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Galway, Kilkenny and Derry clubs book spots in All-Ireland hurling finals

It was a great day for Glenmore, Abbeyknockmoy and Eoghan Rua.

Kilkenny seniors Eoin Murphy (left) and Ger Aylward (right) were part of the Glenmore side that won today.
Kilkenny seniors Eoin Murphy (left) and Ger Aylward (right) were part of the Glenmore side that won today.
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THERE’LL BE GALWAY, Kilkenny and Derry clubs in action in next month’s AIB All-Ireland club hurling finals after today’s semi-finals action.

After Kilkenny’s Bennettsbridge saw off Clare’s Wolfe Tones yesterday in the intermediate semi-final in Banagher, eyes turned to Navan for the identity of their opponents.

It was Galway’s Abbeyknockmoy who seized the chance by claiming a 1-13 to 0-9 victory at Páirc Tailteann against Antrim’s Creggan Kickhams.

At the break Creggan were narrowly in front 0-7 to 0-6 and then notched the first point of the second-half. But Abbeyknockmoy took over with Paul and Brian Flaherty notching vital points before Craig Kennedy struck the all-important goal to seal their success.

The final will take place on Sunday 7 February in Croke Park and will be preceded by the junior final meeting of Kilkenny’s Glenmore and Derry’s Eoghan Rua.

Goals were key for Glenmore with their 3-10 to 1-11 success over Cork’s Dungourney at the Waterford IT Sports Campus in Carriganore.

Alan Murphy, brother of Kilkenny senior Eoin, raised two green flags as Glenmore went in front 2-5 to 0-4 at the break. Mark Aylward hit the insurance third goal for Glenmore in the second-half while Dungourney did hit the net late on courtesy of a Shane Casey free.

Elsewhere Eoghan Rua were 0-10 to 0-4 victors over Galway club Sylane at Ballyshannon.

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