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Portaferry set to face Kilmallock in All-Ireland last four

By John Campbell

Ulster club hurling champions Portaferry, who shocked fancied Cushendall in the provincial decider, will now meet newly-crowned Munster champions Kilmallock in the All-Ireland semi-final in February.

Yesterday Kilmallock just managed to get the better of Clare champions Cratloe by 1-32 to 3-18 in a high-scoring extravaganza that not only showed Munster club hurling at its best but underlined the enormity of the task now confronting Portaferry.

Kilmallock showed immense courage and character by holding out to win even though they were down to 14 men after Gavin O’Mahoney was shown a red card.

Meanwhile, the Leadon Timber Frames Ulster Minor Hurling Tournament final between Slaughtneil and Belfast side O’Donovan Rossa was abandoned after one of the Rossa players was injured before half-time.

An ambulance was summoned and after receiving treatment on the pitch, it is understood that the player showed signs of recovery before being removed to hospital.

At Intermediate level, O’Donovan Rossa will now meet Waterford champions Cappoquin in the All Ireland club hurling championship semi-final on the week-end of January 25/26.

Yesterday Cappoquin edged out Limerick champions Bruff in a tense Munster final by 1-11 to 0-13.

On the football front, it is understood that new Donegal football manager Rory Gallagher spent the weekend mulling over the composition of his backroom team.

Having already settled on Gary McDaid as his assistant, Gallagher is expected to confirm the appointment of another selector and a strength and conditioning coach.

Meanwhile Sean MacCumhaill’s clubman David White is appealing a six-month ban handed down after he was deemed guilty of making critical comments about Donegal officials on social media.

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