South Tipperary through to meet West Cork in Celtic Challenge hurling final

South Tipperary through to meet West Cork in Celtic Challenge hurling final

Conor Vaughan from Ballingarry receives the Best and Fairest award from referee Shane Hynes following South Tipp's win over Clare Blues in the Celtic Challenge.


South Tipperary narrowly defeated Clare Blues in the Celtic Challenge Corn John Scott semi-final last Saturday in Caherlohan, Co. Clare to book a place in the final in Tullamore on Saturday 30th June where they will play West Cork at 12.30pm

South Tipperary opened brightly and went into an early lead only to be quickly reeled in by the home side. 

The remainder of the first half was very even as confirmed by the half time score of eight points apiece. 

Now wind assisted in the second half, Clare Blues went into an early three point lead. The Tipp lads responded with a purple patch during which they scored 1-6 to Clare Blues 0-1 to take a five point lead. 

Clare Blues again came back at the visitors scoring two goals and with time almost up they went a point ahead.  South Tipperary responded with two injury time points to emerge victors by the narrowest of margins.

A relieved Fergus McGrath, who is a mentor with the South Tipperary side, said after the game that “as players and management we have no problem in admitting that this wasn’t our best performance of the campaign, albeit against a quality Clare Blues side. ]

“However the composure and character demonstrated by the players in the final few minutes in particular were very impressive and yet again they fought to the bitter end. 

“We are in the final on merit and we look forward to meeting West Cork who are coming off the back of a comprehensive semi-final win and who we know to be a very talented side.”

Saturday’s final will be broadcast live over the Internet via the GAANOW Platform and also by Pundit Arena TV.