Monday, June 26, 2017

Junior A Hurling: Tom's v Offaly, Galway v Tipp

Galway 0-8 Tipperary 4-20

Tipperary secured another one-sided win in the junior A hurling championship with a victory over Galway.  Within 10 minutes Tipp led by a goal and 5 to no score, and by half time it was a massive 4-15 to a point.  Tipp forwards were picking off points at will, with Russell Quirke, Sean Stafford and Jimmy Maher having a field day.  Galway managed to keep themselves from getting blanked thanks to a point from Cian Clifford.

Shane Jordan and Cronan Dempsey
Galway made a better fist of things in the second half, Clifford tagged a handful of points and with the job done, Tipperary made some changes and eased off the gas a little.  Two big wins for Tipp in the opening rounds, tougher challenges to come for them with Tom’s and Offaly perhaps?

Galway:  Ray Grealish, Michael Lennon, Dan O’Leary, David Lynch, James Tyrell, Seamus Loftus, Kieran Morissey, Aidan Murphy, David Lordan, Cian Clifford, Enda Feeney, Shane Jordan, Conor Nolan.

Tipp:  Sean Delaney, Sean mcGarr, Cathal Madden, Paul Morris, Cronan Dempsey, Pat Moriarty, Simon Kennedy, Kieran Lowrey, Tom Conway, Jimmy Maher, Dinny Crosse, Russel Quirke, Sean Stafford.

Fr. Tom Burke’s 3-16 Offaly 3-19

Saturday evening saw Offaly and Tom’s get their respective campaigns off to an exciting start.  In an open, clean game of hurling, Offaly got off to a great start and in the second half Tom’s made a tremendous comeback, but the Faithful county managed to keep ahead to secure the first points in their defence of the title. 

Offaly started with a stiff breeze in their favour and looked like they had run away with the game.  At half time it was 3-12 to 0-6 in favor of the champions.  The second half was a mirror image with Tom’s using the breeze to pull themselves back within a point with 15 minutes still to go.  Offaly did not register their first second half score until the final quarter, but when they did put 5 unanswered over the bar to open the championship with a win.
By Rory O'Donnell

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