Gleeson Kildangan star

Ruairí Gleeson was the hero for Kildangan as the North champions swept past Clonoulty-Rossmore in the replay of the Tipperary SHC quarter-final at Dolla on Saturday, winning by 3-13 to 2-13.

Caught by a late Timmy Hammersley point in the drawn contest, Kildangan stamped their authority early in the game. Tommy Connors netted after six minutes and when goalie Daragh Egan went up to blaze a 20-metre free to the net after 20 minutes they were 2-7 to 0-4 and cruising. John O Neill failed with a penalty attempt for Clonoulty just before half-time, leaving Kildangan ahead 2-9 to 0-6 at the break.

A big effort was required from Clonoulty-Rossmore in the second half and to their credit they rose to the challenge. An Aidan White goal after 50 minutes brought them within five points of their rivals. They added two points but Joe Gallagher eased Kildangan nerves with their third goal after 53 minutes to restore their six point advantage.

Clonoulty kept pressing and Fiachra O’Keeffe’s goal three minutes from the end left them only two points adrift but, fittingly, Ruairí Gleeson rounded off the scoring with a Kildangan point.

Kildangan, who now meet Éire Óg Nenagh in the semi-final next Sunday can thank Rúairí Gleeson, who scored 10 points, Joe Sullivan, Tommy Connors, Hughie Flannery and goalkeeper Daragh Egan for this win. It was a disappointing end to the campaign for Clonoulty-Rossmore, but John O’Keeffe, John Devane, and Padraig Heffernan played superbly them.

The two semi-finals will be played next weekend at Semple Stadium — Loughmore-Castleiney v Borris-Ileigh and Kildangan v Eire Óg, Nenagh.

In the county IHC quarter-finals, Newport beat Arravale Rovers 2-15 to 0-17; Lattin-Gaels accounted for Ballinahinch 2-16 to 1-17; Moyne-Templetuohy finished strongly for a 1-14 to 2-10 win over Sean Treacys; while Ballina surged past Clonakenny on a 2-22 to 2-12 scoreline.

In the county SFC, Paul McCarthy shot an injury time goal for Galtee Rovers to give them a 1-10 to 0-10 win over Kilsheelan-Kilcash and a place in the county quarter-finals. Kilsheelan opened impressively, going 0-5 to 0-1 up after 20 minutes, but Rovers put in a strong finish to the half , though they still trailed 0-6 to 0-8 at the interval.

The second-half was a drab affair and as the game drifted into injury time the sides were level 0-10 each, when Paul McCarthy pounced for the decisive goal for Galtee Rovers. While McCarthy was the hero, Denis Peters, and Shane Egan, also had big games for Rovers. For Kilsheelan, Paul Maher, Eoin Ryan and Adrian Walsh were most prominent.

They will be joined in the quarter-finals by JK Brackens who followed up on their Mid final success with a 2-8 to 1-5 win over Thomas MacDonaghs.

The North combination did best early on with a 1-4 to 0-3 lead midway through the first half but Brackens, with Colin O Riordan and Lorcan Egan leading the way, finished much stronger and were full value for their win.

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