COOLDERRY and defending champions Tullamore will face off in this year's Senior Hurling Final after coming through their respective semi-finals in very different circumstances in O'Connor Park on Sunday.
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Coolderry demolished old rivals Kinnitty by nineteen points in a disappointingly one sided game.
By half time Ken Hogan's side lead by 2-12 to 0-3 and at that point the game was already over as a contest.
The second half was a pedestrian affair, with Kinnitty, who lost full back Liam Bergin to a 46th minute red card, never able to stage a comeback. Coolderry added to their tally with ease and got in some shooting practice ahead of their return to the final for the first time since 2006.
The second game was a far more eagerly contested affair as reigning champions Tullamore dug deep to come from behind and win a bad tempered semi-final. Three players were dismissed during the second half and referee Declan Cooke had to be escorted from the pitch by a posse of stewards.
With the assistance of the wind, Kilcormac/Killoughey lead by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break however they could and should have been further ahead.
They were reduced to 14 men when Ciaran Slevin was dismissed in the 37th minute after receiving a second yellow card and eight minutes later all hell broke loose and when peace was restored straight reds were shown to Joey Dunican and Tullamore's James Keane.
K/K still lead by 0-9 to 0-6 lead after 51 minutes but Tullamore with numerical advantage finished very strongly, outscoring their opponents by 0-7 to 0-1. Shane Dooley hoisted over four points during this spell, with Francie Kerrigan, Jody Duffy and sub Brian Hogan also on the mark as Tullamore, minus the suspended Kevin Martin, secured their place in the final.
K/K's Brian Leonard had a 21m free in the fourth minute of additional time but his pile driver was stopped by a wall of Tullamore defenders.
See this week's Offaly Express for full reports on both games