A brilliant brace of goals from Stephen Quirke proved pivotal as St Rynagh’s secured their place in the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship Final for the first time since 2001 when they overcame Shinrone on Sunday.
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St Rynagh’s 3-12
Shinrone 0-15 . With the wind at their backs, Shinrone were well placed with a 0-10 to 1-4 lead entering the closing stages of the half but St Rynagh’s struck 1-2 unanswered to give them the advantage at the interval. There was little to chose between the sides early in the second-half and with 20 minutes to go the sides were level again at 2-8 to 0-14.
However a point from Diarmuid Horan and a second goal from Quirke gave St Rynagh’s the momentum and from there to the end they were never headed. Theycompleted the job in style with points by Conneely and Quirke (2). . Scorers
St Rynagh’s: S Quirke 2-2, G Conneely 1-3 (0-1 free), D Horan 0-2, S Wynne, N White, C Flannery, S Dolan, G Scales 0-1 each. Shinrone: M Cordial 0-5 (0-1 free), D Morkan 0-4 (frees), S Cleary 0-3, M Morkan 0-2 (frees), D Crean 0-1. . St Rynagh’s: C Clancy; C Hernon, P Camon, F Shortt; S Wynne, D Shortt, S Og Lyons; G Conneely, N White; G Kelly, C Flannery, S Dolan; S Quirke, D Horan, G Scales. Subs.: S Clancy for Dolan (33 mins), D Maloney for Hernon (48 mins), G Healy for Flannery (54 mins)
Shinrone: C Cleary; C O’Meara, W Comerford, D Coonan; S McKelvey, M Morkan, M Cleary; Derek Morkan, D Crean; D O’Meara, S Cleary, M Cordial; Donal Morkan, J Sampson, S Ormond. Subs.: D Murphy for Ormond (half time), D Hoctor for D O’Meara (43 mins), E Bevans for Donal Morkan (48 mins). Referee: B Gavin, Clara.