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Oulart set for Leinster journey

OULART The Ballagh will represent Kilmacud Crokes' first opposition in the AIB Leinster Club SHC on November 4 in Parnell Park after they secured a fourth consecutive Wexford SHC county title in Wexford Park yesterday.

A Rory Jacob goal early in the second-half inspired a 2-12 to 0-13 win over Fayth Harriers after a tight first half which saw Oulart go in leading by just the minimum, 0-6 to 0-5.

Jacob's goal, however, put a safe distance between themselves and Faythe and a second from Nicky Kirwan in the 48th minute sealed the victory for Oulart, who are likely to be favourites for their forthcoming provincial campaign.

RATHDOWNEY Errill and Clough-Ballacolla must meet again after finishing level, 1-11 to 2-8, in yesterday's Laois SHC final.

Clough' had staged a late rally which saw them hit 1-3 in just four minutes and they looked like winners until Rathdowney's top-scorer Ross King's injury-time equaliser from the wing.

The eventual winners will meet Clonkill of Westmeath in the Leinster Club quarter-final after they retained their county crown in Mullingar, beating Raharney by 2-16 to 2-11 in a repeat of last year's decider.

Goals from Cathal Scally and Jimmy Greville put Clonkill in a commanding position and despite just a point separating the team's at one stage in the second half, the favourites changed through the gears in the closing laps to secure another senior crown.

In Waterford, it was all very straight forward for De La Salle as they collected a third Déise title in five years with a 1-21 to 0-12 victory over Dungarvan in Walsh Park yesterday and they too will now have big ambitions outside of their county boundaries.

There was no sign of a giant-killing in Tipperary either, with Thurles Sarsfields claiming a 32nd Premier county championship after beating Drom and Inch by 1-21 to 2-15 in Thurles, a match which featured a brilliant performance by Tipp under-21 Aidan McCormack, who helped himself to 1-6 from play.

PORTUMNA, meanwhile, crashed out of the Galway SHC to Turloughmore, despite a 13-point haul from Joe Canning.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S won their sixth Dublin AHL 1 title when they defeated Craobh Chiaráin 0-10 to 0-7 in Saturday's final at Clonshaugh. In a scrappy encounter they led 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.


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