Tipperary 3-26 Fr. Tom Burke’s 0-15
Tipperary continue to roll with a 100% record, while 2010 is shaping up to be a season to forget for Fr. Tom’s. From the get go it was clear that this was not going to be a competitive encounter. Too many players were unavailable for Tom’s due to a variety of factors, not an ideal situation going into a game against the unbeaten Tipperary.
Tom's Dermot Neylon tries to get past Shane Bourke of Tipp.
Tipp began to roll early. Within three minutes a goal and two points were on the scoreboard. Two Shane Bourke points were followed by a Paul McGrath goal. Joe Keane saved the initial shot from Derek McNicholas but McGrath was on hand to pick up the rebound and fire it home. Within six minutes Tipp had hit the net a second time, again it was McGrath. The lively corner forward hit the second of an eventual hat trick. Tom’s relied on Fran Keenan for 6 of their 9 first half points. At one point Tom’s trailed by 4 points, 2-4 to 0-6 and were creeping closer, but Tipp’s Martin Boran, Michael Gleeson, and Bourke were in sharp in finding the spot between the posts. Eanna Murphy, Sean O’Brien, and Trevor Kelly pointed for Tom’s in the first half and the westerners showed some fight in the first period, but trailed by three clear goals at the end of one 2-12 to 0-9.
McGrath completed his hat trick early in the second half. Michael Gleeson, Dean Delaney and Boran kept the scores pouring over the Tom’s crossbar. The final 15 minutes were a formality as a slew of points were racked up in the Tipp column. With 5 scoring forwards Tipp will be hard to stop in the run in for the championship and are in pole position to get the bye and go straight into the final. Tom’s face some more difficult games ahead and will need all of their players in good health to put some pressure on Galway or Wexford to force a playoff spot.
Tipp: T. Lowry, B. Kenny, J. Kendregan, E. Gleeson, K. Joyce, S. Hickey, T. Treacy, M. Gleeson, C. Fennelly, M. Boran, S. Bourke, D. McNicholas, P. McGrath. Tom’s: J. Keane, D. Moore, C. Horan, J. Dowling, T. Kelly, S. O’Brien, L. Mulhern, D. Neylon, S. Howley, F. Keenan, E. Murphy, C. Neylon, D. Delaney.
By Rory O'Donnell