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Classy Oulart complete three-in-a-row

OULART-THE-BALLAGH completed a three-in-a-row of Wexford senior hurling titles in Wexford Park yesterday with a 1-10 to 0-11 victory over Rathnure.

Rathnure scored just just one point from play over the hour as the champions - powered by Wexford seniors, Keith Rossiter and Paul Roche - held firm.

DAVY FITZGERALD, who looks set to be ratified as Clare hurling boss tomorrow, returned to his roots on Saturday with an impressive display for Sixmilebridge in their SHC semi-final win at Cusack Park, Ennis. The former Waterford manager lined out for his club after first-choice netminder, Derel Fahy, suffered a facial injury in the quarter-final and helped Sixmilebridge to a 1-17 to 1-13 victory over last year's county finalists.

“The most important thing I wanted to do was not to let the lads down,” said Fitzgerald afterwards. “The reason I came back was to help them out and thank God I didn't let them down. For Conor McGrath's shot I only saw it at the last second as there were bodies in front of me but thankfully my agility is still there and I managed to get it around the post,” he said.

ST THOMAS created a huge shock when they sent three time All-Ireland club champions Portumna crashing out of the Galway SHC after a dramatic weekend of quarter-final action.

And reigning All-Ireland clubchampions Clarinbridge came from three points down to go ahead in injury-time only for Mullagh to equalise in the dying seconds of their last eight clash.

Portumna - minus the suspended Joe Canning and Andy Smith - had only lost three of their previous 41 championship games in Galway and were ousted by a St Thomas side in a gripping contest at Ballinasloe.

A goal just before half-time from David Burke proved crucial for St Thomas who reached their first county semi-final in 22 years.

YOUTHFUL Edenderry defeated Clara 0-9 to 0-8 in the Offaly SFC final at O’Connor Park yesterday