Nenagh Éire Óg made it two wins out of two in the north Tipperary junior A hurling championship thanks to a fifteen-point win over Roscrea at Moneygall on Friday night.
North Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-19 Roscrea 2-7
Éire Óg started well and led 0-2 to no-score thanks to points from Richie Flannery and Darragh Walsh. Further points from Richie Flannery in the 10th and 11th minutes helped the Blues into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead before Richie Flannery struck for a goal in the 16th minute.
Roscrea responded with a free, but efforts from Richie Flannery and Michael Hackett helped the defending north champions into a 1-6 to 0-2 by the 22nd minute.
Roscrea managed points in the 22nd and 24th minutes, but Éire Óg closed out the opening half impressively with points from David Hackett (free), Paul Ryan (two) and Michael Hackett retiring the sides with nine between them (1-10 to 0-4).
Nineteen seconds into the second half Richie Flannery set up Bob O’Brien up for a second Éire Óg goal before a David Hackett free fired the Blues into a 2-11 to 0-4 lead.
Two Roscrea points and a 37th minute goal checked Éire Óg’s progress somewhat before a brilliant left-handed point from Michael Hackett left ten between the sides in the 42nd minute (2-13 1-6).
Further points from Christopher Ryan, Paul Ryan and Richie Flannery opened a thirteen-point gap entering the final ten minutes (2-16 to 1-6).
A Roscrea point reduced the margin to twelve points, but Éire Óg surged into a nineteen-point lead thanks to a Michael Hackett point and 1-2 from Darragh Walsh. Walsh converted a sideline ball, then saw another sideline ball beat the Roscrea ‘keeper before Darragh then landed a long-range point (3-19 1-6). A late point and fluke goal reduced the margin significantly from a Roscrea point of view.
Éire Óg’s remaining group games will be against Toomevara and Moneygall in the coming weeks while everyone associated with the team and the club wish Luke Kennedy well – Luke picked up an injury in this evening’s encounter and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Kevin Flynn, Aodhán Geaney, John O’Donoghue, Michael Collins, Donnacha Heffernan, Niall Cahill, Conor Ryan, Darragh Walsh (1-3, 1-1 sidelines), Brian Maxwell, Paul Ryan (0-3), Richie Flannery (1-5), Bob O’Brien (1-0), Christopher Ryan (0-1), David Hackett (0-3, 0-3 frees), Michael Hackett (0-4). Subs: (5th) Conor Kirwan for Michael Collins, (46th) Paddy Harrington for Bob O’Brien, (49th) Luke Kennedy for David Hackett, (54th) Ger O’Gorman for Luke Kennedy, (60th) David Hackett for Richie Flannery.
Referee: Dan Darcy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s).
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