Nenagh Éire Óg progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2013 Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship thanks to a sixteen-point win over north finalists Silvermines at Cloughjordan on Saturday.
Saturday, August 24th
Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-21 Silvermines 0-8
Nenagh Éire Óg progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2013 Clean Ireland Recycling County Senior Hurling Championship thanks to a sixteen-point win over Silvermines at Cloughjordan on Saturday evening.
Éire Óg impressed in the opening half and led 1-14 to 0-1 at the break. Points from Kevin Tucker (three frees), Michael Heffernan (two), Tommy Heffernan (two) and Richie Flannery helped Éire Óg into a 0-8 to no-score lead inside the opening fourteen minutes.
The ‘Mines got off the mark in the 15th minute before Paddy Murphy found the side netting following great work from Michael Heffernan.
Further points from Kevin Tucker (four frees & one point) and Brian Quinn forced Éire Óg into a thirteen-point lead before Richie Flannery broke Barry Heffernan’s long-range free down to Michael Heffernan and the Blues’ centre-forward rattled the net to hand Nenagh a 1-14 to 0-1 interval advantage.
Éire Óg’s performance immediately after the break was a little sluggish. Indeed, the ‘Mines scored four points without reply before the Blues hit back thanks to a Michael Heffernan free in the 42nd minute – 1-15 to 0-4.
A minute later Michael Heffernan converted a’65 before a Barry Heffernan point from play left sixteen points between the teams (1-17 to 0-4) entering the final quarter.
Jason Forde converted a ’65 on behalf of Silvermines, but Tommy Heffernan responded for Éire Óg before Orrie Quirke landed his side’s sixth point in the 49th minute.
Éire Óg substitute Donnacha Quinn landed a fine point with eight minutes to play before Tommy Heffernan notched his fourth point from play.
A Jason Forde free reduced the deficit to sixteen points once more in the 57th minute and while Johnny Slattery brought the scoring to a close from an Éire Óg point of view in the 58th minute the ‘Mines had the final say in the matter.
Éire Óg now join divisional champions Kildangan (north), Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill (west), Drom & Inch (mid) and Killenaule (south) in the last eight. Loughmore-Castleiney beat Roscrea (0-21 to 2-11) in the fourth round of the county championship on Saturday evening while there are two remaining games in round four (Borris-Ileigh v Carrick & Toomevara v Clonoulty-Rossmore). In the quarter-finals the divisional champions will be seeded.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Michael McNamara, Mark Flannery, Noel Maloney, John Brennan, Daire Quinn, Hugh Maloney, Billy Heffernan (0-1), Barry Heffernan, Kevin Tucker (0-8, 0-7 frees), Paddy Murphy, Michael Heffernan (1-4, 0-1 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Pearse Morris, Brian Quinn (0-1), Richie Flannery (0-1), Tommy Heffernan (0-4). Subs: (51st) Donnacha Quinn (0-1) for Hugh Maloney, (53rd) Johnny Slattery (0-1) for Brian Quinn, (56th) Adam Grattan for John Brennan, (56th) Seánie Geaney for Paddy Murphy, (58th) Andrew Coffey for Pearse Morris.
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan).
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