Tipperary CSHC: Dramatic late goal from Ronan Maher keeps Sarsfields title retention hopes on track

Noel Dundon


Noel Dundon



Padraic maher

Padraic Maher helped Sarsfields to victory over Kilruane MacDonagh

In the second quarter final, Toomevara defeated Drom-Inch by a point 

A dramatic late goal by Tipperary star Ronan Maher sent Sarsfields in the Tipperary Water county senior hurling semi-final as they came from the dead to defeat Kilruane MacDonagh.

Seven points down with 18 minutes to go, Sarsfields looked dead and buried - a Brian O'Meara goal in the 9th minute of the second half giving Kilruane MacDonagh a decided advantage. And The  Blues looked as though they were going to relinquish their title having turned in a very sluggish 40 minutes. They trailed by 0-10 to 0-7 at the interval having played with the breeze and it looked curtains for Sarsfields as Kilruane MacDonagh continued their good form.

But, a flurry of points and a Ronan Maher goal with six minutes to go gave them some hope - it looked as though Kilruane MacDonagh had weathered the storm when Jerome Cahill fired over a lovely score in the 31st minute. But, Ronan Maher, who had started the second half at centre forward, leaped high into the air to grab a ball at the edge of the square, turned and fired to the net to keep Sarsfields hopes of retaining their crown alive.

This was as dramatic a snatch and grab victory as you are likely to see and Kilruane MacDonagh were left to rue missed chances.

In the first game, Toomevara almost rued missed chances too as 15 wides plagued them throughout their tie with Drom-Inch. They led by 2-8 to 0-7 at the break with their goals coming from Jack Delaney and Mark McCarthy - both in the 11th minute. And, within 30 seconds of the restart Drom-Inch had Michael Campion red carded which left them a numerical disadvantage for the remainder of the game.

Drom-Inch had not been playing well but they got it together and sent over a series of scores with Seamus Callanan leading the way, only to concede a third goal in the 11th minute of the second half - Jack Delaney getting his second of the day. Drom-Inch came good again with points, but Toomevara with Benny Dunne and Mark McCarthy points pulled clear again. It was just as well because a David Collins goal in the 34th minute left just one point in it. Drom-Inch ran out of time though and Toome' survived to progress.