St Rynagh's recover late to seal Offaly Senior Hurling Final place

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St Rynagh's recover late to seal Offaly Senior Hurling Final place

Offaly Senior Hurling semi-final

St Rynagh's 1-11
Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-12

The second semi-final in Tullamore between St Ryangh's and Kilcormac/Killoughey on Sunday was a game that swung one way and then the other with St Rynagh's the side with the momentum on their side when the final whistle went.

St Rynagh's blasted out of the blocks with the first four points with Sean Dolan, Gary Kelly, Matthew Maloney and Ronan Hughes all getting their names on the scoresheet.

Ciaran Slevin opened Kilcormac/Killoughey's account approaching the ten minute mark and he also added their second midway through the half.

Matthew Maloney and Slevin exchanged points before Thomas Geraghty got Kilcormac/Killoughey back within one with 25 minutes elapsed. However St Rynagh's hit the last two points of the half to go to the break with a 0-7 to 0-4 lead.

However that evaporated within five minutes of the restart as a brace from Ciaran Slevin and one from Peter Geraghty brought Kilcormac/Killoughey level.

All the momentum was now with Kilcormac/Killoughey and Slevin, Cillian Kiely (2) and James Gorman (2) put them 0-12 to 0-7 clear having incredibly scored the first eight points of the second half.

After a 19 minute drought, Joey O'Connor eventually opened St Rynagh's account for the second half and they were right back in the hunt two minutes later when Stephen Quirke struck for a goal to reduce the gap to one.

With the wind now in their sails, points from Stephen Quirke and Ger Scales put St Rynagh's in front as they also halted Kilcormac/Killoughey's scoring at the other end.

Quirke rounded off the scoring two minutes from time as St Rynagh's completed their amazing recovery to seal their place in their fourth final in five years.

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