THERE will new hurling champions in Offaly after All-Ireland club finalists Coolderry were comprehensively brushed aside by impressive St Rynagh’s in the quarter-final yesterday evening at sun splashed St Brendan’s Park, Birr.
Dinny Cahill managed St Rynagh’s, who last savoured county championship glory in 1993, hurled with fierce intensity and purpose as they eclipsed Ken Hogan’s men by 0-15 to 1-7. It took Coolderry, the champions of the past two years, an unbelievable 53 minutes before they registered their first point from play courtesy of their only scorer Brian Carroll. He nicked the goal in the 59th minute however it removed none of the gloss from a brilliant Rynagh’s display.
Ger Scales (0-4), Gary Conneely and Stephen Quirke, who scored 0-3 apiece, were to the fore as the Rynagh’s attack punched holes in a porous Coolderry defence. Indeed but for Stephen Corcoran’s top class 43rd minute diving save to deny Ciaran Flannery, St Rynagh’s, who’d solid defensive displays from Pat Camon, Stephen Wynne, Simon Og Lyons and Conor Hernon, would have triumphed more comfortably.
St Rynagh’s progress to meet Joachim Kelly managed Shinrone in the semi-final. Shinrone, who haven’t featured in last four since 2005, were 0-16 to 0-11 winners over disappointing Seir Kieran in yesterday’s curtain-raiser. The sides were deadlocked 0-8 apiece at the interval but with Donal Morkan, Derek Morkan, Jason Sampson and Michael Cordial pulling the strings, Shinrone deservedly advanced.
The first two quarter-finals were decided at O’Connor Park on Saturday evening where first half goals by Dylan Hayden and Sean Ryan helped last year’s finalists Birr to a hard earned 2-9 to 0-12 victory over 2011 intermediate champions Brosna Gaels.
Donal Franks’ side will clash with Danny Owens’ Kilcormac/Killoughey at the penultimate hurdle. Daniel Currams, Peter Geraghty and Trevor Fletcher slammed in the goals as the Double K’s crushed Belmont by 3-20 to 0-11. It was 1-8 to 0-8 at the break, but minus inter-county player Colin Egan, Belmont collapsed entirely in the second half.
Meanwhile the draws for all adult hurling championship semi-finals were made at St Brendan’s Park at half-time of Sunday’s SHC quarter-final between St Rynagh’s and Coolderry;
Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals: Kilcormac/Killoughey v Birr, St Rynagh’s v Shinrone
Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-finals St Rynagh’s v Kilcormac/Killoughey, Lusmagh v Coolderry
Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship semi-finals Killavilla v Shinrone, Edenderry v Ballinamere
Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship semi-finals Shamrocks v Kinnitty, Raheen v Gracefield