Maher and Sars waltz through

Sarsfields 2-22 Éire Óg Annacarty 1-13

The Thurles men never got out of third gear but were still a considerable degree ahead of their opponents who, to their credit, battled all the way.

The major difference in the first half was a seventh-minute Denis Maher goal, well taken after he went on a mazy run through the Éire Óg rearguard.

Up to that, and indeed afterwards, Éire Óg gave the Mid champions plenty to think about, with Paudie O’Dwyer at centre-forward offering much resistance on the scoreboard.

He bagged 0-8 in the first half, but Sarsfields had a more impressive spread of scorers with six on the board by the interval, including both midfielders and centre-back Pádraic Maher.

Éire Óg could only manage 1-2 in the second half — the goal coming right at the death from a pass from centre-back Conor O’Brien, who had moved upfield, to sub Michael McGrath, who finished well.

Sarsfields had the game well wrapped up by then, with an Aidan McCormack goal in the 24th minute putting the seal on an impressive win for them, which saw Pa Bourke grab 0-6, Johnny Enright 0-5, and Lar Corbett 0-4.

Scorers for Sarsfields: P Bourke 0-6, J Enright, 0-5, L Corbett 0-4, D Maher 1-2, A McCormack 1-1, R Ruth 0-2, P Maher, M Gleeson 0-1 each.

Scorers for Éire Óg Annacarty: P O’Dwyer 0-9, M McGrath 1-0, C O’Brien 0-2, E Kennedy, D O’Dwyer 0-1 each.

SARSFIELDS: P McCormack, S Maher, K O’Gorman, D Maher, D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill, M Gleeson, J Enright, P Bourke, J Corbett, L Corbett, M O’Brien, D Maher, A McCormack.

Subs: R Ruth for M O’Brien; G O’Grady for J Corbett; J Maher for J Enright; J Lawlor for M Cahill; M Russell for L Corbett.

ÉIRE ÓG ANNACARTY: D Mooney, P McGrath, R Ryan,M O’Dywer, B Fox, C O’Brien, T Fox, K Fox, D Hogan, R O’Brien, P O’Dwyer, D O’Dwyer, S Ryan, E Kennedy, D O’Brien.

Subs: J Furlong for P McGrath; M McGrath for S Ryan; P Downey for E Kennedy; E Bradshaw for D O’Brien.

Referee: A Sherlock (Kildangan).

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