Another weekend of the GAA club scene passes by and there were several top games played on Sunday afternoon.
In the Munster club hurling quarter final Ballygunner defeat Cork side Midleton by two points, 1-18 to 2-13. Waterford senior star Pauric Mahony knocking 0-12 over for Ballygunner, with their goal coming from corner forward Conor Power. Midleton had Conor Lehane in their ranks who registered 1-04 while Cormac Walsh was also superb with 0-03 all from play. Ballgunner will meet Ballyhea from Clare next Sunday in Walsh Park in the semi-final.
The Antrim senior hurling final also took place on Sunday between rivals Loughiel and Cushendall. It was Cushendall who ran out 2-12 to 0-13 winners in the end to lift the Volunteer Cup for the first time since 2014. It was 1-08 to 0-09 at half time in favour of the eventual winners, the two crucial goals from Paddy Burke and Conor Carson were the difference in the end.
In Dublin, Ballyboden-St Endas were pushed all the way by Kilmacud Crokes in their senior hurling final meeting replay at Parnell Park. Ballyboden prevailed in the end by a goal 2-15 to 1-15. Crokes led by 1-09 to 1-07 at the break, with Conor McCormack and Oisin O’Rourke netting goals. The second half continued in the same fashion and was close till the end. Paul Ryan’s second half goal the game winner in the end. Ryan hit a personal tally of 1-05 for the winners, while Oisin O’Rourke top scored for the Stillorgan based side with 1-07.
In Kilkenny Bennettsbridge and Ballyhale Shamrocks met in the senior final in Nowlan Park. It was Henry Shefflins Ballyhale side that prevailed in the end in a superb game by 2-20 to 2-17. TJ Reid once again proved why he is one of the bets in the game with a man of the match performance with 1-10 (0-08f). Eoin Cody netted the other Ballyhale goal. Bennetsbridge with County stars Jason Cleere and Liam Blanchfield pushed them all the way though with Brian Lannon scoring 2-01 from play. However, it was Ballyhale’s day and it was there first title since 2014. They will now meet the winners of the meetings of Camross (Laois) and Naomh Eanna (Gorey) in the Leinster semi-final. They both meet next weekend in Portlaoise.