Murray on fire for Burgess

THERE were few surprises in the opening round of the Tipperary senior hurling championship over the weekend.

Borrisoleigh defeated Ballingarry (0-13 to 0-8) with county men Paddy Stapleton and Brendan Maher impressing. The winners led 0-7 to 0-4 at the break but failed to take control when the losers were reduced to 14 men following the dismissal of Jack Fennelly.

Upperchurch-Drombane produced a strong second-half display to fashion a 2-18 to 1-13 win over Moneygall.

The losers were lively early on with Willie Greene in good form from frees as they led by four points at the break (0-9 to 0-5). Upperchurch resumed with three quick points but Philip Fanning’s goal for Moneygall in the 12th minute looked to have turned the tie in their favour.

Upperchurch, however, finished in style with goals by Eoin Shortt and Mikey Ryan sweeping them to victory. Pat Shortt with nine points starred for Upperchurch while Moneygall relied heavily on freetaker Greene who also scored nine points.

Burgess were not flattered by their 2-15 to 0-12 win over Moycarkey Borris. The winners looked impressive as they built up an interval lead of 12 points to one. Stephen Murray’s accuracy from frees was crucial and four minutes into the second-half Murray availed of a Moycarkey defensive blunder to put the game beyond doubt. Burgess, with form county star Shane Maher impressing at centre half back, continued to dominate and went on to record the easiest of victories. Stephen Murray was a key figure for the winners scoring 2-10 of their tally.

Lorrha, with county man Patrick Bonner Maher leading by example, were far too strong for Cashel, recording a 3-15 to 1-9 win. Goals from Kevin Maher, Jack Maher and Ronan O’Meara had the winners leading 3-7 to 0-1 at half time.

Lee Burke’s goal for Cashel early in the second-half raised their hopes but it was short-lived as the impressive Lorrha tacked on a string of points late in the game to ease home.

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