Arravale Rovers 3-23
On Saturday afternoon last Leahy Park in Cashel played host to a double header of last sixteen games in the County Intermediate Hurling Championship. Favourites Arravale Rovers prevailed in the opener, easily dismissing the challenge of Holycross/Ballycahill.
Holycross battled hard in the opening stages and this was a close-run contest for the first 20 minutes.
But 1-6 from the Tipperary Town men, with a solitary point in return from the men in green, in the closing ten minutes of the half put a wedge between the teams.
The goal came when Paddy Dalton attempted to point from 50 yards. His strike was far from crisp and wasn’t going to clear the crossbar. A mixture of the low-lying autumn sun and the full forward and full back wrestling near the edge of the square was enough to loosen the keeper’s concentration and the ball slipped under the crossbar and into the net, leaving the half time score 1-15 to 0-6.
Changes were made at the interval by Holycross and in the opening five minutes after the re-start there was a bit of fire in their bellies.
However the chances created went unconverted and Arravale Rovers found their rhythm once more. Tommy Lowry converted their second goal in the 40th minute as he latched onto a breaking ball and lashed to the back of the net.
Ten minutes later Peter Mulhair delivered a long ball into the edge of the square and as nobody got a touch in the aerial battle Robert Kiely ghosted in behind the cover to pick up possession and rattled home from point-blank range.
The game meandered to a close as the dejected Holycross players awaited the shrill of the referee’s final whistle.
Arravale were still keen to impress and looked like a very good side with searing pace in attack, creating a sense of optimism for their next step in the Championship.
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