Club hurling championships round-up
Offaly club Kilcormac/Killoughey are through to the AIB Leinster Club SHC final at their very first attempt, qualifying courtesy of today's 2-12 to 0-14 victory over Rathdowney/Errill.
Kilcormac/Killoughey produced a strong finish in Tullamore to take the spoils, setting up a mouth-watering decider against either Oulart-the Ballagh or Ballyhale Shamrocks on Sunday, December 2.
Laois champions Rathdowney/Errill fell short despite the best efforts of top scorer Ross King, who landed eight points - four of them from frees.
Daniel Currams netted in the first half and captain Ciaran Slevin bagged two points as the Offaly champions entered the second half armed with a 1-4 to 0-6 advantage.
The O'Moore men foraged into a four-point lead though as King and John Purcell pieced together an encouraging run of points, making it 0-12 to 1-5.
But Kilcormac/Killoughey showed no signs of crumbling and with eight minutes left, Slevin had them back on level terms at 1-10 to 0-13.
Slevin finished with a 0-7 haul, including six placed balls, and the Faithfuls found their rhythm again late on as they hit 1-2 in quick succession, the goal coming from Peter Geraghty.
Geraghty and Currams added clinching points to push their own tallies onto 1-1 each, before King completed the scoring with injury-time free.
Meanwhile, St. Thomas are the Galway Senior Club Hurling champions for the first time in their history, having overcome Loughrea 3-11 to 2-11 in a hard-fought final.
In very wet conditions in Salthill, Richie Murray emerged as a key figure for the winners as he rammed home a hat-trick of goals.
Johnny Maher almost drew Loughrea level right at the death, but his injury-time free was blocked in the last action of a breathless encounter.
St. Thomas were 2-6 to 1-4 ahead at half-time and although Maher helped himself to a second goal, Murray added an all-important third major for the first-time finalists.
Loughrea full-forward Maher was fortunate to remain on the pitch for the duration of the game as he was involved in a couple of unsavoury striking incidents.TODAY'S HURLING RESULTS: AIB LEINSTER CLUB SHC SEMI-FINAL:
Kilcormac/Killoughey (Offaly) 2-12 Rathdowney/Errill (Laois) 0-14, TullamoreGALWAY SHC FINAL:
St. Thomas 3-11 Loughrea 2-11, Pearse Stadium