McGrath pounces to snatch shock win for Éire Óg

Éire Óg Annacarty sprung a major surprise at Cashel in the Tipperary SHC when they beat a hotly fancied Borris-Ileigh 1-17 to 0-17 thanks to an injury-time goal from sub Michael McGrath.

Borris looked on course for a quarter-final date when trailing 0-10 to 0-11 at half-time, having played into the breeze. Brendan Maher was the key man, scoring eight points, seven frees. Points by Maher and Benny Harkin put them ahead inside three minutes of the second half, but then Éire Óg dug in and, with Conor O’Brien and the Fox boys to the fore, forged two points clear with four minutes left.

Maher looked to have rescued Borris with two points but, in injury-time, Éire Óg sub Michael McGrath kicked the ball to the net for a memorable victory for the West Tipp side.

County champions, Drom-Inch cruised into the quarter-finals with a 2-19 to 1-13 win over Carrick Swans. Despite a sixth-minute James Waters Swans goal, Drom were never in trouble and led 0-11 to 1-6 playing into the breeze.

A Jamie Moloney goal put Drom 1-13 to 1-6 clear. Ten minutes later, Seamus Callanan goaled from a penalty for a 2-16 to 1-7 lead — game over.

Kildangan put in a storming second half to oust Toomevara 2-19 to 0-15 clash at Nenagh. They led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time but the decisive scores came in the third quarter, with Tommy Connors twice goaling.

Kildangan’s win was fully merited. They led 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time having played into the breeze but the decisive scores came in the third quarter with Tommy Connors twice goaling. Though Toomevara, mainly through Ken Dunne and Willie Ryan, rallied on both occasions Kildangan finished with a flourish hitting five unanswered points.

The Gallaghers, Joe and Tadgh, who scored 0-5, Tommy Connors (2-1), Rory Gleeson and Rory Connors were the leading figures for Kildangan while Toome, beaten North finalists, relied on Ken and Benny Dunne, Willie Ryan, Eoin Brislane, John O’Brien and Mark McCarthy.

Loughmore-Casstleiney advanced to the last eight with a 1-24 to 2-10 win over Roscrea at Nenagh. With the breeze favouring them, Loughmore led 0-12 to 0-5 at the interval, thanks to the point-taking of Noel and Liam McGrath. A Tommy Fitzgerald goal for Roscrea at the start of the second half gave them great heart but Cian Hennessy netted for Loughmore and Noel McGrath pointed immediately afterwards to put them nine clear.

Loughmore were never going to lose at that stage and Roscrea’s second goal by Jason Fitzgerald at the very end was of no real consequence.

Quarter-final pairings: Drom-Inch v Clonoulty-Rossmore; Loughmore-Castleiney v Mullinahone, both at Semple Stadium next Saturday. Sars v Kildangan; Portroe v Éire Óg Annacarty, Semple Stadium both on Sunday next.

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