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Hanniffy the Birr hero again

Birr 2-9 Coolderry 1-11 Offaly SHC final BIRR came from four points down to clinch their 20th county hurling title in a replay on Saturday at St Brendan's Park.

A 47th-minute goal by Barry Larkin saw Coolderry go 1-11 to 1-7 ahead, but Gary Hanniffy, hero in the drawn game, reignited the champions with a goal. Stephen Brown scored the equaliser before Paul O'Meara sent over the decisive point.

A Sean Ryan goal helped Birr to an interval lead of 1-5 to 0-7, but Coolderry scored 1-3 without reply to set up the finale.

SCORERS - Birr: Brian Whelahan 0-3 (2f), G Hanniffy, S Ryan 1-0, S Brown, D Hayden 0-2, P O'Meara, M Dwane (f) 0-1. Coolderry: B Carroll 0-5, B Larkin 1-0, D Murray 0-2 (2f), J McLoughney, B Teehan, M Corcoran, P Ryqan 0-1.

BIRR - M Mulrooney; JP O'Meara, P Cleary, M Verney; Brian Whelahan, R Hanniffy, N Claffey; Barry Whelahan, N Rogers; P O'Meara, G Hanniffy, S Brown; S Ryan, D Hayden, M Dwane. Subs: P Molloy for Rogers (45), S Whelahan for Dwane (53), D Franks for Brian Whelahan inj (59).

COOLDERRY - S O'Connor; T Corcoran, B O'Meara, A Corcoran; J McLoughney, K Brady, B Teehan; J Masterson, C Parlon; B Carroll, M Corcoran, D Murray; P Teehan, J Brady, P Ryan. Subs: B Larkin (1-0) for P Teehan (19), F Parlon for Ryan (44).

REFEREE - M Kirwan (Ballyskenach).

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