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Erins Own, Glen Rovers and Douglas advance to complete Cork SHC semi-final lineup

Midleton defeated St Finbarr’s to become the first team in the semi-finals on Friday night.

Midleton's Conor Lehane
Midleton's Conor Lehane
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Updated at 20:00

ON SUNDAY EVENING Erins Own booked their place in the last four of the Cork senior hurling championship with a 1-11 to 1-8 win over Blackrock.

Erins Own, who haven’t won a senior title since 2007, will taken on Midleton in the semi-final on September 25th. James O’Flynn scored his side’s only goal.

Reigning champions Glen Rovers were five point winners over Bishopstown last night, sealing their passage to the semi-finals.

Rovers found themselves three behind at the interval but after the restart Patrick Horgan’s accuracy from placed balls and a David Cunningham goal saw them home as 1-17 to 0-15 winners.

In Saturday’s other senior quarter-final, Douglas edged out Bride Rovers on a scoreline of 0-18 to 0-16. Douglas, seeking their maiden hurling title at this level, will take on Glen Rovers after a late fightback saw them past Bride Rovers.

With seven minutes remaining, Douglas trailed by two but a flurry of late scores from Shane Kingston and Marc O’Connor were enough to seal the two-point victory.

2013 champions Midleton became the first team to advance to this year’s semi-finals when they saw off St Finbarr’s in last night’s quarter-final tie in Páirc Uí Rinn by 2-20 to 2-13.

Midleton produced a powerful finish to a game where the teams had been level at 2-12 apiece with ten minutes remaining. Cork senior Conor Lehane starred in the finale as he hit 0-5 as the East Cork club ran out victors by seven points.

Midleton entered the game after knocking out Sarsfields – champions four times in the last eight years – in the previous round, but they were rocked in the first-half by St Finbarr’s.

Kilkenny native Bill Beckett and Ian Lordan both netted as St Finbarr’s were in front 2-7 to 0-5 at one juncture and despite James Nagle raising a green flag for Midleton, they trailed 2-10 to 1-7 at the interval.

Midleton quickly wiped out that advantage early in the second-half with Nagle bagging his second goal. The match was delicately poised when the teams were deadlocked in the finale but Midleton finished strongly with Lehane’s scoring heroics central to that period of dominance.

Cork SHC semi-finals, September 25th (times to be confirmed)

Erins Own v Midleton, Pairc Ui Rinn
Glen Rovers v Douglas, Pairc Ui Rinn

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