O'Loughlin's to meet Na Fianna in Leinster Club SHC final

November 27, 2023

O'Loughlin Gaels' Mikey Butler with Conor Mahon of Kilcormac Killoughey. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Croke Park will host a Leinster Club SHC and SFC final double-header next Saturday after Na Fianna ended Naas’ double bid at Laois Hire O’Moore Park on Saturday.

Na Fianna led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval before tightening their grip with a Ciaran Stacey goal straight after the restart. The five-in-a-row Kildare champions reduced the gap to three before AJ Murphy raised Na Fianna’s second green flag to put them seven up after 40 minutes.

But Naas cut the gap to just a single point in injury-time before late efforts from substitute Tom Brennan and Colin Currie secured a 2-14 to 0-17 victory for the Mobhi Road outfit.

In the other last-four tie at Glenisk O’Connor Park, O’Loughlin Gaels withstood a second half comeback from Kilcormac/Killoughey to win by 0-17 to 0-12.

With Mark Bergin unerring from frees, the Kilkenny kingpins took a handsome 0-10 to 0-3 lead into break before Kilcormac/Killoughey reduced the deficit to three points with time running out. However, the visitors composed themselves and managed to see it out with late points from Bergin and Conor Heary.

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