Magnificent Loughmore-Castleiney complete the Tipperary double

Loughmore-Castleiney created history when they became the first club to complete the senior hurling and football double in Tipperary with victory over combination side Aherlow Gaels at Semple Stadium.

Loughmore-Castleiney created history when they became the first club to complete the senior hurling and football double in Tipperary with victory over combination side Aherlow Gaels at Semple Stadium.

They have now confirmed themselves as one of the top dual clubs in the country with this magnificent achievement.

They overcame the disappointment of last week’s Munster Club senor hurling defeat to Limerick’s Na Piarsiagh at the same venue to prove too strong for West Tipp standard bearers Aherlow Gaels.

The Gaels proved no match for the bravery and determination of Loughmore who were well worth their 3-10 to 0-9 win.

Two weeks earlier they claimed the hurling title with victory over Nenagh in the final.

Twice before they have come close to completing the double but they made it third time lucky on Sunday with a performance that typified the Loughmore-Castleiney spirit.

A Tom King goal after just seven minutes set them on their way and further goals from John McGrath and Evan Sweeney confirmed their superiority.

They never allowed the Gaels get a grip on the game and stretched further ahead as the game progressed.

Now the dual champions can try to make up for the disappointment of their Munster Club hurling defeat by embarking on the provincial football campaign.