Monday, June 10, 2013

June 9 - Sheehan Cup Final: Fr. Tom Burke's v Tipperary

Fr. Tom Burke's 0-9 Tipperary 5-20

Tipperary won the first trophy of the hurling season with an impressive win over Fr. Tom Burke's.  A fine first half performance saw Tipp go into the break with an eight point lead, and after the Premier men netted early in the second half the Tom's challenge waned and the outcome was a foregone conclusion for the final 20 minutes.

Tipperary Hurlers - 2013 Sheehan Cup Champions
At the break it was 1-11 to 0-6 in favour of Tipp thanks to some dominant play in the back line from Pat Moriarty, Geoff Brennan, and Robert O'Donnell.  The points were spread across the front 5, while a goal from Sean O'Connor knocked some of the wind out of Tom's.

Tipp Captain Cronin Dempsey presented with the Sheehan Cup
by Boston Northeast Board Chairman, John Farrell.
Tipp ensured that the second half would see no Tom's comeback with an early goal from wing forward, David Butler.  Tom's tried to work their way back into the game with some hard work from Gordon Joyce in the half back line and Shane Howley at half forward, but to no avail.  Tom's managed to put a couple of points together to make the scoreboard have a better look about it, but traffic was almost one way.  Another goal from Kieran Morris, followed by a fine score from Robert O'Donnell added to Tom's misery.  Cue the subs for both sides as for the final 15 minutes Tipp had the cup in the bag.  Peadar Boran who entered as a sub and added 2 goals and point to embellish the win.  First blood of the hurling season to Tipp going into the championship next week.

Tipp:  J. Logue, M. Powers, S. Staunton, P. Moriarty, R. O'Donnell, G. Brennan, C. Dempsey, S. McGarr, C. Flynn, D. Butler, E. Murray, TJ Lawler, D. Butler.  Tom's:  C. Horan, R. Blake, G. Cronin, G. Joyce, M. Deegan, S. Higgins, S. Couglin, D. Laffelly, S. Howley, A. McGreeney, C. Joyce-Power, C. Horan, M. Dervan.

By Rory O'Donnell

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