The year is far from over for either of these teams, but they will, however, take very different paths from here as Loughmore-Castleiney ready themselves for a county title challenge and Portroe must regroup in order to secure their Roinn I status for next year in the relegation play-offs. As a result of this contest Loughmore-Castleiney finished second in the group to Kiladangan while Portroe are last and will contest the relegation play-offs against Killenaule, Mullinahone and Carrick Swans.
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship
Loughmore-Castleiney 1-24 Portroe 2-11
A hamstring injury to Brain McGrath late in the first half was a cause for concern while his brothers Noel and John put Portroe to the sword with an eleven-point first half haul. On no less than six occasions they fired over unmarked.
Portroe had threats in Aidan Willis and Ruadhan Mulrooney and if they had a couple more this would have been a closer contest.
Mulrooney opened the scoring with a point before Loughmore got going. Noel McGrath, John McGrath and Eoghan Ryan pointed to settle them.
Aidan Willis’ catch turn and point was a Portroe highlight.
Loughmore, however, again hit three with Noel McGrath pointing either side of John McGrath’s free. There was little thrust to the game with point-taking to the fore as the teams evenly shared six.
Loughmore hit another trio with John McGrath pointing either side of a brilliant Liam McGrath effort.
In goal Aidan McGrath made an instinctive save before there was a brilliant Joseph Nyland assist for a John McGrath point - the half-time score read 0-15 to 0-9 in favour of Loughmore-Castleiney at Dolla.
During the opening minutes of the second half Loughmore hit a quick 1-1 - Ciaran McGrath finished a good team goal and Tommy Maher the point.
The big lead either shook Portroe into life or put Loughmore at their ease as John Sheedy hit 2-1 for Portroe inside a four-minute spell with Aidan Willis setting up the first and Mulrooney the second.
There was now three between them twenty minutes to play. Sadly for Portroe it would be all one-way traffic from there as they only managed one point to Loughmore’s eight.
Ciaran Connolly, Liam Treacy and Anthony Ryan chipped in to help John and Noel McGrath earn them a ten-point winning margin.
Loughmore-Castleiney: Aidan McGrath, Lorcan Egan, Joseph Hennessy, Dinny Brereton, Joseph Nyland, Brian McGrath (0-1), John Meagher, Noel McGrath (0-5), Ciaran Connolly (0-1), Anthony Ryan (0-2), Liam Treacy(0-1), John McGrath (0-10- 0-5 frees), Liam McGrath (0-3), Ciaran McGrath (1-0), Eoghan Ryan (0-1). Subs: (27th) Tommy Maher for Brian McGrath.
Portroe: Darren Gleeson, Cormac Keating, Colm Gleeson, Michael Breen, Michael Creamer, Christoper O’Riordan, Robert Byrne, Jimmy Creamer, James Ryan, Aidan Willis (0-3), Kevin O’Halloran (0-2, 0-1 frees), Mark Gennary (0-1), Jack Molloy, Ruadhan Mulrooney (0-2), John Sheedy (2-3, 0-3 frees).
Referee: Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry).