There will new hurling champions in Offaly after All-Ireland club finalists Coolderry were comprehensively brushed aside by impressive St Rynagh’s in the quarter-final yesterday.
The Dinny Cahill managed St Rynagh’s, who last savoured championship glory in 1993, hurled with fierce intensity and purpose as they eclipsed Ken Hogan’s men by 0-15 to 1-7. It took Coolderry, the champions of the past two years, 53 minutes to get their first point from play courtesy of their only scorer, Brian Carroll, who nicked a goal in the 59th minute.
Ger Scales (0-4), Gary Conneely and Stephen Quirke, who scored 0-3 apiece, were to the fore as the Rynagh’s attack punched holes in a porous Coolderry defence. Indeed but for Stephen Corcoran’s top class 43rd minute diving save to deny Ciaran Flannery, St Rynagh’s, who had solid defensive displays from Pat Camon, Stephen Wynne, Simon Óg Lyons and Conor Hernon, would have won more comfortably.
St Rynagh’s now meet Joachim Kelly managed Shinrone in the semi-final. Shinrone, who haven’t featured in last four since 2005, were 0-16 to 0-11 winners over disappointing Seir Kieran in yesterday’s curtain-raiser. The sides were deadlocked 0-8 apiece at the interval but with Donal Morkan, Derek Morkan, Jason Sampson and Michael Cordial pulling the strings, Shinrone deservedly advanced.
The first two quarter-finals were decided at O’Connor Park on Saturday where first half goals by Dylan Hayden and Sean Ryan helped last year’s finalists Birr to a hard earned 2-9 to 0-12 victory over 2011 intermediate champions Brosna Gaels.
Donal Franks’ side will clash with Danny Owens’ Kilcormac/Killoughey at the penultimate hurdle.
Daniel Currams, Peter Geraghty and Trevor Fletcher slammed in the goals as the Double K’s crushed Belmont by 3-20 to 0-11.
It was 1-8 to 0-8 at the break, but minus inter-county player Colin Egan, Belmont collapsed entirely in the second-half.
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