After two losses to Killenaule and Ballingarry in the South Tipperary senior hurling Championship, Carrick Swan revived their season and their championship hopes with a spirited display against red hot favourites Mullinahone C.J.K. in Kilsheelan on Saturday evening. In the end Swan were forced to settle for a draw, 1-12 each, but Mullinahone must know that they got out of jail. The Kickhams must have realised that they were red hot favourites in the eyes of most but it is always difficult to overcome spirit and Swan had this in abundance for maybe the first time this season. They played with a new found belief in themselves and went within an ace of pulling off the shock of the championship so far. True, some of Mullinahone’s difficulties were self inflicted. They shot a number of careless wides and they spurned a number of goal chances through poor shooting or very poor or non existent passing. With a minute to go on the clock plus added time Swan who had led for most of the hour were three points to the good. Mullinahone will have to ponder how close they came to beating themselves. For Tipp followers Paul Curran was back and Eoin Kelly steadied the ship. With three games to go in the league section of the South Championship there are still things to decide. Killenaule and Ballingarry will decide who tops the group. Swan and Davins will decide who drops out of the championship while Davins and C.J.K. will tie up the odds and ends. A lot of hurling to be done before the real serious hurling begins.
Carrick Swan: Tom Kennedy, Darren Murphy, James Watters, Gerry Walsh, Aaron Walsh, Kevin Lanigan, Johnny Grace, Darren Fahy, Mikey Loughman, Bill Walsh, M.J. Walsh, Danny O’Hanlon, Dwayne Fogarty, Philip Loughman, Shane Hogan. Subs used: Alan P. Ryan, Paul Diffley.
Mullinahone C.J.K.: Alan Walsh, Philip O’Shea, A.J. Cronin, Gary Cronin, Luke Mullally, Paul Curran, Paul Kelly, Edwin O’Meara, James Connolly, Donal Cody, Alan Curran, Sean Curran, Jack Shelly, Eoin Kelly, Kevin Walzer. Sub used: Niall Curran.
Referee: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)