Four Roads and Pearses into last four

Shane Naughton has the sliothar, but Conor Coyle wants it! Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

As it stands, it appears the the Kepak Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship could be decided in a final showdown between the in form Four Roads and Pádraig Pearses.

Six clubs remain in contention for the Mickey Cunniffe Cup following the latest round of matches with Four Roads and Pearses both confirming the two automatic semi-final spots.

Four Roads provided further evidence that they are the justified favourites to regain the Kepak Roscommon Senior Hurling title this year when they put defending champions Athleague to the sword last Sunday, winning easily by 3-22 to 1-18.

Goals from Brendan Mulry (2) and a ‘man of the match’ display from Cathal Dolan, who scored 1-13, helped John Cunniffe’s men to a handsome ten-point win.

Pádraig Pearses, meanwhile, have also been in impressive form and they easily accounted for St. Dominic’s to reach the last four. Daniel Glynn was once again their scoring hero with 0-12 but Declan Finn was also impressive, scoring two goals with Matthew Comerford grabbing the other goal.

Elsewhere, history was made in Creggs on Saturday evening as Oran pipped Tremane by three points in a very entertaining game played in the warm sunshine. It was the first senior hurling championship game played at the ground and it was a fitting game for the occasion. Gearoid Keenan got a fine first-half goal for Oran but Kevin Brennan’s goal meant that there was only two points between them at half time 1-11 to 1-9. Local man Noel Gately popped up with a second-half goal for Tremane but it wasn’t enough to deny Oran.

While Four Roads and Pádraig Pearses are now safely through to the semi-finals, the quarter-finals will see Athleague facing off against parish rivals Tremane in a repeat of last year’s final, while Oran take on St. Dominic’s.