St Thomas vs Ruairí Óg

Cushendall will aim to replicate their 2016 All-Ireland Club semi-final triumph over Galway resistance when they confront St Thomas on Saturday in Parnell Park.

Together with the likes of Conor Cooney and the Burke brothers at the St Thomas facet, it seems a tall order to get Dall.

St Thomas vs Ruairí Óg

But, skipper Neil McManus considers that St Thomas could be defeated.

“This was the very first time we’d broken up the duck and obtained into an All-Ireland closing so that we take great learnings from this effort,” states that the Cushendall talisman.

The Cushendall negative are mostly unchanged from 2016 however skipper Paddy Burke can be obtained after being hurt during that effort.


The arrival of numerous young talents to the Ogs squad because then has fostered a healthy competition for places and provided mentor Ciaran Kearney more choice options.

“There is enormous competition for places in the moment,” provides McManus.

“Accidents throughout the entire year left some openings and the younger members of this panel have pushed to attempt to take those stains and one or 2 of these will definitely be starting on Saturday.”

Conor Carson ought to be accessible for Cushendall following overlooking the Ulster Final due to work commitments
The most notable harm in Cushendall positions going into the competition is seasoned defender Arron Graffin, that is awarded until the final minute to prove his fitness after his knee issues.

Conor Carson ought to be available to begin in Parnell Park after missing the Ulster Final triumph over Ballycran due to work commitments.

St Thomas conquered Sarsfields 2-19 into 0-20 from the Galway semi-finals before accounting for the past year’s winners Liam Mellows 2-13 to 0-10 at the county final.

David Burke is the finest known of this famous hurling family but it had been his brother Darragh who did a lot of the damage in the Galway decider from notching 1-7 – like 1-5 out of drama.

Other sisters Cathal and Eanna also needs to begin in Dublin while other crucial St Thomas players comprise Fintan Burke, Shane Cooney as well as the hugely gifted Galway celebrity Conor Cooney.

“You need to know about what’s facing you and it’s going to be of no surprise for anyone who’s interested in hurling in Ireland, the caliber they’ve right throughout the group,” adds McManus.

“They are a really powerful set-up and they have won numerous Galway names in the past couple of decades.

“We only need to attempt to receive our match-ups directly on daily and we are a group with an excellent defensive record during the previous few years.”