Nenagh Éire Óg returned to winning ways in the Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship thanks to a four-point win over Toomevara at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Tuesday.
Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-13 Toomevara 2-12
A Christopher Ryan goal in the second half injury time sealed a four-point win over Toomevara on Tuesday evening. Toomevara impressed throughout this encounter and a late rally from the Ken Dunne-managed side reduced Éire Óg’s lead to just a single point before Christopher Ryan’s strike decided the game in the 61st minute.
Toome and Éire Óg traded frees in the opening exchanges before Donnacha Quinn buried a 21-yard free to hand Éire Óg a 1-1 to 0-1 lead in the fifth minute. Killian Gleeson and Gary Howard added to the Blues’ tally to help the home side into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead by the eighth minute.
There were still four points between the sides in the 14th minute when Toomevara converted a penalty to leave the minimum in it (1-4 to 1-3). Six minutes later a Toome free levelled matters before Killian Gleeson won the ball and passed to Gary Howard who in turn picked out James Mackey and Mackey raced through to score a right-handed goal in the 21st minute.
Toome responded in positive fashion with a goal in the 23rd minute while three consecutive points forced the Greyhounds into a 2-7 to 2-4 lead. Éire Óg closed out the half with points from Donnacha Quinn (free) and John Cahalan to leave just one between them at the break – 2-6 to 2-7.
The sides traded points early in the second half before Killian Gleeson levelled it up in the 36th minute. Five minutes later John Cahalan gave Éire Óg the lead, Donnacha Quinn (free) then added to the Blues’ tally before John Cahalan’s third point from play helped the home side into a 2-11 to 2-8 lead by the 47th minute.
Three consecutive Toome points (two frees) left the sides locked at 2-11 apiece by the 53rd minute. Éire Óg responded well, however, with points from Gary Howard and John Cahalan forcing Nenagh into a 2-13 to 2-11 by the 56th minute.
Toome converted a free right on the hour mark to leave just one in it, but in the first minute of injury time Christopher Ryan’s solo run culminated with a goal from the midfielder which settled the issue.
Éire Óg will play Kilruane MacDonagh’s and Kildangan in their remaining group games of this year’s championship.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Brian Gubbins, Conor Ryan, Michael Collins, Ger O’Gorman, Oisín Ryan, Barry Heffernan, John Cahalan (0-4), Christopher Ryan (1-0), Andrew Coffey, Killian Gleeson (0-2), Donnacha Quinn (1-5, 1-3 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Jack Molamphy, Aidan Healy, Gary Howard (0-2), James Mackey (1-0). Subs: (30th) Anthony Walsh for Jack Molamphy, (32nd) Gavin O’Connor for Andrew Coffey, (50th) Brian Flynn for Aidan Healy.
Referee: Ger Fitzpatrick (Roscrea).
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