The Blues completed the group stage of the Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship on Wednesday evening at St Michael’s Park in Toomevara with a 1-16 to 1-6 win over Borris-Ileigh.
Ger Gavin North Tipperary
Minor A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-16 Borris-Ileigh 1-6
Playing into the wind in the opening half Éire Óg and Borris-Ileigh were level on three points apiece after eleven minutes with John Cahalan, Andrew Coffey and Brian Tuite responsible for the Blues’ early scores.
In the 11th minute Philip Hickey was fouled for a penalty which Anthony Walsh tapped over the bar. Eleven scoreless minutes then ensued before Anthony Walsh (free) forced Éire Óg into a 0-5 to 0-3 lead in the 23rd minute. Craig Himli set up Andrew Coffey for his second point before Coffey worked the ball to Philip Hickey in the 25th minute and the full-forward made no mistake with a left-handed finish. Another Philip Hickey score, this time a point, helped Éire Óg into a 1-7 to 0-4 interval advantage.
Points from Philip Hickey and John Cahalan extended the Éire Óg lead immediately after the break before Anthony Walsh found the crossbar with a blistering 21-yard free in the 39th minute. Brian Tuite converted the rebound and Éire Óg now led 1-10 to 0-4.
Borris-Ileigh responded with a point before a 21-yard free from Anthony Walsh was saved in the 41st minute. Philip Hickey and Anthony Walsh (free) then added to the Éire Óg tally before Borris-Ileigh struck back with a goal of their own in the 46th minute (1-12 to 1-5).
Following some terrific defensive work Brian Flynn worked the ball to John Cahalan who landed a long-range point before points from Anthony Walsh (two) and Dylan Walsh concluded the scoring from an Éire Óg point of view.
Éire Óg will now face Toomevara in a Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship semi-final at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan (6pm) on Wednesday, September 3rd. Your support would be appreciated for that key game.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Adam Healy, Alex Jones, Conor Ryan, Jack Molamphy, Brian Flynn, Aodhán Geaney, Keelan Higgiston, Connie Reilly, Andrew Coffey (0-2), Craig Himli, John Cahalan (0-3), Anthony Walsh (0-5, 0-3 frees, 0-1 penalty), Dylan Walsh (0-1), Philip Hickey (1-3), Brian Tuite (0-2). Subs: (49th) Niall O’Gorman for Brian Tuite, (53rd) Ger Mitchell for Dylan Walsh, (54th) Cathal Whelan for Philip Hickey, (58th) Conor McCarthy for Craig Himli.
Referee: Martin Griffin (Silvermines).
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