lillis for Ballyea. They’re minutes away from lifting the Munster title.

Leinster SHC club semi-final FT

O’Loughlin Gaels 3-17 Oulart The Ballagh 0-17

Munster SHC club final FT

Ballyea 1-21 Glen Rovers 2-9

Leinster SHC club semi-final FT

Cuala 1-19 St Mullins 1-7

That’s all we’ve got for you. Keep an eye on the site for reports from all today’s games. Thanks for joining us.

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Kevin O'Brien