Eire Og Annacarty into West Tipperary senior hurling final

As expected Eire Óg overcame the opposition of Cashel King Cormacs in the West Tipperary senior hurling championship semi-final at Dundrum on Monday evening, having eleven points to spare at the end on a scoreline of 1.20 to 1-9.

As expected Eire Óg overcame the opposition of Cashel King Cormacs in the West Tipperary senior hurling championship semi-final at Dundrum on Monday evening, having eleven points to spare at the end on a scoreline of 1.20 to 1-9.

Eire Óg started off at a great pace and had five points on the board before Cashel registered with a Jonathan Grogan free in the twelfth minute. Paudie O’Dwyer had the opening two points and Ronan O’Brien followed up with three points from frees.

A feature of the first half was the large number of frees for Eire Óg, eleven in all as against five for Cashel. Six of Eire Óg’s first half scores came from placed balls.

After the initial Eire Óg onslaught Cashel settled down and contained their opponents fairly well during the middle of the half so that Eire Óg managed only one point between the ninth and the twenty-second minutes.

They added two points at the end of that period but Cashel got an important break in the twenty-fifth minute when a sideline puck by Michael Coleman was deflected into his own net by the Eire Óg goalkeeper.

During the remainder of the half Eire Óg added three points and Cashel scored one to leave the half-time score 0-11 to 1-3.

Cashel held their own during the third quarter scoring four points, three from frees, to Eire Óg’s three. Then in the fifteenth minutes the Eire Óg forwards put together a fine movement and Seanie Ryan finished it off to the Cashel net, giving the goalkeeper no chance. This put them ahead by 1-14 to 1-7.

One expected Eire Óg to accelerate after this score but they never did, chiefly due to a good performance by Cashel backs. They did add six points to two for Cashel for a final score of 1-20 to 1-9.

While Eire Óg will be happy to have won they won’t be quite satisfied with their performance. Perhaps the conditions were against a more fluent display but the team didn’t move with the same teamwork and cohesion one has come to expect of them. They got good performances from Kev Fox, Richard Ryan, Padraig O’Dwyer, Donal O’Dwyer and Ronan O’Brien.

Although Cashel were well-beaten in the end they will regret the poverty of their forward line. The backs played well and the forwards got a good supply of the ball but they failed again and again to do anything with it. Two points from play was a terribly poor return for a lot of possession. Simon Delaney, Lee Burke, Mickey Coleman, Jonathan Grogan and Darren O’Dea tried hard.

Eire Óg: Darragh Mooney, Diarmuid Ryan, Richard Ryan, Michael O’Dwyer, Kev Fox, Conor O’Brien, Tom Fox, Brian Fox, Dan Hogan, Donal O’Dwyer (0-2), Eoin Kennedy (0-1), Ronan O’Brien (0-10), Seanie Ryan (1-1), Paudie O’Dwyer (0-4), Damian O’Brien (0-2).

Cashel King Cormacs: Kevin O’Sullivan, Tony Hewitt, Ronan O’Donoghue, Brian Minogue, Simon Delandy, Lee Burke, Ross Doyle, Mickey Coleman (1-0), Edmond O’Dwyer, Turlough Bonnar, Eddie Walsh, Jonathan Grogan (0-8), Gearóid Slattery (0-1), Eoin Laffan, Darren O’Dea. Sub: David Shields for Darren O’Dea.

Referee: Sean Bradshaw (Kickhams).