Liam Heffernan’s senior hurlers booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship following a fourteen-point win over Roscrea at a soaking wet St Flannan’s Park in Moneygall on Sunday afternoon.
Clean Ireland Recycling County
Senior Hurling Championship Last 16
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-21 Roscrea 0-10
Éire Óg made an encouraging start with points from Shane Hennessy and Michael Heffernan (free) helping the Blues into an early advantage before a Paddy Murphy goal following terrific work from Donnacha Quinn opened a five-point gap between the sides.
Roscrea got off the mark with a converted free in the fifth minute, but a second Shane Hennessy effort re-established Éire Óg’s five-point lead almost immediately (1-3 to 0-1).
To their credit Roscrea hit back with two fine points to cut the deficit to three by the ninth minute (1-3 to 0-3).
Éire Óg dominated thereafter, however, and raced into a 1-9 to 0-3 lead thanks to points from Paddy Murphy, Shane Hennessy (two) and Donnacha Quinn (three frees).
Roscrea brought eighteen scoreless minutes to a close with a converted free in the 27th minute. Éire Óg hit back with efforts from Andrew Coffey and Donnacha Quinn (free) before a late Roscrea point from play left nine in it at the break (1-11 to 0-5).
A Roscrea ’65 in the 33rd minute cut the Éire Óg lead to eight. Pearse Morris opened the Blues’ second half account before two Roscrea frees book-ended a Donnacha Quinn effort from a placed ball. With twenty minutes to play Éire Óg led 1-13 to 0-8.
The Blues then fired six points without reply to lead 1-19 to 0-8 by the 53rd minute. Andrew Coffey (two), Donnacha Quinn (three frees) and Tommy Heffernan were responsible for these efforts.
It is worth mentioning, however, that Roscrea created a good goal-scoring opportunity in the 42nd minute, but Éire Óg ‘keeper Michael McNamara conjured a terrific double save to deny the raiding Roscrea men.
A Roscrea free in the 55th minute left thirteen in it before frees from Donnacha Quinn and James Mackey concluded the scoring from an Éire Óg point of view before Roscrea landed a late sideline ball to bring this contest to a conclusion.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship is expected to take place this week. Please keep an eye on the club website and the respective social media channels for updates. The quarter-finals are scheduled to take place on the week-ending Sunday, September 27th in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Michael McNamara, Mark Flannery, Noel Maloney, John Brennan, Barry Heffernan, Hugh Maloney, Conor Ryan, Dáire Quinn, Michael Heffernan (0-1, 0-1 frees), Pearse Morris (0-1), Tommy Heffernan (0-1), Andrew Coffey (0-3), Donnacha Quinn (0-9, 0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65s), Paddy Murphy (1-1), Shane Hennessy (0-4). Subs: (53rd) James Mackey (0-1, 0-1 frees) for Shane Hennessy, (56th) Philip Hickey for Donnacha Quinn, (56th) Killian Gleeson for Pearse Morris, (58th) Adam Gratton for Noel Maloney, (59th) Billy Heffernan for Dáire Quinn.
Referee: Michael Murphy (Toomevara).
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