County SHC Final – Drom & Inch vs. Thurles Sarsfields

 

From www.tipperary.gaa.ie

Drom & Inch will play Thurles Sarsfields in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday October 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

This is a repeat of the 2005 final which was won by Thurles Sarsfields.

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ARRANGEMENTS AT SEMPLE STADIUM FOR COUNTY FINALS

The entry fee to the County Final is €20 for Adults, €10 for Students and OAPs, and Under 16s are free (Valid photographic I.D. required). Both stands will be open at 12.30pm. Groups will be accommodated at stile 50 in Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand).

Stile 1 in the Kinnane Stand (Old Stand) and Stiles 41 and 54 in New Stand are for county board pass holders, 5 year term passes and voluntary stewards’ passes. It is important to note that children will not be allowed out of the Stadium during matches unless accompanied by an adult.

We thank our patrons in advance for their co-operation with these arrangements.

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COUNTY SENIOR AND INTERMEDIATE HURLING FINALS

The club hurling scene in Tipperary reaches its climax this weekend with the County Senior Hurling final between Drom and Inch and Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday October 18th at 3.30pm in Semple Stadium. It will be preceded by the County Intermediate Hurling final between Arravale Rovers and Carrick Davins at 1.30pm. We wish all 4 clubs good luck for their big day.

Thurles Sarsfields will be seeking their 30th county senior hurling title while Mid Division rivals Drom and Inch will be seeking their first. Sarsfields will also be seeking to become the second club, joining Toomevara, which has won all 3 Dan Breen Cups. The original Dan Breen Cup was first presented in 1931 and was replaced in 1972 and it in turn was replaced in 2006.

Interestingly, it has always been a team from the Mid division that has won the County Senior Hurling title in a major anniversary year of the GAA. Thurles Sarsfields won it in 1909 and 1959, while Moycarkey Borris won it in 1934 and 1984. The 50 year trend suggests a Thurles win but Drom and Inch will surely have different ideas.

In the Intermediate Final, Carrick Davins will be seeking their first victory at this grade but of course they have a famous history at senior level having won county senior titles in 1966 and 1967. Arravale Rovers will be seeking their 2nd title having previously won in 1997. Neither finalist won their divisional title this year but both have peaked at the right time and we can look forward to a keen contest for the Jacksie Ryan Cup.

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HONOURING TEAMS OF THE PAST

The Borris-Ileigh teams which won the County Senior Hurling Championships in 1981, 1983 and 1986 will be honoured in Semple Stadium on Sunday between the Intermediate final and the Senior final. In the 1981 final Borris defeated Roscrea by 1-14 to 0-12 with Noel O’Dwyer scoring 0-8 and receiving the Man of the Match award. Timmy Stapleton was captain. Noel O’Dwyer was again Man of the Match in 1983 when Francis Spillane captained the team in their 0-17 to 1-11 victory over Loughmore Castleiney. In 1986 they defeated defending county and All Ireland club champions Kilruane MacDonaghs by 0-14 to 0-7 with Michael Ryan captaining the team and Philip Kenny earning the Man of the Match award having scored 0-6. That team of course went on to win the All Ireland club championship on March 17th 1987 when they defeated Rathnure of Wexford by 2-9 to 0-9 in Croke Park. Later that year, Richard Stakelum captained Tipperary to their first Munster Senior Hurling championship victory in 16 years and famously proclaimed an end to “the famine” in his victory speech in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

We are grateful to the Tipperary Star and Younges of the Ragg for sponsoring this event which adds greatly to the atmosphere of county final day. We also would like to thank Seamus J. King, Pat Carey and John Costigan for their efforts in organising the event, Siobhan Mackey in the GAA office for her administrative support and the Borris-Ileigh club for their assistance and co-operation.

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Juvenile Groups: Special Offer to Tipperary Co. Finals

Tipperary Juvenile Clubs and Primary Schools are invited to bring Juvenile Groups to either/and;

• The Co S.H. Final on Sun Oct 18th in Semple Stadium
or
• The Co S.F. Final on Sun Oct 25th in Semple Stadium

This special offer package includes a Kids Party in the Dome at Semple Stadium after the game with;

• A Snack Meal (Chips and Sausages)
• Kids Disco
• Members of Co Senior Panel will be present

To cover the Snack Meal a nominal subsidised fee (max €2.50 per head) will be charged in advance for each juvenile in the group.

Groups are confined to Under 12 and one supervising adult will be admitted free of charge to the County Final with every ten juveniles in the group.

To apply for a Group application form, send a request email to secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie  

Completed Application Forms must be with the undersigned by Thurs Oct 15th for the Co S.H. final and Thurs Oct 22nd for the Co S.F. Final.

Is mise

Tadhg De Flóid
Runaí Choiste Chontae

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County SHC Final – Drom & Inch vs. Thurles Sarsfields

County SHC Final – Drom & Inch vs. Thurles Sarsfields
18/10/2009

Drom & Inch will play Thurles Sarsfields in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday October 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

This is a repeat of the 2005 final which was won by Thurles Sarsfields.

Dream over as Sars end Upperchurch’s run

Thurles Sarsfields 2-17 Upperchurch Drombane 0-10

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 05, 2009

THE FAIRYTALE ended for Upperchurch Drombane in Semple Stadium yesterday, a season in which new ground was broken in the Tipperary SHC at both divisional and county level, and a tame ending it was. Just over six weeks ago Upperchurch Drombane reached their first Mid-Tipp senior final and put up an honourable display before losing by just a goal to Drom & Inch – that put them in the back door in the county series, and fine wins over Cappawhite, Portroe and Mullinahone saw them reach their first-ever senior semi-final.  Having already accounted for Sars in the divisional semi-final, Upperchurch Drombane came to Thurles then with hopes high.

Sars were operating from a much greater base of experience base but before a ball was touched they had bad news with the last-minute loss through injury of inside forwards Lar Corbett (calf strain suffered in the win over Nenagh Éire Óg last weekend) and former county captain Ger ‘Redser’ O’Grady (ongoing back problem).  The good news was the early return from a shoulder injury of team captain Johnny Enright, who took Lar’s spot in the corner. Enright was prominent very early in attack for Sars, but showed his rustiness with three wides from three shots at the posts, efforts he would normally have converted.

That didn’t matter, however, as there were others to take up the slack. In a lack-lustre first half, young centre-back James Barry shot Upperchurch Drombane into an early lead with two long-range pointed frees, but points from wing-forward and free-taker Pa Bourke (four), replacement full-forward David Kennedy (2) and Denis Maher (1), along with a goal from corner-forward Richie Ruth, against a further points for Upperchurch Drombane from Barry (a free) and corner-forward Jody Brennan, had Thurles ahead at the break, 1-7 to 0-4.  The goal was a little fortuitous, Upperchurch corner-back Pádraig Stapleton slipping at a most inopportune moment, allowing the pacy Ruth to gather a long centre from Alan Kennedy all on his own and finish emphatically.  That was in the 19th minute, but it only confirmed what was already becoming apparent – whatever about the result on the last occasion that these teams met, this was a day on which Sars were on top.

For much of the second half Upperchurch Drombane went toe to toe with Thurles, so that by the 47th minute there was still that same difference between them as there had been at the break, six points, 1-12 to 0-9, corner-forward Colm Stapleton with a brace for Upperchurch Drombane, Bourke doing most of the scoring for Thurles. In the final quarter, however, the gap finally began to open, and a succession of points put Thurles well clear; Ruth’s second goal, which came in the third minute of added time, was not a factor. Surprisingly, in a game that was played without rancour, two players saw red in the closing minutes, Sars centre-back Liam Cahill for a second yellow, Upperchurch midfielder Colm Ryan with a straight red for a wild pull. Cahill will be eligible for the final; Sars will be hoping the same will apply to Lar Corbett – they’ll need him.

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: P. Bourke 0-9 (0-5 frees); R. Ruth 2-2; D. Maher 0-3; D. Kennedy 0-2; A. Kennedy 0-1.

Scorers for Upperchurch Drombane: J. Barry 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65); P. Shortt 0-3 (all frees); C. Stapleton 0-2; J. Brennan, B. Phelan, 0-1 each.

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P. McCormack; M. Cahill, P. Maher, K. O’Gorman; B. O’Dwyer, L. Cahill, S. Lillis; M. Gleeson, A. Kennedy; D. Maher, S. Ryan, P. Bourke; R. Ruth, D. Kennedy, J. Enright (c). Subs: D. O’Dwyer (Enright 58); G. O’Grady (Ryan 59); J. Lawlor (Cahill 60+1); M. Collins (O’Dwyer 60+1); C. Rourke (Bourke 60+1).

UPPERCHURCH DROMBANE: G. Quinn; M. Ryan, J. Ryan (c), P. Stapleton; J. Greene, J. Barry, J. Maguire; LJ Ryan, M. Ryan; P. Shortt, C. Ryan, P. Greene; J. Brennan, O. Shortt, C. Stapleton. Subs: B. Phelan (M. Ryan 37); P. Ryan (LJ Ryan 40); M. Greene (P. Greene 53).

Referee: J. Cleary (Knockshegowna)


Thurles Sarsfields 2-17 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-10

Live updates by Ed Donnelly – comments to ed.donnelly@gaa.ie

 

 

 

 

Round-up – a facile victory for Sarsfields who were never under any threat from a disappointing Upperchurch team who posed little threat up front.

Final Score – Thurles Sarsfields 2-17 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-10

62nd minute – GOAL – Ritchie Ruth scores a goal for Sarsfields and they are in to the County Final again – Thurles Sarsfields 2-17 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-10

60th minute – ten points in it and we have to endure 3 minutes of additional time.

58th minute – SUB – Redser O’Grady replaces Shane Ryan on the Sarsfields team.

57th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke with another pointed free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 1-17 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-10

57th minute – SUB – David O’Dwyer replaces Johnny Enright on the Sarsfields team

56th minute – RED CARD – Colm Ryan of Upperchurch receives a straight red card for a foul on Pa Bourke.

55th minute – POINT – Pat Shortt points a free for Upperchurch – Thurles Sarsfields 1-16 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-10

55th minute – RED CARD – Liam Cahill of Sarsfields is sent off for his second bookable offence.

54th minute – Owen Short is fouled en route to goal and the 20 metre free by Pat Shortt is saved on the line by Stephen Lillis and eventually cleared.

52nd minute – POINT – Ritchie Ruth scores another point from play for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 1-16 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-9

52nd minute – SUB – Matthew Greene for Padraig Greene on the Upperchurch team

50th minute – POINT – Ritchie Ruth scores a point from play from under the New Stand side – this looks like game over – Thurles Sarsfields 1-15 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-9

50th minute – POINT – Alan Kennedy scores a point from play for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 1-14 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-9

48th minute – POINT – Denis Maher scores his third point from play for Sarsfields who are doing enough to keep their noses in front by six or seven points – Thurles Sarsfields 1-13 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-9

47th minute – POINT – Upperchurch sub Brian Phelan wins possession from Padraic Maher and scores a good point when perhaps a goal was on – Thurles Sarsfields 1-12 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-9

45th minute – POINT – Pat Shortt points a free for Upperchurch but its goals they need now – Thurles Sarsfields 1-12 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-8

44th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke points a free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 1-12 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-7

42nd minute – a goal chance for Upperchurch. Jody Brennan breaks through and looks to pass in to an unmarked team-mate in front of goal but Padraic Maher reads it and the ball is cleared for Sarsfields who eventually earn a free at  the other end through David Kennedy.

40th minute – SUB – Paul Ryan replaces LJ Ryan for Upperchurch

38th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke scores another point from play for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 1-11 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-7

36th minute – SUB – Brian Phelan replaces Michael Ryan (D) for Upperchurch

36th minute – POINT – Colm Stapleton scores a point from play for Upperchurch – can they make a comeback –  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-10 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-7

34th minute – POINT – Pat Shortt points a close range free for Upperchurch –  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-10 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-6

33rd minute – POINT – Pa Bourke scores an excellent point from play under the New Stand side – this game is looking as good as over. Can Upperchurch respond?  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-10 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-5

33rd minute – POINT – Denis Maher scores an excellent point from play for Sarsfields –  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-9 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-5

32nd minute – POINT – Colm Stapleton scores a point from play for Upperchurch – Thurles Sarsfields 1-8 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-5

31st minute – POINT – Upperchurch concede a free from the throw-in which Pa Bourke converts to put Sarsfields seven points up. Upperchurch follow with a bad wide from play by Pat Shortt – Thurles Sarsfields 1-8 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-4

Half time round-up – a dull affair which Sarsfields have dominated to date without ever reaching the heights. Upperchurch are being outplayed up front with the Sarsfields defence well on top led by Michael Cahill and Kevin O’Gorman in particular. Pat Shortt is being forced to play in his own defence a lot which limits his scoring threat significantly. Pa Bourke had four points for Sarsfields, two from play while David Kennedy also has two points. Is there a kick in this Upperchurch team – if they don’t show it early in the second half, the game will be gone from them.

Half time – Thurles Sarsfields 1-7 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-4

30th minute – POINT – a poor clearance out of defence by Upperchurch is turned in to a point from play for Sarsfields by Pa Bourke – Thurles Sarsfields 1-7 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-4

28th minute – POINT – Jody Brennan scores an excellent point from play – Upperchurch’s first from play –  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-6 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-4

27th minute – still little to excite the supporters. Sarsfields won’t mind – six points up without having done much.

25th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke points a long range free for Sarsfields to put them 6 points up – Thurles Sarsfields 1-6 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-3

23rd minute – POINT – Pa Bourke points a free for Sarsfields –  – Thurles Sarsfields 1-5 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-3

21st minute – a tame enough affair. Upperchurch have yet to score from play – all of Sarsfields scores are from play thus far.

18th minute – GOAL – Ritchie Ruth scores a goal for Sarsfields to put them in control – Thurles Sarsfields 1-4 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-3

17th minute – POINT – David Kennedy scores his second point from play for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-4 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-3

15th minute – Pat Shortt hits a 20 metre free low and hard for Upperchurch but it is blocked on the line and cleared to safety.

13th minute – POINT – James Barry points a long range free after Pat Shortt is fouled – Thurles Sarsfields 0-3 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-3

10th minute – POINT – Denis Maher puts Sarsfields in front with a point from play – Thurles Sarsfields 0-3 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-2

10th minute – Sarsfields are fouling a lot in the early stages – they have given away 6 frees and earned just 1. James Barry has hit two frees wide thus far.

8th minute – POINT – Pa Bourke scores a point from play for Sarsfields – sides are level – Thurles Sarsfields 0-2 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-2

7th minute – POINT – David Kennedy opens Sarsfields account with a point from play – Thurles Sarsfields 0-1 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-2

6th minute – POINT – James Barry points a 65 metre free after Michael Cahill and Patrick McCormack fail to clear their lines – Thurles Sarsfields 0-0 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-2

5th minute – a slow start by both teams – not much action to report early on.

4th minute – Padraig Greene wins a free for Upperchurch which Pat Shortt puts wide.

3rd minute – Johnny Enright is early in to the action for Sarsfields with three shots on goal. Two goal wide the other is blocked.

1st minute – POINT – James Barry opens the scoring with a low range free and Upperchurch lead by a point – Thurles Sarsfields 0-0 Upperchurch-Drombane 0-1

1:58pm – Thurles Sarsfields will play in to the Town End goal in the first half. Nearly ready to go now. The referee for today’s game is John Cleary from Knockshegowna.

Team News – Redser O’Grady and Lar Corbett are out for Thurles – replaced by David Kennedy and Johnny Enight. No changes from the programme line-out for Upperchurch. 

1:55pm – Welcome to Semple Stadium on a perfect day for hurling. A nice, calm day for hurling with the odd light shower in the air. The playing surface of Semple Stadium is looking immaculate. 

Champions dethroned as Drom roll on

Drom & Inch 0-19 Toomevara 1-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 05, 2009

STILL standing – that’s Mid-Tipp division champions Drom & Inch after this second Tipperary SHC semi-final in Semple Stadium yesterday. Drom are still in with a chance of a first county title at this level, having twice fallen at the final hurdle in the last four years. An outstanding defence was one of the principal reasons they beat reigning champions Toomevara; their outstanding defensive discipline meant no easy frees were conceded to ace Toomevara marksman Kenny Dunne, who had scored 11 from placed balls in last week’s quarter-final win over Clonoulty Rossmore. Dunne was a little off yesterday, missing his first three shots from placed balls, but none of those was easy. Other than those, all Dunne got was one other free, from 55m on the left, which he nailed.

Seamus Callanan started at wing-forward, thus denying the crowd of 6,261 the satisfaction of seeing how he’d fare against county team-mate Benny Dunne. Callanan didn’t stay on the wing for long, however – then again, this guy never stays anywhere for long. He was simply omnipresent, and everywhere he went, he was effective, finishing with 12 points from a team total of 19. Seven of those were from placed balls, but be under no illusion of this guy’s overall importance to the Drom & Inch cause. A Scarlet Pimpernel, that’s what he is, and many times more lethal – even Benny Dunne, well as he hurled yesterday, couldn’t mind him, but then who could, such is his ability to disappear/reappear in a different spot.

Played in excellent conditions, with very little breeze and perfect sod, there was never very much between the teams in this one, right to the final ten minutes or so. Significantly, however, it was Drom & Inch, through Callanan especially, who were always able to get the points. It was 0-10 to 1-5 at the break, Drom ahead; the Toome goal was of the soft variety; it came in the 20th minute when a speculative centre from John O’Brien came in and keeper Damien Young, distracted by the bustling presence of Kenny Dunne, left the ball bounce to the net. Four points on the trot for Drom & Inch, however, all by Callanan, cancelled that out, and Drom led at the break by two, 0-10 to 1-5. Two minutes into the second half it should have been 1-10 to 1-5 but John Kennedy missed his chance. The Drom defence held solid and they finally crept ahead with a four-point lead in the 51st minute, 0-17 to 1-10 – and that was enough to see them home.

Scorers for Drom & Inch: S Callanan 0-12 (0-6 frees, 0-1 65); J Kennedy 0-2; S Butler 0-2; D Butler, Johnny Ryan, D Collins, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Toomevara: J O’Brien 1-3; K Dunne 0-3 (0-1 free); W Ryan 0-2; M Bevan, J McLoughney, B Dunne, D Young, 0-1 each.

DROM & INCH: D Young; Martin Butler, E Costello, M Costello; D Kennedy, P Stapleton, Micheál Butler; S Butler, J Woodlock (capt); S Callanan, E Woodlock, J Kennedy; D Butler, M Long, Johnny Ryan.
Subs: D Collins for E Woodlock, 30; D Ryan for Kennedy, 59.

TOOMEVARA: S Delaney; P Touhy, T Delaney, P McGrath; D Young, B Dunne, D Kennedy; F Devaney, J McLoughney; W Ryan, T Dunne, K Dunne; M Bevans (c), J O’Brien, B McCormack.
Subs: J Duignan for McCormack, 30; K Brislane for T Dunne, 47.

Referee: S Roche (Kilsheelan/Kilcash)

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Toomevara 1-12 Drom & Inch 0-19

Live updates by Ed Donnelly – comments to ed.donnelly@gaa.ie

Round-up – Drom & Inch caused an upset with a deserved four point victory over reigning champions Toomevara. Seamus Callanan proved a match winner scoring 12 points but in truth, this victory was won in defence where the Drom full-back line was outstanding throughout. An all Mid Final now in two weeks time – something to look forward to.

Full time score – Toomevara 1-12 Drom & Inch 0-19

61st minute – POINT – Benny Dunne goes for goal but his shot is rising and goes over the bar for a point – too little, too late? – Toomevara 1-12 Drom & Inch 0-19

60th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points the 65 metre free – – Toomevara 1-11 Drom & Inch 0-10

59th minute – A Seamus Callanan free from 90 metres is going wide but Toomevara’s Paddy Tuohy tries to catch the ball and concedes a 65 metre free.

At least 3 minutes of additional time.

59th minute – YELLOW CARD for David Young for a foul on Seamus Callanan.

58th minute – Toomevara need two scores but are intent on getting the goal first. Drom are holding out well though and have blocked whatever half chances Toomevara have created.

56th minute – the next score will be crucial – Drom have had some bad wides while Toome look like they can get a goal.

52nd minute – POINT – Benny Dunne is moved to midfield with David Young going centre-back. Doesn’t matter as Callanan scores his fifth point from play for Drom – Toomevara 1-11 Drom & Inch 0-18

52nd minute – POINT – David Young makes a long solo run up field from wing-back and scores a point from play – Toomevara 1-11 Drom & Inch 0-17

50th minute – POINT – David Butler scores another point from play for Drom who are on top now – can Toome respond? – Toomevara 1-10 Drom & Inch 0-17

50th minute – POINT – Johnny Ryan scores a good point from play – Toomevara 1-10 Drom & Inch 0-16

48th minute – John Kennedy looks like having 1 on 1 situation with the goalkeeper but the Toomevara goalie Sean Delaney races off his line to get there first.

48th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan with another sublime point from play – his fourth and 7th in total – Toomevara 1-10 Drom & Inch 0-15

47th minute – POINT – Michael Bevans scores a point from play for Toomevara, just one in it now – Toomevara 1-10 Drom & Inch 0-14

46th minute – POINT – Ken Dunne scores his first pointed free of the day – – Toomevara 1-9 Drom & Inch 0-12

44th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores another pointed free – – Toomevara 1-8 Drom & Inch 0-14

43rd minute – POINT – Joey McLoughney scores a point from for Toomevara – – Toomevara 1-8 Drom & Inch 0-13

43rd minute – Willie Ryan’s rasper of a shot from a tight angle hits the crossbar and out for a line ball.

41st minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a point from play off his left hanf wide and Drom are now 3 points in front – Toomevara 1-7 Drom & Inch 0-13

41st minute – change of free-taker for Toomevara – same result as Joey McLoughney hits a shot wide.

39th minute – Toomevara’s expected burst early in the second half has not yet materialised. Another Ken Dunne free is hit wide – 3 in total.

38th minute – POINT – John O’Brien responds with a point from play for Toomevara – Toomevara 1-7 Drom & Inch 0-12

37th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan sets up David Collins for a good point for Drom – Toomevara 1-6 Drom & Inch 0-12

36th minute – 8 wides to 3 in favour of Toomevara

35th minute – Ken Dunne hits another free wide. Is it going to be Drom’s day?

34th minute – A half chance of a goal for Drom sub David Collins but the shot is smothered by the Toomevara defence and cleared.

33rd minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a free after the goalkeeper drops the hurley when trying to hand-pass under pressure – Toomevara 1-6 Drom & Inch 0-11

Attendance – 6,261

31st minute – POINT – John O’Brien scores a point from play for Toomevara – Toomevara 1-6 Drom & Inch 0-10

31st minute – goal chance for Drom but John Kennedy chose to rise the ball instead of pulling first time and the chance was gone.

Half-time round-up – a lively affair in Semple. Drom have hurled well for long periods yet Toomevara have missed more chances. The soft goal for Toomevara could prove crucial – a lot of Toomevara players are playing below par, especially up front but yet they are just two points behind. All to play for in the second half.

Half-time – Toomevara 1-5 Drom & Inch 0-10

31st minute – YELLOW CARD for Benny Dunne for hitting the ball at the referee Seamus Roche after he had blown the half-time whistle.

30th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a long range free for Drom after Francis Devaney is blown up for over-carrying – Toomevara 1-5 Drom & Inch 0-10

29th minute – POINT – after doing very little for 28 minutes, Willie Ryan now picks off his second point from play inside a minute – Toomevara 1-5 Drom & Inch 0-9

28th minute – POINT – Toomevara’s Willie Ryan scores a nice point from play off his left hand side – Toomevara 1-4 Drom & Inch 0-9

27th minute – 6 wides to 2 in favour of Toomevara

26th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a point from a free – Toomevara 1-3 Drom & Inch 0-9

25th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a long range point from play and makes it look very easy – Toomevara 1-3 Drom & Inch 0-8

24th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan points a free to put Drom back in front – Toomevara 1-3 Drom & Inch 0-7

24th minute – YELLOW CARD for James Woodlock for a foul on Terry Dunne

23rd minute – YELLOW CARD for John O’Brien for a foul on Seamus Butler.

21st minute – Seamus Callanan points a free for Drom and the sides are level – Toomevara 1-3 Drom & Inch 0-6

21st minute – a good match so far but that goal could have a huge bearing on the game. Drom have had the better of the exchanges but find themselves a point down.

21st minute – YELLOW CARD for Francis Devanney of Toomevara

19th minute – GOAL – John O’Brien scores a goal from all of 50 metres out. The ball bounced in the square with Ken Dunne lurking and deceived Damien Young in the Drom goal – Toomevara 1-3 Drom & Inch 0-5

18th minute – POINT – John Kennedy scores his second point from play for Drom to put the Mid champions two points in front again – Toomevara 0-3 Drom & Inch 0-5

16th minute – POINT – Ken Dunne scores a point from play after a long solo run – Toomevara 0-3 Drom & Inch 0-4

14th minute – POINT – Seamus Butler scores another point from play for Drom to put them two ahead – Toomevara 0-2 Drom & Inch 0-4

13th minute – POINT – Seamus Callanan scores a point from play to put Drom in front – Toomevara 0-2 Drom & Inch 0-3

12th minute – Seamus Callnan has the ball in the net but hold on, its a free out against Callanan. James Woodlock is hurling a stormer at centre-field for Drom

11th minute – 4 wides for Toomevara so far. None for Drom & Inch.

10th minute – a good game thus far. Very little space for either team with quite a bit of bite in proceedings. Much better than the first game with just ten minutes evidence so far.

7th minute – POINT – John Kennedy catches a high ball and turns and strikes a beautiful point from play – Toomevara 0-2 Drom & Inch 0-2

6th minute – POINT – John O’Brien scores a lovely point from play under pressure by the Old Stand side – Toomevara 0-2 Drom & Inch 0-1

5th minute – POINT – Seamus Butler scores a point from play after his first shot was blocked down – Toomevara 0-1 Drom & Inch 0-1

2nd minute – POINT – Ken Dunne opens the scoring with a point from play for Toomevara – Toomevara 0-1 Drom & Inch 0-0

1st minute – Seamus Callanan strikes for goal from a 20 metre free but it is saved on the line and cleared.

3:22pm – both teams are out on the field for the second of the semi-finals with a place on offer in the County Final against Thurles Sarsfields.

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