Callanan leads the charge as Drom-Inch canter home

A NINE-point victory for Drom-Inch. And after completely outclassing their opponents it was the least they deserved.

After a scintillating first half, the 19 minutes they went without a score in the second half was the primary reason Mullinahone remained in this contest.

In that period, Eoin Kelly rifled over four frees which preceded a long effort by his brother Paul and a Sean Curran point to reduce Mullinahone’s arrears to nine, 1-16 to 0-10.

The Tipperary captain then won himself a 20m free but his shot for goal was blocked and he went on to fire his third wide from a placed ball.

With that, any hopes of a Mullinahone revival evaporated. They were slight to start with but two sweetly-struck sidelines from David Collins either side of a Curran point took the sting out of it. Another brace from the impressive Johnny Ryan, who tallied five points from play in total, ended the affair.

Eamon Buckley’s 59th minute red card for a second yellow card did little to take the gloss off reaching their fourth senior county final in six years and it was left to Kelly to convert his ninth free of the game as mere consolation.

The damage had well and truly been done in the opening 30 minutes when the affair was a procession for the mid-Tipperary men.

The first indicator of that came just 52 seconds in when Seamus Butler made ground before setting up Seamus Callanan for a goal from point-blank range.

Callanan finished the opening 30 minutes with 1-5 to his name, following up his goal with a free and a point which came before the first of Johnny Ryan’s three points in the first-half.

Eoin Kelly opened Mullinahone’s account with a free but it wasn’t until the 17th that he picked up his sides s first point from play. Indeed, he was his team’s only scorer before Cathal Horan pointed just before the break.

Aside from an excellent brace of saves from David Young, Mullinahone appeared toothless as an attacking entity, the quality of ball into their two-man full-forward line of Horan and Sean Curran as devoid of quality as the tactic was of effectiveness.

Drom-Inch, on the other hand, were sublime. David Butler struck two excellent scores within a minute of each other, his first from close to the sideline a real peach.

His brother Seamus repeated his rapid back-to-back scores in the 26 and 27th minutes to extend Drom-Inch’s advantage to 12. Horan’s late point cancelled out a Callanan free which had widened the gap to 13 to make it 1-14 to 0-5 at the break.

Even at that early juncture, the question was whether Drom-Inch would win but by how much.

Scorers for Drom-Inch: S Callanan 1-5 (3fs), J Ryan 0-5, S Butler 0-3, D Butler, J Woodlock, D Collins (2 s/l) 0-2 each, J Ryan 0-1.

Scorers for Mullinahone: E Kelly 0-10 (9fs), S Curran 0-2, C Horan, P Kelly 0-1 each

DROM-INCH: D Young; Martin Butler, Michael Butler; M Costello; James Ryan, E Buckley, P Stapleton; Johnny Ryan, J Woodlock; S Butler, S Callanan, D Collins; P Lupton, D Ryan, D Butler.

Subs: K Butler for Lupton (44), M Everard for D Ryan (56), J Lupton for Callanan (62).

Red card: E Buckley (second yellow, 59)

MULLINAHONE: A Walsh; M Costello, AJ Cronin, K Vaughan; P Kelly, P Curran, P O’Shea; E Fennelly, S Curran; A Curran, N Curran, E Kelly; E O’Meara, A Doheny, C Horan.

Subs: D Cody for Doheny (24), J Connolly for A Curran, D Connelly for Horan (both 54), K Walzer for Vaughan (56), G Cronin for Costello (58).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams)

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