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Erin's Owns' Eoghan Murphy strikes over a point against Sars. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Erin's Owns' Eoghan Murphy strikes over a point against Sars. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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Picture gallery: Guide to the Cork club hurling semi-finals

BLACKROCK held off Douglas in a cracking southside derby, Erin’s Own stunned their neighbours Sars, UCC hit 2-20 to reach the last four, and Blarney roared back from nine points down to steal a victory over Muskerry rivals Ballincollig.

Some of the highlights of another epic weekend of hurling on Leeside. And we’re really down to the business end of the championship, the semi-final pairings now set across the five tiers.

 Gearoid O'Donnoghue, Ballincollig, clears from Ben Ahern, Blarney. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Gearoid O'Donnoghue, Ballincollig, clears from Ben Ahern, Blarney. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Erin’s Own’s reward for grinding out a massive upset against Sars is a clash with Glen Rovers. They’ll be underdogs again but led by Robbie O’Flynn and Eoghan Murphy in attack, that won’t bother them.

Blackrock are now fancied to progress to their first decider since losing to Imokilly in 2017, as their power, size and spread of scorers was enough against Douglas. 

 Michael O'Halloran, Blackrock, battles Eoin Cadogan, Douglas, in the Premier SHC game. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Michael O'Halloran, Blackrock, battles Eoin Cadogan, Douglas, in the Premier SHC game. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Michael O’Halloran lanced over 0-7 from play for the Rockies, with Alan Connelly drilling in the decisive goal.

Blarney looked dead and buried in their PIHC quarter-final with 52 minutes on the clock but they outscored the Collig by 2-4, Declan Hanlon and Patrick Crowley with the goals before Pádraig Power sent them into a semi-final against Carrigaline with a late point.

 UCC's James Keating wins the ball from Na Piarsaigh's Kelvin Forde. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

UCC's James Keating wins the ball from Na Piarsaigh's Kelvin Forde. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Power clearly got a lift from that massive score, whipping over 1-4 from play for UCC in a lively clash with Na Piarsaigh. Carrigaline's David Griffin, Éanna Desmond, Brian Kelleher and Declan McBarron featured for the College, as did Blarney's Power, Shane Barrett and Mark Coleman.

In a couple of weeks, they'll battle it out in the PIHC before hurling together the next day for UCC against Blackrock.

There are some hugely attractive semi-finals on the horizon, including Fr O’Neill’s versus Newcestown and Charleville taking on Kanturk in the SAHC. 

 Bride Rovers' Fergus Collins, Ryan Prendergast and Brian Murphy contesting with Newcestown's Fionn Keane and Seán O’Donovan. Picture: Dan Linehan

Bride Rovers' Fergus Collins, Ryan Prendergast and Brian Murphy contesting with Newcestown's Fionn Keane and Seán O’Donovan. Picture: Dan Linehan

Picking a winner to return to the elite level from that quartet is an impossible task. The clubs were all PIHC winners in recent years before the grades were redrawn. The relegation play-off at this level between Killeagh and Kilworth was postponed due to a positive Covid test in the Killeagh club.

In the Intermediate A ranks, Éire Óg have a rematch with Sars' second team, who they defeated in the group stages, and will be expected to progress to a final against Aghabullogue or Kildorrery.

Three of the four outfits in the Lower IHC are from East Cork, Russell Rovers meeting St Catherine’s with Castlemartyr against Kilbrittain.

Again, there is no obvious favourite from this crop.

 Russell Rovers' Kieran Walsh tackled by Milford's Dylan Hayes Daly. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Russell Rovers' Kieran Walsh tackled by Milford's Dylan Hayes Daly. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Premier Senior Hurling semi-finals: Glen Rovers v Erin’s Own; Blackrock v UCC or Na Piarsaigh.

Relegated to Senior A: Ballyhea.

Senior A Hurling semi-finals: Fr O’Neill’s v Newcestown; Charleville v Kanturk.

Premier Intermediate Hurling semi-finals: Castlelyons v Courcey Rovers; Carrigaline v Blarney.

Relegated to Intermediate A: Blackrock.

Intermediate A Hurling semi-finals: Aghabullogue v Kildorrery; Éire Óg v Sarsfields.

Lower Intermediate Hurling semi-final: St Catherine’s v Russell Rovers; Kilbrittain v Castlemartyr.

Relegated to Junior A: Ballymartle.