Monday, July 17, 2017

Sun July 16 - Junior A Hurling: Tipperary v Fr. Tom Burke's

Tipperary 6-18 Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-10

The second junior A hurling match of the day saw Tipperary tally another one-sided victory, this time over Fr. Tom’s.  Within the first 15 minutes of the start of the game Tipp had netted three times, and put four points over the bar to a single score from Tom’s.  The way Tipp are marching through this junior hurling championship leaves little doubt as to where the Eddie Treacy Cup is likely to go in the middle of August.

Jack Martin on the ball for Fr. Tom's. 
Tipperary’s corner forward pairing of Sean Stafford and Russell Quirke proved to be the tip of the spear for the Premier side.  Stafford, who took the frees, accounted for a goal and four points (3 frees) while Quirke netted 3 times in the opening period as Tipp found the room to get behind the Tom’s defence.   Joe O’Sullivan at half forward accounted for 2 well taken points from play as Tipperary dominated.

Tom’s did manage to create several chances, many of which dropped just short and were dealt with with assurance by Sean Delaney between the posts for Tipp.  Ciaran Moore, Niall Carthy, and Danny O’Connell accounted for points for Tom’s, however, Tipp corner backs Sean McGarr and Paul Morris were alert to dangerous balls played into their areas of responsibility and Tom’s were unable to breah the Tipp rearguard.  Just before half time, with Tipperary galloping away with it, things got a little testy.  Yellow cards were issued in an attempt to calm affairs.

Kieran Lowrey assesses his options.
The second half was a more evenly contested affair.  Although the result was in no doubt at that stage, Tom’s kept battling away and were rewarded with a Ciaran Moore goal.  Danny O’Connell and Paudge Egan popped over a handful of points, while local player and youth program product, Jack Martin gave a good account of himself at wing forward. 

Tipperary, however, kept the scores coming and tallied another two goals in the latter stages.  All in all a very one sided affair that leaves it looking like the real battle in the junior a championship is for second place.

Tipp:  Sean Delaney, Sean McGarr, Paul Morris, Pat Moriarty, Cronan Dempsey, Dylan Hyland, Kieran Lowrey, Simon Kennedy, Joe O’Sullivan, Jimmy Maher, Dinny Crosse, Russell Quirke, Sean Stafford.  Subs:  Tony Hanley, Stephen Quinn, Fionn O’Carroll, Michael Moriarty.

Tom’s:  Fran Keenan, Paddy Flynn, Sean Og Somers, David Burke, Seamie Higgins, Kevin Burke, Paudge Egan, Danny O’Connell, Jack Martin, Niall Carthy, James Dooley, Ciaran Moore, Liam Moore.  Subs:  Declan Harrington, Sean O’Brien, AJ McGovern.
By Rory O'Donnell

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