Nenagh Éire Óg stormed to a six-point win over Burgess (0-14 to 0-8) in this afternoon’s replayed Hibernian Inn North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh. With eighteen minutes to play Burgess led 0-7 to 0-6, but the Blues dominated thereafter and hit eight points without reply to land the Frank McGrath Cup.
Hibernian Inn North Tipperary Senior
Hurling Championship Final Replay
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-14 Burgess 0-8
The opening half was defined by the physical battle for the upper hand with Burgess opening the scoring thanks to a Stephen Murray point in the ninth minute. Within a minute, however, Kevin Tucker set up Michael Heffernan for an equalising point.
A Stephen Murray free in the 12th minute helped Burgess back into the lead (0-2 to 0-1), but the Blues got motoring with three fine points helping Éire Óg into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead by the 24th – Donnacha Quinn set up Paddy Murphy for the first of these scores, Pearse Morris provided the assist for a Tommy Heffernan point in the 22nd minute and in the 24th Donnacha Quinn converted a free following a foul on full-forward Shane Maher.
A Peter Gill point in the 27th minute offered Burgess some respite, but a Donnacha Quinn point in the 33rd following terrific work from Tommy Heffernan helped Éire Óg into a 0-5 to 0-3 interval lead.
Burgess responded to the challenge in terrific style and hit two points during the opening eight minutes of the second half to tie the game on 0-5 apiece – Noel Gleeson and second half substitute Eoin Hogan were responsible for these fine efforts.
Burgess ‘keeper Niall McGrath made a neat save in the 39th minute to deny the raiding Shane Maher a goal before a second Eoin Hogan point helped Pat Cremin’s men into a deserved 0-6 to 0-5 lead with twenty minutes to play.
Éire Óg hit back with a Donnacha Quinn free following a foul on Paddy Murphy, but a second Noel Gleeson point in the 42nd minute was greeted by a massive roar from the Burgess faithful (0-7 to 0-6).
The Blues required a response and found it when Tommy Heffernan set up Donnacha Quinn for an equalising point in the 46th minute. Two minutes later Tommy Heffernan created the room for Michael Heffernan to present Éire Óg with a vital 0-8 to 0-7 lead.
Michael Heffernan was on hand to accept a pass from Donnacha Quinn in the 49th minute and the centre-forward cracked over a fine score which presented Éire Óg with a two-point lead. Michael Heffernan was then fouled for a free which Donnacha Quinn converted in the 50th minute – 0-10 to 0-7.
Dáire Quinn loaded the gun for Tommy Heffernan to fire over an 11th Éire Óg point in the 51st minute. Six minutes later Burgess enjoyed a slight sniff of the Éire Óg goal, but Michael McNamara advanced to smother a Stephen Murray effort.
Paddy Murphy was irrepressible late on; in the 59th minute Paddy was fouled for a free which Donnacha Quinn converted and then, in the 60th and 62nd minutes, Murphy fired over points from play with Paul Ryan and Michael McNamara responsible for the assists.
In the 65th minute Burgess’ Andy Dunne enjoyed the final say in the matter.
Nenagh Éire Óg would like to thank the senior panel for the terrific manner in which they have represented the club, themselves and their families this year. Our thanks also go to the management team of Liam Heffernan (manager), John Fitzgerald (coach), Enda Costello (selector) and Noel Coffey (selector) for leading this panel of players to the Blues’ ninth north Tipperary senior hurling title.
Nenagh Éire Óg would like to wish Burgess all the very best in the county senior hurling championship.
Nenagh Éire Óg previously won the north Tipperary senior hurling championship in 1915, 1957, 1964, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001 and 2009. Hugh Maloney captained the team to divisional success in 2009 while his brother Noel is current captain. In all Kevin Tucker has now won five north Tipperary senior hurling medals on the field of play (1993, 1998, 2001, 2009 & 2014).
Enda O’Sullivan took a whole series of photographs at today’s final – please click here.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Michael McNamara, Mark Flannery, Noel Maloney (captain), John Brennan, Dáire Quinn, Hugh Maloney, Barry Heffernan, Kevin Tucker, Andrew Coffey, Pearse Morris, Michael Heffernan (0-3), Paddy Murphy (0-3), Tommy Heffernan (0-2), Shane Maher, Donnacha Quinn (0-6, 0-4 frees). Subs: (43rd) Paul Ryan for Shane Maher, (64th) Killian Gleeson for Andrew Coffey.
Remaining Panel Members: Kevin Flynn, Seán Geaney, Billy Heffernan, Conor Ryan, James Mackey, Mark Tuite, Adam Grattan, Alan Kelly, John Cahalan, Donnacha Heffernan, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Gary Howard, David Hickey, Philip Hickey, David Hackett, Niall Madden, Christopher Ryan, Brian Flynn, Michael Collins, Bob O’Brien, David Cleary, Johnny Slattery.
Referee: Kieran Delaney (Toomevara).
NORTH TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING TEAMS
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-14 Burgess 0-8
Team: Michael McNamara, Mark Flannery, Noel Maloney (captain), John Brennan, Dáire Quinn, Hugh Maloney, Barry Heffernan, Kevin Tucker, Andrew Coffey, Pearse Morris, Michael Heffernan (0-3), Paddy Murphy (0-3), Tommy Heffernan (0-2), Shane Maher, Donnacha Quinn (0-6, 0-4 frees). Subs: (43rd) Paul Ryan for Shane Maher, (64th) Killian Gleeson for Andrew Coffey.
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-20 Burgess 2-17
Team: Michael McNamara, Dáire Quinn (0-1), Noel Maloney (captain), John Brennan, Billy Heffernan, Hugh Maloney, Barry Heffernan, Kevin Tucker, Andrew Coffey (0-2), Pearse Morris (0-1), Michael Heffernan (0-6, 0-5 frees), Tommy Heffernan (0-2), Killian Gleeson, Paddy Murphy (0-1), Donnacha Quinn (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 penalty). Subs: (40th) Seánie Geaney for Billy Heffernan, (49th) James Mackey for Kevin Tucker, (52nd) Paul Ryan (1-1) for Killian Gleeson.
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-24 Portroe 2-12
Team: Michael McNamara, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Hugh Maloney (captain), John Brennan, John Flannery, Noel Maloney, Richie Flannery (0-3, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Brian Dillon, Pearse Morris, Kevin Tucker (0-7, 0-6 frees), Eddie Tucker (0-2), Michael Heffernan (0-4), Tommy Heffernan (0-2), Paddy Murphy (0-3), Cliff Moloney (0-2). Subs: (43rd) Johnny Slattery for Cliff Moloney, (51st) Paul Ryan (0-1) for Paddy Murphy, (59th) Shane Maher for Eddie Tucker.
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-15 Borris-Ileigh 1-11
Team: Michael McNamara, Hugh Flannery, Noel Coffey, Anthony Quinn, Johnny Slattery (0-1), Richie Flannery, John Kennedy, Rory Flannery, Noel Maloney, Kevin Tucker (captain, 0-6, 0-4 frees), Eddie Tucker (0-1), Robbie Tomlinson (0-1), Declan O’Meara (1-4), Robbie Foley, Michael Cleary (0-1). Subs: Brian Darcy for Robbie Foley, Michael Hackett (0-1) for Brian Darcy, Hugh Maloney for Richie Flannery, Shane Connolly for Rory Flannery.
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-11 Toomevara 0-11
Team: Christy McLoughlin, Noel Coffey, Conor O’Donovan, John Heffernan, Richie Flannery, Hugh Flannery (1-0, 1-0 free), Michael Cleary, Con Howard, Johnny Slattery, Kevin Tucker (0-2), Eddie Tucker (captain, 0-1), John Kennedy (0-5, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ’65), Declan O’Meara, Robbie Tomlinson (0-2), Michael Hackett (0-1).
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-14 Moneygall 0-12
Team: Christy McLoughlin, Donie O’Brien, Conor O’Donovan, Noel Coffey, Phil Hennessy, Frank Moran, Paul Kennedy, Philip Kennedy (0-2), Michael Cleary (0-5, 0-3 frees), Paul Dolan, Robbie Tomlinson (0-2), Eddie Tucker (0-1), Kevin Tucker (0-2), Neillie Corbett, John Kennedy (0-2). Subs: John Hefferan for Neillie Corbett, Michael Kennedy for Paul Dolan.
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-18 Lorrha-Dorrha 0-8
Team: Christy McLoughlin, Donie O’Brien, Conor O’Donovan, Noel Coffey, John Heffernan, Frank Moran, Paul Kennedy (captain), Philip Kennedy, Michael Cleary (0-8), Ronan Burns (0-2), Paul Dolan (0-1), Robbie Tomlinson (0-1), John Kennedy (1-3), Neillie Corbett, Eddie Tucker (0-3).
Nenagh Éire Óg 5-12 Roscrea 2-8
Team: Connie Cleere, Christy Morgan, Johnny McGrath, Eddie O’Donnell, Mick Burns (captain, 0-1), Phil Murray, Paddy Kearns, Phil Hennessy, Tony Tierney, Adrian Ayres (1-2), Gerry Quinlan, Paudie O’Kennedy (0-4), Mickey Kearns (1-0), Terry Moloney (2-5), Ollie Tucker (1-0).
Nenagh Éire Óg 5-5 Toomevara 4-5
Team: Tony Tierney, Paddy Kearns, Eamon McGrath, Michael Hynes, Mick Burns, Devere Reynolds, Mick O’Connell, Phil Hennessey, Paddy Hallinan, Paddy O’Meara, Johnny McGrath (2-3, 2-1 frees), Kieran McDonnell (0-1), Billy O’Brien (captain, 0-1), Séan Duignan, John Hogan (3-0).
Nenagh 3-3 Moneygall 3-2
Team: Bill Coonan, Bill O’Meara, Rody O’Meara, Frank McGrath, Bill Flannery, Mick Kennedy, Christy Ryan, William Flannery (captain), Rody Minogue, Mick Coonan, Paddy Coonan, Matt Hogan, Jimmy Nolan, Mick Egan, Jack Walsh, James Darcy. Sub: Martin Ayres for Jack Walsh.
NENAGH ÉIRE ÓG IN NORTH FINALS
2014 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-14 Burgess 0-8
2014 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-20 Burgess 2-17
2009 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-24 Portroe 2-12
2007 Borris-Ileigh 0-19 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-16
2005 Borris-Ileigh 1-12 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-13
2003 Toomevara 3-12 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-16
2001 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-15 Borris-Ileigh 1-11
1999 Toomevara 2-19 Nenagh Éire Óg 2-15
1998 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-11 Toomevara 0-11
1993 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-14 Moneygall 0-12
1992 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-18 Lorrha-Dorrha 0-8
1991 Toomevara 2-11 Nenagh Éire Óg 2-7
1991 Toomevara 0-12 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-12
1984 Lorrha-Dorrha 4-11 Nenagh Éire Óg 3-9
1982 Roscrea 3-8 Nenagh Éire Óg 0-17
*Replay never took place
1964 Nenagh Éire Óg 5-12 Roscrea 2-8
1957 Nenagh Éire Óg 5-5 Toomevara 4-5
1949 Roscrea 4-7 St Mary’s 4-4
1939 Roscrea 8-3 Nenagh 1-3
1928 Toomevara 6-3 Nenagh 5-0
1924 Lorrha-Dorrha 7-3 Nenagh 0-3
1923 Toomevara 7-0 Nenagh 1-2
1915 Nenagh 3-3 Moneygall 3-2
*Éire Óg have appeared in the north Tipperary senior hurling final on twenty-three occasions winning nine times, drawing three and losing eleven times.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Fifteen different clubs have won the north Tipperary senior hurling championship – the Frank McGrath Cup was first presented in 1961; Toomevara lead the roll of honour with 33 titles.
Roll of honour: Toomevara (33 – last 2011), Roscrea (16 – last 2004), Borris-Ileigh (14 – last 2007), Kilruane MacDonagh’s (11 – last 1990), Nenagh Éire Óg (9 – last 2014), Lorrha (8 – last 1989), Lahorna de Wets (7 – last 1908), Kildangan (4 – last 2013), Newport (3 – last 1996), Kilbarron-Kildangan (1 – last 1934), Borrisokane (1 – last 1933), Youghalarra (1 – last 1909), Moneygall (1 – last 1975), Silvermines (1 – last 1974), Portroe (1 – last 2012).
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