Six teams are now confirmed for the knock-out stage of the Séamus Ó Riain Cup (Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship) - Burgess, Silvermines and Moycarkey-Borris progress as group winners while JK Bracken’s, Templederry Kenyons and Holycross-Ballycahill finished second in their respective groups.
Since Burgess and Moycarkey-Borris won all three of their games it is understood that both sides will progress directly to the semi-finals while Silvermines, JK Bracken’s, Templederry Kenyons and Holycross-Ballycahill will battle it out in the quarter-finals.
Similarly to 2017 the 2018 Séamus Ó Riain Cup finalists will be promoted to Roinn I in time for the 2019 county senior hurling championship. The 2018 Séamus Ó Riain Cup comprises of twelve teams - three groups of four. The top two group winners qualify for the semi-finals while the remaining group winner and three runners-up battle it out in the quarter-finals.
Burgess won group one of the Séamus Ó Riain Cup on Saturday, August 25th in Clonoulty when the North Tipperary outfit saw off the challenge of St Mary’s Clonmel (2-17 to 1-15). Meanwhile JK Bracken’s secured second place on Sunday, September 2nd when they beat Ballingarry 3-19 to 0-20. So, Burgess topped the group, JK Bracken’s were second, St Mary’s Clonmel were third and Ballingarry finished fourth.
JK Bracken’s got their championship campaign back on track when beating St Mary’s Clonmel with eight points to spare (2-16 to 1-11) in round two. St Mary's Clonmel beat Ballingarry (0-14 to 0-11) in the opening round while Burgess got the better of JK Bracken's (1-14 to 1-12). And, Burgess franked their form with a second win against Ballingarry (2-23 to 1-10) in round two.
St Mary's Clonmel 0-14 Ballingarry 0-11
Burgess 1-14 JK Bracken's 1-12
JK Bracken’s 2-16 St Mary's Clonmel 1-11
Burgess 2-23 Ballingarry 1-10
Burgess 2-17 St Mary’s Clonmel 1-15
JK Bracken’s 3-19 Ballingarry 0-20
Despite their eighteen-point win over Newport the Templederry Kenyons finished second in the group on four points when losing out to Silvermines (four points) due to their head-to-head record - the ‘Mines beat the Kenyons 1-19 to 0-9 earlier this season. Meanwhile Clonakenny finished third on two points and Newport fourth on two points - Clonakenny also edged the head-to-head record with Newport.
The margin of Silvermines' thirteen-point win (1-19 to 0-9) over Templederry in the opening round surprised many while Clonakenny's 2-11 to 0-13 victory over Newport less so. Newport, however, came roaring back in round two when beating Silvermines 0-19 to 0-18. Meanwhile Templederry Kenyons walloped Clonakenny (1-24 to 1-12). Then, on Saturday in Toomevara, Silvermines beat Clonakenny 0-21 to 1-16.
Clonakenny 2-11 Newport 0-13
Silvermines 1-19 Templederry Kenyons 0-9
Newport 0-19 Silvermines 0-18
Templederry Kenyons 1-24 Clonakenny 1-12
Templederry Kenyons 3-26 Newport 2-17
Silvermines 0-21 Clonakenny 1-16
On Saturday at The Ragg the Moycarkey-Borris lads got the better of Holycross-Ballycahill with five points to spare (2-19 to 1-17) and duly topped group three (six points) with Holycross-Ballycahill finishing second (four points) - both sides progress to the knock-out stage of the competition while the season has come to a close for Lorrha-Dorrha and Ballina.
Moycarkey-Borris saw off the challenge of Lorrha-Dorrha in the opening round (1-22 to 3-10) and notched a resounding win over Ballina in Dolla in round two (3-34 to 0-10). Meanwhile Holycross-Ballycahill saw off the challenge of Ballina in the opening round (1-17 to 1-9) before beating Lorrha-Dorrha (3-23 to 4-13).
On Saturday, August 25th the contest scheduled between Ballina and Lorrha-Dorrha did not take place; neither side have anything to play for at this stage of the season.
Ballina 1-9 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-17
Lorrha-Dorrha 3-10 Moycarkey-Borris 1-22
Moycarkey-Borris 3-34 Ballina 0-10
Holycross-Ballycahill 3-23 Lorrha-Dorrha 4-13
Ballina P-P Lorrha-Dorrha
Moycarkey-Borris 2-19 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-17
No team is scheduled to be relegated from the Séamus Ó Riain Cup this season.
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