Arravale Rovers got the better of Eire Óg 1-13 to 0-14 in the semi-final of the Bertie’s Bar Crosco Cup competition at Sean Treacy’s Park, Tipperary Town.
Arravale Rovers played out of their skins throughout the hour and there was no doubt whatsoever at the end of the evening that they fully deserved their victory.
In a fast open game Eire Óg had the opening scores but Paddy Dalton levelled with two points for Arravale Rovers. Each side had a string of scores to leave nothing between them at the end of the first quarter as the score stood at 0-6 each.
The contest remained close during the second quarter as each side could manage only a point so that they were level at 0-7 each at the interval. And while the scoreboard may not have been changing much in the run-up to half time the hurling was competitive at all times.
As it transpired the game’s vital score came four minutes into the second-half, when Paddy Dalton, who was one of the most influential of the Arravale Rovers players on view, blasted the ball to the Eire Óg Annacarty net from a 20 metre free to put his side a goal in front. It was an inspired score even though most of his supporters believed he shouldn’t have attempted it.
During the remainder of the half the Annacarty side reduced the deficit to two points and even to the minimum, but they could never wipe out the deficit entirely and Arravale Rovers had two points to spare, on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-14, at the final whistle.
Arravale Rovers backs were very effective during the final quarter thwarting Eire Og attacks time and time again but Eire Óg didn’t help their cause when missing a number of very scoreable frees. In the end these misses were to prove very costly for the Anncarty boys.
As well as Paddy Dalton, who scored a handsome 1-8 over the hour, others to impress on the Tipperary Town side were Brian Jones, Stephen Spillane, Brian Lowry and Darragh Coughlan.
Best for Eire Óg were Eoin Kennedy, Eoin Bradshaw, Donal O’Dwyer, Seanie Ryan and Michael McGrath. Ronan O’Brien was top scorer for Annacarty with five points.
Arravale Rovers: Thopmas Gleeson, Tommy O’Dwyer, Ger O’Dwyer, Richie Lohan, Ger Halligan, Brian Jones, Sean Spillane, Paddy Dalton (1-8), Peter Mulhaire, Brian Lowry (0-1), Finton Ryan (0-2), Michael O’Dwyer (0-1), Daragh Coughlan (0-1), Micheal Ryan, James Kinane.
Subs: Stephen Quinn for James Kinane, John Burke for Stephen Quinn.
Eire Óg: Daragh Mooney, Michael O’Dwyer, Richard Ryan, Michael McGrath, Diarmuid Ryan, Eoin Kennedy, Philip McGrath, Ronan O’Brien (0-5), Pat Aherne (0-1), Donal O’Dwyer (0-2), Pat Horan, Seanie Ryan (0-3), John Quinn, Damian O’Brien (0-1), Eoin Bradshaw (0-1).
Subs: Jeremy Furlong for Pat Horan, Willie O’Neill (0-1) for Diarmuid Ryan, Paul Downey for John Quinn.
Referee: Paddy Russell (Emly).