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LEINSTER CLUB SHC SEMI FINAL

RAHARNEY (Westmeath) v

KILCORMAC-KILLOUGHEY (Offaly)

(Mullingar, Tomorrow 2.0)

IT'S less than a year since Mt Leinster Rangers ripped up a library full of pre-ordained scripts to win Carlow hurling's first Leinster senior club title, so forgive us if we resist making any definitive statements about this year's competition.

MLR have long since departed the race, beaten at the county semi-final stage by Nh Eoin Myshall, who then lost the Carlow decider to St Mullin's, who then fell emphatically to Raharney at the first provincial fence, 2-11 to 0-9. What does all this signify?

Could the unheralded champions of Westmeath be about to embark on a fairytale run to rival last year's trailblazers from Borris? Hard to tell: they are still up against it here facing the three-in-a-row Offaly champions, albeit home advantage should level the playing field somewhat.

MAIDEN

Kilcormac-Killoughey are the nouveaux riches of Offaly hurling - having landed their maiden county title in 2012, they have acquired such a thirst for success that they won Leinster that year en route to narrowly losing the All-Ireland final to St Thomas's of Galway.

Their Offaly hat-trick was achieved via a double-scores win over St Rynagh's. However, qualities of a more dogged, never-say-die nature were required to edge past Shelmaliers of Wexford in extra-time, which only came about because of James Gorman's late equalising goal.

Their recent track record suggests they should have enough.

ODDS: Raharney 9/4, Draw 9/1, KK 2/5

VERDICT: Kilcormac-Killoughey

MUNSTER CLUB SFC SEMI-FINALS

AUSTIN STACKS (Kerry) v BALLINCOLLIG (Cork)

(Tralee, Tomorrow 2.0, live TG4)

A YEAR that initially promised so little for Kieran Donaghy will, we suspect, keep on giving.

ODDS: Stacks 1/2, Draw 15/2, Ballincollig 2/1

VERDICT: Austin Stacks

THE NIRE (Waterford) v CRATLOE (Clare)

(Fraher Field, Tomorrow 2.30)

ODDS: The Nire 2/1, Draw 15/2, Cratloe 1/2

VERDICT: Cratloe

ULSTER CLUB SFC SEMI-FINALS

OMAGH (Tyrone) v ST EUNAN'S (Donegal)

(Celtic Park, Tomorrow 2.30)

ODDS: Omagh 8/13, Draw 7/1, St Eunan's 17/10

VERDICT: Omagh

CLONTIBRET (Mon) v SLAUGHTNEIL (Derry)

(Healy Park, Tomorrow 2.30, deferred TG4)

ODDS: Clontibret 10/11, Draw 13/2, Slaughtneil 6/5

VERDICT: Clontibret

WEXFORD SFC FINAL

ST ANNE'S v GUSSERANE O'RAHILLYS

(Wexford Park, Tomorrow 2.45)

ODDS: St Anne's 8/11, Draw 13/2, Gusserane 6/4

VERDICT: St Anne's


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