Nenagh Éire Óg back in final hunt after seven-year gap

Nenagh Éire Óg qualified for their first Tipperary SHC final since 2006 after a convincing semi-final replay win over Kildangan at Semple Stadium yesterday (1-17 to 0-12).

Nenagh surrendered a nine points lead in the drawn game but left nothing to chance this time. They led 0-6 to 0-3 when Richie Flannery bagged their goal after 20 minutes,and from there on were in command

They led 1-10 to 0-6 at the break with Ruairí Gleeson scoring five Kildangan points from frees. Nenagh were 1-14 to 0-7 clear after 46 minutes when Kildangan’s Daragh Egan blasted a 20m free over the bar. That signalled the end of Kildangan’s hopes as Mikey Heffernan and Kevin Tucker completed the scoring for the victors. Éire Óg Nenagh face Loughmore-Castleiney in Sunday’s final.

Loughmore-Castleiney kept their hopes of a county senior double alive when they edged out Arravale Rovers in a thrilling SFC quarter-final at Clonoulty which went to extra time. Arravale held the initiative in the first half with a Pearse Richardson goal after 16 minutes helping them to a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead. With John McGrath showing the way, Loughmore were the better side on the restart and twice went two points clear but Arravale refused to surrender and Shane Leahy’s late score forced extra time (0-12 to 1-9). Loughmore had a one point advantage at the half-way stage, and two minutes after resuming, John McGrath crashed a penalty against the crossbar. Timmy Dalton’s last minute free for Arravale wasn’t enough to rescue his side as the tie finished 1-12 to 0-16. JK Brackens held on for a one point win (0-8 to 1-4) over Moyle Rovers in their quarter-final. Brackens led 0-3 to 0-2 at half-time but breeze-aided Rovers were guilty of poor shooting. Brackens took a grip in the third quarter, with Colin O Riordan outstanding, and raced 0-8 to 0-3 clear.

A Conor Kenneally goal revived Moyle Rovers’ challenge but Brackens held on for a deserved win despite the best efforts of such as Peter Acheson Alan Campbell and Liam Boland for Rovers.

Holders Clonmel Commercials easily accounted for Éire Óg, Anacarty in their last eight tie (1-20 to 1-6).

The Anacarty side played well in the first half, trailing 0-5 to 1-5, Jason Lonergan getting the Commercials goal. Commercials hit eight points without reply in the third quarter with Jeremiah Furlong goaling for Éire Óg. Michael Quinlivan, Seamus Kennedy, Colman Kennedy, and Colm McCullough led the way for a Commercials side that will be hotly fancied to retain their crown.

In the fourth quarter-final Aherlow Gaels were comfortable winners over West division neighbours Galtee Rovers (2-8 to 0-6).

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