Quarter-finals all set in Offaly Senior Hurling Championship

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

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The line up for the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals has been decided after the final round of group games last weekend. There will be no rest for the teams involved as the games are fixed to go ahead this weekend.

The line up for the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals has been decided after the final round of group games last weekend. There will be no rest for the teams involved as the games are fixed to go ahead this weekend.

Kilcormac/Killoughey maintained their 100% record with a 3-18 to 2-9 win over Tullamore in Kilcormac on Sunday. The game marked the opening of the new clubhouse at the ground.

In front of a large home support, they jumped out to a 2-9 to 0-5 half-time lead. With ten minutes to go they had extended their advantage to 13 points and while Tullamore did score two late goals, the defending county champions were comfortable winners. Tullamore finished fourth in the group to make the quarter-finals.

Birr wrapped up second place in the group with a hard-fought 0-21 to 1-14 win over Brosna Gaels. The sides were level at half-time at 0-11 to 1-8 but Birr managed to pull away in the second-half to secure their fourth consecutive win after losing their opening game to Kilcormac/Killoughey. Brosna Gaels now find themselves in the relegation play-off.

The final game in Group 1 saw Seir Kieran register a 4-14 to 1-11 win over Drumcullen with Shane Ryan scoring three of the four goals. By half-time Seir Kieran were 2-10 to 0-5 clear and they built their lead in the second-half and at one point were 4-13 to 0-8 ahead. Drumcullen put some respectability on the scoreline in the closing minutes but they still suffered their fifth successive defeat leaving them bottom of Group 1.

In Group 2, the top three teams all won their games meaning it was as you were in terms of league positions coming out of the weekend.

St Rynagh’s remained top of the table thanks to a 1-13 to 0-12 win over Kinnitty. St Rynagh’s held a narrow 1-5 to 0-6 lead at half-time thanks to a goal late in the first-half and it was nip and tuck throughout the second with St Rynagh’s managing to keep their opponents at arm’s length.

Coolderry also finished on eight points alongside St Rynagh’s after their 2-22 to 0-8 win over Lusmagh however despite having a considerably better score difference than St Rynagh’s, (+43 compared to +4) they finish second as they lost out to St Rynagh’s in the head to head game.

Shinrone leapfrogged Belmont into third in the table thanks to a 3-19 to 3-10 win on Saturday. After a low scoring first-half, Shinrone were 1-8 to 0-6 ahead having played with the wind but they maintained their advantage against the elements and with ten minutes to go were 3-14 to 2-9 ahaead. Despite conceding a late goal, they closed out the game well adding five more points to secure the victory.

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Quarter Final line up

Kilcormac/Killoughey v Belmont

Birr v Shinrone

St Rynagh’s v Tullamore

Coolderry v Seir Kieran

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Fixtures

Saturday

Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Quarter Finals

Coolderry v Seir Kieran 5.00pm Birr Declan Cooke

Shinrone v Birr 6.30pm Birr Brian Gavin

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Sunday

Molloy Environmental Systems Senior Hurling Quarter Finals

St Rynagh’s v Tullamore 5.00pm OCP Tony Carroll Linesmen: Noel Cooney & Eddie Dunne

Kilcormac/Killoughey v Belmont 6.30pm OCP Noel Cooney Linesmen: Tony Carroll & Eddie Dunne