A Paddy Harrington goal in the 58th minute rescued the Blues at Dolla on Saturday evening. Éire Óg trailed a determined Toomevara side for the duration of this keenly-contested junior B quarter-final and just when it looked like the Greyhounds had done enough to force their way into the last four Harrington struck for a vital three-pointer.
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Junior B Hurling Quarter-Final
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-6 Toomevara 0-9
Toomevara edged into a 0-1 to no-score lead in the ninth minute. The Greyhounds then added to their tally three minutes later before Éire Óg got off the mark in the 16th minute thanks to an Anthony Walsh free following a foul on Conor Kirwan.
Two minutes later a second Anthony Walsh free tied the game, but Éire Óg ‘keeper Brian Darcy made a fine save at his near post to deny Toomevara a goal.
Toomevara edged back into a 0-3 to 0-2 in the 20th minute, but the Blues were back on terms in the 23rd when Anthony Walsh converted a 21-yard free following a foul on Thomas O’Brien.
A fourth Toome point in the 26th minute forced the Greyhounds back into the lead, but in the first half injury time wing-back Mike Hynes landed a fine point from distance to leave the sides locked on 0-4 apiece at the break.
Toomevara continued to dominate and added to their tally in the 31st minute. The Greyhounds threatened a goal in the 33rd minute – Brian Darcy made a fine save initially, but Toome fired a gilt-edged rebound wide.
A Toomevara free in the 41st minute left two in it (0-4 to 0-6). Éire Óg desperately required a response and found it in the 45th minute when Paul Slattery cracked over a terrific left-handed point.
Once more Éire Óg ‘keeper Brian Darcy pulled off another fine save in the 47th minute.
Toomevara and Anthony Walsh traded frees thereafter to leave a point in it (0-6 to 0-7) with five minutes to play.
Late in the game Toomevara converted a ’65 and a free to take a 0-9 to 0-6 lead, but second half substitute Paddy Harrington pulled on Anthony Walsh’s long-range free in the 58th minute to tie the game in spectacular fashion.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Brian Darcy, Alex Jones, Kevin Gubbins, Paddy Flynn, Mike Hynes (0-1), Lenny Ryan, Jamie Gallagher, Gavin O’Connor, Aodhán Geaney, Aidan Healy, Thomas O’Brien, Keelan Higgiston, Jimmy Reddan, Conor Kirwan, Anthony Walsh (0-4, 0-4 frees). Subs: (HT) Kieran Duffy for Jamie Gallagher, (35th) Paul Slattery (0-1) for Keelan Higgiston, (53rd) Paddy Harrington (1-0) for Jimmy Reddan, (55th) Brian Duffy for Conor Kirwan, (55th) Jack Sheedy for Aidan Healy.
Referee: Kieran Timmons (Silvermines).
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