The first Dacia Cars Senior Hurling Semi-Final takes place on Saturday next in Joule Park Aughrim.
The holders Bray Emmetts put their crown on the line against this years form team in Saint Patricks. The treble champs have not been firing on all cylinders in 2017 with a spate of injuries and departures weakening their squad. It must be said however that the last few weeks have seen plenty of well known faces reappear for them as the championship enters the real business end.
These two last met on August 22nd, a fine game of hurling produced by both that night seen the Mick Neary coached St Pats emerge victorious on a scoreline of 4-15 to 0-19. This earned the Wicklow town men a direct route to the last four.
Bray came through an easy quarter final with a big win over Kiltegan but having tasted defeat twice already in 2017 after a heavy loss to Glenealy early in the league section they need to be really at it Sunday to keep their dreams of a four in a row alive. This game gets underway at 4-45 with Ciaran Manley the man in the middle.
In the curtain raiser at 3 p.m. Carnew and Eire Óg replay their quarter final with the winners advancing to play Glenealy in the last four. After a tense and cagey affair the last day the Greystones men will be boosted by the return of Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly for this one and could advance. They pipped the Carnew men back in July in the league section, 0-11 to 0-10 and could cause a shock of sorts by repeating this on Saturday. John Keenan is in charge of this one.