Solohead got off to a winning start in the West Tipperary junior B hurling championship at Clonoulty on Friday evening, with a five-point victory over Eire Óg, 1-11 to 1-6
Both sides were very wasteful of their opportunities early on in the game but Solohead got a good run of scores coming up to the interval, including a penalty by Philip Doherty to give them a lead of 1-6 to 0-2.
Eire Óg came more into the game in the second half but failed to take their chances. When Raymond Barry touched home a long-range free for a goal near the end, it was too late to influence the outcome and Solohead were deserving winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-6.
Solohead: Sean O’Dwyer, Gerry Dee, Phillip Doherty 1-4 (1-3 frees), Kevin Ryan, Brendan Collins, Noel Kennedy, Jamie Ryan, Alan Riordan, Mike Fitzgerald, Barry Ryan, Kieran Keane, Eoin Riordan 0-2, Michael O’Connor 0-3, Parry Power, David Kennedy 0-2. Subs. John Joe O’Brien for David Kennedy, Christopher Ryan for Parry Power, Christopher Hadnett for Brendan Collins, Pat Russell for Barry Ryan.
Eire Óg: Donncha Horan, Cathal Coughlan, Garrett O’Brien, Mike Fox, Michael Bradshaw, Richard O’Doherty, Sean Breen (0-1), Willie O’Neill, Joshua Quinn (0-3), David Hennessy, Patrick Horan, Dinny Crosse, John Ryan, Raymond Barry (1-1) Diarmuid Ryan (0-1).
Referee: Eamonn Browne (Kickhams)