Tipperary continued their winning ways with a win that really was hardly a contest. Tom’s put in a lackluster effort and mid way through the first half the outcome was in no doubt. It was not so much that Tipp led by an eight point margin, rather that there was clearly nothing coming from Tom’s that would lead you to think anything would change. The effort put in the previous week against Wexford was nowhere to be seen. Tipp were limited to the three goals thanks to a great goalkeeping performance from Joe Kane, Kane made some fine saves in each half. 2010 is a season that Tom’s will be hoping to forget – for the senior side at least, the junior hurlers contest the semi-final next Saturday.
|Tipp had Fr. Tom's on the back foot all afternoon.|
Paul McGrath got in on the act in the second half getting his name on the scoresheet, and Colin Fennelly netted. Kane made some good saves to keep the goals column from mounting, Tom’s found a fine goalkeeper in Kane this season. Tom’s made their own side of the scoreboard look reasonably respectable with points from Keenan, John O’Loughlin, and a goal from Howley late in the game. Tipp sail into the final in two weeks time where they await the winner’s of Galway and Wexford. Galway defeated Cork the previous day and with Tom’s losing Sunday, the tribesmen earned their place in the semi-final.
Tom’s: J. Kane, S. O’Brien, J. Dowling, D. Neylon, D. Moore, J. O’Loughlin, T. Kelly, F. Keenan, G. Brennan, G. Reddin, L. Mulhearn, S. Howley, C. Neylon. Tipp: T. Lowrey, J. Kindregan, S. Hickey, J. O’Keefe, K. Joyce, E. Gleeson, C. Dempsey, M. Gleeson, P. McGrath, M. Boran, D. McNicholas, C. Fennelly, S. Bourke.
By Rory O'Donnell