Kilcormac-Killoughey will contest their third Leinster senior club hurling final in six seasons after they recorded a landslide win over Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow yesterday afternoon, but a straight red card to county midfielder Cillian Kiely will be a huge blow to their chances of upsetting All-Ireland champions Cuala on Sunday week.
Mount Leinster Rangers 0-10
The Offaly club led by just two points after 25 minutes when Kiely was dismissed for striking Diarmuid Byrne off the ball, but the response from his teammates was decisive.
Conor Mahon won the next puckout and drove through, setting up James Gorman’s goal — and from then until the 53rd minute, Kilcormac- Killoughey outscored their opponents by 2-14 to 0-2, with David Phelan joining Kiely on the sideline after seeing red for a wild pull across Damien Kilmartin midway through the second half.
Scorers for Kilcormac-Killoughey:
J Gorman (1-5); D Currams (1-3); Ciarán Slevin (0-5 frees); C Mahon (0-3); P Geraghty (0-2); C Kiely, S Leonard & T Geraghty (0-1 each).
Scorers for Mount Leinster Rangers:
C Nolan (0-4, 2 frees); D Byrne (0-2, 1 free); T Joyce, D Murphy, P Coady & J Nolan (0-1 each).
Conor Slevin; K Leonard, G Healion, E Grogan; K Grogan, D Kilmartin, J Quinn; Ciarán Slevin, C Kiely; J Gorman, C Mahon, T Geraghty; P Geraghty, P Healion, D Currams.
S Leonard for P Healion (18), A McConville for Leonard (60), J Geraghty for K Grogan (52), S Lowry for Kilmartin (55), S Guinan for Currams (56).
MOUNT LEINSTER RANGERS:
F Foley; W Hickey, R Kelly, M Doyle; E Coady, D Phelan, G Kelly; R Coady, D Byrne; E Byrne, J Murphy, P Coady; D Murphy, C Nolan, T Joyce.
M Malone for Hickey (18), K McDonald for R Coady (26), G Lawlor for E Coady (HT), J Nolan for D Murphy (HT).
John O’Brien (Laois)
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