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Hurling final round-up: Ballyduff make it 25 in Kerry

Meanwhile, Na Piarsaigh eased past a disappointing Kilmallock side in Limerick

Sixmilebridge’s Seadna Morey celebrates scoring a late point in their Clare SHC final draw. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Limerick club SHC final

Na Piarsaigh 1-22 Kilmallock 2-14

The anticipated close final that everybody expected failed to materialise at the Gaelic Grounds as Na Piarsaigh romped to a comfortable win.

The final scoreline flattered Kilmallock, who scored two late goals by Jake and Graeme Mulcahy which put a decent gloss on the scoreboard.

Na Piarsaigh won the title for a fourth time and following their three previous wins they went on to be Munster champions. They will have a home game against Blackrock on November 5th.

Kilmallock disappointed, and six first half wides compared to only one by Na Piarsaigh proved costly.

Na Piarsaigh led by 0-14 to 0-7 at halftime with five of their points coming from frees by Shane Dowling, who had to retire injured after 42 minutes.

Adrian Breen was superb for the winners and he scored six points from play.

Na Piarsaigh: P Kennedy; J Boylan, M Casey, N Buckley; T Grimes, 0-1 C King, A Dempsey 0-1; S Dowling 0-5 (5f), W O’Donoughue; A Breen 0-6, D Breen 0-1, D Dempsey 1-2; R Lynch 0-2 (1f), K Downes 0-3, P Casey 0-1. Subs: G Browne for Dowling injd 42, C Boylan for D Breen (48), M Foley for O’Donoughue (58), J O’Brien for J Boylan (60).

Kilmallock: B Hennessy; L Hurley, M O’Loughlin, A Costelloe; D Joy, Philip O’Loughlin, Paddy O’Loughlin; J Mulcahy 1-1, K O’Donnell 0-3; P O’Brien 0-1, G O’Mahony 0-1, M Houlihan 0-1; G Mulcahy 1-4, R Hanley 0-1, E Ryan 0-2 (1f). Subs: O O’Reilly for Ryan(HT), D Woulfe for Houlihan (52)

Referee: D O’Callaghan, Feohanagh/Castlemahon.

Clare club SHC final

Sixmilebridge 0-19 Clooney-Quin 1-16

Sixmilebridge and Clooney-Quin will have to do it all again after they played out a thrilling draw in front of 5,455 at Cusack Park, Ennis.

Underdogs Clooney-Quin had to come from behind at the death, having led for practically all of the tie, with talisman Peter Duggan pointing a 20m free after captain Fergal Lynch had been fouled.

Aiming for a title last won in 1942, Clooney-Quin lead by 1-9 to 0-9 at the break - Ronan O’Donnell grabbing the goal after 19 minutes.

The teams were level at the end of normal time when Sixmilebridge’s Seadna Morey put his side in front for the very first time, in injury time. But their opponents came back moments later with Duggan’s equaliser.

Sixmilebridge: D Fahy, N Purcell, A Quilligan, B Fitzpatrick, C Morey (0-1), S Morey (0-3), P Fitzpatrick, B Carey, K Lynch, C Malone, J Shanahan (0-9 3f, 2 65), A Morey (0-2, 2fs), B Corry (0-2), S Golden (0-1), A Mulready. Subs: C Deasy for Lynch (H/T), N Gilligan (0-1) for Mulready (H/T), G Whyte for Carey (48).

Clooney-Quin: K Hogan, R McNamara, S McNamara, B McInerney, C Duggan C Harrison, P Ward, D Murphy, R Taylor (0-2), P Duggan (0-10, 7f, 1 65), M Corry (0-2), D Hannon, R O’Donnell (1-1), F Lynch (0-1), J Corry.

Subs: M Daffy for Hannon.

Referee: A Heagney (Corofin)

Carlow club SHC final

Mount Leinster Rangers 3-17 Naomh Eoin (Myshall) 0-17

Mount Leinster Rangers struck three crucial goals as they won their seventh Carlow SHC title at Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday, reclaiming the Willie O’Connor Cup after a four year absence.

After Naomh Eoin led for the only time at 0-5 to 0-4 after 13 minutes, Rangers hit the next six points to establish a 0-10 to 0-5 lead. On 25 minutes Kevin McDonald goal gave Rangers a 1-12 to 0-7 lead.

Rangers, Leinster Club champions of 2013, killed the game off with goals from midfielder Diarmuid Byrne on 46 minutes and Denis Murphy on 49 - Murphy finished with a personal tally of 1-10, 1-2 from play.

Mount Leinster Rangers: F Foley; W Hickey, R Kelly, M Doyle; E Coady, D Phelan, G Kelly; Diarmuid Byrne (1-1), R Coady; P Coady (0-1), J Murphy (0-1), E Byrne (0-1); D Murphy (1-10, 0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘65), C Nolan (0-3), K McDonald (1-0). Subs: T Joyce for J Murphy (injured) (31); Derek Byrne for McDonald (45); M Malone for E Coady (48); J Kelly for P Coady (52); G Lawlor for G Kelly (55).

Naomh Eoin: B Tracey (0-2); R Nolan, J O’Hara, T Nolan; S Kavanagh, E Nolan, M Mullins (0-1); E Redmond, P Abbey (0-2); J M Nolan (0-1), R Smithers (0-1), C Foley; D Smithers, P Nolan (0-9, 0-8 frees), J Kavanagh. Subs: K Foley (0-1) for J Kavanagh (43).

Referee: P Kehoe (Rathvilly).

London club SHC final

Kilburn Gaels 1-16 Robert Emmetts 0-14

Robert Emmetts’ three-in-a-row hopes were crushed by Kilburn at Ruislip as the Gaels crowned their 20th anniversary in style.

Kilburn never trailed in a stop-start affair in which 18 minutes of added time was played.

Captain Stephen Lambert kept the scoreboard ticking for the North Londoners with six points from placed balls and a spell of Emmetts profligacy was punished in injury time when Sean Conlon cut in from the left wing and finished to the net.

Conlon’s goal gave Kilburn a 1-8 to 0-5 lead at the break but the half-time introduction of Eoin Chawke saw Emmetts drag themselves into the contest.

Limerick native Chawke scored six frees as the Kilburn scores dried up, and Emmetts made it a one-score game in the eighth-minute of added time.

However, Kilburn mustered one last rally and points from Fergal Collins and Adam Murphy secured their third senior title.

Robert Emmetts: E Chawke 0-6 (6f), R Murphy 0-3 (2f, 1 ‘65), G Hill 0-2, D Roberts, C Lordan, F McMahon 0-1 each.

Kilburn Gaels: J Barron; K Campion, N Coen, C Hickey; W Campion, B Regan, K Kennedy 0-1; A O’Leary, C McAlinden 0-1; F Collins 0-3, S Carey 0-1, S Conlon 1-0; S Lambert 0-6 (6f), J Troy 0-1, D Reale 0-2 (1f). Subs: A Murphy 0-1 for Lambert (45), C Reid for Conlon (60), C Lambert for Carey (11).

Robert Emmetts: S Ryan; M Conroy, S Griffey, C Walsh; P McNaughton, P Horkan, E Kiely; D Roberts 0-1, G Hill 0-2; A O’Leary, R Murphy 0-3 (2f, 1 ‘65), R Costello; J Roberts, M O’Laodha, C Lordan 0-1. Subs: E Chawke E Chawke 0-6 (6f) for Roberts (ht), D O’Regan for O’Laodha (ht), F McMahon 0-1 for Horkan (36), M Dwyer for Costello (41), C O’Brien for Kiely (53).

Referee: E Naughton.

Kerry club SHC final

Ballyduff 4-13 Lixnaw 1-19

A first half hat-trick from Ballyduff full-forward Aidan Boyle laid the foundations for the Duffers drive for 25 being successful at the Austin Stack Park in this high octane and thrilling SHC final replay. As a result they now sit on top of the role of honour by one from Kilmoyley on 25 wins.

Ballyduff’s deep seated confidence that could beat Lixnaw was a result of change of game plan by their manager, Blackrock native Bobby Thornhill and the legacy of a glorious past which has seen never Ballyduff lose to Lixnaw in a final.

But Ballyduff never believe in doing things the easy way they conceded 10 first half frees to Lixnaw’s one but Aidan Boyle took over from his brother Padraig to shred the Lixnaw fullback line, who just could not handle the high ball, which proved a master tactical ploy. Boyle’s goals came in the third minute from a long delivery by brother Liam, a second in the 10th minute after brother Padraig’s assist and the hat-trick was complete in first half injury , this time soaring high to collect from David Goulding.

But Mike Conway who took over the free taking after younger brother Shane missed a few, kept Lixnaw in the game with 0-5, while Ricky Heffernan struck for an 18th minute goal, as Ballyduff only led 3-7 to 1-10 at the interval.

Two early Lixnaw points on the resumption were cancelled out when Aidan Boyle this time turned provider for brother Mikey who rattled the net. Trailing 4-9 to 1-14 midways through the half, Lixnaw looked in trouble but then full-back Padraig O’Grady was red carded and Lixnaw had the momentum.

Mike Conway kept converting frees but Ballyduff captain Mikey Boyle was now playing heroically in defence as Paud Costello and birthday boy Eoin Ross displayed warrior like qualities and Lixnaw just could not get the goal they craved. A Brendan Brosnan ‘65 in the 60th minute after Ross had deflected a Conway free behind reduced the gap to a goal but in the three minutes injury time, it was Daniel O’Carroll who scored the insurance point, as Ballyduff claimed the Neilus Flynn again and the Boyle family bring their SHC medal haul to 41!

Ballyduff: P J O’Gorman; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, C Kearney; D Goulding, P Costello, E Ross; D O’Carroll (0-4), A O’Carroll; L Boyle , A Boyle (3-1), J O’Sullivan (0-1); P Boyle (0-4), M Boyle (1-1), J Goulding (0-1). Subs: J Hussey for L O’Boyle 45, G O’Brien for J O’Sullivan 53, P O’Carroll for A O’Carroll 57, L Boyle (0-1) for P Boyle 62.

Lixnaw: M Stackpoole; D McCarthy, P Corridan, D Shanahan ; B Brosnan (0-3), S Power, C O Keeffe; J McKenna , B McAuliffe; J Buckley (0-2), R Heffernan (1-1), R Galvin; C Sheehy, M Conway (0-10), S Conway (0-2). Subs: J Flaherty (0-1) for C Sheehy h/t, M Corridan for D McCarthy h/t, G Stackpoole for S Power 39, L Mullins for R Galvin 46, E Galvin for J McKenna 54.

Referee: C McAllister (Cork).