Healy points the way for Craughwell

Craughwell, 8/15 favourites to beat Carnmore, did so in style last Saturday in Kenny Park on a score-line of 0-19 to 0-11.

Niall Healy was their assassin-in-chief with 0-9, of which 0-5 came from play. His chief accomplices in the scoring department were Alan Callanan who shot 0-4, and Keelan Cullinane who chipped in with 0-3.

Manager Mike Clarke will be pleased with the manner of their last two victories.

They showed great guts to get past Sarsfields in the preliminary quarter-final and backed that up with this comprehensive eight-point win over Carnmore who had been unbeaten in the group stages.

Craughwell will face the winners of this Sunday’s replay between Mullagh and Clarinbridge in their semi-final.

In the quarter-final in Athenry between Gort and Loughrea on Sunday afternoon goals from Ollie Fahy and Keith Killilea saw Mattie Murphy’s Gort also reach the last four as they ousted last year’s losing finalists Loughrea on a winning score-line of 2-10 to 1-8.

Gort led by 0-8 to 0-7 at half time, with six points from Gerry Quinn.

The returned Richie Cummins stretched their advantage to two points after the restart, and Fahy’s goal put them well in control.

Johnny Maher goaled from a free for Joe Sweeney’s side to give them some hope, but Keith Killilea’s goal saw Gort into the last four where they will face St Thomas.

Gort had also defeated Loughrea in the group stages earlier in the season.



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