Kanturk 2-17 Kilburn Gaels 2-8
Kanturk’s 14th consecutive championship win of 2017 has put their hurlers within one hour of an All-Ireland club IHC final appearance at Croke Park.
Ruislip was the destination for this afternoon’s All-Ireland quarter-final against London champions Kilburn Gaels and although Kanturk were somewhat below the level which delivered Cork and Munster titles in recent weeks, they got the job done with a bit to spare.
The crucial moment of proceedings, which were watched by a sizeable portion of Kanturk supporters who flew over this morning, arrived in first-half stoppages when goalkeeper Anthony Nash repelled a Stephen Lambert penalty. With the scoreline reading 0-9 to 0-5 in favour of the visitors, a goal for KIlburn Gaels would have left just the minimum between the sides at the break.
As it was, Kanturk took a four-point lead into the second-half and pulled clear with a burst of 1-3.
Liam O’Keeffe provided the opening goal, a score which he himself set up after a fine run. It was inevitable that O’Keeffe would find the net at some stage having had two goal chances in the opening period kept out.
Jody Troy's 41st-minute goal was Kilburn Gaels’ first score of the second-half. By that juncture, they trailed by 1-12 to 1-5.
Lorcan McLoughlin responded with a second Kanturk goal, his speculative effort from out the field deceiving Jack Barron.
The North Cork champions finished with nine scores, half-back and captain Lorcan O’Neill chipping in with two excellent points.
Kanturk now play Middletown of Armagh in the All-Ireland semi-final early in 2018.
Scorers for Kanturk: L O’Keeffe (1-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65); I Walsh (0-4); L McLoughlin (1-0); A Walsh (0-1 sc), L O’Neill (0-2 each); R Walsh, D Kennelly, A O’Keeffe, D O’Donoghue (0-1 each).
Scorers for Kilburn Gaels: S Lambert (1-6, 1-6 frees); J Troy (1-1); K Kennedy (0-1).
Kanturk: A Nash; P Walsh, J McLoughlin, J Browne; L O’Neill, A Sheehy, D Browne; L McLoughlin, R Walsh; D Kennelly, I Walsh, J Fitzpatrick; L O’Keeffe, A Walsh, A O’Keeffe.
Subs: E O’Connor for A O’Keeffe (49 mins); M O’Riordan for Kennelly (54); D O’Connor Fitzpatrick (54); D O’Donoghue for I Walsh.
Kilburn Gaels: J Barron (Carlow); K Campion (Laois), N Coen (Galway), C Hickey (Waterford); W Campion (Laois), B Regan (Galway), K Kennedy (Tipperary); A O’Leary (Dublin), C McLinden (Armagh); F Collins (Tipperary), M Duggan (Clare), S Conlon (Cork); S Lambert (Galway), J Troy (Tipperary), D Reale (Limerick).
Subs: A Murphy (Kilkenny) for Reale (42 mins); S Carey (Tipperary) for O’Leary (44); J Kelly (Galway) for K Campion (50); M Lambert (Galway) for Hickey (56).
Referee: J O’Brien (Laois).
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