Sunday 19 February 2017

O'Loughlin Gaels and Cuala to meet in Leinster hurling decider after decisive wins

Published 20/11/2016 | 15:52

Sammy Johnston of O'Loughlin Gaels scores his sides third goal against Oulart the Ballagh past Barry Kehoe during the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship semi-final match between Oulart the Ballagh and O'Loughlin Gaels at Innovate Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sammy Johnston of O'Loughlin Gaels scores his sides third goal against Oulart the Ballagh past Barry Kehoe during the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship semi-final match between Oulart the Ballagh and O'Loughlin Gaels at Innovate Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Kilkenny side O'Loughlin Gaels will meet Dublin champions Cuala in this year's Leinster club hurling final.

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The Gaels were slow out of the blocks against Wexford's Oulart-The-Ballagh and conceded the first five points of the game before Mark Kelly scored a much-needed goal.

Another goal followed for Mark Bergin after the unfortunate Conor O'Leary let the ball slip through his hands and the Kilkenny side led by 2-6 to 0-10 at the interval.

Another mistake allowed Sammy Johnston to add a third goal for the winners and some excellent point-taking from Martin Comerford helped his team to a 3-17 to 0-17 win.

It was plain sailing for Cuala who 12 points to spare in a 1-19 to 1-7 victory over St Mullins of Carlow in the other semi.

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