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Cork champions Glen Rovers come from 11 points down to claim thrilling win over Sarsfields

Erins Own saw off St Finbarr’s in yesterday’s other senior hurling tie on Leeside.

Glen Rovers Patrick Horgan and Sarsfields Daniel Kearney were in opposition yesterday.
Glen Rovers Patrick Horgan and Sarsfields Daniel Kearney were in opposition yesterday.
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REIGNING CORK SENIOR hurling champions Glen Rovers launched an incredible comeback as they came from 11 points down to defeat Sarsfields – the team they saw off in last year’s decider – in yesterday’s Round 2A replay at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Last week the teams could not be separated after extra-time and it took a stunning revival from Glen Rovers to claim a 3-17 to 4-12 victory this time.

Two goals from Michael Cussen helped Sarsfields into a 2-7 to 0-6 lead after 20 minutes before Cork senior Daniel Kearney bagged their third goal before half-time as they moved in front 3-8 to 0-7.

Glen Rovers did cut the gap to eight points at the break, 3-9 to 1-7, with Patrick Horgan netting from a free.

A Glenn Kennefick goal left them three points adrift, 3-12 to 2-12, with 12 minutes remaining, but Kearney’s second goal put Sarsfields in the driving seat with a 4-12 to 2-13 advantage in the 51st minute. But Glen Rovers hit 1-4 without reply in the finale with David Cunningham raising their green flag.

In the curtain-raiser to yesterday’s double-header in Páirc Uí Rinn, Erins Own defeated St Finbarr’s by 3-19 to 0-13 in their replay.

Two goals from Maurice O’Carroll put Erins Own into a 2-6 to 0-9 advantage at the break and they took over in the second-half with a third goal from Eoghan murphy sealing a comfortable win.

The draws for Round 3 and Round 4 of the senior hurling championship will take place tonight at 7pm in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Here’s the format.

Round 3

13 teams (6 Losers from Round 2A + 6 Winners from Round 2B + Bye team from Round 2B). (6 Games & 1 bye) winners & bye team into Round 4.

Round 4

13 teams (6 winners from Round 2A + 6 winners from Round 3 + bye team from Round 3. (5 games & 3 byes) winners & byes into quarter finals.

The draw for the quarter-finals will made at a later date

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