The Éire Óg minor A hurlers won a tough contest against Toomevara at St Michael’s Park in Toomevara on Tuesday evening – the Blues trailed by five points early on, but recovered well to register an encouraging win.
Ger Gavin North Tipperary
Minor A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-15 Toomevara 1-17
Three Andrew Coffey points and another from John Cahalan helped Éire Óg into a 0-4 to 0-3 lead inside the opening eight minutes.
Toomevara took a significant lead when a long-range free was deflected to the net. The Greyhounds then converted two frees before a Toomevara point from play helped the home side into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.
Éire Óg steadied themselves and fought back thanks to a fine goal from Niall O’Gorman in the 19th minute following good work from Keelan Higgiston and Philip Hickey. The Blues found themselves level on 1-6 apiece in the 22nd minute following two Anthony Walsh frees.
Toomevara edged back into the lead, but Éire Óg struck for their second goal in the 25th minute when Philip Hickey flicked Andrew Coffey’s delivery into the net – 2-6 to 1-7.
To their credit Toomevara out-scored Éire Óg 0-3 to 0-1 during the remaining minutes of the opening half to leave the sides level at the break – Éire Óg 2-7 Toomevara 1-10.
Two minutes into the second half a Keelan Higgiston point handed Éire Óg a precious lead, but Toome hit back with three points of their own to take a 1-13 to 2-8 lead by the 38th minute – the Blues also had ‘keeper Adam Healy to thank for making a fine save to deny the Greyhounds a goal in the 35th minute.
Three Anthony Walsh frees (with one effort in reply from Toome) saw the sides level (2-11 to 1-14) as this entertaining contest entered the final quarter.
Toomevara seized the initiative with a fine point in the 47th minute, but Éire Óg struck for their third goal in the 48th – on this occasion John Cahalane picked out Anthony Walsh with a searching delivery and Walsh set up Andrew Coffey for a fine goal (3-11 to 1-15).
Toome responded with two quick points to level matters, but Éire Óg finished the stronger with points from Anthony Walsh (two, one free) and Andrew Coffey (two) sealing a four-point win.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Adam Healy, Connie O’Reilly, Brian Flynn, Gavin O’Connor, Alex Jones, Conor Ryan, Jack Sheedy, Andrew Coffey (1-6), Craig Himli, John Cahalan (0-1), Anthony Walsh (0-7, 0-6 frees), Brian Tuite, Philip Hickey (1-0), Keelan Higginston (0-1), Niall O’Gorman (1-0). Subs: (HT) Jake Morris for Brian Tuite, (37th) Adam Carey for Jack Sheedy, (54th) Brian Tuite for Niall O’Gorman.
Referee: Philip Bergin (Roscrea).
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