GAA: St Finbarr’s earn 10th Cork senior football title in club championship action

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Gaa: St Finbarr’s Earn 10Th Cork Senior Football Title In Club Championship Action Gaa: St Finbarr’s Earn 10Th Cork Senior Football Title In Club Championship Action
St Finbarr's celebrate. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie.
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With most of the county titles now decided, the GAA's club championship has entered its provincial stages, with hurling quarter-finals across Munster and Leinster on the schedule this weekend.

However, after there was no separating the sides in Tipperary two weeks ago, Loughmore-Castleiney meet Thurles Sarsfields in Semple Stadium again on Sunday to decide the Premier county's champion.

This Tipperary SHC replay went to the very end, with Loughmore finding a hero - unsurprisingly - in John McGrath, whose late, late free gave them the title 2-14 to 2-13, to go with their football county win last weekend.

The only other Senior county final of the day, and the only football fixture of the weekend, was in Cork, where Clonakilty faced St Finbarrs in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A Steven Sherlock point in the third minute of second-half injury-time delivered St Finbarr’s a 10th Cork senior football title, with a final score of 0-14 to Clonakilty's 0-13.

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It was fitting that it was Sherlock who landed the winner, given he was both the top-scorer (3-41) and outstanding performer in this year’s county championship.

First up on Sunday was Dublin's Kilmacud Crokes' meeting with Westmeath's Rahareny in the Leinster club hurling quarter-final.

Ronan Hayes and Alex Considine struck a brace of goals each as Kilmacud Crokes cruised through to the AIB Leinster club SHC semi-finals on a scoreline of 5-19 to 0-15.

The Dublin champions buzzed with attacking intent, starting as they meant to go on with a Considine point after just 20 seconds in Mullingar and keeping the throttle down throughout.

The second provincial meeting of the day was the turn of Munster big guns, Waterford's Ballygunner, who faced Ballyea of Clare in the province's quarter-final.

The game was deep in garbage time when a match that had failed to spark was suddenly lit up, after Niall Deasy drove a penalty to the corner of the net. Ballygunner ultimately beat Ballyea by 17 points, with 3-20 to 2-6 the final score in Ennis.

Meanwhile, the Connacht club football semi-final between Galway champions, Mountbellew-Moulough and Pádraig Pearses of Roscommon, which was due to be played on Sunday, was postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19. The rescheduled fixture is due to take place on Saturday, December 11th at Dr Hyde Park.

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