Ballybunion and Grange set for Junior Cup final

Bernie McGuire
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In the AIG Junior Cup Ballybunion will meet Grange in the final as the Munster side saw off Loughrea while Grange accounted for Malone.

Ballybunion’s victory came after a tight encounter with Adrian Walsh winning the crucial point on the second extra hole.
Afterwards a visibly delighted Walsh was looking forward to the final and the prospect of a second AIG Junior Cup win for the club in four years.
“It’d be unreal. We won the Bruen two years ago [Walsh was part of that team]. I don’t think there are too many people in the club with two All-Irelands so it would be nice to bring home one especially in the Junior Cup because you’re on your own, in Bruen you have a partner with you the whole time. It would be a sweet one to bring home the Junior Cup.”

Ballybunion last won a green pennant in 2015 (AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield) while Grange are hoping to bridge a longer gap, the Dublin side having last won an All Ireland title in 1937.

AIG Junior Cup Semi-Finals results at Carton House

Ballybunion 3.5, Loughrea 1.5
(Ballybunion names first)
Philip Byrne bt Padraig Hynes 2 holes; Frank Geary Jnr. lost to Evan O’Doherty 3/1; Ronan Cross bt Paddy McMahon 4/3′ Adrian Walsh bt David Byrnes 20th; Brian Slattery halved with Brendan Dunne

Grange 3.5, Malone 1.5
(Grange names first)
Kevin O’Meara bt Ben Brennan 2/1; Paul McNiff lost to Luke O’Sullivan 3/2; Graham McDonnell halved with James Millar; Niall McCormick bt David Fleming 2/1; Jack Ward bt Jamie Thompson 7/6

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AIG Pierce Purcell Shield
Semi-Finals
Thursday 21st September
8am
Royal Curragh v Moyola Park
(Royal Curragh names first)
Michael Cleary & Brendan Mullins v Seamus Graffin & Timothy Steele; Eddie Trant & Jimmy Murphy v Malachy McKee & Stephen Heaney; Anthony Ryan & Thomas Powell v Bernard O’Kane & Gerald Loughlin; Martin Whitty & Bill Geraghty v Conor McKenna & Tony Johnston; Brenny Murphy & Paul Dempsey v Desmond Cleary & Martin McNabb

8.45am
Thurles v Portumna
(Thurles names first)
Tommy Quigley & Shane Quigley v Dean Cox & Brian Mooney; Stephen Quigley & Martin Fahy v Padric Cahalan & Alan Hayes; John Looby & Gerard Maguire v Dan Hogan & Padraig Hogan; Pat Coote & Sean Sherlock v Enda Quigley & Alan Page; Johnny Nevin & Adrian O’Keefe v Sean McEntee & David Hughes

AIG Junior Cup
Final
10.45am
Ballybunion v Grange
(Ballybunion names first)
Philip Byrne v Kevin O’Meara; Frank Geary Jnr v Paul McNiff; Ronan Cross v Graham McDonnell; Adrain Walsh v Niall McCormick; Brian Slattery v Jack Ward

AIG Barton Shield
Final
at Carton House
11.30am
Galway v Warrenpoint
Joe Lyons & Luke O’Neill v Stephen Coulter & Paul Reavey; Ronan Mullarney & Liam Power v Colm Campbell & Ryan Gribben

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