Friday 24 February 2017

Club round-up: Nemo Rangers too strong for Legion; Oulart and Cuala win in Leinster

Sean McGoldrick

15 November 2015; Kevin Breen, Killarney Legion, leaves the field wafter picking up a blood injury. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Football Championship, Semi-Final, Nemo Rangers v Killarney Legion. Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; Kevin Breen, Killarney Legion, leaves the field wafter picking up a blood injury. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Football Championship, Semi-Final, Nemo Rangers v Killarney Legion. Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; David Treacy celebrates after Cuala's win. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Cuala v Clara. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; Sean Treacy taps the sliothar past the diving Clara goalkeeper, Killian Phelan, to score the second Cuala goal. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Cuala v Clara. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; Mike Casey, Na Piarsaigh, in action against Conor Lanigan, Thurles Sarsfields. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Na Piarsaigh v Thurles Sarsfields. Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; Ronan Lynch, left, and Kieran Breen, Na Piarsaigh, in action against Pa Bourke, Thurles Sarsfields. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship, Semi-Final, Na Piarsaigh v Thurles Sarsfields. Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; Paul Kerrigan, Nemo Rangers, in action against Danny Sheahan, Killarney Legion. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Football Championship, Semi-Final, Nemo Rangers v Killarney Legion. Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
15 November 2015; David Niblock, Nemo Rangers, behind, tangles with Chris Davies, Killarney Legion, during the first half. AIB Munster GAA Senior Club Football Championship, Semi-Final, Nemo Rangers v Killarney Legion. Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Dublin hurling kingpins Cuala are through to their first Leinster club final since 1990.

Their ability to score goals, which underpinned their successful campaign in Dublin, was again to the fore at Parnell Park when they edged out Kilkenny champions Clara by four points.

Goals in the first half from Colm Cronin and Sean Treacy gave Cuala a 2-8 to 0-10 advantage at the break. Dublin’s Mark Schutte found the net 20 seconds into the second half leaving with the visitors with an uphill task.

The Kilkenny side lost Conor O’Shea to a second yellow card and while they fought gallantly they could not close the gap.

In their only other final appearance in 1990 Cuala lost to Kilkenny’s Ballyhale Shamrocks. The only other Dublin clubs to reach the final were Crumlin who won the title in 1980 and UCD, beaten finalists in 2006.

The Dublin champions will face Oulart The Ballagh in the provincial decider.  As expected the Wexford side overcame Clonkill (Westmeath) by double scores in a goalless contest.  This will be Oulart The Ballagh’s fifth final appearance in six seasons but they are still waiting for that elusive win in the decider.

Meanwhile, Na Piarsaigh from Limerick will be aiming to secure their third provincial hurling title in five years when they meet Waterford’s Ballygunner in the Munster decider.  Champions in 2011 and 2013 Na Piarsaigh overcame the challenge of Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields.

Again goals proved crucial; the winners scored two with David Dempsey’s late strike securing the win.  Ballygunner, who had already secured their place in the decider, are aiming to win the title for the first time since 2001. It will be their first final appearance since 2009.

Competition specialists Crossmaglen Rangers remain on target for their eleventh Ulster club title since 1996 after overcoming Down champions Kilcoo to reach their first decider since 2012. After a low scoring first half the sides were level 0-3 each at the break, but the Armagh champions’ third quarter spurt put them virtually out of sight.

Armagh inter county player Jamie Clarke came off the bench to assist them in the last four minutes as Kilcoo attempted to claw their way back into the contest. Incredibly Crossmaglen have never been beaten in an Ulster final.

As expected the other semi-final between Scotstown (Monaghan) and Trillick (Tyrone )was a thriller. A goal from Darren Hughes helped the Monaghan champions to a 1-5; 1-4 advantage at the break. Hughes struck for a second goal early in the second half but Niall Gormley replied for Trillick.

Scores dried up completely afterwards on the heavy pitch. Crucially even though they failed to raise a flag from the 40th minute Scotstown kept their noses in front and they finally secured the win when Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan pointed a free injury time.

This will be Scotstown’s first final appearance since they won their fourth provincial title in 1989.

In the Munster club series Nemo Rangers reached their first final since 2010 when they beat Kerry’s representatives Killarney Legion in a goalless encounter. The Cork champions will be bidding for their 16th provincial crown when they take on Clonmel Commercials in the decider. The Tipperary champions hammered Miltown Mallbay by 13 points.

It will be Clonmel’s fifth final appearance but they lost in their previous appearances in 1994, 1990, 1971 and 1966.

Results:

FOOTBALL

Munster club SFC semi-finals

Clonmel Commercials 1-13 Miltown Malbay 0-03   Clonmel Sportsfield

Nemo Rangers 0-14 Killarney Legion 0-08   Pairc Ui Rinn

 

Ulster club SFC semi-finals

Kilcoo 0-05 Crossmaglen Rangers 0-10   Pairc Esler

Trillick 2-07 Scotstown 2-08   Brewster Park

 

HURLING

Leinster club SHC semi-finals

Cuala 3-12 Clara 0-17   Parnell Park

Clonkill 0-08 Oulart The Ballagh 0-16   Cusack Park

 

Munster club SHC semi-final

Na Piarsaigh 2-15 Thurles Sarsfields 0-17   Gaelic Ground

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