Toomevara stage late rally to pip Templederry in thriller

Toomevara conjured up a dramatic late rally to pip outsiders Templederry 0-24 to 2-17 in a thrilling SHC round three tie at Nenagh.

Aided by the elements, Toome dominated the first half and led 0-16 to 0-8 at the interval. Benny Dunne and brother Kenny, who finished with a total of ten points, were outstanding. But Templederry fought back and had goals from the inspirational Gearoid Ryan and Padraig O’Leary to lead by a point with time running out.

Toome’s greater experience stood to them though and points by Darren Delaney and Willie Ryan put them in front when it mattered.

This result clears the way for the fourth round with beaten divisional finalists Silvermines, Loughmore-Castleiney, Carrick Swans and Clonoulty-Rossmore paired against third round winners Toomevara, Nenagh, Borrisoleigh and Roscrea.

The pairings are: Clonoulty-Rossmore v Toomevara; Nenagh v Silvermines; Loughmore-Castleiney v Roscrea; Borrisoleigh v Carrick Swans.

Last year’s Munster club champions, Sarsfields, brought a disappointing season at senior level to a winning conclusion when they defeated Carrick Davins 3-18 to 1-13 in the Ó Riain Cup (SH B) final at Clonmel.

Cashel preserved their senior status when they defeated Golden-Kilfeacle 3-13 to 0-9 in the relegation final at New Inn. Cashel led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break and with a depleted Golden side losing Jim Bob McCarthy and James O’Connell to injury, the outcome was obvious.

Clonmel Commercials set down a very impressive marker as to their county championship credentials when they hammered Cahir 5-10 to 1-5 in their section of the county SFC. Drawing on the great pool of talent in the club following successes at minor and U21 level, Commercials dominated all the way. With goals by Ian Barnes (penalty), Luke Morris and Richie Carroll they led 3-5 to 0-4 at half-time.

Cahir were never in the hunt as Commercials added further goals in the second half from Colman Kennedy and Johnny Harney for a comprehensive win that puts them through to the quarter-finals.

In the other games played Éire Óg Anacarty followed their hurling success last week with a clearcut 1-19 to 1-7 win over a depleted Clonmel Óg. This win puts Éire Óg into the preliminary quarter-final round. Aherlow Gaels had to work hard for their 1-13 to 2-8 success against Arravale Rovers, and they too have qualified for the quarter-final.

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