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Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac Killoughey, in action against Alan Cuddihy, Ballyhale Shamrocks

Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac Killoughey, in action against Alan Cuddihy, Ballyhale Shamrocks

Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac Killoughey, in action against Alan Cuddihy, Ballyhale Shamrocks

HENRY SHEFFLIN is relishing the chance to chase his third All-Ireland club medal - but warned that Ballyhale Shamrocks must step it up considerably on last Sunday's fitful Leinster final display against Kilcormac-Killoughey, writes Frank Roche.

The Kilkenny kingpins only revealed their full repertoire in extra-time, prompting Shefflin to warn: "If we play like that, as we did in the first half of normal time, we won't be good enough next year. But at least at this time of the year, it's about getting results."

Henry & Co are now awaiting the winners of next Sunday's long-delayed Galway SHC final between their old Portumna sparring partners and Gort. Portumna eclipsed Ballyhale in a 2009 semi-final but that was avenged in the following year's decider.

"Portumna will be the first to say they've Gort next weekend - but it's great for ourselves, absolutely brilliant," Shefflin said.

"A lot of people would have written us off in Kilkenny, said we were finished. I think even at half-time and full-time, people would be questioning us and saying 'They are a bit soft maybe.'"

Extra-time proved otherwise.


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