Sarsfields look favourites to win Tipperary senior hurling crown

Thurles Sarsfields fired 2-19 from play, with nine different players contributing to that tally, and restricted Kildangan to 1-5 and still looked capable of stepping up their performance significantly if required to do so in the County Tipperary SHC quarter final.

Thurles Sarsfields fired 2-19 from play, with nine different players contributing to that tally, and restricted Kildangan to 1-5 and still looked capable of stepping up their performance significantly if required to do so in the County Tipperary SHC quarter final.

Sars won 3-22 to 1-12 and look favourites for the Dan Breen Cup.

Points from Jim Corbett and Johnny Enright got Thurles Sarsfields off the mark before Paddy McCormack made a fine save to deny Tadhg Gallagher a goal as early as the second minute.

Thurles failed to heed that warning and in the fourth minute Ruairí Gleeson won a puck-out and picked out Joe Gallagher who beat his man before burying a left-hand shot in the roof of the net. A minute later Michael O’Brien levelled matters before a Ruairí Gleeson free forced Kildangan back into the lead - 1-1 to 0-3.

Thurles struck for their opening goal in the ninth minute when Denis Maher was dragged down and Pa Bourke rifled in the resultant 21-yard free - points from Aidan McCormack and Michael O’Brien book-ended a Ruairí Gleeson point to help Sarsfields into a 1-5 to 1-2 lead by the 14th minute.

Denis Maher pointed to put Thurles 2-5 to 1-2 and Michael Cahill added another.

Tommy Connors replied for Kildangan while goalkeeper Darragh Egan pointed a free.

A Johnny Enright free and a Lar Corbett effort helped Thurles Sarsfields into a 2-8 to 1-4 lead before Joe Gallagher pointed for Kildangan. Michael O’Brien, his third from play, and Tadhg Gallagher then traded points before three Pa Bourke efforts (two frees) helped Thurles Sars into a double-score (2-12 to 1-6) interval advantage.

A Pa Bourke point three minutes into the second half helped Thurles into a ten-point lead before Ruairí Gleeson responded for Kildangan.

In the 35th minute Michael Gleeson became Thurles’ ninth different scorer from play while Tommy Connors asked Paddy McCormack to save his shot in the 37th.

Ruairí Gleeson pointed for Kildangan but Pa Bourke & Johnny Enright replied for Sars. Points from Gleeson (free) and Gallagher left nine (1-10 to 2-16) between the sides.

Aidan McCormack undid Kildangan’s good work however in the 46 minute when he played a sensational one-two with Lar Corbett before flicking the ball past a helpless Darragh Egan - 3-16 to 1-10.

Gerry Slattery belted over a long-range free for Kildangan, but there was no containing a rampant Sarsfields. Points from Aidan McCormack, Pa Bourke and Michael O’Brien hmade it 3-19 to 1-11 before Kildangan concluding their scoring thanks to a Gleeson free in the 53rd minute.

Sarsfields closed out the game with points Denis Maher (two) and Pa Bourke.

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack, S Maher, K O’Gorman, D Maher, D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill (0-1), M Gleeson (0-1), J Enright (0-3, 0-1 free), P Bourke (1-7, 1-2 frees), J Corbett (0-1), L Corbett (0-1), M O’Brien (0-4), D Maher (1-2), A McCormack (1-2). Subs: (48th) M Russell for J Corbett, (53rd) J Lawlor for P Maher, (53rd) J Maher for M Gleeson, (56th) R Ruth for A McCormack, (60th) B O’Dwyer for Michael Cahill.

Kildangan: D Egan (0-1, 0-1 free), D Sweeney, M Minehan, T McLoughlin, H Flannery, G Slattery (0-1, 0-1 free), É Gleeson, J Loughnane, B Kelly, T Connors (0-1), R Whelan, T Gallagher (0-1), E Kelly, J Gallagher (1-2), R Gleeson (0-6, 0-5 frees). Subs: (HT) F Hayes for T McLoughlin, (HT) P Kelly for E Kelly, (40th) P Flynn for R Whelan, (58th) A Flynn for T Gallagher, (58th) S James Gleeson for B Kelly.

Referee: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry).