Senior Hurling Championship - Semi-final previews

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Naomh Eoin v Western Gaels

Both semifinals could be seen as youth versus experience. Gaels are still backboned by their championship winning team with Barrett, Wade, Kirby, Crean, McGowan and Cawleys in key positions. Naomh Eoin are powered by youth and last years finalists will be hoping the the experience gained by Feehily, Jordan, O'Callaghan and the O'Kelly-Lynch brothers. 

The Naomh Eoin lads have gained a lot of experience also from the Nicky Rackard cup this year. They were the only team assured of a semi-final place before the last round of games and that is a reason to discount the result of the game last Saturday. Gaels will bring physicality through Connolly and Ryan but with a good evening of weather in place the stickwork of Wade, Walsh and Naughton will also be on show. Kevan Brennan experience in defence will be a huge asset for the young town team but with the Wall brothers and Kilcoyne they should match the physicality and win with a few to spare.

Naomh Eoin

Easkey v Calry/St.Jospeh's

As with the other semi final this is a case of experience and lots of senior titles to youth and lots of underage titles. Easkey like Naomh Eoin are looking to their underage system of a few years ago to capture the senior title. Calry are depending on the old guard to go and retain the title they lost last year. The likes of Raymond, Coxs, Gilmartins and Reidys have been there and done that more than once. Their qualification for the semis was not assured till the last day but they had got into the drawing habit. Was it a case of getting caught near the end of games or guile in getting the result when it came down to the crunch. 
Joe McHugh will punish any frees all over the field and with Mikey Gordon and Rory McHugh driving Easkey on and Mulligan inside there is a huge scoring threat. The winner takes all last round game will have been a huge advantage to Easkey and though they were slow out of the blocks it did show they are able for a full hours hurling and are able to adapt to whatever is put in front of them. They are a team in a hurry to get that senior title and will relish going head to head with the former champions. Easkey to get into the final