Cashel King Cormacs reach another west Tipperary Junior B hurling final

Five-points win over Solohead in close contest

West Junior B semi-final

James O'Sullivan (Cashel King Cormacs) gets away from Solohead's Brian Gavin when the sides met in the Tipperary Co-Op West Junior B Hurling championship semi-final

Cashel King Cormacs 1-19 Solohead 1-14

Cashel King Cormacs booked a second Tipperary Co-Op West Junior B hurling final appearance in three seasons, seeing off the challenge of a spirited Solohead in Bansha on Wednesday evening.

Played in ideal conditions, the outcome was in the melting pot for most of the game. Brian Minogue’s goal nine minutes from time ultimately gave Cashel the energy to push on and book a final meeting with Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams on Saturday week, June 19.

James Dee got Solohead off the board in the sixth minute with a pointed free. Following the long lay-off, both sides struggled to find the target early on and it was the ninth minute before Adrian Cummins pointed a free for Cashel’s opening score, and he immediately doubled his tally.

Solohead’s reply was instant when goalkeeper Philip O’Doherty pointed a long-range free. It got better for Solohead when Denis O’Shea’s long-range effort dropped short, Ross Doyle failed to catch the sliotar and it rolled to the net.

Cashel took over and finding the target they hit six points in-a-row to go three points in front, with Adrian Cummins firing over three of these while Adrian O’Dwyer, Eoin Laffan and James O’Sullivan opened their accounts.

Brendan Collins ended Solohead’s eleven-minute scoring drought when he hit their first point from play. While Adrian Cummins responded for Cashel, Solohead hit a purple patch to go in level at the break. James Dee was to the fore with three points, two of these coming from placed balls. At half-time it was Solohead 1-7, Cashel King Cormacs 0-10.

Solohead hit the front twice on the resumption, with Seamus Burns getting off the mark from a placed ball, but Adrian Cummins continued his good form after the break with another point. Solohead found the lead again when Christopher O’Connor got his first point of the game.

The game continued tit-for-tat, with Solohead holding a one-point advantage at the water break, 1-11 to 0-14.

Cashel, though, could have put distance between themselves and their opponents but for a series of missed chances.

Another Adrian Cummins point levelled the game when the sides resumed play, only for Seamus Burns to point as Solohead just kept their noses in front.   

Cashel got a big score nine minutes from the end when Brian Minogue goaled after Philip Doherty had saved Luke Quinlan’s initial effort. Cashel seemed to find renewed energy in the closing stages, as they outscored their opponents 0-5 to 0-2.

Solohead struggled to win primary possession in the forward line, depending on breaking ball and struggled for scores from play during the half. Four points behind, Solohead won a free 21 yards out and Philip Doherty came all the way from the Solohead goal to take it but his effort was blocked and eventually cleared.

Luke Quinlan wrapped up the scoring before Fergal Horgan blew the final whistle. Cashel always looked dangerous in attack as the second half progressed and were always willing to take on the Solohead defence, as they hit 1-8 from play in the half.

Scorers: Cashel King Cormacs: Adrian Cummins (0-12, 6 frees), Brian Minogue (1-0), Luke Quinlan (0-1), Adam Skeffington (0-2), Adrian O’Dwyer (0-1), James O’Sullivan (0-1), Eoin Laffan (0-1), Tomas Skeffington (0-1).

Solohead: James Dee (0-8, 6 frees), Denis O’Shea (1-0), Seamus Burns (0-2, 1 free), Christopher O’Connor (0-1), Philip Doherty (0-1 free), Brendan Collins (0-1), Damien Ryan (0-1).

Cashel King Cormacs: Ross Doyle, John Gaffney, Ciaran Quinn, Paraic Clarke, Killian O’Dwyer, Cormac Ryan, Paraic Brosnan, Tomas Skeffington, Adrian O’Dwyer, Adrian Cummins, Alan Cummins, William Fitzell, Adam Skeffington, Eoin Laffan, James O’Sullivan.
Subs used: Conor Devitt, Michael McDermott, Patrick Morrissey, Brian Minogue, Pat Muldoon, Luke Quinlan.

Solohead: Philip O’Doherty, Christopher Ryan, Noel Kennedy, Brian Garvin, Denis O’Shea, Seamus Burns, Shane Farrell, James Dee, Brendan Collins, Aaron Ryan, Colin Hanley, Eoin Riordan, Declan Riordan, Damien Ryan, Christopher O’Connor. 

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams). 

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