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Club hurling: Ballyhale Shamrocks and St Thomas' to meet in All-Ireland club hurling final
Last Updated: 09/02/19 7:07pm
St Thomas' will face Ballyhale Shamrocks in the All-Ireland club final on St Patrick's Day, after wins over Cushendall and Ballygunner respectively.
St Thomas' 0-18 Cushendall 2-11
A late point from corner-back David Sherry proved the difference as 2013 All-Ireland champions St Thomas' of Galway edged Ruairi Og Cushendall at Parnell Park.
The Antrim side defeated Galway opposition on their last foray outside of Ulster three years ago, and were aiming to cause another shock on Saturday afternoon.
They got off to the best possible start, with an early Neil McManus penalty seeing them into a 1-0 to 0-1 lead. However, the Galway side recovered, scoring five of the next six points. St Thomas' worked their way through the first half, aided by a strong breeze to lead 0-13 to 1-3 at the break.
Cushendall fought back after the break, and a Ryan McCambridge goal early in the second half helped them fight back level.
With the scores level at 2-11 to 0-17 going into five minutes of injury-time, Sherry popped up the far end of the field to give St Thomas' a one-point advantage.
Donal McNaughton did have one final opportunity to force a draw, but he elected to go for goal instead of taking what would have been an easy point, and it was saved.
Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-15 Ballygunner 0-13
Ballyhale Shamrocks are chasing a record seventh All-Ireland title, after finishing strong to beat Ballygunner by five points.
The first half resembled a shoot-out between Pauric Mahony and TJ Reid, as the sharp-shooting duo went point-for-point. Ultimately, it was the Waterford outfit who led at the break, as they went in 0-8 to 0-7 to the good.
As the sides went tit-for-tat in the second half, the first true blow landed came in the 44th minute when Eoin Cody ran in and stuck the ball in the Ballygunner net to give the Leinster champions a 1-10 to 0-10 lead.
The green flag ultimately proved crucial, with the Deise club unable to reel in their opponents. Cody's 1-4 from play helped the Kilkenny side back into the St Patrick's Day decider, as they chase their first Tommy Moore Cup since 2015.