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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Brigid's, Finbar's and Plunkett's all advance

Three of the 2011 u21 'B' hurling championship quarter-finals were up for decision on Saturday last, and they proved to be tight affairs.

In a cracking battle at Tymon North, Faughs were narrowly defeated by Naomh Fionnbarra, 3-11 to 1-16.

The home side enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the first half and looked in control with Emmett McKenna in form.

But a goal from Eoin Sweetman -- a superb low finish -- just before the break brought Finbarr's right back into the game. Paul Dingle then raised two green flags in a frantic 10-minute spell in the second period which ultimately won the game.

Faughs pushed hard to try and force a draw, but the winner's defence remained strong with their full-back line of Billy Hyland, Colm Browne and Andrew Kavanagh impressive.

In Russell Park, 14-man St Brigid's held off a late charge from Lucan Sarsfields to book their place in the last four with a 1-14 to 1-13 victory.

The winners lost minor county player and goal-scorer Paul Winters to what looked a very harsh straight red card with 20 minutes remaining.

However, forwards Ciarán O'Sullivan and James Reilly did not shirk their responsibility in Winters considerable absence and fired their team into the semi-finals. Cathal Doyle and Conor Woodgate also played starring roles.

Elsewhere, at St Martin Savage Park, St Oliver Plunkett's/ER overcame a stubborn Craobh Chiaráin outfit after a very physical 60 minutes by 0-9 to 1-4.

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