29 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

There will be a unique pairing in the Silver Hill Foods Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday week (August 7), with
Inniskeen and Monaghan Harps in the final for the first time. by COLM SHALVEY

Finalists Inniskeen are at this stage for a seventh year in a row after a comprehensive semi-final win away to neighbours Carrickmacross last Thursday evening. Ronan Meegan (0-11) and Tadhg Campbell (2-4) were in prolific form throughout for Inniskeen, who led by 2-11 to 0-3 at half-time and tacked on an unanswered 2-10 in the second half. Martin Murphy and Pauric Dowdall also found the net for the dominant Grattans, who will now be strong favourites to win a third county title, having already ended Castleblayney’s bid for a third consecutive championship at the quarter-final stage. Inniskeen lined out minus Dónal and Colm Meegan, but Carrick’s challenge was blunted by the absence of all of the Mac Suibhnes and they had Ronan Curran sent off midway through the second half.

Inniskeen and Blayney crossed swords in each of the last six county hurling finals, with the latter winning four of those meetings – including the last two – to stretch their lead at the top of the roll of honour. There will be a new face in the final in ten days’ time, with Monaghan Harps having ended a 12-year wait to reach this stage with a one-point win over Clontibret in Truagh.

The Harps fell behind to an early goal by Clontibret full-forward Arthur Morgan, but they went on to lead for most of the game, with Cathal ….

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