Both were battling for survival but it was last year’s intermediate champions who proved the stronger in the second half to ensure themselves another term in the top flight.
Boherlahan started in whirlwind fashion against the breeze, a Darragh Hickey goal in the seventh minute giving them a 1-3 to no score lead. Moyne-Templetuohy settled slowly, a Tom Meade goal in the 11th minute doing a lot for their confidence, and by half-time they were ahead 1-11 to 1-7. Boherlahan lost top scorer Darragh Hickey through injury just before the break and he was a huge loss as Moyne took over on resuming. John Hassett’s goal after 44 minutes put them 2-15 to 1-9 ahead, and when Diarmuid Fogarty added another goal six minutes later, it was the end of the road for Boherlahan-Dualla.
The other relegation play-off between Holycross-Ballycahill and Cappawhite was postponed.
J K Brackens clinched their spot in the Mid Tipperary senior hurling semi-final against Loughmore-Castleiney when they defeated Moycarkey-Borris 2-19 to 2-10 at Drombane. A rather pedestrian first half ended with Brackens ahead 0-8 to 0-7 but a Shane Bourke goal seven minutes into the second half had them 1-12 to 0-7 clear. Kieran Morris gave Moycarkey hope with a goal at the end of the third quarter, but two minutes later county minor Lyndon Fairbrother had the Templemore side’s second goal. They were 2-19 to 1-10 ahead going into injury time when Conor Hayes netted for Moycarkey-Borris.
In the North senior hurling championship, Toomevara caused an upset when they knocked out Kilruane MacDonaghs 3-19 to 3-16 after an exciting tussle. Toome had a 2-10 to 1-10 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Paul Ryan, after only three minutes, and Ken Dunne. Cian Darcy got both Kilruane goals as the game was very much in the balance.
Former county minor Mark McCarthy had a third Toomevara goal after forty minutes, and with John O Brien showing the way for Toome they held on for the win despite Cian Darcy’s third goal in injury time for Kilruane MacDonagh. Toome meet Portroe in the quarter-final.
In the North quarter-final Templederry’s ability to pick off their points was decisive as they saw off the challenge of Ballina by 0-23 to 1-15. After a very open first half, Templederry led 0-13 to 0-11. A Stephen O Brien goal for Ballina at the start of the second half had Ballina level, but Templederry, with Adrian Ryan, Gearoid Ryan, Eanna Murray, and Brian Stapleton showing the way, kept taking their scores to get home by five points. County panellist Michael Breen was outstanding for Ballina.
The West senior hurling semi-final between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Knockavilla Kickhams scheduled for Anacarty on Sunday evening was deferred.
In the county senior football championship Arravale Rovers defeated Loughmore-Castleiney 1-12 to 2-7, and Aherlow Gaels overcame Drom-Inch 2-12 to 1-10.