Operating at midfield, Hogan, a member of Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning team last year, hit four excellent points as Borris regained a title they last won in 2005.
The losers showed fatigue after a busy week of action. For the majority of the Bandon school this was their third game in seven days and for one player, Chris O’Donovan, it was his fourth as he was involved in U21 championship with his club. O’Donovan, who played again with his club last night, is also a member of the Cork vocational team to play Tyrone in the All-Ireland football semi-final on Saturday.
Had Borrisokane lost the game, they would have had only themselves to blame; over the hour they hit 14 wides, survived a great comeback by the Bandon boys before finishing strongly to take the spoils.
While Brogan’s can point to playing far too many games over a short period, there was no denying this Munster hurling title victory was well deserved by Borrisokane. Their hurling was sharper, their defence gave nothing away while their forwards, in particular Shane Quinlan and Brian O’Meara were razor sharp, scoring six points between them. Keith McNamara was superb at full back, Joe Gallagher impressed at centre back while Hogan gave his side a strong grip at midfield.
There was little between the teams in the opening quarter. They were level three times, but it took a magnificent save by Borrisokane ‘keeper Ger Corcoran to deny Roy Payne a goal in the fifth minute.
The Tipp side had a slight wind advantage and it meant all the pressure was on the Brogan’s defence as Hogan hit two excellent points, and were full value for their 0-7 to 0-3 half time lead.
Brogan’s found new reserves of energy for the second half with Jason McCarthy hitting three points to leave one between them at the end of the third quarter.
The last one came at the end of a great hand-passing movement. A goal chance was on but his shot skimmed the wrong side of the crossbar. Eventually Philip Donnellan lifted the siege with a point after a succession of wides.
Great defending by Borris and in particular Keith McNamara and Freddie Williams ensured Brogan’s never threatened a goal again and as the Bandon challenge finally wilted, the classy Hogan and towering Brian O’Meara (2) tacked on three points to ensure the title remained in Tipperary.
The winners will now play Scoil Mhuire (Johnstown) in the second All-Ireland semi-final on Wednesday, with the final against Loughrea VS fixed for Sunday, April 15.
Borrisokane: E. Hogan 0-4 (0-1 free); B. O’Meara, S. Quinlan (0-1 free) 0-3 each; R. Gleeson, J. Burke, P. Donnellan 0-1 each. St. Brogan’s: J. McCarthy 0-4 (0-3 frees); G. Riordan 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 65); M. Sexton, R. Payne, F. Keane 0-1 each.
G. Corcoran; M. Harding, K. McNamara, F. Williams; A. Hogan, J. Gallagher, C. Hough; E. Hogan, P. Donnellan; S.Quinn, J. Burke, K. Ryan; R. Gleeson, D. Bevans, B. O’Meara.
R. Hayes; S. McCarthy, D. Ryan, C. Walsh; C. Lordan, C. O’Donovan, M. Deasy; G. O’Riordan, M. Sexton; J. Crowley, P. Daly, R. Payne; E. Kelly, F. Keane, J. McCarthy.
C. Ryan for Daly; D. Twomey for Crowley.
M. Meade (Limerick).