Lusmagh/Sinchill’s and Tullamore advance to Offaly Senior Camogie semi-finals

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

Drumcullen's Aine Kinsella coming under pressure from Shinrone's Michaela Morkan during the Senior A Camogie Final in St. Brendan's Park, Birr. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.
Lusmagh/Sinchill’s and Tullamore have advanced to the semi-finals of the Offaly Senior Camogie Championship after coming through their quarter-finals on Saturday evening.

Lusmagh/Sinchill’s and Tullamore have advanced to the semi-finals of the Offaly Senior Camogie Championship after coming through their quarter-finals on Saturday evening.

Lusmagh/Sinchill’s pulled off the shock of the weekend overcoming Birr by 2-10 to 1-11 in Rath. A goal from Roisin Keeneghan in the first-half gave Lusmagh/Sinchill’s a 1-5 to 0-4 lead having played with the wind. Birr came storming back in the second-half but two late points from Jean Brady edged Lusmagh/Sinchill’s in front and they held on for the win.

They now play Tullamore in the semi-final after they saw off Kilcormac/Killoughey by 3-15 to 0-5. With Natalie McCabe and Ali Dooley leading the line, Tullamore recorded their second impressive win in a week after defeating Drumcullen in their final group game earlier in the week by 4-16 to 2-6. Tullamore will go into the semi-final as favourites having already defeated Lusmagh/Sinchill’s in the group stages by 4-10 to 1-7 however Lusmagh/Sinchill’s have upped their game and will be a far more difficult proposition this time around.

The other semi-final sees defending champions Shinrone take on St Rynagh’s. Those games are fixed for the weekend of September 21/22.

meanwhile in the Intermediate Championship, Naomh Brid and Drumcullen advanced to the semi-finals with wins over St Cillian’s and Kinnitty respectively in two very high scoring games.

Naomh Brid had six points to spare over St Cillian’s, who were playing their first adult championship game, coming away winners by 4-12 to 4-6.

In the other quarter-final, Drumcullen appeared to be cruising to victory over Kinnitty but a spirited late Kinnitty charge cut the gap back from double figures to just three points with Drumcullen relieved to hear the full-time whistle.

Drumcullen will now face Birr in one Intermediate semi-final while Naomh Brid and Kilcormac/Killoughey will go head to head in the other. Kinnitty and St Cillian’s will contest the Junior Final