Monday, August 27, 2018

Sun Aug 26 - Senior Hurling Final: Tipperary v Fr. Tom Burke's

Fr. Tom Burke’s 0-16 Tipperary 3-20

Tipperary captured the senior hurling title with a lot to spare, but the difference on the scoreboard was very unfair to a Tom’s team that came out to do battle, and were with the Tipp lads step for step, but for a couple of softly conceded goals that delivered severe blows to their efforts.  Tom’s matched Tipperary in almost every facet of the game, but sometimes a moment or two of brilliance can change the complexion of a game.  These moments came from Russell Quirke who netted unlikely goals late in the first half and early in the second to deliver double body blows to Tom’s.  Quirke ended up with a hat trick, but the first 2 were the key goals that made the difference.

Boston Senior Hurling Champions:  Tipperary
The opening 30 minutes were close run and played in almost perfect conditions for hurling.  There was a great atmosphere around the place, and hurling was crisp and clinical from both teams.  Each side showed some great hurling and there were some well taken scores.  Tom’s got a great performance from Dean Earls at corner back, who needed to be on his toes with the aforementioned Russell Quirke his assignment.  Quirke got away for a couple of points, and also for Tipp, Dean Coleman, Shane Bennett, and big Joe Coleman found the space between the uprights.  Joe Coleman almost netted, but a great save from Tom’s keeper Kevin Flynn denied the Wexfordman from 20 yards.

Tom’s got some good scores from Stiofan McMahon, Joyce-Power and Ali Dooey and kept Tipp reined in as the focus and concentration was there.  Dean Flood put in a good 30 minutes to keep the Tipp back line on their toes and also tallied a point.  With the teams tied at seven points each and half time fast approaching, Tipp net with a goal from nothing.  Quirke blocked down Tom’s keeper Kevin Flynn as he was delivering what appeared to be a routine clearance, and all of a sudden Tom’s were in a 3 point hole.  Tom’s stuck with it and kept the intensity level up, ending the half with a McMahon point to make it a 2 point half time difference, Tipperary 1-8 Tom’s 0-9.

The teams traded points to open the second half, one a brilliant one handed effort from Joyce-Power after fielding in the Tipp penalty area.  The score reduced the gap to a single point.  However, each time Tom’s appeared to have the opportunity to gain the edge, Tipp answered with a score of their own.  It was ding dong stuff to that point.  Quirke answered Joyce-Power’s score quickly, and Joe Coleman added another.  McMahon reduced the gap to 2 points again, but Tipp answered through James Maher. 

With the game reaching the critical final 15 minutes, Tipp hit with 2 goals.  Both came from Quirke who really stepped up a gear at corner forward in the second half.  The first was a 21 yard free.  Quirke went for the goal, and caught the men on the Tom’s line napping as the shot hit the back of the net and made it a 7 point game.  The second came soon afterwards and really put the outcome to bed after smashing the sliotar into the far corner. 

Tom’s had to all to do now with 3 goals in the difference.  Joe Coleman added another superb score from distance as Tipp were in full flow now with the cushion.  Tom’s managed to cut the gap with points from Flood and McMahon, but every ball into Quirke had danger written all over it.  Tipp finished the game with a flourish, and substitute Harry O’Connor put over a couple of nice points.  Tipperary follow last year’s Boston Northeast junior title with a senior, and now try to do the same in Philadelphia at the USGAA finals.

Tipp:  Evan Condon, Daragh Fanning, Sean McGarr, Kieran Bennett, Jerry O’Neill, John Kindregan, Paul Morris, Cronan Dempsey, Shane Bennett, Joe Coleman, James Maher, Russell Quirke, Dean Coleman.

Tom’s:  Kevin Flynn, Dean Earls, Vincent Doyle, Aaron Moore, Cormac Joyce-Power, Dylan Costello, Jason Costello, Seamue Higgins, Dean Flood, Shane Howley, John Buckley, Stiofan McMahon, Ali Dooey.
By Rory O'Donnell

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