Boherlahan-Dualla enjoyed a four-point win over the Templederry Kenyons in a hard-fought Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final played at Drombane on Sunday afternoon (the details of the respective semi-final meeting between Cashel King Cormacs and Mullinahone remain to be confirmed).
Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Boherlahan-Dualla 2-12 Templederry Kenyons 2-8
In the end the Mid champions progressed to the final and proved the marginally stronger outfit, but this contest will be tinged with regret for the Kenyons. The Templederry lads faced the wind in the opening half and although they fell behind early on (0-1 to 0-4) the North men battled gamely and approached the break leading 1-4 to 0-4 thanks to Timmy Minogue’s goal in the 25th minute. It appeared as if the Kenyons had ploughed their way through a significant body of work, but, cruelly, Templederry full-forward Dylan Carey was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the first half injury time.
Carey’s dismissal, however, does not take away from the performance of a resolute Boherlahan-Dualla side who featured terrific performances from Séamus Hickey, Brian Hogan, Brian Maher and most notably of all Jack Maher at centre-forward.
Dylan Carey presented Templederry with an initial lead, but Boherlahan-Dualla hit back with two from Brian Maher before efforts from Jack Maher and Willie Hickey (free) helped the Mid men toward a 0-4 to 0-1 lead in the seventh minute.
The Kenyons, however, steadied themselves nicely with a Dylan Carey free in the 14th. Carey then drilled over a massive free into the wind from just outside his own 65-yard line in the 16th minute to leave a point between the sides. Six minutes later Carey (free) tied the game and when John Kennedy’s long-range free dropped short in the 25th minute Templederry warrior Timmy Minogue was on hand to bundle the ball into the net (1-4 to 0-4).
Patrick O’Dwyer and Micheál O’Leary traded points immediately after the break before man of the match Jack Maher set up John Hayes for a smashing equalising goal in the 34th minute (1-5 each).
Hayes then turned provider two minutes later when he set up Conor Moloughney with an eye-catching assist and Boherlahan led by the minimum. Jack Maher, John Hayes, Brian Maher and Willie Hickey then added to the Boherlahan tally and entering the final quarter the Mid champions led by five (1-10 to 1-5).
It is worth noting that ‘keeper Brian Sheehy was required to conjure a terrific save to deny Templederry’s Dónal McGrath a goal in the 40th minute. Dónal McGrath, however, would not be denied six minutes later when finishing neatly off his left to drag the Kenyons back into this contest (2-5 to 1-10).
Timmy Minogue converted a ’65 soon after and just when it appeared as if the momentum had swung in Templederry’s favour Willie Hickey gathered a Jack Maher delivery in the 52nd minute and buried a second Boherlahan-Dualla goal. Hickey soon added a converted free to his side’s tally and now there were five between the sides (2-11 to 2-6).
The Kenyons rallied with frees from Timmy Minogue and John Kennedy, but there was no stopping Boherlahan-Dualla now and Willie Hickey enjoyed the final say in the matter on the hour mark.
Boherlahan-Dualla: Brian Sheehy, Eoin Ryan, Kevin O’Connell, Oisín Ryan, Michael O’Sullivan, Séamus Hickey, Brian Horgan, Lawrence Devane, Patrick O’Dwyer (0-1), John Hayes (0-1), Jack Maher (0-2), Brian Maher (0-3), Ciarán O’Sullivan, Willie Hickey (1-4, 0-3 frees), Conor Moloughney (0-1). Subs: (45th) John Walsh for Lawrence Devane, (53rd) Niall O’Dwyer for Michael O’Sullivan, (57th) Adam O’Connell for Ciarán O’Sullivan.
Templederry Kenyons: John Kennedy, Mark Grisewood, Paul Butler, Seán McLoughney, John Kennedy (0-1), Johnny Harkins, Edward Hynes, Paudie Ryan, Daniel Shanahan, Joe Shanahan, Timmy Minogue (1-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65), David Butler, Ciarán Carey, Dylan Carey (0-4, 0-3 frees), Dónal McGrath (1-0). Subs: (HT) Micheál O’Leary (0-1) for David Butler, (46th) Ross Donnelly for Seán McLoughney, (48th) Gerald Hogan for Paudie Ryan, (52nd) David Butler for Ciarán Carey.
Referee: Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield).
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