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23/07/2021

Offaly Senior Hurling semi-finals down for decision

Birr, Kinnitty, St Ryangh's and Kilcormac Killoughey in search of final spots

Offaly Senior Hurling semi-finals down for decision

The line up for the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship is set to be decided this weekend with the two semi-finals down for decision in O'Connor Park in Tullamore

Birr and Kinnitty throws in a 2pm and it is the second meeting of the sides this year as they also went head to head way back on April 10th where Birr emerged with a 1-17 to 1-11 win in Kilcormac. 

Birr continued their good form an went through Group 1 with a 100% record winning all five of their games.

That set up a quarter-final with Belmont which they won by 1-21 to 2-11 with Eoghan Cahill scoring 0-9 and Emmett Nolan 1-3.

Kinnitty bounced back from the opening day defeat with impressive victories over Tullamore, Coolderry and Shamrocks before narrowly losing their last group game to neighbours Seir Kieran by a single point.

Kinnitty scored 10 goals in their five group games and added two more in a 2-20 to 2-18 win over Shinrone in the quarter-final with Colm Coughlan hitting 13 points.

The second semi-final between St Rynagh's and Kilcromac/Killoughey throws in at 3.30pm in O'Connor Park.

Again it is the second meeting between the sides this year with Kilcormac/Killoughey winning the first meeting in mid-July by 0-15 to 0-13.

However it was St Ryangh's who topped Group 2 as they won their other five games. St Rynagh's scored an impressive 27 points as they saw of Coolderry in the quarter-final with ten points to spare with 11 St Rynagh's players getting on the scoresheet.

Kilcormac/Killoughey drew with Belmont and lost to Shinrone on their way to finishing third in the group. That set up a quarter-final with Seir Kieran that went right down to the wire before Kilcormac/Killoughey emerged by a single point, 0-20 to 3-10. Cillian Kiely (0-3), Dan Currams (0-3) and Ciaran Slevin (0-9) combined for 15 of the 20 points.

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