Munster Club SHC: Narrow win for Newtown

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Newtownshandrum edged Thurles Sarsfields by a solitary point at Semple Stadium on Sunday to book their place in the AIB Munster Club SHC semi-final, the Cork champions advancing on a score of 0-19 to 1-15.

The Tipp champs took an early four-point lead as Pa Bourke threw over the opening point before ramming a ground effort to the back of the Newtown net.

Ryan Clifford, Michael Bowles, Jerry O’Connor and the lightning-fast Cathal Naughton restored parity but the Tipp men then hit another scoring spree with Bourke, Denis Maher, Johnny Enright and Shane Ryan all getting in on the act.

However, the ever-prolific Ben O’Connor then got involved in the scoring and also set up Naughton for a fine effort, the Cork side back just a point adrift at the break with Sarsfields 1-10 to 0-12 ahead.

Ben O’Connor and both Maher and Bourke battled for scores early in the second half, Ben levelling matters before Jerry O’Connor and Naughton combined to put Newtown 0-15 to 1-11 in front.

The lead ebbed again as Maher and Bourke hit scores. A Ben O’Connor double put the Cork men back in charge, but the very effective Maher levelled it again.

One more score from Ben and one from Thurles midfielder Michael Gleeson had the game still tied going into the final minute but Jerry O’Connor struck one more point and the Newtown men held on for a number of tense additional minutes.

Next up for Newtown will be Limerick winners Adare at a Cork venue later this month.

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