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Wins for Ballinakill and Ballyfin as Group A of the Premier IHC decided

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Ballinakill 4-22 Slieve Bloom 0-15
Premier IHC Group A Round 3

Ballinkill sealed their place in the Quarter-final of the Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship this evening following a comprehensive victory over Slieve Bloom.

As for Slieve Bloom, they are now in the relegation final and will face either Colt-Shanahoe, Clonaslee or Camross – with that picture becoming clearer after tomorrow’s games.

Ben Conroy gave Slieve Bloom an early lead as he scored four points in as many minutes give them a three point advantage – 0-4 to 0-1.

Cha Dwyer then made his presence known when he raised over three white flags to leave the sides level at the water break – 0-5 apiece.

Ballinakill won a free inside the 21 metre line after the break and Cha Dwyer stepped up to fire the ball into the net.

Slieve Bloom fought their way back into the game and cut the deficit to one through Ben Conroy (two) and Dylan Collins.

However, Ballinakill with the help of Cha Dwyer extended the lead to four at half time as Dwyer scored three points in a row – 1-9 to 0-8.

Cha Dwyer then scored a goal from another free one minute into the second half to put seven points between the sides.

Ballinakill dominated the third quarter as Dwyer scored four more points before substitute Jamie Drury confirmed victory before the water break when he drove the ball into the roof of the net  – 3-15 to 0-13.

Ballinkill saw out the game well as Gearoid Lynch added their fourth goal of the game while Dan Bergin, Jamie Drury, Cha Dwyer and Cathal O’Shaughnessy all raised white flags to round off a nineteen point win over Slieve Bloom.

SCORERS – Ballinakill: Cha Dwyer 2-11 (2-7 frees), Gearoid Lynch 1-2, Jamie Drury 1-1, Cian O’Shuaghnessy 0-2 (both frees) Dan Bergin, Seamus Fitzpatrick, Sean Downey (free) Eddie Dwyer, MJ Dunphy (free) and Ian Shanahan 0-1 each Slieve Bloom: Ben Conroy 0-9 (eight frees), Robbie Burke and Ciaran Conroy 0-2 each, Dylan Collins and Evan Power 0-1

BALLINAKILL: Paul Simms; Noel Duggan, Brian O’Mara, Mark Kehoe; Ian Shanahan, Sean Downey, Michael Moran; Gearoid Lynch, Padraig Lawlor; Cha Dwyer, TJ Lalor, Seamus Fitzpatrick; MJ Dunphy, Eddie Dwyer, Cian O’Shaughnessy. Subs: Cathal O’Shaughnessy for MJ Dunphy (9, inj), Jamie Drury for Cian O’Shuaghnessy (38), Dan Bergin for S Fitzpatrick (46), Conor Delaney for E Dwyer (49), Shane McEvoy for Cha Dwyer (54)

SLIEVE BLOOM: Gavin Conroy; Ben Shore, Sean Nolan, Enda Conroy; John Lowry, Tom Delaney, Evan Power; Gearoid Lowry, Darragh Delaney; Robbie Burke, Ross Holmes, Dylan Collins; Ciaran Conroy, Ben Conroy, Taidgh Cuddy. Subs: Fergal Burke for Collins (HT), John Lowry for Gavin Conroy (46), Rory Power for Ross Holmes (51)

REFEREE: Jamie McDonald (Rosenallis)

Ballyfin 3-18 Rathdowney-Errill 1-13
Premier IHC Group A Round 3

Ballyfin are through to the semi-finals of the Premier IHC following a comfortable win over Rathdowney-Errill in Borris-in-Ossory this evening.

They top the group on the head-to-head rule having beaten Ballinakill in the opening round.

They were on top throughout and were 1-11 to 0-7 up at half time with their goal coming from Gary Hofmeister.

Hofmeister got a second goal in the second half to stretch them 10 points clear in the second half and though Brendan Kelly pulled back a goal for Rathdowney-Errill Ballyfin got a third from Gareth Dunphy and were easy winners in the end.

Rathdowney-Errill still go through to the quarter-finals where they are likely to play Camross in two weeks time.

BALLYFIN: Eoin Connolly; Louis Duff, Max Connolly, Ciaran Rowney; James Finn, Allan Connolly, Kevin O’Rourke; Darragh Connolly, David Connolly; Darragh Lyons, Éanna Lyons, Richie Downey; Gareth Dunphy, Gary Hoffmeister, Cillian Rowney. Tom Bennett for Cillian Rowney (45 inj) and Séan O’Rourke for Darragh Lyons (45)

RATHDOWNEY-ERRILL: Damien Bowe; William Delaney, Alan Delaney, Patrick Wright; Jack Foyle, Eoin Bourke, Daniel Bowe; Adam Loughman, Patrick Meehan; Ray Bowe, John Carroll, John Sherman; Jordan Kavanagh, James Keegan, Paddy Hassett.

REFEREE: Eoin Scully (Camross)

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