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Captains Brian Curran and Colm McCrory with referee Syl Doyle. Photo by: Boston GAA

Boston GAA: Semifinals - entertaining game sees Tipperary win out over Fr. Tom Burke’s

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Captains Brian Curran and Colm McCrory with referee Syl Doyle. Photo by: Boston GAA

Senior Hurling - Fr. Tom Burke’s 1-14 Tipperary 2-16

Before the game a minute’s silence was observed for the late John Joynt who played with Fr. Tom’s in 1959.

It was an extremely entertaining game between Tipperary and Fr. Tom’s to decide who would go on to meet Wexford in Wednesday night’s semi-final. Tipperary had that little bit extra on the bench that saw them through the final 10 minutes to put some distance between the teams. Jamie Dwyer made a difference after entering the fray in the latter stages, while two Michael Ryan points in injury time settled the game.

The opening 30 minutes was played with gusto. Tom’s had the edge in the early stages and went into a three point lead. A Thomas Carroll goal after quick ball into the full forward line was gathered by Carroll who fired into the far corner of the net. Points followed from Shane Howley and Brendan Murphy and 4 of the 5 Tom’s forwards were on the scoresheet. With less then 10 minutes to the break Tipp opened up. It began with a pointed O’Loughlin free, and then Brian Hartnett was involved in a two goal double strike. First the Corkman made a solo run and and drove the ball home from an angle, and for the second he took a quick free to Michael Ryan who was left unmarked right in front of goal, and Ryan fired home. With the momentum in their favour Tipp landed four more points on the trot and went in at the break with a 2-9 to 1-8 lead.

The sides traded scores to get the second half going. Howley and O’Mahoney for Tom’s and John Roche and Rigney for Tipperary. Tom’s threatened the Tipp goal on a couple of occasions, but a Tipp hurl or body managed to keep the ball from the back of the net on each occasion. Tipp looked like fatigue was beginning to set in as Tom’s seemed to be getting the upper hand and returning balls towards the Tipp goal. On most occasions however, there was a Tipp defender in the vicinity more often than a Tom’s forward. Tipp had a great chance to put some daylight between the team when Jamie Dwyer was held in the area, but Paudie O’Brien’s penalty came off the crossbar and Tom’s cleared the danger. Murphy and O’Mahoney brought Tom’s within a point with five minutes to go. John O’Loughlin made it a three point lead for Tipp and two Ryan points sealed the game for Tipp in injury time. Tipp to meet Wexford in the semi-final next Wednesdaynight.

Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Man of the Match: Michael Ryan (Tipperary)

Tom’s: F. Hynes, N. O’Muineachan, P. Heneghan, S. Higgins, G. McInerney, P. McGrath, T. Corcoran, E. Murphy, S. Howley, C. Moore, B. Murphy, D. O’Mahoney, T. Carroll. Tipp: P. O’Brien, J. Kindregan, B. O’Carroll, S. Norton, J. Rigney, J. Dougan, C. Dempsey, A. Callinan, J. Wall, J. Roche, K. O’Loughlin, B. Hartnett, M. Ryan.

**The Senior Hurling Semi Final between Tipperary and Wexford will beplayed Wednesday night at 5:00.

Blues and Donegal to Contest Senior Football Final

Shannon Blues 3-11 Aidan McAnespies 2-12

The second semi-final of the day produced a fine contest between Aidan McAnespies and Shannon Blues. The Blues looked like they would run away with it for much of the first half, but in the second half McAnespies almost completed a big comeback only to fall short. Cathal Gregg put in a man of the match performance for the Blues, particularly in the second half when players were needed to step up in the face of a McAnespies comeback.

The first half belonged to the Blues as they overran the McAnespies defences. James Hynes and Cathal Gregg were in fine form on the half forward line. After Daniel McKenna opened the account with a point, the Blues went on a goal and\three points run. The goal came from the boot of James Hynes who was fed by Gregg, and Sean O’Connor pointed two frees. Bradley and McGuckin stemmed the tide with a point each, but the respite was brief as again the Blues went on a scoring burst. Gregg netted a wonderful goal and more points came from the half forwards, O’Connor and Gregg. The Blues suffered a blow after David Clarke was shown a red card following a high challenge on Niall Gallen. Colm Donnelly added a point in the McAnespies column before the break to make it 2-6 to 0-5 for the Blues at the half.

McAnespies started the second period with renewed energy and narrowed the gap to five points. The Blues, however, dug deep to produce some scores and continued to run at the McAnespies defence. Hynes netted a second goal, similar to the first and Cathal McHugh added a point to increase the lead. As the half wore on the extra man began to tell. McAnespies enjoyed more possession and got the ball into the hands of their forwards with far more frequency. McCrory, who could have had a goal, McGuckin, and Bradley pointed, and a goal came from Daniel McKenna with time on the clock. McAnespies were their own worst enemies as there were a few bad misses from good scoring chances, but with injury time approaching a second McAnespies goal came from Sean Cournane who fisted past the advancing keeper. The Blues relied on Gregg to do the running to try and make up for the extra man, and the Roscommon man did a superb job. The Blues kept a nose ahead with points from O’Connor frees, and the back line did a good job in keeping the door closed.

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