TIPPERARY champions Thurles Sarsfields put their poor divisional form
behind them as they hammered Knockavilla Kickhams 6-21 to 1-12 in the
first round of the county senior hurling championship at The Ragg.
Though minus county panellist Michael Gleeson, Sarsfields carried far
too much firepower for their opponents. Goals by Pa Bourke and ‘Redser’
O’Grady in the 14th and 15th minutes had them firmly in control.
Captain Lar Corbett added a third in the 27th minute but a Johnny Ryan
goal from a 20 metre free in injury-time gave Kickhams some hope as
they trailed 3-10 to 1-8 at the break.
That hope was
shortlived. Ritchie Ruth netted for Sarsfields three minutes after the
restart and had his second goal soon after. Kickhams had no answer to a
rampant Sars, with sub John Lawlor bagging their sixth goal ten minutes
All Sarsfields’ big name players impressed with Lar
Corbett (1-2), Pa Bourke (1-6), Ritchie Ruth (2-2), Redser O’Grady
(1-3), Michael Cahill and Stephen Lillis leading by example.
Roscrea gave their best display of the year, defeating Boherlahan-Dualla 3-19 to 0-12.
A Tommy Fitzgerald goal after six minutes gave Roscrea perfect start
and, with Davin Flynn excelling, in attack they led 1-10 to 0-7 at the
interval. Joe Carroll’s goal for Roscrea at the end of the third quarter
killed off any hopes of a Boherlahan rally and nine minutes from time,
Jason Fitzpatrick added the third goal.
Coached by former
Clare star, Ollie Baker, Roscrea were lively and impressive and if they
can improve on their finishing, they could make progress. Former Tipp
star, Diarmuid Fitzgerald had a fine game, with Tommy Fitzgerald, Liam
England, Darren O’Connor and Davin Flynn also to the fore.
Daragh Hickey was Boherlahan’s top scorer with 0-7. AJ Maher, Aidan Maher and Ger Sullivan also worked very hard for them.
Meanwhile, county man, Seamus Hennessy was an absentee through injury
but this did not stop Kilruane MacDonagh recording a comfortable 1-20 to
1-13 win over Borrisokane.
Liam Gibson’s late goal ensured a place in the second round for McDonaghs.
County goalkeeper Brendan Cummins could do little to prevent a rampant
Portroe from seeing off the challenge of Ballybacon/Grange by 4-27 to
The draw for the second round of the county senior hurling championship will be made tonight.
This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, July 25, 2011