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28 Jan 2022

Shamrocks survive huge scare to seal Croker final clash

Shamrocks 3-24 St.Rynagh's 2-18 AET

Shamrocks survive huge scare to seal Croker final clash

Eoin Cody celebrates scoring Shamrocks last gasp third goal against St.Rynagh's this afternoon. Pic: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

Shamrocks of Ballyhale were thankful to a last gasp normal time goal from Eoin Cody as they somehow got out of jail and  sealed a place in next week's Leinster senior hurling championship final.

The Kilkenny side looked dead and buried as a resolute St.Ryangh's side led by three points entering the end of the 60 minutes but a 65 from Richie Reid hovered around the square before Eoin Cody broke the Rynagh's resistance with a late late goal.

That only brought the tie to extra-time but James O'Connor's men completely took over in the final 20 minutes as they outscored their opponents 0-11 to 0-2 as they ran out 3-24 to 2-18 winners in the end.

Shamrocks came into the game as raging hot favourites and when Eoin Cody and Colin Fennelly both scored goals in the opening five minutes, it looked set to be a routine day at the office for the Ballyhale men but helped by a Luke O'Connor goal for Rynagh's and a straight red card to Shamrocks star Joe Cuddihy there was only three points seperating the sides at the half-time break (2-8 to 1-8).

Rynagh's continued that momentum in the second period and they were much the better side in truth as they got back on level terms by the time of the second half water break.

A Ronan Hughes goal in the 47th minute then edged the Offaly side into a three point lead and they upheld that advantage until stoppage time.

Rynagh's had chances to seal victory which they ultimately squandered until Shamrocks struck in the dying seconds with recently crowned young hurler of the year Eoin Cody firing past Conor Clancy.

Shamrocks were back to their full deck in the extra period with Eoin Reid replacing the dismissed Cuddihy and they overpowered Rynagh's with the Offaly side failing to score from play in the remainder of the contest.

Shamrocks can now look forward to a trip to Croke Park next Sunday to take on Clough-Ballacolla of Laois in the Leinster decider.

Teams and Scorers

Shamrocks- Eoin Cody (2-3), TJ Reid (0-7, 0-5f), Adrian Mullen (0-5), Colin Fennelly (1-0), Brian Cody (0-3), Ronan Corcoran, Evan Shefflin (0-2 each), Eoin Reid, Eoin Kenneally (0-1 each)

St Rynagh's- Luke O'Connor (1-8, 0-6f), Ronan Hughes (1-2), Paul Quirke (0-4), Aidan Treacy (0-3, 0-2f), Stephen Quirke (0-1)

Shamrocks- Dean Mason; Kevin Mullen, Joey Holden, Brian Butler; Evan Shefflin, Richie Reid, Darragh Corcoran; Ronan Corcoran, Eoin Kenneally; Eoin Cody, TJ Reid, Brian Cody; Adrian Mullen, Colin Fennelly, Joe Cuddihy.

Subs: Patrick Mullen for Kenneally 49 mins, Darren Mullen for Butler 52 mins, Eoin Reid for Cuddihy e-t, , Eoin Kenneally for Fennelly 61 mins, Conor Phelan for Shefflin 70 mins.

St Rynagh's- Conor Clancy; Conor Hernon, Pat Camon, Stephen Wynne; Matthew Maloney, Ben Conneely, Dermot Shortt; Aidan Treacy, Joseph O'Connor; Paul Quirke, Simon Og Lyons, Gary Conneely; Stephen Quirke, Sean Dolan, Luke O'Connor.

Subs: Ronan Hughes for Camon 3 mins, Aaron Kenny for G.Conneely 40 mins, Ciaran Flannery for S.Quirke 62 mins, Stephen Quirke for Flannery e-t, Ciaran Flannery for S.Quirke 68 mins, Niall Wynne for Kenny 68 mins, Brian Rigney for Og Lyons 76 mins.

Referee- Chris Mooney (Dublin)

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