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Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final - Loughmore-Castleiney 0-22 Mullinahone 2-11

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Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final - Loughmore-Castleiney 0-22 Mullinahone 2-11

posted 22 Sep 2012 14:12 by sites tipperary

Loughmore-Castleiney 0-22 Mullinahone 2-11

Round-up by Ed Donnelly

A dominant third quarter performance proved enough for Loughmore-Castleiney to book their semi-final place at the expense of Mullinahone at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. The South champions started the game strongly, racing in to a four point lead after just six minutes. Loughmore recovered gradually and by the 19th minute, the sides were level at 0-5 each. There was little between the teams at this stage but indiscipline by the Loughmore rearguard resulted in two 20 metre frees in front of goal. That is a bad idea with Tipperary star Eoin Kelly around and he duly buried both frees to leave Mullinahone in front by 2-7 to 0-11 at half-time.

Mullinahone appeared to have the aid of the breeze in the second half but it was Loughmore who upped the ante straight from the throw-in. With Noel McGrath in fine form, Loughmore began to pick off the points while the Mullinahone forward division were now getting no change at all from the much tighter Loughmore defence. In the first 20 minutes of the second half, Mullinahone were reduced to one Eoin Kelly free while Loughmore added 7 points, 5 from play to turn the half-time deficit in to a four point lead.

Mullinahone made the last 10 minutes interesting as a Sean Curran point from play and 2 Eoin Kelly frees kept them within a score of Loughmore. However, the required Mullinahone goal never looked like coming and Loughmore hit the insurance points in injury time to run out 5 point winners. Noel McGrath finished as top scorer for Loughmore with six points from play while Liam McGrath added four points, three from frees. Eoin Kelly scored 2-8, all from frees while Sean Curran added two points from play.





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