Carroll stars for Coolderry

Two of the last six All-Ireland Club hurling finalists will meet at the semi-final stages of the Offaly SHC next month after Kilcormac-Killoughey and Coolderry both eased through their quarter-final ties this weekend.

Carroll stars for Coolderry

Coolderry were the most impressive performers in the Faithful County at the weekend, recording a 2-23 to 1-11 win over Shinrone yesterday. Brian Carroll was in stellar form for the victors, notching 13 points for the 2011 Leinster champions.

Kilcormac-Killoughey made a slow start in their meeting with 8/1 outsiders Ballinamere on Saturday but eventually found their rhythm in the second-half and ran out 3-21 to 2-13 winners over the 2013 IHC winners.

Dylan Murray’s first-half goal was the difference between the sides in the first-half but K-K’s greater range of attacking threats proved to be the key factor. Six players were worth a goal or more to the champions, while Ballinamere were heavily dependent on Paddy Murphy, who scored 1-9.

St Rynagh’s came through an ill-tempered local derby on Saturday to secure their place in the last four, overcoming the loss of Gary Conneely to a straight red card en route to a 0-19 to 1-8 win over Belmont. Injuries to county players Colin Egan and David Kenny were too much for Belmont to overcome.

Rynaghs will meet Seir Kieran in the last four and they’ll start as outsiders in that fixture following Seir Kieran’s devastating 3-17 to 0-15 win over Birr at St Brendan’s Park yesterday.

The Clareen village side hadn’t beaten their town rivals for 19 years before yesterday but they wasted no time in laying those demons to rest, powering out of the blocks with 1-4 before Birr could raise a flag.

Goals from Adrian Hynes and James Mulrooney gave them a 2-9 to 0-5 interval lead. Birr gradually eroded that lead after the restart and got back to within four points with ten minutes to play. However a Paul Cleary penalty that was blasted over the bar cost them dearly as Seir Kieran held them at bay before finishing with a real flourish, Adrian Hynes adding a second goal to bring his total to 2-2 for the afternoon.

Drumcullen and Brosna Gaels will contest the relegation decider after they lost out in their play-off ties yesterday. Kinnitty could afford to miss a penalty and several other goal chances and still ran out 0-17 to 0-12 winners over Drumcullen, while Tullamore were never in trouble against Brosna Gaels and ran out easy 0-26 to 0-12 winners.

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