Ryan’s late late rescue mission for Drom

The clash of the champions in the Mid Tipperary senior hurling championship semi-final ended in stalemate at Templetuohy yesterday as county champions Drom-Inch, courtesy of a pointed free by Johnny Ryan with the last puck of extra-time, forced a 2-21 each draw with Loughmore-Castleiney, the divisional champions, in a thrilling contest.

It was Drom-Inch’s second time to cheat defeat in the game, as county star Seamus Callanan pointed a free for them in the 62nd minute to send the contest into extra-time.

A second-minute Cian Hennessy goal put Loughmore-Castleiney in the driving seat against the breeze and it took Drom-Inch 23 minutes before they went ahead after Seamus Butler goaled. Drom were in full flight and Seamus Callanan hit their second goal in injury time for a half-time lead of 2-11 to 1-6, a scoreline that did little justice to the Loughmore effort.

A succession of second-half points from the McGraths, Noel, Liam, and Ciarán, saw Loughmore equalise as the game neared a conclusion. With the sides level (2-14 to 1-17), Seamus Callanan (1-10) missed a free in the 60th minute to put Drom ahead. Loughmore took advantage as Eddie Connolly pointed but Callanan showed great composure as he rifled over the leveller.

In the first half of extra-time the teams shared four points. Drom pulled two points clear in the second half only for Loughmore to come back with an Aidan McGrath long-range point. Former county star David Kennedy then kicked a goal for Loughmore when Liam McGrath’s free came off the upright, with four minutes remaining. Justice was done, however, as Drom levelled with points by Paul Collins and Ryan’s dramatic last-minute equaliser.

Sarsfields play J K Brackens in the second semi-final on Wednesday evening at The Ragg.

Meanwhile, two first-half goals were crucial as Kildangan scraped past Holycross-Ballycahill 2-11 to 0-16 in the first round of the county senior hurling championship at Holycross on Saturday.

Dara Egan and Rory Whelan got the vital goals for Kildangan, who trailed 2-2 to 0-9 at the break.

In a closely contested second half, Joe Gallagher got the decisive point late in the game to put Kildangan through.

County panellists Shane and Dara Maher were prominent for Burgess as they had a comfortable win over Moycarkey-Borris (1-14 to 0-10), also at The Ragg on Saturday.

A Stephen Murray goal just before half time boosted the Burgess cause as they led 1-8 to 0-6. Moycarkey, with Kieran Morris to the fore, fought hard after the break, but Burgess just did enough to stay ahead.

In a double-header at Templemore on Sunday, Lorrha, with ‘Bonnar’ Maher an inspiring figure at midfield, proved far too strong for Carrick Davins, winning 4-15 to 0-13.

The sides were evenly matched early on but once Lorrha settled into their game they forged ahead to lead 3-9 to 0-6 at the break, never looking like losing.

Moneygall made amends for a defeat by the same opposition at the same stage last year, when they accounted for Upperchurch-Drombane 1-18 to 2-11.

The win was fully deserved by the North division representatives.

Meanwhile, at Littleton yesterday evening Roscrea had a 1-15 to 1-9 win over Boherlahan-Dualla.

The teams were level 0-7 each at half time but Ethan Flynn’s goal in the sixth minute of the second half gave Roscrea control and they never looked back.

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