KILLYCLOONEY INTO ALL-IRELAND FINAL

It has been a real rags-to-riches 12 months for Killyclooney and Mark Gordon's men took their recovery to a new level when they qualified for the final of this year's National Cup on Sunday.

'Clooney don't play at their own ground on the Sabbath of course but Fox Lodge has been no bad alternative for them as they showed again at the weekend when seeing off Belfast side Woodvale.

A solid batting display topped by skipper Gordon's 65 (8 fours and 4 sixes) with support from Timmy Dougherty (40), Keith Stevenson (21) and Alan Colhoun (20) set the tone for the home side's very competitive 207 all out. The innings was also notable for a fine effort with the ball from Mark Irwin who claimed 7 for 55 for the away side.

Namesake Michael Irwin was the driving force behind Woodvale's reply as the opener hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his 56. He received good support from Thomas Rutherford (37) but elsewhere the bowlers were on top- Christopher Neely in particular as he claimed 4 for 22. More rain put an end to proceedings with the visitors having 4 overs still to bat but they were miles behind on Duckworth Lewis.

The North West side is now just one game away from an all-Ireland title with the impressive Carrickfergus posing the final test next weekend at Downpatrick.