The Blues recorded a 2-20 to 3-11 win over Roscrea at Moneygall on Thursday evening.
Ger Gavin North Tipperary
Minor A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 2-20 Roscrea 3-11
Roscrea started well and led 0-4 to 0-2 after nine minutes with Anthony Walsh (frees) responsible for both of Éire Óg’s early points.
Adam Healy made a great save to deny Roscrea a goal in the ninth minute before the Blues struck for four consecutive points – Philip Hickey, Anthony Walsh (two) and Jack Sheedy helped Éire Óg into a 0-6 to 0-4 lead by the 17th minute.
Éire Óg ‘keeper Adam Healy made another fine save in the 18th minute and although Roscrea struck for a point in the 20th points from Anthony Walsh, Craig Himli and John Cahalan helped the Blues into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead.
Further points from Conor Ryan and Anthony Walsh forced Éire Óg five clear (0-11 to 0-6), but Roscrea converted a penalty in the 32nd minute to leave two between them at the break (0-11 to 1-6).
Éire Óg began the second half in positive fashion. In the 32nd minute, following great work from Dylan Walsh, Philip Hickey worked the ball to Andrew Coffey who fired home the Blues’ opening goal. Seconds later Gerard Mitchell gathered a booming clearance from Aodhán Geaney and buried another three-pointer – 2-11 to 1-6.
Roscrea responded with a free, but points from Philip Hickey and Andrew Coffey forced Éire Óg into a nine-point lead (2-13 to 1-7).
Roscrea plundered a goal of their own and when they added a point to their tally the gap was reduced significantly as this content entered the final quarter.
Points from Andrew Coffey, Anthony Walsh (free) and Philip Hickey left eight between the sides entering the 48th minute (2-16 to 2-8). A third Roscrea goal, however, ensured an interesting final ten minutes.
Points from Conor Ryan and Brian Tuite were cancelled out by two Roscrea efforts, but Éire Óg closed out the game well with late Anthony Walsh efforts settling the issue.
The lads return to action on Thursday, July 24th when they face Newport Gaels in Templederry at 7pm. Your support, as always, is appreciated.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Adam Healy, Connie Reilly, Brian Flynn, Alex Jones, Gavin O’Connor, Aodhán Geaney, Oisín Ryan, Andrew Coffey (1-2), Conor Ryan (0-2), John Cahalan (0-1), Anthony Walsh (0-9, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Jack Sheedy (0-1), Craig Himli (0-1), Philip Hickey (0-3), Gerard Mitchell (1-0). Subs: (24th) Dylan Walsh for Craig Himli, (38th) Adam Carey for Gerard Mitchell, (46th) Brian Tuite (0-1) for Jack Sheedy, (57th) Niall O’Gorman for Oisín Ryan, (61st) Cathal Whelan for Alex Jones.
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