Shinrone are the first team into the semi-finals of the Offaly Senior Camogie Championship after a comprehensive 5-16 to 0-9 win over Birr last Wednesday.
Shinrone moved into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead before two goals from Michaela Morkan opened the gap between the sides. By half-time Shinrone were ahead by 2-7 to 0-6 with Orlagh Kirwan and Arlene Watkins accounting for Birr’s scores.
The sides exchanged scores in the second-half before a third goal Caroline Crean effectively ended the game as a contest. Nikki Murphy and Michelle Davis added further goals for Shinrone as they eased away to a 22 point victory.
The result secures Shinrone top spot in Group 1 after four wins from four games while Birr need a win in their final game against Naomh Brid to secure second spot and a place in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere in Group 1 Naomh Brid had a 3-15 to 1-6 win over Kinnitty to move them up to fourth place in the group and they still have a chance of making it into the Senior quarter-finals.
On Wednesday night St Rynagh’s moved to the top of Group 2 with a 4-13 to 2-11 win over Tullamore. Two first-half goals from Siobhan Flannery from close range frees helped St Rynagh’s into a 2-7 to 1-6 half-time lead with Lisa Gorman finding the net for Tullamore. St Rynagh’s pulled away in the second-half to win by eight points and move to the top of Group 2.
A win in their final game over St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh would secure them top spot and an automatic place in the semi-final. Tullamore face Drumcullen in their final game needing a win to secure at least second place in the group.