Clinical Drom & Inch power to semi-final

Tipperary senior champions Drom & Inch remain on course to retain the Dan Breen Cup following an impressive 2-22 to 0-13 quarter-final win over west champions Clonoulty Rossmore at Semple Stadium.

Two first-half Joe Lupton goals saw them lead 2-11 to 0-8 at the interval and they went on to a comfortable victory, with county star Seamus Callanan getting 0-6.

Indeed, had it not been for Tipp county minor Jimmy Maher in goals, Clonoulty Rossmore could have had a far greater deficit — the custodian made a string of fine saves to keep the champions at bay. But, with David Butler, Johnny Ryan and Pat Lupton scoring freely throughout, there was nothing Maher could do to prevent Drom-Inch putting distance between them.

The champions looked impressive and will take beating if they maintain the form which saw them win the first half of this game by nine points and the second half by six.

Despite 2-8 from All-star Eoin Kelly, Mullinahone were unable to put away Loughmore Castleiney in the first of the quarters, going down 2-11 to 0-22 also at Semple Stadium.

Kelly blasted two goals from 21 yard frees in the first half to help his side to a 2-7 to 0-11 lead. In fact, Kelly scored all bar two of his sides total in the half, and although Loughmore Castleiney were hurling well, they were not making it count on the scoreboard.

The Loughmore men, with Noel McGrath central to the cause, dominated the second half. McGrath finished with 0-6 to his name as Liam McGrath, Liam Treacy and Evan Sweeney began to put Mullinahone to the sword. Loughmore Castleiney hit 15 wides and must sharpen up to progress further in the championship.

Curiously, Sarsfields also hit 15 wides in their 3-22 to 1-12 victory over Kildangan, but the Mid champions were comfortable all the way through and were well able to absorb the luxury of their wayward shooting.

Tipp star Pa Bourke led the charge with 1-7 — the goal coming from a 21-yard free in the ninth minute, canceling out a fine fourth minute Joe Gallagher goal for Kildangan.

Sarsfields just had too much class and were dominant all over the field. Their attacking division in particular was rampant with scores coming from Michael O’Brien (3) and a fine Denis Maher goal in the first-half helping them to a double score lead, 2-12 to 1-6.

Veteran Johnny Enright was pulling the strings for Sarsfields at midfield and his prominent role was to continue to the end as Sarsfields pressed for home. A goal from Aidan McCormack at the start of the third quarter confirmed Sarsfields as victors and they ran out 16-point winners.

Indeed, Sarsfields’ victory could have been far more comprehensive had it not been for Kildangan keeper Darragh Egan, who brought off a number of fine saves.

In the final quarter tie of the round Eire Og Anacarthy saw off North champions Portroe 1-15 to 1-10. This was relatively unchartered territory for both clubs, but the Éire Óg lads adapted better and led by 1-9 to 1-2 at the interval, with Sean Ryan getting their goal.

Portroe left their North championship form behind them, but a John Sheedy goal in the half gave them a bit of a boost and kept them in touch.

Despite a gallant fightback from Port they were unable to overturn the Éire Óg Anacarthy lads, especially with the likes of Ronan O’Brien and Padraic O’Dwyer in fine form. O’Brien shot 0-4 from play while O’Dwyer went one better with a tally of 0-8, with five of those coming from play.

Éire Óg Anacarthy have put together a strong run in the closing stages of the championship and while they will be rank outsiders to reach the decider, they will take confidence into Semple Stadium on October 7 for the semi-final double header.

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