The Éire Óg minor A hurlers earned a ten-point win over a determined Kilruane MacDonagh’s team at St Michael’s Park, Toomevara on Wednesday evening.
North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-16 Kilruane MacDonagh’s 1-6
The Éire Óg minor A hurlers returned to winning ways on Wednesday evening thanks to solid ten-point victory over Kilruane MacDonagh’s.
Two Anthony Walsh frees helped Éire Óg into a 0-2 to 0-1 lead inside the opening nine minutes, but Kilruane responded in kind and led 0-3 to 0-2 by the 26th. It is worth noting that goalkeeper Adam Healy also saved Darragh Peters’ 21-yard free in the 20th minute.
The Blues closed out the half strongly. A fine individual effort from John Cahalan tied the game and handed Éire Óg their first point from play in the 27th minute. Seconds later Adam Carey was denied a goal by a fine reaction save from the Kilruane ‘keeper. Anthony Walsh converted the resultant ’65 and thanks to a left-handed John Cahalan effort in the first minute of injury time Éire Óg led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break.
Two minutes into the second half an Anthony Walsh free extended the Blues’ lead, but Kilruane tied the game thanks to a 35th goal (0-6 to 1-3). Éire Óg responded positively to the Kilruane challenge and won the remainder of this encounter 1-10 to 0-3.
Points from Philip Hickey, John Cahalan and Anthony Walsh (two frees) forced the Blues into a 0-10 to 1-3 lead by the 41st minute (four points in six minutes).
Kilruane responded with a free, but it was all Éire Óg now with Adam Carey adding to the Blues’ tally in the 43rd minute. A minute later Éire Óg landed the killer blow – John Cahalan’s delivery was broken inside by Adam Carey and Niall O’Gorman was on hand to deliver a left-handed finish (1-11 to 1-4).
Kilruane converted a free in the 46th minute before Andrew Coffey, Brian Tuite, John Cahalan and Philip Hickey added to the Éire Óg tally.
John Cahalan was denied a goal in the 57th minute when the Kilruane ‘keeper made a second terrific reaction save.
Anthony Walsh traded late points with Kilruane to close out the game.
Nenagh Éire Óg will take on Borris-Ileigh in their final game in the group phase of the Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship on Wednesday, August 27th. That game is scheduled to take place in Toomevara at 6.15pm. As always your support is appreciated by all of the players.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Adam Healy, Jack Molamphy, Conor Ryan, Alex Jones, Brian Flynn, Aodhán Geaney, Jack Sheedy, Andrew Coffey (0-1), John Cahalan (0-4), Keelan Higgiston, Anthony Walsh (0-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Adam Carey (0-1), Craig Himli, Niall O’Gorman (1-0), Brian Tuite (0-1). Subs: (34th) Philip Hickey (0-2) for Craig Himli, (41st) Dylan Walsh for Keelan Higgiston, (55th) Gerry Mitchell for Adam Carey, (60th) Keelan Higgiston for Andrew Coffey.
Referee: Ger Fitzpatrick (Roscrea).
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