The Nenagh Éire Óg junior A team made an encouraging start to their championship campaign with a seventeen-point win at Dolla.
North Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 5-15 Silvermines 1-10
Two John Cahalan points got the Blues off the mark in the opening three minutes before a Philip Hickey goal in the sixth helped Éire Óg into a 1-2 to 0-1 lead.
The ‘Mines responded well and hit two consecutive points before David Hickey set up John Cahalan for a third Nenagh point in the 11th minute.
Points from Darragh Walsh (two) and Gary Howard were off-set by three fine efforts from the home side before a brace of late efforts from Silvermines left just one between them at the break – 1-6 to 0-8.
Despite now playing into the breeze the ‘Mines struck for a goal in the opening minute of the second half (1-6 to 1-8).
Éire Óg responded through Philip Hickey before Brian Flynn turned over a Silvermines attack and set up John Cahalan for a long-range equaliser in the 37th minute.
A Niall Cahill point forced Éire Óg into the lead before Donnacha Heffernan intercepted a terrific ball and picked out Niall Cahill who broke the ball to the raiding David Hickey; Hickey beat the ‘Mines ‘keeper with a right-handed finish in the 41st minute – 2-9 to 1-8.
A point from Darragh Walsh was cancelled out by a Silvermines effort before John Cahalan picked out Niall Cahill and, once more, Cahill provided the assist for a second David Hickey goal in the 45th minute – 3-10 to 1-9.
Four minutes later Niall Madden floated the ball into the hand of Niall Cahill who drew the full-back before setting up Philip Hickey for the Blues’ fourth goal in the 51st minute.
Niall Cahill fired home the fifth goal in the 52nd minute while Darragh Walsh (free), David Hickey, John Cahalan and Philip Hickey (free) were responsible for Éire Óg’s concluding efforts.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Kevin Flynn, Michael Collins, John O’Donoghue, Brian Flynn, Donnacha Heffernan, Niall Madden, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Darragh Walsh (0-4, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’65), Alan Kelly, John Cahalan (0-6), Niall Cahill (1-1), Gary Howard (0-1), Christopher Ryan, David Hickey (2-1), Philip Hickey (2-2, 0-1 free).
Referee: Philip Kelly (Ballinahinch).
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