Gaels and Tones do battle

KILKENNY’S O’Loughlin Gaels and Clare’s Wolfe Tones will battle it out in the Division Five final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this morning.

O’Loughlin Gaels, who are also Féile hurling champions, topped Group A in style, winning all four games, and they continued that fine form in their 4-7 to 0-5 semi-final victory over Leitrim’s Mohill.

The Leinster club’s final meeting with a very formidable Wolfe Tones today promises to be a cracker, with the Clare side edging an epic semi-final against Philadelphia, despite the deceptive 2-5 to 0-3 scoreline.

Wolfe Tones, who topped Group B in style, have been in real scoring form, racking up 13-33 in their group games, so a real thriller is in prospect against O’Loughlin Gaels.

Meanwhile, the Division Six decider will be a straight shootout between two Cork clubs, with Glanworth meeting Ballinora.

Glanworth, who topped Group C after three straight wins, were too strong for Kilmacabea in their semi-final, winning 5-5 to 0-1, after putting in a strong second half performance.

A Liam Foley hat-trick and a brace from Ciarán Murphy inspired Glanworth to victory.

They will now face a Ballinora team that overcame Aghinagh 3-4 to 0-4 in the other semi-final yesterday.

An impressive first-half showing saw Ballinora lead 3-3 to 0-3 at the break and they held on in a low scoring second-half, with Luke O’Connor (2-1), the impressive Darragh Holmes (1-2) and Darragh Corkery (0-1) all on the scoresheet.

Kenneth Greally and Dylan Dineen also starred for the winners.

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