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IT WAS A huge day of Munster club hurling with semi-finals down for decision in Ennis and Kilmallock. Cratloe, Thurles Sarsfields, Kilmallock and Sarsfields were all dreaming of a final place.

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Results

Connacht
IHC final
Cappataggle (Galway) 0-15 Ballyhaunis (Mayo) 1-10

Munster
SHC semi-final

Cratloe (Clare) 1-18 Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 0-14
Kilmallock (Limerick) 3-22 Sarsfields (Cork) 3-20 – after extra time

IHC semi-finals
Cappoquin (Waterford) 1-14 Feakle (Clare)  0-16
Bruff (Limerick) 2-13 Lixnaw (Kerry) 2-10

Leinster JHC quarter-final
St Brigid’s (Westmeath) 2-20 Knockbridge (Louth) 1-20

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Afternoon and welcome along to today’s big hurling showdowns. We’re focusing on the battles in Munster. Craltoe and Thurles Sarsfields square off in Cusack Park in Ennis while Cork’s Sarsfields travel to take on Limerick champions Kilmallock in Kilmallock.

Here’s today’s club hurling fixtures:

Connacht
IHC final
Cappataggle (Galway) v Ballyhaunis (Mayo), Athleague, 2pm

Munster
SHC semi-finals
Kilmallock (Limerick) v Sarsfields (Cork), Kilmallock, 2pm
Cratloe (Clare) v Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary), Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm

IHC semi-finals
Lixnaw (Kerry) v Bruff (Limerick), Kerry venue, 2pm
Feakle (Clare) v Cappoquin (Waterford), Sixmilebridge, 2pm

Leinster
JHC quarter-final
St Brigid’s (Westmeath) v Knockbridge (Louth), Rochfortbridge, 2pm

Camogie news and it’s full time in the Leinster intermediate camogie final:

Result: Piltown (Kilkenny) 3-10 Camross (Laois) 4-5

Still scoreless in Kilmallock, couple of early wides for the home side.

GOAL! Kilmallock 1-0 Sarsfields 0-1

Kieran Kennelly boots home after a goalmouth scramble for Kilmallock after Daniel Kearney had pointed for Sarsfields.

RED CARD! Thurles Sarsfields down to 14 men as Denis Maher is dismissed after 10 seconds!

Cratloe 0-2 Thurles Sarsfields 0-1
Cratloe edge in to an early lead in Ennis.

Kilmallock 1-1 Sarsfields 0-1
Graeme Mulcahy points for Kilmallock, ten minutes gone in Limerick.

GOAL! Sarsfields 2-2 Kilmallock 1-2
No shortage of goals in Kilmallock as Sarsfields hit the net twice in quick succession. First of all Eoin Quigley nets after a goalmouth scramble, then Michael Cussen crowns a great individual run by finding the net.

Cratloe 0-3 Thurles Sarsfields 0-3
Delicately poised in Ennis with the teams locked together.

Sarsfields 2-3 Kilmallock 1-4
Eoin O’Sullivan points to edge the Cork champions further ahead.

Cratloe 0-7 Thurles Sarsfields 0-3
Couple of fine points by Cratloe’s Padraic Collins.

Cratloe 0-8 Thurles Sarsfields 0-4
Four point advantage for Clare champions Cratloe.

Half-TIme: Sarsfields 2-4 Kilmallock 1-6
Goals from Michael Cussen and Eoin Quigley have the Cork side ahead at the interval.

GOAL! Cratloe 1-8 Thurles Sarsfields 0-4
Podge Collins hits the net and Cratloe have put real daylight between the sides at the break.

Sarsfields 2-6 Kilmallock 1-7
Eoin O’Sullivan has just nudged Sars two ahead.

GOAL! Kilmallock 2-8 Sarsfields 2-6
Brian O’Sullivan’s long-range shot goes all the way to the net, moments after he’d landed a point. Kilmallock back in front.

Cratloe 1-10 Thurles Sarsfields 0-7
Still a six point lead for Cratloe as they stay clear of the Tipp champions.

Cratloe 1-12 Thurles Sarsfields 0-8
Closing in on the final quarter in Ennis, Cratloe are seven points ahead.

Sarsfields 2-10 Kilmallock 2-9
Michael Cussen sends Sarsfields ahead.

Kilmallock 2-11 Sarsfields 2-10
Robbie Egan and Kieran Kennelly help Kilmallock go back in front with well-taken points.

Kilmallock 2-12 Sarsfields 2-11
Cian McCarthy points a free for Sarsfields after Graeme Mulcahy had splits the posts for Kilmallock.

Oulart-The-Ballagh 2-6 Thomastown 0-3
In camogie news, Oulart are nine up at half-time in the Leinster senior camogie club final.

GOAL! Kilmallock 3-14 Sarsfields 2-11
That could be it. Paddy O’Loughlin with Kilmallock’s third goal of the day.

GOAL! Kilmallock 3-14 Sarsfields 3-12
Hope for Sars yet! Kieran Murphy finds the net.

Cratloe 1-18 Thurles Sarsfields 0-14
Time nearly up and Cratloe can start thinking of a Munster hurling final.

Kilmallock 3-15 Sarsfields 3-13
Cian McCarthy cuts the gap that Sarsfields face.

Full-Time: Munster IHC semi-finals
Bruff (Limerick) 2-13 Lixnaw (Kerry) 2-10
Cappoquin (Waterford) 1-14 Feakle (Clare) 0-16

Full-Time: Cratloe 1-18 Thurles Sarsfields 0-14

Sarsfields 3-15 Kilmallock 3-15
All square and we’re heading for extra time!

Amazing comeback from Sarsfields there with Cian McCarthy keeping his cool to nail two injury time frees and force a draw.

Sarsfields 3-16 Kilmallock 3-16
Points swapped by Eoin Ryan and Cormac Duggan.

Sarsfields 3-18 Kilmallock 3-17
Still really tight in Limerick close to half-time in extra-time.

Half-Time in Extra-Time:
Kilmallock 3-18 Sarsfields 3-18

Kilmallock 3-20 Sarsfields 3-18
Stunning point by Graeme Mulcahy for the Limerick champions.

Kilmallock 3-20 Sarsfields 3-19
Cian McCarthy converts a free for Sarsfields.

Sarsfields 3-20 Kilmallock 3-20
All square again as Daniel Kearney points for Sarsfields.

Michael Cussen shoots wide for Sarsfields.

Eoin Ryan and Gavin O’Mahony strike wides for Kilmallock.

Full-Time: Kilmallock 3-22 Sarsfields 3-20
Paddy O’Loughlin and Graeme Mulcahy point for Kilmallock and they triumph!

What drama, two points in the last sixteen seconds of the game win it for Kilmallock.

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