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Composed Thurles add to their haul 

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Thurles Sarsfields 1-21 Drom & Inch 2-15: THE DAN Breen cup, the annual prize on offer for the Tipperary senior club hurling championship, found a familiar resting place last night as Thurles Sarsfields collected a 32nd title in Thurles yesterday. The most successful club hurling team in the Premier County defeated neighbours and 2011 champions Drom Inch by three points in a riveting final at Semple Stadium. Drom Inch had won the competition for the first time in their history last year but yesterday’s loss was their fourth final defeat in eight seasons. Drom lost to Sars in the 2005 and 2009 finals, and also fell at the final hurdle against Loughmore-Castleiney in 2007. 

Despite a brilliant midfield display from Johnny Ryan, who scored six of his nine points from play, Drom donned the bridesmaids’ dresses once again as they were undone by brilliant Sars forward Aidan McCormack. The county under-21 player scored 1-6 from play, including 1-4 before half-time, to help his side to victory. But Sars had to dig it out as gritty Drom, who trailed by seven points at half-time, 0-7 to 1-11, recovered to lead by a point with ten minutes remaining. A goal 13 seconds after half-time from David Butler ignited the Drom challenge before Tipp star Séamus Callanan netted in the 47th minute. And Callanan’s 50th minute point put Drom a point ahead, 2-14 to 1-16, and in sight of a famous win. 

But Sars remained composed and a run of four unanswered points, including two frees from evergreen midfielder Johnny Enright, got the job done. And thoughts now turn to the Munster club championship, a competition that Sarsfields have never won. On October 28, they’ll face Limerick champions Kilmallock away from home, with the winners to face Cork kingpins Sarsfields on November 11. 

There was late drama yesterday when Callanan scuffed a late goal chance wide and was then denied from a 20-metre free by the massed ranks on the Sars goalline. Ryan slotted over a 65 to bring Drom within two points of the winners but McCormack, fittingly, had the final say in the second minute of stoppage time with the final score of the game. An attendance of 6,937 spectators were present to watch the most successful club team in the history of Tipperary hurling add to their glittering haul of honours. 

But it was Drom who got off to the better start in the first half and they led by 0-3 to 0-1 with less than five minutes on the watch. But Sars hit back with a run of seven unanswered points to lead by 0-8 to 0-3, as Drom went 12 minutes without a score before Ryan notched a 17th minute point. Drom recovered to trail by four points, 0-7 to 0-11, approaching half-time but they were hit by a sucker punch goal at the worst possible time. Michael Cahill, superb all through, completed yet another clearance from the right half back position and the ball broke kindly for McCormack, who darted behind the Drom cover to finish clinically from just inside the 13-metre line. 

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P McCormack; S Maher, K O’Gorman, David Maher; M Cahill, P Maher (0-1), D Kennedy; M Gleeson (0-2), J Enright (0-2f); P Bourke (0-6, five frees), L Corbett, J Corbett (0-1); M O’Brien (0-2), Denis Maher (0-1), A McCormack (1-6). 
Subs: G O’Grady for J Corbett (49), J Maher for O’Brien (49), R Ruth for Enright (57), J Lawlor for Denis Maher (60+3). 

DROM INCH: D Young; E Costello, M Butler, M Costello; E Walsh, E Buckley, L Ryan; S Delaney, J Ryan (0-9, two frees, one 65); P Lupton, J Woodlock (0-1), S Callanan (1-3, one free); S Butler (0-1), J Lupton, D Butler (1-1). Subs: P Stapleton for E Costello (24), P Kennedy for J Lupton (ht), J Moloney for Delaney (ht), K Butler for P Lupton (53), D Collins for Moloney (60+2). 

Thurles tyro McCormack helps Sars to Tipp title 

By Diarmuid O'Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thurles Sarsfields 1-21 Drom & Inch 2-15 

What do Drom & Inch have to do to overcome Thurles Sars in a Tipperary senior hurling final? Twice denied by their big-town neighbours in the last seven years (2005 and 2009), Drom had finally shaken off the shackles last year and won their first title. Clonoulty-Rossmore were their victims however — the question yesterday was, could they do unto Thurles Sars what Sars had twice done unto them? 

Well, now we know. In a game that never hit the heights but was, nonetheless, entertaining and always of a reasonable standard, Drom & Inch came oh so close but failed — just — to get it done. They started well and led 0-3 to 0-1 after only four minutes though playing into a big wind (two monster points from midfielder and captain Johnny Ryan), looked ripe and ready. There’s real quality in this Sars team though, all through the pitch. Not just in their big names either. In truth, and though current county stars Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill and Michael Gleeson (intermediate) all played superbly, two of their big guns up front — Lar Corbett and to a lesser extent Pa Bourke — were both well contained. No matter, there were others to pick up the slack, none more so than corner-forward Aidan McCormack. 

As Thurles worked their way into the game they were led by the flying 20-year-old. Four points he notched from play as Sars thundered into the lead but his rocket in the second minute of injury-time was the most significant score of all, helping Thurles to a commanding 1-11 to 0-7 lead. "That goal was something we’ve been working on all year, creating a goal chances," McCormack explained. "It paid off there today." 

Drom & Inch were in trouble, big trouble. What they needed to start the second half was an early point or two, that was the consensus — they did better. Within 15 seconds of the restart, corner-forward David Butler finally found the target, pounced on a long centre from brother Seamus to goal, and Drom & Inch were re-energised. Driven on by captain Ryan from midfield, James Woodlock helping him sway matters their way, Drom now went toe-to-toe with Sars and for the next 15 minutes the sides traded points, Johnny Ryan (4) and Seamus Butler for Drom, Michael Gleeson, freetaker Pa Bourke (2) and corner-forwards McCormack and Michael O’Brien replying for Sars, leaving four points between them still in the 48th minute, 1-16 to 1-12. 

Time for Seamus Callanan to show his class. Locked in a great battle all game with Michael Cahill, for once Seamus got away, timed his run into the square perfectly to deflect a high centre into the net. Two points then in two minutes (Woodlock and Callanan) and the game was transformed, Drom & Inch with a one-point lead, a strong wind at their backs, 10 minutes left. That burst seemed to have drained them, however, and from there to the finish, it was Thurles Sars taking the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Five points they rattled off, two long-range frees from Johnny Enright, two more from Pa Bourke (including his first from play), young Aidan McCormack putting the cap on it with the last point, after a perfect pass from sub Ger Redser O’Grady. Drom did have their chances, Seamus Callanan ghosting in behind the defence, then watching in agony as his flick went just the wrong side of the posts, then the same player having a 20m free well saved by Patrick McCormack, Johnny Ryan pointing the subsequent 65. 

Time eventually ran out on them, however, leaving Ryan distraught but still proud (and rightly so) of his team’s efforts. "We’re devastated, obviously. Their goal just before half-time was a real killer. We hadn’t been hurling that well in the first half but we were still in with a great chance, only four points behind into injury-time — next thing they got the goal. Seven points was a long way to come back and we were there with a good chance of winning it with only five minutes to go, they finished stronger. "I thought we showed great character to fight back from seven points behind at half-time. We drew level, even went a point up and I thought then we’d drive on to win it but in fairness to Sars, they came back again. Seamus’s shot just scraped the outside of the post. Credit to them, they’re a great team." 

That feeling was mutual, Aidan McCormack using exactly the same words to describe Drom & Inch. "I wouldn’t take anything from them. They won the county title last year and deservedly so, they proved themselves the best team in the county. They were a bit unlucky today, we were that bit hungrier today maybe and thankfully we came out with the win. We’ll celebrate this tonight, then get ready for Kilmallock in the Munster club." 

Scorers for Thurles Sars: A McCormack 1-6; P Bourke 0-6 (5f); M Gleeson 0-2; M O’Brien 0-2; J Enright 0-2 (2f); P Maher, D Maher, J Corbett, 0-1 each. 

Scorers for Drom & Inch: J Ryan 0-9 (2f, 1 65); S Callanan 1-3 (1f); D Butler 1-1; J Woodlock, S Butler, 0-1 each. 

Thurles Sarsfields subs: J Maher (O’Brien 49); G O’Grady (J Corbett 49); R Ruth (Enright 57); J Lawlor (D Maher 60+3). 

Drom & Inch subs: P Stapleton (E Costello 24); P Kennedy (J Lapton 30); J Moloney (Delaney 30); K Butler (P Lapton 53); D Collins (Moloney 60+2). 

Referee: F Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams)

Thurles Sarsfields 1-21 Drom & Inch 2-15

Round-up by Ed Donnelly

Thurles Sarsfields defeated Drom & Inch by 1-21 to 2-15 in the 2012 County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

After an exciting 2nd half, Thurles Sarsfields put in a stronger final 10 minutes to capture the Dan Breen Cup. Thurles led by 7 at the interval having played with the wind in the first half. Aidan McCormack's goal on the stroke of half-time put the cap on a great first half performance, scoring 1-4 in that opening period. 

7 points down at half-time, Drom set about their task within seconds of the throw-in in the 2nd half when David Butler scored a goal. Sarsfields were still 6 points in front after 40 minutes but with Johnny Ryan in
great form, Drom kept eating away at the lead and when Seamus Callanan scored a goal after 47 minutes, there was only 1 point in it. When James Woodlock levelled and Callanan put Drom in front with 10 minutes left, it looked as if it would be Drom's day. However, that's not how it turned out with Thurles outscoring Drom by 0-5 to 0-1 for the rest of the game and despite an excellent goal chance for Seamus Callanan, it was Thurles Sarsfields who came out on top by a 3 point winning margin. 

Thurles now go on to play Kilmallock in the Munster Club Q-Final in 2 weeks time. Thurles Sarsfields captain Padraic Maher was presented with the Dan Breen Cup after the game by Tipperary Chairman Sean Nugent while Aidan McCormack, scorer of 1-6 from play won the man of the match award

Thurles Sarsfields - Patrick McCormack; Stephen Maher, Kevin O'Gorman, David Maher; David Kennedy, Padraic Maher (Captain, 0-1), Michael Cahill; Michael Gleeson (0-2), Johnny Enright (0-2 frees); Pa Bourke (0-6, 0-5 frees), Jim Corbett (0-1), Lar Corbett; Michael O'Brien (0-2), Denis Maher (0-1), Aidan McCormack (1-6)

Drom & Inch - Damien Young; Eddie Costello, Michael Butler, Mike Costello; Enda Walsh, Eamon Buckley, Liam Ryan; Shane Delaney, James Woodlock (0-1); Seamus Callanan (1-3, 0-1 free), Johnny Ryan (Captain, 0-9, 0-2 frees, 0-1 65), Pat Lupton; David Butler (1-1), Joe Lupton, Seamus Butler (0-1)