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Report on SHC Q/F -v- Bandon (Evening Echo 25/9/17)

HANDS up if you can tell us who will lift the Seán Óg Murphy Cup on October 22.

There are six teams now left in contention in what is a wide open battle for the Cork Senior Hurling Championship, with two quarter-final replays on the horizon next weekend. All of the sides involved will feel they could pick up enough momentum to climb the steps of the revamped Páirc on county final day, especially as holders Glen Rovers and perennial contenders Midleton are out.

Na Piarsaigh and Blackrock will clash in an appealing all-city hurling semi-final, but Imokilly and Erin's Own, and Sars and UCC, must meet again in a double-header on Saturday at Páirc Uí Rinn from 5.30pm. We could yet see rivals Erin's Own and Sars colliding, or a unique Imoilly-UCC semi. 

 Padraig Gould, Na Piarsaigh, challenges James Walsh, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Padraig Gould, Na Piarsaigh, challenges James Walsh, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The performance of the weekend came from Piarsaighs, with the northsiders proving their win over Glen Rovers was no fluke, with an emphatic 3-16 to 1-10 dismissal of a fancied Bandon. Goals from Padraig Guest and Shane Forde, who threatened throughout up front along with Padraig Gould and Dayne Lee, saw them put up a serious total given the wild weather and the heavy pitch.

Christopher Joyce did a good job when switched onto Michael Cahalane, while Eddie Gunning, Eoin Moynihan and Cian Buckley offered a solid base from the base. Ronan Crowley was Bandon's main threat and goalscorer, but apart from a brief period in a first half, they were outhurled.
The semi-finals are pencilled in for Sunday week, possibly at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

 Cian Buckley, Na Piarsaigh, gets away from Adam Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Cian Buckley, Na Piarsaigh, gets away from Adam Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

 



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