West Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship
Clonoulty-Rossmore prove far too strong for Cashel

West Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship

West Tipperary Senior

Hurling Championship

Clonoulty Rossmore 2-23

Cashel K. C. 2-9.

Raging favourites Clonoulty Rossmore comfortably saw off the challenge of Cashel K. C. in this Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu West SHC game in sunny Dundrum last Monday afternoon. Cashel K. C. despite battling bravely over the hour never had the resources to topple the table toppers. Clonoulty Rossmore still head the Tipperary Co-Op Super Valu West SHC table with full points from their four games.

They have one game left to play next weekend against bottom of the table Golden Kilfeacle.

The championship has certainly taken its injury toll on Clonoulty Rossmore,with Conor Hammersley and Padraig Heffernan not making the starting fifteen,but with its depth of talent on the bench,they are still wearing the favourites tag to add another historic west SHC title to their Roll of Honour.

The fight for the fourth place rests mainly with the Cappawhite versus Cashel K. C. game next weekend,with Cappawhite now favourites to advance, but Cashel may have other ideas, and meet Clonoulty Rossmore in one semi final,indeed the reality now is that this game will sort out the championship semi finals.

This game in summery conditions was played at a pedestrian pace and lacked any kind of championship fervour. Maybe this was because the outcome was expected. However Clonoulty Rossmore will worry about the leaking of two goals,and their defence on the day would not cope with a sterner test. Cashel K. C. to their credit fought to the end,but were outplayed and outscored by a more efficient Clonoulty Rossmore side.

Adrian Cummins opened for Cashel with a point in the first minute,Then Clonoulty Rossmore fired over four unanswered points,two each from Timmy Hammersley and Fiachra O’Keeffe and Adrian Cummins had Cashels second point after seven minutes.

Following points from Hammersley and Fiachra O’Keeffe, John Devane found the Cashel net after good work by Paudie White and Timmy Hammersley. Clonoulty then took complete control of this game with their half back line of John O’Keeffe Jason Forrestal and James Heffernan dominant throughout. So after ten minutes Clonoulty Rossmore led 1-6 to 0-2. It was 1-8 to 0-4 after seventeen minutes following points from play and a free by Adrian Cummins. Clonoulty Rossmore then fired over seven unanswered points,and the only reply from Cashel was a well worked goal set up by Eddie Walsh and a James Cummins cross was skillfully doubled on to the Clonoulty Rossmore net by Adrian Cummins,leaving Cashel trailing 1-4 to 1-15 at the interval.

Early in the second half both sides traded points,while some of the Clonoulty Rossmore attackers tried for goals when points were there for the taking.

After forty minutes,Eddie Walsh was the provider to Mickey Coleman who in turn placed Philip Taylor to kick to the Clonoulty Rossmore net, after very poor defending. Clonoulty Rossmore now led 1-19 to 2-7.