Kilcormac/Killoughey manager Owens expecting tough challenge from Rathdowney/Errill

KILCORMAC/KILLOUGHEY manager Danny Owens created history this year when he lead the club to their first ever Offaly Senior hurling title.

KILCORMAC/KILLOUGHEY manager Danny Owens created history this year when he lead the club to their first ever Offaly Senior hurling title.

The club had been on the cusp of a breakthrough in recent years and in this year’s decider they finally made it over the line with a victory over St Rynagh’s.

They followed that up with a win over Mount Leinster Rangers in the Leinster Club semi-final and now they find themselves just 60 minutes away from a place in a first Leinster Final.

In their way stand Laois champions Rathdowney Errill who over Clough Ballacolla in the Laois Final after a replay before seeing off Clonkill in their Leinster quarter-final.

Danny Owens has seen this Sunday’s opponents in action and he was impressed with what he saw.

“We went over to watch the drawn Laois Final, Rathdowney Errill have got a really tight backline and they’re capable of spectacular scores when needed. In the county final they needed an equaliser under pressure at the death and they were able to work it in the last 30 seconds. This time of the year it’s going to be all hands to the pump and it’s going to be a battle to get the result.”

The Kilcormac/Killoughey manager is expecting a good crowd in Tullamore this Sunday for the game.

“The fact that Rathdowney Errill are just over the way I think they’ll bring a big crowd into Tullamore and the semi final will be great for both communities and I think it’s going to be a real 50/50 game so the winners will probably need a little bit of luck.”

Owens has some injury concerns going into the game but he also has confidence in the strength of his panel.

“James Gorman injured his finger quite badly in the Offaly Junior Football Final and the bone came out again against Mount Leinster so I highly doubt he’ll be able to recover in time for the semi final.

Chris Guinan’s not going to be back either as he’s looking at another three weeks out but we have a good panel and we’re confident of putting any of them in. Injuries are just the nature of the beast at this time of the year.”

The game can be heard live this Sunday from 2pm on Midlands 103.

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