AHERLOW retained their West Tipperary SFC crown with a hard-fought win against Galtee Rovers in a free-ridden encounter in Lattin yesterday.
The season came to an abrupt end for Galtee Rovers as both teams needed to win the divisional crown to retain their interest in the county senior football championship
Seamus Grogan was the star man for Aherlow with a 1-2 first half haul but the towering county player blotted his copybook in stoppage time after receiving a straight red card from referee Paddy Russell for a high challenge on Colin Morrissey.
Aherlow led comfortably at half-time, 1-7 to 0-3, as Galtee Rovers managed just a point from play in the opening half.
A lengthy stoppage delayed the start of the second half as an ambulance was required to remove Galtee Rovers centre forward Shane Egan, who sustained a head injury in a clash with Seanie Mullins.
When play eventually got underway, the sides managed just three scores between them, as sub Paul McCarthy grabbed a consolation goal for Galtee Rovers a minute from time.
Scorers for Aherlow: S Grogan 1-2, L Coskeran 0-2, B Grogan 0-2 (1f, 1 45), S Hennessy & B O’Brien 0-1.
Scorers for Galtee Rovers: P McCarthy 1-0, P Marnane, S McGrath, Declan Peters (f) & T Egan (f) 0-1 each.
AHERLOW: B Moroney; M O’Brien, J Hennessy, M Hanley; S Mullins, C McDonald, T Russell; C Dillon, S Grogan; B O’Brien, C O’Shea, D Peters; L Coskeran, B Grogan, T Hanley.
Sub: T Fahy for Peters (58).
GALTEE ROVERS: E O’Connell; A Morrissey, V Murphy, A Bowles; P Marnane, P Morrissey, A Grace; C Morrissey, M O’Brien; C Higgins, S Egan, S McGrath; Declan Peters, Tony Egan, Denis Peters.
Subs: K Bergin for Egan (31), P McCarthy for Bergin (45), C O’Sullivan for Grace (52), D Byron for McGrath (58).
Referee: P Russell (Emly).