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Comerford rolls back the years as O'Loughlin Gaels hand Oulart 9-point beating

O’Loughlin Gaels are into their third Leinster final since 2002.

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Oulart The Ballagh (Wexford) 0-17

O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) 3-17

A TALLY OF 1-8 from Mark Bergin lead Kilkenny champions O’Loughlin Gaels past Oulart The Ballagh and into their first Leinster final since 2010.

It’s only the second time since 2010 that Oulart have failed to make the provincial decider. They won their first ever Leinster title last year, after losing four successive finals between 2010 and 2013.

O’Loughlin Gaels, who have been crowned Leinster champions twice since 2003, will face Dublin side Cuala in the final. The Kilkenny city club’s last Leinster title arrived six years ago when they defeated Oulart in the decider.

They also won the province in 2003, defeating reigning All-Ireland champions Birr in the final.

They handed Oulart a five point head start inside the opening 12 minutes, as O’Loughlin Gaels hit a number of poor wides.

Goals from Mark Kelly and Mark Bergin before the break handed Aidan Fogarty’s troops a 2-6 to 0-10 lead at the break.

Ex-Kilkenny star Martin Comerford rolled back the years with four fantastic scores, while Garreth Sinnot kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Wexford kingpins with 0-5 from play.

Sammy Johnston’s 38th minute goal sparked O’Loughlin Gaels into life and they hit the next five scores to sail home.

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