The Nenagh Éire Óg junior A hurlers lost to Roscrea on Saturday evening – following a series of encouraging displays this defeat suffered in Roscrea was disappointing.
North Tipperary Junior A Hurling League
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-11 Roscrea 2-13
A converted free and ’65 helped Roscrea into a 0-2 to no-score lead inside the opening six minutes. The Roscrea ‘keeper then made a fine double save from Aidan Healy and Darragh Walsh in the ninth before a Mark Tuite free in the 11th minute got Éire Óg off the mark.
Four minutes later a Mark Tuite free tied the game before Aidan Healy set up Christopher Ryan with a fine hand pass and Ryan helped the Blues into a 0-3 to 0-2 lead in the 20th minute.
A Roscrea free levelled matters before Seánie Geaney cracked over a long-range free in the 25th minute to force Éire Óg back into a 0-4 to 0-3 advantage.
Two Roscrea points re-claimed the lead for the home side by the 28th minute and although Mark Tuite (free) responded for Éire Óg Roscrea ended the half in positive fashion and led 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
A Mark Tuite free dragged Éire Óg to within a point of their hosts immediately after the break before a David Cleary point in the 33rd minute, only the Blues’ second point from play, tied the game at 0-7 apiece.
Roscrea edged back into a one-point lead before David Hickey tied the game in the 38th minute. A Roscrea free forced the hosts one point clear, but a David Hickey hook in the 43rd minute preceded a Mark Tuite point to leave the sides locked on 0-9 apiece.
Roscrea struck for their opening goal in the 45th minute, but to their credit Éire Óg responded in kind – Niall Cahill and John Cahalan combined to set up a David Cleary shot and although Cleary’s effort was saved David Hickey was on hand to sweep home the rebound in the 47th minute – 1-9 apiece.
The sides traded frees thereafter before Roscrea hit 1-1 without reply to open a vital four-point gap by the 54th minute.
A Mark Tuite free brought the scoring to a conclusion from an Éire Óg point of view in the 55th minute and although two late Mark Tuite 21-yard frees were saved Roscrea closed out the game with two further points.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Kevin Flynn, Donnacha Heffernan, John O’Donoghue, Brian Flynn, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Seánie Geaney (0-1, 0-1 free), Adam Grattan, John Cahalan, Bob O’Brien, Darragh Walsh, David Cleary (0-1), Mark Tuite (0-7, 0-6 frees), Aidan Healy, David Hickey (1-1), Christopher Ryan (0-1). Subs: (42nd) Niall Cahill for Darragh Walsh, (47th) Conor Ryan for Aidan Healy, (62nd) Gavin O’Connor for David Cleary.
Referee: John Cleary (Knockshegowna).
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