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Ballygiblin's Sean O'Sullivan tries to break the tackle of Mark Flynn and Joe Booth of Colligan in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-final at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Photo by Jim Coughlan

Ballygiblin's Sean O'Sullivan tries to break the tackle of Mark Flynn and Joe Booth of Colligan in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-final at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Photo by Jim Coughlan

Ballygiblin's Darragh Flynn in action against Colligan players Dan Booth and Liam Beresford

Ballygiblin's Darragh Flynn in action against Colligan players Dan Booth and Liam Beresford

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Ballygiblin's Sean O'Sullivan tries to break the tackle of Mark Flynn and Joe Booth of Colligan in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-final at Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork. Photo by Jim Coughlan

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MUNSTER CLUB JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

Ballygiblin 1-19

Colligan 0-10

Defending Munster Junior Hurling champions Ballygiblin advanced to their second Munster final in a row when they easily accounted for Waterford side Colligan in the semi-final on Sunday in Pairc Ui Rinn. The opening quarter was close enough with Colligan doing reasonably well. Good play by Barry Coffey led to the opening score by Joseph O'Sullivan. Cathail O'Mahony added a point. Colligan had their opening score by Gavin Whelan in the seventh minute. Joseph O'Sullivan pointed a Ballygiblin free with Colin Dunford replying.

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In the ninth minute Darragh Flynn was put through and his attempt at goal was blocked by Dan Booth. Flynn got a second chance and goaled 1-3 to 0-2. Further pressure saw Killian Roche work well for Joseph O'Sullivan who pointed. Dan Booth kept Colligan in touch with a long range point. In the 13th minute Colin Dunford worked well for Joe Booth who pointed. The West Waterford side were within two points when John Wall pointed a free 1-4 to 0-5.

Joseph O'Sullivan picked up a sideline cut by Barry Coffey and pointed. John Wall pointed another free. Darragh Flynn with a very good point restored the goal lead 1-6 to 0-6. Good play by Barry Coffey and Darragh Flynn led to another point by O'Mahony. Joseph O'Sullivan pointed a '65 with Dan Booth replying from long range. Mark Keane James Mullins and Fionn Herlihy made some massive aerial catches. Keane and Darragh Flynn worked well for Ryan Donegan who sent over. John Wall had a Colligan pointed free as Ballygiblin led at half time 1-10 to 0-8.

The expected Colligan fight back in the second half did not materialize. Sean O'Sullivan had a powerful shot saved by Seanie McGrath with the rebound going out for a '65 that Joseph O'Sullivan converted. O'Sullivan followed with two pointed frees as Ballygiblin moved double scores ahead 1-13 to 0-8. Further pressure saw Ballygiblin well on top. Their defence were very solid and they also did well in midfield. Joseph O'Sullivan pointed a '65. In the 39th minute O'Sullivan with a long range free opened up a commanding lead 1-15 to 0-8.

Shane Beston cut through on the wing and pointed. John Wall had Colligan's first score of the second half in the 4lst minute (free) Joseph O'Sullivan had his 11th and last score in the 42nd minute 1-17 to 0-9. Shane Beston had two quickfire points 1-19 to 0-9. Joe Booth had Colligan's 2nd and last second half score. Both sides made a number of substitutions with Ballygiblin holding out for an easy victory and a place in the Munster final against St Kieran's on December 4 in Mallow.

BALLYGIBLIN: C Noonan, L Finn, F Herlihy, J Mullins, B Coffey, M Keane, M Lewis, R Donegan 0-1, K Roche, D Flynn 1-1, J O'Sullivan 0-11 (5f, 3 '65’) S Beston 0-3, C O'Mahony 0-3, S O'Sullivan, D Barry. Subs: D Sheehan for D Barry, K Duggan for S O'Sullivan, A O'Brien for S Beston (inj, C O'Brien for C O'Mahony, D Reidy-Price for K Roche.

COLLIGAN: S McGrath, A O'Riordan, J Nic Fennell, L Beresford, M Flynn, D Booth 0-2, R Stringer, J Booth 0-2, R Dunford, R Browne, J Wall 0-4f, J Dunford, G Whelan 0-1, A Dnnford, C Dunford 0-1. Subs: R Kiely for G Whelan, M Horgan for J Dunford, C Whelan for A Dunford, S Browne for J Nic Fennell.

Referee: Joe Mullins (Clare)

After the game Ballygiblin manager Ronan Dwane said: “I suppose it is a relief to be over today's game. Yes, any day you win is great. Our lads played well today. Colligan looked good in the first half. At half time they were still there only five points behind. We got three or four points in quick succession on the restart and opened up a lead 1-14 to 0-8. Joseph O'Sullivan got some great scores and we pushed on from there.

"Today our half forwards were in great form accounting for 1-15 of the 1-19 tally. I thought Shane Beston came very strong with some good points. 1-19 was a good score in a game in winter months and we did not concede any goals. We will have a break now for two weeks before we face St Kieran's in the Munster final. That will be a massive test of stamina. They are a strong side from West Limerick and have been in the final in 2012.”


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