Eire Og serve notice with strong finish

West Senior Hurling Championship

West Senior Hurling Championship

Eire Óg Annacarty 1-13 Cappawhite 1-9

Eire Óg had the edge on Cappawhite in this local derby in the Tipperary Co Op Super Valu West Senior Hurling Championship at Dundrum on Sunday evening, winning by four points.

Cappawhite had the better start and had 1-1 on the board before Eire Óg responded. The goal came from a good movement involving many players before the ball was finished to the net by corner-forward Pat O’Neill.

Eire Óg had their first score in the 6th minute when Gearóid Ryan sent over and it was the first of five in-a-row to take the lead. Cappawhite came back with points by James Bradshaw and Jerry O’Neill to leave the score at the end of the first quarter 1-3 to 0-5 in favour of Cappawhite. However Cappawhite did poorly in the second quarter, with a point in the 17th minute their only score during that period.

In contrast Eire Óg scored 1-4 and were very much in control. The goal came in the 22nd minute following a bout of bad fumbling by the Cappawhite backs about 30 yards from their own goal. Instead of the ball being cleared it was pounced on by Ronan O’Brien and he gave Franny Quinn in the Cappawhite goal no chance. Eire Óg led by 1-9 to 1-4 at the interval.

With the wind in their favour it looked as if Eire Óg should motor ahead but they didn’t. Part of the reason was the dismissal of Ronan O’Brien with a straight red card in the 5th minute of the second half. He had been their most effective player up to then.

However Cappawhite didn’t cash in on the extra man. Not until the 12th minute did they get their first score when James Bradshaw pointed. At this stage they had gone over 25 minutes without scoring.

Eire Óg had added two points by Conor O’Brien in the 9th and 11th minutes. Then came the best effort by Cappawhite when, in the course of seven minutes, they scored four points, all of them from frees by Jerry O’Neill, and they came within two points of Eire Óg with at least six minutes to go.

In that final period Eire Óg showed their true mettle and they will be serious contenders for the championship this year. They halted the Cappawhite gallop, scored two points and were victorious by 1-13 to 1-9.

The winners were best served by Philip McLoughlin, Brian Fox, Ronan O’Brien, Conor O’Brien and Finian Waters, while Cappawhite had good performances from Shane McDermott, Pat O’Neill, Paddy Julian and Matthew Kennedy.

Eire Óg: Darragh Mooney, Diarmuid Ryan, Ollie Kelly, Michael O’Dwyer, Brian Fox, Philip McLoughlin, Eoin Kennedy, Finian Waters, Conor O’Brien (0-4), Ronan O’Brien (1-3), Padraig O’Dwyer (0-3), Kev Fox, John Quinn (0-1), Damien O’Brien (0-1), Gearóid Ryan (0-1). Sub: Jeremy Furlong for Paudie O’Dwyer.

Cappawhite: Franny Quinn, Matthew Kennedy, Thomas Costello, Ger Ryan (P), Michael P. Buckley, Shane McDermott, Matthew Ryan (W), Donagh Heffernan, Tom Treacy, Jerry O’Neill (0-7), James Bradshaw (0-2), John Ryan (P), Jim Carr, Pat O’Neill (1-0). Subs: Paddy Julian for John Ryan (P), Ross Dunne for Ger Ryan (P).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Kickhams).