The Blues got their junior B championship campaign off to an encouraging start in Templederry on Sunday afternoon with a 3-16 to 1-9 win over the ‘Mines.
North Tipperary Junior B Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-16 Silvermines 1-9
Points from David Cleary and Thomas O’Brien helped Éire Óg into an early lead before Niall O’Gorman fired home a left-handed shot in the seventh minute and the Blues led 1-2 to 0-1.
Oisín Ryan then set up Anthony Walsh for a fine right-handed score before Oisín Ryan belted in a second Éire Óg goal in the 11th minute – 2-3 to 0-1.
The ‘Mines responded with two points before an Anthony Walsh free and super strike from Conor Kirwan helped Éire Óg into a 2-5 to 0-3 lead by the 18th minute.
Anthony Walsh then traded a brace of points (one free) with Silvermines before the ‘Mines belted in a rebound following a terrific save from Brian Darcy in the Éire Óg goal – 2-7 to 1-5.
Some terrific work by Thomas O’Brien created the room for Anthony Walsh to score a fine point and the sides retired at the interval with six between them – 2-8 to 1-5.
Unfortunately, the ‘Mines ‘keeper misjudged David Cleary’s long-range free in the opening minute of the second half and handed Éire Óg a third goal.
Soon after David Cleary and Anthony Walsh added frees while an Oisín Ryan point in the 39th minute left 12 points in it – 3-11 to 1-5.
A Silvermines free preceded a fantastic moment in the game when Oisín Ryan’s overhead flick struck a crossbar in the 41st minute following a searching Conor Kirwan delivery.
Two Anthony Walsh frees helped Éire Óg into a 3-13 to 1-8 advantage entering the final ten minutes.
Some good combination play and a fine pass from Conor Kirwan set up Dylan Walsh for a great point in the 51st minute while two points from David Cleary brought the scoring to a close from an Éire Óg point of view.
Late in the game Brian Darcy made a stunning save to deny the ‘Mines a consolation goal.
In the group phase of this year’s championship Éire Óg will also face Newport and Portroe while Ballinahinch have withdrawn from the competition. The group winners will progress to the north semi-finals while the second and third-placed teams progress to the quarter-finals.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Brian Darcy, Alex Jones, John Kelly, Paddy Flynn, Michael Hynes, Lenny Ryan, Jamie Gallagher, Thomas O’Brien (0-1), Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Walsh (0-8, 0-5 frees), Conor Kirwan (0-1), David Cleary (1-4, 1-2 frees), Oisín Ryan (1-1), Niall O’Gorman (1-0), Jack Sheedy. Subs: (37th) Dylan Walsh (0-1) for Niall O’Gorman, (37th) Kieran Duffy for Jack Sheedy, (48th) Brian Duffy for Paddy Flynn, (57th) Jimmy Reddan for Oisín Ryan, (58th) Paddy Harrington for Anthony Walsh.
Referee: Séamus Tynan (Borris-Ileigh).
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