Tipp minor hurling titles go to Moycarkey Borris and Drom-Inch
Victories over Cappawhite Gaels and Knockavilla Kickhams gives champions Moycarkey Borris and Drom-Inch the winners podium on a dirty day for hurling.
A puck of the ball was all that separated the teams in both county minor hurling finals played at Cashel and Clonoulty this afternoon as Moycarkey Borris saw off Capapwhite Gaels in the A final and Drom-Inch held out against Knockavilla Kickhams in the B decider.
Two every closely fought games played in dirty difficult conditions, the Boards decision to separate the finals at the last minute due to pitch conditions, was a wise one, even if it made for a quick dash across the west of the county for spectators anxious to see both.
A goal in each half helped Moycarkey Borris to the silverware at Clonoulty when they saw off a strong finishing Cappawhite Gaels side. Moycarkey Borris led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break - Jack Fallon getting their goal in the 8th minute to put some distance between them.
And, within 7 minutes of the restart, Kyle Shelly goalled after taking a pass from Rhys Shelly to give Moycarkey Borris a clear five point advantage. However, Cappawhite Gaels came string into the game and buoyed by a Ryan Renehan goal with seven minutes remaining, they staged a big surge, coming up just short in the final analysis - Renehan had another chance in the dying seconds but the effort shot wide under enormous pressure.
In the B final at Cashel, Drom-Inch were coasting through the first half and were leading by 1-7 to 0-1 after just 12 minutes - their goal coming from Ben Stapleton in the 3rd minute.
But, the west champions rallied before the break and their goal from Aaron Browne left them 1-11 to 1-6 in arrears - a considerable disadvantage, but still substantially less than it could have been considering the manner in which they were performing.
Knockavilla upped their game in the second half and a Devon Ryan goal after 4 minutes of the restart gave them great heart. The deficit was cut to a point with 3 minutes to go, but Drom-Inch, although under enormous pressure, found scores from Jamie Ryan and Paudie Kinnane, and they were badly needed as Devon Ryan and Turlough Breen raised white flags for their opponents in injury time.
There was a frantic finish to the game, but Drom-Inch held out for a famous win, much to the disappointment of the Knockavilla Kickhams supporters and players.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full reports.