John Evans coached Ardfinnan to a shock semi-final win over Loughmore-Castleiney (0-9 to 0-8) in the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship at Holycross on Sunday. Loughmore-Castleiney have shared the last six county titles (2013, 2014 & 2016) with Clonmel Commercials (2012, 2015 & 2017), but Ardfinnan upset all the odds when surging to a narrow win over the Mid men.
Meanwhile Moyle Rovers stopped defending champions Clonmel Commercials in their tracks at Cahir when winning with two points to spare (2-7 to 0-11).
Ardfinnan have won eight county senior football titles with their last materializing thirteen years ago (2005) while Moyle Rovers last took the ultimate honours in 2009 (seven titles) while they suffered a final defeat to Clonmel in 2015 and to Loughmore in 2016.
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION FINAL
Although David Butler turned in a man of the match display for Drom & Inch it was Billy Seymour’s two-goal blast which edged the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship Relegation final contest played at Dolla on Sunday afternoon in favour of the Kiladangan men (2-11 to 1-12). In the relegation semi-finals on Saturday, October 6th Galtee Rovers beat Drom & Inch 1-13 to 0-11 while on Tuesday, October 9th in Puckane Kiladangan lost out to Éire Óg Annacarty (2-8 to 1-13).
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Moyne-Templetuohy booked their place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship final when the Mid men beat Grangemockler-Ballyneale (3-11 to 0-6) on Saturday. In their respective semi-final on Saturday, October 6th Golden-Kilfeacle dismissed the challenge of Borrisokane (2-11 to 0-5). In the last eight of the competition Golden-Kilfeacle beat Moyle Rovers (1-11 to 2-7) while Moyne-Templetuohy proved too strong for Rockwell Rovers (2-10 to 0-8).
COUNTY JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS
Three of the four quarter-finals in the Tipperary Water County Junior A Football Championship took place on Saturday, October 13th: JK Bracken’s beat Newport (2-9 to 0-13), Portroe proved too strong for Holycross-Ballycahill (3-14 to 0-8) and Ballylooby-Castlegrace required extra-time to get the better of Emly (0-9 to 0-8). The last of the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 16th at New Inn when Cappawhite and Mullinahone collide (8pm).
COUNTY MINOR B FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Drombane (2pm) will host the Tipperary Water County Minor B Football Championship final on Saturday, October 20th when Drom & Inch face Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams. Both semi-finals took place on October 6th - Knockavilla Kickhams beat Mullinahone in Monroe (3-11 to 3-7) while Drom & Inch proved too strong for Ballina at St Michael’s Park in Toomevara (2-11 to 1-8). In the decider Drom & Inch will be chasing a double - the club’s minor hurlers were crowned county B champions on Saturday following their win over Knockavilla Kickhams, also.
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