Imokilly, Sarsfields and St Fi...


Imokilly, Sarsfields and St Finbarr's advance to county semi finals

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07:01 18 Sep 2023

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The last four in the Co-Op Superstores Premier Senior Hurling Championship is now set following the weekend's action in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

First up on Saturday reigning champions St Finbarr's booked their place in the last four as they saw off the challenge of Charleville, winning 1-22 to 0-15 on Saturday evening.

They'll now go on to face Midleton in the last four, the East Cork side progressing straight into the last four after securing top seeding in the group stage.

Barrs boss Ger Cunningham told RedFM Sport he was happy with his side's performance against a dogged Charleville side.

"Charleville played a super game, they put a massive challenge to us, physically and tactically. We were probably lucky at half time to be one ahead, they had a couple of frees that went astray from their point of view.

"They stopped us from playing, they were physical, they were athletic, they were hunting the ball and we had no time.

"I think second half we opened it up a small bit, got on the ball a bit better, used the space a bit better and opened up a gap then.

"But you could never be settled, you could never be sure of how it was going to finish. And then Brian [Hayes] got a super goal, that closed it out for us.

"We came down expecting a massive battle, and that's what we got."

On Sunday, Sarsfields saw off the challenge of Blackrock to book a semi final spot. Sars won on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-15, Jack O'Connor's goal the difference between the sides.

Sars' John Crowley told RedFM sport it was a tough battle.

"Delighted to win. It was no classic out there, but to win ugly is a good sign of our team as well.

"We lost a lot of battles out there, we weren't winning second phase ball. We felt we were being a small bit bullied out there on the ball.

"We asked the players [at half time] to make sure that in the battle that they come out with the ball, and we came out with a hell of a lot of ball.

"It was a battle out there, it was a victory of winning ugly and I think it's something that will stand to us.

"This is a team that may have lost that game going down through the last few years, so to come out on the right side of that is huge, especially against opposition of the quality of Blackrock.

Sarsfields will play Imokilly in the last four. The East Cork divisional side saw off the challenge of Douglas in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, winning 1-29 to 1-16, Watergrasshill's Sean Desmond top scoring for Imokilly with 1-6, while Shane Kingston notched 1-10 for Douglas.

Imokilly boss Denis Ring says he was very happy with how they played.

"Delighted with the performance. The lads put in a massive effort. It's challenging circumstances for them, they have their clubs to look after and it can be difficult to juggle the two things together.

"We were missing Ciaran Joyce today, we were missing John Cronin who is our captain. We took precautions regarding him, he was possibly ok but we had to look after him, it just shows that health comes first.

"We were absolutely delighted with the effort that fellas put in and the honesty of effort that they put in, and it was a clinical performance.

"In fairness to Douglas on a day where it didn't happen for them, they kept going and going and battling and getting scores up to the final minute, because there's a lot of excellent hurlers in that Douglas team."

The semi finals have been set for Sunday October 1st,

Sarsfields and Imokilly will be first up at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 2pm, followed by the meeting of St Finbarr's and Midleton at 4pm.

It's part of a bumper weekend of hurling semi final action across the county.

Friday September 29th

Intermediate A semi-finals
Midleton v Blackrock, Carrigtwohill; Aghabullogue v Mayfield, Páirc Uí Rinn.

Premier Junior semi-final
St Catherine's v Glen Rovers, Riverstown

Saturday September 30th

SAHC Semi Finals

Carrigtwohill v Newcestown, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 4pm
Bride Rovers v Blarney, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 6pm

PJHC Semi Final

Barryroe v Erin's Own, Carrigaline 5pm

PIHC Semi Finals

Ballincollig v Kilworth, Riverstown 5pm
Castlemartyr v Castlelyons, Midleton 5pm

Sunday October 1st

PSHC Semi finals

Sarsfields v Imokilly, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 2pm
St Finbarr's v Midleton, Páirc Uí Chaoimh 4pm

PSFC Quarter final

Duhallow v St Michael's/Douglas, Páirc Uí Rinn 7.30

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