Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday July 20 - Senior Hurling: Tipperary v Fr. Tom Burke's

Fr. Tom Burke's 0-20 Tipperary 1-20

Fr. Tom Burke's and Tipperary contested a magnificent game of hurling in an atmosphere that has not been seen at the Irish Cultural Center in quite some time.  Tipperary had called upon the services of Clinton Hennessy who last played on the famous field eleven years ago.  In the end it was a second half Kevin O'Brien goal that separated the sides and gave Tipperary a late lead that they managed to hang on to until the final whistle.

Tipp and Tom's were involved in a great game of hurling Sunday.
It was intensity from the throw in.  Each side produced some excellent hurling, wonderful scores, and tough tackling to keep the crowd on the edges of their seats.  With the team's level at four points each, John Mulhall, Zane Keenan, and Niall O'Brien pointed four times between them, to scores from Jack Kellegher and Kevin O'Brien for Tipp.  Tipp pulled the lead back in with O'Halloran and Kellegher points as the game flowed up and down the field at speed.  By the time the break arrived, Tom's held a three point edge.  John Mulhall, and two wonderfully taken points from Keenan from out on the stand side provided Tom's with a 0-13 to 0-10 edge at the break.

It was Tipp who edged it in the end.
Tipperary always had the look of a team that was going to score a goal however, Alan Keating was called upon to make a handful of good saves as Tipp found routes through the Tom's rearguard.  In the meantime, Tipp had erased the Tom's lead with Sean Moriarty, Andy McRedmond, and Kellegher points.  The goal eventually came after Tom's had restored their lead to two points, one of which was a brilliant effort from John Mulhall.  Kevin O'Brien found room behind his man, picked the ball and buried the shot.  The goal gave Tipp a lift and took some of the life out of Tom's efforts.  Jack Kellegher extended the lead with two frees to one from Keenan for Tom's and now it was Tom's chasing the game.  Tom's could not overturn the Tipp lead in the final minutes, and additional scores from McRedmond and Kellegher put the final touches on a win that will have sent Tipp home very satisfied indeed.

Tom's:  A. Keating, G. Joyce, P. Heneghan, D. Costello, C. Joyce-Power, C. Healy, Z. Keenan, O. Burke, J. Mulhall, I. McDonnell, S. Howley, D. O'Mahoney, N. O'Brien.  Tipp:  C. Hennessy, S. McGarr, N. O'Connor, J. Kindregan, P. Flatherty, S. O'Halleran, C. Dempsey, R. Sludds, P. Glennon, S. Moriarty, J. Kellegher, P. Dalton, K. O'Brien.

By Rory O'Donnell

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