Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final Result

Thurles Sarsfields 0-17 Toomevara 2-14

Updates by County PRO Ed Donnelly

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Round-up – Toomevara are County Champions for the 21st time after a three point victory over Thurles Sarsfields. Toomevara recovered from a slow start to dominate the second and third quarters to build up a seven point lead and despite some late pressure from Sarsfields, Toomevara had enough in the tank to hold out for victory.

Final Score – Thurles Sarsfields 0-17 Toomevara 2-14

61st minute – Pa Bourke has a shot for goal from distance but it is blocked out for a 65 metre free which is pointed by Johnny Enright – just a goal in it now! Thurles Sarsfields 0-17 Toomevara 2-14

60th minute – at least two minutes of additional time – some half chances of goals for Sarsfields but nothing concrete.

57th minute – another Johnny Enright point, this time from a free – Thurles Sarsfields 0-16 Toomevara 2-14

56th minute – Johnny Enright scores his 6th point from play – is it too late though? Thurles Sarsfields 0-15 Toomevara 2-14

55th minute – BLOOD SUB – John Lawlor for Tom King on the Sarsfields team

54th minute – Ken Dunne with a point from play to put Toomevara ahead again by 6 points – Sarsfields need a goal and badly – Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Toomevara 2-14

52nd minute – Redser O’Grady scores a point from play for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Toomevara 2-13

51st minute – Eoin Brislane scores an excellent point from play for Toomevara – that is 1-5 from play at this stage. Man of the match performance perhaps? Thurles Sarsfields 0-13 Toomevara 2-13

50th minute – SUB – Jim Corbett for Richie Ruth for Sarsfields.

49th minute – Johnny Enright points a free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-13 Toomevara 2-12

49th minute – YELLOW CARD – Padraig Hackett is booked for Toomevara.

49th minute – Johnny Enright points a free for Sarsfields after Lar Corbett is fouled. Thurles Sarsfields 0-12 Toomevara 2-12

48th minute – Eoin Brislane scores another point from play for Toomevara – Thurles Sarsfields 0-12 Toomevara 2-12

47th minute – Johnny Enright points a 65 metre free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-11 Toomevara 2-11

45th minute – Eoin Brislane is fouled and Ken Dunne points the free. Surely game over now? – Thurles Sarsfields 0-10 Toomevara 2-11

43rd minute – Johnny Enright points a free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-10 Toomevara 2-10

42nd minute – Francis Devaney scores a point from play for Toomevara – Thurles Sarsfields 0-9 Toomevara 2-9

40th minute – a break in play now as Patrick Tuohy of Toomevara receives attention after a Redser O’Grady foul. Toomevara are inspired thus far in the second half – can Sarsfields come back?

40th minute – Johnny Enright points a free for Sarsfields – Thurles Sarsfields 0-9 Toomevara 2-9

39th minute – SUB – Garry Mernagh for Shane Ryan on the Sarsfields team

38th minute – Paddy O’Brien points a sideline cut for Toomevara who can do nothing wrong it seems at present – Thurles Sarsfields 0-8 Toomevara 2-9

36th minute – Eoin Brislane is on fire as he scores a good point from play to put Toomevara in front by six points – Thurles Sarsfields 0-8 Toomevara 2-8

35th minute – GOAL – Eoin Brislane wins possession, rounds Padraig Maher and sets off on a long run before striking a bullet past Patrick McCormack for a Toomevara goal. Thurles Sarsfields 0-8 Toomevara 2-7

34th minute – Johnny Enright points a free for Sarsfields after Redser is fouled – Thurles Sarsfields 0-8 Toomevara 1-7

33rd minute – Johnny Enright scores a point from play for Sarsfields – his fourth – Thurles Sarsfields 0-7 Toomevara 1-7

33rd minute – Lar Corbett sets up Pa Bourke for a goal chance but his weak shot is cleared to safety.

32nd minute – Ken Dunne points a free for Toomevara who are now four points up after being four points down early on – Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-7

31st minute – Eoin Brislane scores a point from play to open the second half in positive fashion for Toomevara – Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-6

Round-up – An interesting first half – full of passion and committment from both teams. It is a difficult day for hurling but there is nothing being held back in Semple Stadium. Sarsfields may be the happier going in at half-time trailing by 2 points with the wind advantage to come but the wind on its own won’t beat Toomevara who are experienced at holding on to leads on County Final day. All to play for in the second half.

Half-Time – Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-5

30th minute – Eoin Brislane with a point from play puts Toomevara ahead by two points – Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-5

28th minute – Francis Devaney scores a point from play fo Toomevara. Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-4

28th minute – Sarsfields get their first point in 14 minutes thanks to a point from play by Johnny Enright – Thurles Sarsfields 0-6 Toomevara 1-3

26th minute – Benny Dunne makes a run upfield and is fouled about 50 metres from goal. Ken Dunne points the free and Toomevara are in front for the first time – Thurles Sarsfields 0-5 Toomevara 1-3

24th minute – Pa Bourke makes a good run through the Toomevara defence but his goalbound shot is half hooked and is blocked on the line by the Toomevara goalie before Toomevara concede a 65 metre free which Johnny Enright puts wide. Thurles Sarsfields 0-5 Toomevara 1-2

24th minute – Redser resumes his position

20th minute – BLOOD SUB – Tony Ruth for Redser O’Grady

20th minute – Joey McLoughney points a long free for Toomevara and the sides are level – Thurles Sarsfields 0-5 Toomevara 1-2

19th minute – YELLOW CARDS – Redser and Benny Dunne get yellow cards as the game gets a bit hot and heavy.

17th minute – YELLOW CARD – Eoin Brislane gets a yellow card for a very low pull on Padraig Maher.

15th minute – GOAL – A good run by Michael Bevans in behind the Sarsfields defence – Bevans passed to the unmarked Eoin Brislane who hits a rasper for goal which is excellent saved by Sarsfields goalie Patrick McCormack. However, Willie Ryan follows up like the predator that he is to push the ball over the line for a goal. Toomevara back in it now. Thurles Sarsfields 0-5 Toomevara 1-1

14th minute – another point from play by Thurles Sarsfields, Johnny Enright with the point. Thurles Sarsfields 0-5 Toomevara 0-1

13th minute – Richie Ruth with his second point from play after a good clearance by Padraig Maher – Thurles Sarsfields 0-4 Toomevara 0-1

10th minute – Sarsfields are fighting for every ball early on as if their life depended on it and have had the best of the opening 10 minutes. It’s early days yet.

7th minute – Richie Ruth gets a point from play after controlling a first time clearance by Michael Cahill – Sarsfields on top early on – Thurles Sarsfields 0-3 Toomevara 0-1

6th minute – Toomevara open their account with a good point from play by Terry Dunne – Thurles Sarsfields 0-2 Toomevara 0-1

6th minute – a point from play for Lar Corbett after a good catch from a puckout despite the attentions of Benny Dunne – Thurles Sarsfields 0-2 Toomevara 0-0

4th minute – the first point of the day goes to Sarsfields courtesy of Johnny Enright from play – Thurles Sarsfields 0-1 Toomevara 0-0

2nd minute – a long free by Liam Cahill finds Pa Bourke in behind the Toomevara defence but his goal bound shot goes just wide. A good chance for Sarsfields.

2nd minute – first shot of the game goes wide – Johnny Enright of Thurles Sarsfields with the shot.

1st minute – YELLOW CARD – The game is on and Toomevara are first on the attack before Michael Collins was fouled – yellow card for John O’Brien.

3:30pm – Thurles Sarsfields won the toss and will play against the wind in the first half.

3:29pm – the teams parade around behind the Sean Treacy Pipe Band from Moycarkey-Borris. We are nearly ready now for the throw-in.

3:23pm – The scene is now set for the 2008 County Final. The rain has stayed away for the last 30 minutes but it is very windy. It is bound to have an effect on the game. In the Seamus O Riain Cup Final, the team playing in to the Town End goal outscored their opponents by four points and seven points respectively – read in to that what you will.

Team News –

Thurles Sarsfields: Patrick McCormack; Michael Collins, Padraig Maher, Kevin O’Gorman; Michael Cahill, Liam Cahill, Tom King; Stephen Lillis (Captain), Wayne Cully; Shane Ryan, Johnny Enright, Ger O’Grady; Pa Bourke, Lar Corbett, Richard Ruth

Toomevara: James McGrath; Patrick Tuohy, David Young, Paul McGrath; Padraig Hackett, Benny Dunne, Joseph McLoughney; Terry Dunne, Francis Devaney; Paddy O’Brien, Ken Dunne, Eoin Brislane; Michael Bevans (Captain), John O’Brien, Willie Ryan

Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield) is the referee.

Seamus O Riain Cup Final Result – Carrick Swan 1-14 Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-11

2:40pm – Welcome to Semple Stadium for one of the highlights of the Tipperary GAA calendar, the County Senior Hurling Final. Old rivals Toomevara and Thurles Sarsfields face off to see who will bring home the Dan Breen Cup this evening. The weather conditions are blustery with a strong wind blowing towards the Town End but kind of cross field from the Old to the New Stand. It will make good hurling difficult but hopefully the heavy showers which we have had thus far today will hold off from 3:30pm onwards.

I look forward to an excellent game and I will have the team news before the throw-in.

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