Eire Óg qualified for the semi-final of the West Tipperary senior hurling championship when they defeated Kickhams by 1-20 to 1-13 at Leahy Park, Cashel. They now play Cashel King Cormacs in the semi-final, probably after the Munster final
The game was a close enough affair until the last quarter when Eire Óg, who had been leading by two points, pulled away with five unanswered points and well deserved their win.
It was a good performance from Eire Óg even if it took them so long to get going. When they did get moving they looked impressive. They had a lot of talent all over the field with Diarmuid Ryan, Brian Fox and Conor O’Brien very solid in the backline and Padraig O’Dwyer, Ronan O’Brien and Donal O’Dwyer impressive in the forwards. The only negative was the free-taking of Ronan O’Brien, Normally so accurate he hit five very scoreable opportunities wide.
From a brilliant start and a reasonable first half Kickhams’ game declined dramatically in the second half. They also missed scoring opportunities when they were on top in the opening quarter. Ultimately they were very dependent on Patrick O’Brien, who scored ten points of their total, seven from frees, which left 1-6 in total from play. In contrast Eire Óg scored 1-16 from play. Best for Kickhams were Padraig Hayes, Damien McGrath, Paul Breen and Patrick O’Brien.
Eire Óg: Darragh Mooney, Diarmuid Ryan Richard Ryan, Michael O’Dwyer, Brian Fox, Conor O’Brien, Tom Fox, Gearóid Ryan, Dan Hogan, Damien O’Brien (1-1), Padraig O’Dwyer (0-5), Ronan O’Brien (0-8), Seanie Ryan(0-2), Eoin Kennedy (0-1), Donal O’Dwyer (0-3).
Kickhams: Paddy Ryan, Johny Ryan, Nigel Hayes, Padraig Hayes, Michael Heelan, Brian Horgan, Aiden Heney, Damien McGrath (1-1), Paul O’Dwyer, Davy Butler, Paul Breen (0-1), Patrick O’Brien (0-10), Paudie Slattery, Gerry Horgan (0-1), Niall O’Brien. Subs: Darragh Browne for Paudie Slattery, Derek Breen for Paul O’Dwyer, Alan Horgan for Brian Horgan.
Referee: John Ryan (B), (Cashel King Cormacs).