Wednesday, 21st February 2018
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Ardmore look to final place

Waterford Junior Hurling Champions Ardmore Naomh Deuglan travel to Pairc Tailteann in Navan on Sunday next for an All-Ireland junior Hurling semi-final against Donegal flagbearers Setanta. The representatives from the "Big Strand" have had a really successful and unbeaten year thus far and with a hugely experienced outfit must be at short odds to secure their final day outing. The Ulster winners came through their Provincial competition with a final win over Na Magha on a 2-17 to 3-11 and will relish the prospect of facing players like long time intercounty stalwarts Seamus and Declan Prendergast et al. For their part Ardmore have carried all before them throughout 2017 and following their domestic championship victory they took on the best in Munster winning 4-20 to 0-11 against Limerick outfit St Pat's in the quarter final.

Their semi final win over Bodyke of Cork on a 5-22 to 1-8 scoreline saw the Deise outfit installed as favourites to win the final. That game was an illtempered one, but again Ardmore were victors against Tipperary team Ballybacon/Grange. So now they are in the last four of the competition and I firmly believe that they are well capable of going all the way.

However, there is many a slip... and the blues must be ever careful. ASlong with the Prendergasts Ardmore boast players of the calibre of Seamus Keating, David and John gartland, James Flavin and Niall and Richie Hennessy. Unfortunatel they will be without Wayne Hennessy and refular goalkeeper Jack Walsh who were both dismissed in the Munster decider. They are certainly capable of overcoming this and a win sees them through to play against either Sylane or Fethard St Mogues in the final. Wexford champions St Mogues are facing a team probably much better known as a football outfit the Galway representatives field players from Corofin, Caherlistrane, Kilconley and Headford. Whatever the eventual outcome I wish Ardmore the very best for the remainder of the competition.

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