WATCH: Belmont goal at the death enough to seal semi-final spot in Offaly Championship

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The drama of the 2018 Offaly Hurling Championship continued over the weekend as Belmont pulled off late heroics to sink traditional kingpins Birr at the quarter-final stage. 

It was nip and tuck all day between the pair but in the final moments, Belmont's Damien Egan popped up at the end of a passing move and rifled a thunderous effort to the back of the net in O'Connor Park. You can watch the last-ditch effort in the video at the top of this article.

That goal put the game beyond Birr with just seconds remaining, and from the resultant puck-out, the whistle sounded, putting the cap on a 1-14 to 0-15 win for Belmont. 

Elsewhere, St. Rynagh's overcame Shinrone on a 0-17 to 0-14 scoreline, finalising the line-up for the semi-final stage, the draw for which was made over the weekend. 

In the semi-finals, favourites Kilcormac-Killoughey will face St. Rynagh's while Belmont, buoyed by their heroics over Birr, will meet Coolderry.