Thurles Sarsfields face the next assignment in their quest for a first Munster Club Hurling Championship when they entertain a club of the same name, Sarsfields from Cork, in the semi-final at Semple Stadium on Sunday (2.30).
The Tipp champions, who last month won their third county championship in four years, came through a stern test against Kilmallock in the last round a fortnight ago and will be hoping to put home advantage to good use against the Glanmire club.
They twice built a 5-points lead against Kilmallock, only to be brought back to the minimum. The goals scored in each half by Pa Bourke and Lar Corbett proved crucial and they were also grateful to the dominance of Padraig Maher as well as good performances from Denis Maher, Michael O’Brien and Johnny Enright.
Sarsfields won the Cork title for the third time in five seasons last month thanks to a 1-15 to 1-13 victory over Bishopstown. Their centre-forward Cian McCarthy was the top scorer in the final with 8 points, 6 from frees. They scored the all-important goal seven minutes from the end from Robert O’Driscoll while Kieran ‘Fraggy’ Murphy and Michael Cussen were also prominent.
On their two previous appearances in the Munster Club Championship the Cork club lost to De La Salle on both occasions.
Waterford referee Michael Wadding will be in charge on Sunday and if necessary extra time will be played.
The winners will play Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) or De La Salle (Waterford) - who meet in the other semi-final at Sixmilebridge on Sunday - in the Munster Club Final on Sunday, November 25th.
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