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GAA round-up: Ballyea storm to Munster hurling title

Tony Kelly, left, and Damien Burke of Ballyea celebrate their Munster title success
Tony Kelly, left, and Damien Burke of Ballyea celebrate their Munster title success

Clare champions Ballyea's fairytale year continued in Thurles on sunday afternoon when they secured their first ever Munster senior club hurling title.

Ballyea proved far too strong for Cork champions Glen Rovers on the day, with the Clare side racing into a nine-point lead by half time.

Tony Kelly gave an inspirational performance and scored five points from play as Ballyea recorded a 1-21 to 2-10 victory.

Kilkenny champions O'Loughlin Gaels will face Dublin side Cuala in the Leinster final on December 4th.

The Gaels had to recover from a poor start against Wexford's Oulart-The-Ballagh - a goal from Mark Kelly kept the Kilkenny men in the game but they still trailed 0-09 to 1-01 after 18 minutes.

A turning point came ten minutes before half time when Mark Bergin capitalised on a mistake from Conor O'Leary to grab the Gaels' second goal and they pushed on from there to go in two points in front at the break.

Sammy Johnston put the Gaels out of sight in the second half with his side's third goal and they ran out surprisingly comfortable winners in the end on a scoreline of 3-17 to 0-17.

In the other semi-final, Cuala recorded a 12-point victory over St Mullins of Carlow, 1-19 to 1-7.

Con O'Callaghan scored a cracking volleyed goal for the Dublin champions early in the second half, while county stars Mark and Paul Schutte also produced impressive displays in bitterly cold conditions.