Defending Offaly Senior Hurling Champions Kilcormac/Killoughey will face off against Birr in this year’s County Final after both sides came through their semi-finals last weekend. It will be a repeat of the 2002 and 2007 finals where Birr came out on top on both occasions.
All Ireland Club Finalists Kilcormac/Killoughey were pushed all the way by Sier Kieran in their semi-final before eventually coming through by 1-19 to 2-10.
They made the stronger start opening up an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead but Seir Kieran battled their way into the game and were only two points adrift at the break at 1-7 to 0-8 after Dan Currams found the back of the net for Kilcormac/Killoughey with ten minutes to go in the half.
Seir Kieran stormed out of the blocks in the second-half and a goal from a penalty from Joe Bergin put them in front. Kilcormac/Killoughey responded and looked to be pulling away entering the final ten minutes bur Seir Kieran showed tremendous resolve and a goal from Shane Ryan got them back within one at 1-14 to 2-10.
Kilcormac/Killoughey however showed they were not ready to relinquish their title just yet and rattled off the last five points to seal a hard fought six point win.
Scorers: Kilcormac/Killoughey: Ciaran Slevin 0-10 (0-8f, 0-1 65’), Dan Currams 1-1, Thomas Geraghty 0-2, Conor Mahon 0-2, Damian Kilmartin 0-2, Peter Geraghty 0-1, James Gorman 0-1; Seir Kieran: Joe Bergin 1-8 (1-1 penalties, 0-5f), Shane Ryan 1-0, Adrian Hynes 0-1, Stephen Hynes 0-1
Birr came through their semi-final against St Rynagh’s also with six points to spare. Having played with the wind in the first-half, St Rynagh’s were a goal in front at 1-5 to 0-5 with Offaly star Stephen Quirke getting the all important goal.
They had led by as many as five but Birr clawed their way back to just a three point deficit at the break and on the resumption set about moving ahead with the elements now in their favour.
Scores however were again hard to come by for much of the half and entering the final ten minutes the sides were level at 0-10 to 1-7.
However much like Kilcormac/Killoughey, Birr finished the game very strongly hitting six points unanswered to run out comfortable winners.
Scorers: Birr Michael Dwane 0-6 (0-5f), Paul Cleary 0-5 (0-3f, 0-2 65’), Paddy Mullins 0-2, Brendan Murphy, Dylan Hayden, Colm Mulrooney 0-1 each; St Rynagh’s: Stephen Quirke 1-1 (0-1f), Ger Scales 0-2 (f), Aidan Treacy 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 65’), Sean Dolan 0-1, Conor Hernon 0-1