The clash of champions in senior hurling saw county title holders, Sarsfields, defeat Mid holders, Drom-Inch 3-17 to 1-18 in the Mid Tipperary senior hurling semi-final at Templetuohy.
A low-key first half saw Sarsfields lead 0-11 to 0-9 at the break. A Billy McCarthy goal three minutes after resuming put the Thurles lads in a strong position but Drom responded with a string of points to lead 0-17 to 1-13 with eight minutes to play.
Then Sars hit them with two goals in two minutes, Pa Bourke getting the first and Richie Ruth, the second, and further points from Pa Bourke and Conor Lanigan looked to have the game secure for Sarsfields. Drom did not give up and David Collins had a goal for them at the finish, too late to save their crown.
In the Mid senior football semi-final, Loughmore-Castleiney defeated Moyne-Templetuohy 1-20 to 3-10 after extra time. The sides were level 1-11 to 2-8 at the end of ordinary time, Cian Hennessy levelling for Loughmore in injury-time, but in extra-time, there was only one team in it.
Countyman Jason Forde was Silvermines hero as his side saw off Roscrea in a thrilling North senior hurling quarter-final which went to extra-time. Forde had a goal in the first minute, but Roscrea hit them with three goals from Sam Conlon (2) and Alan Tynan in the second quarter to lead 3-12 to 1-10 at half-time.
Forde again struck an early goal for Silvermines on resuming but Roscrea were hanging on to a three points lead as time ran out when Forde bagged his third to send the game to extra time.
Roscrea hit six wides while Silvermines opened a four- point lead. Roscrea failed to score on the changeover as Mines went on to a 3-27 to 3- 20 win, with Forde bagging 3-12.
Cappawhite are the third West Tipperary team in three years to be relegated from senior to intermediate grade following their 4-14 to 2-12 defeat by Holycross-Ballycahill at Dundrum.
Holycross did the damage in the second quarter with goals from Robbie Stakelum (2) and Jamie Woods to forge an interval lead of 3-9 to 0-6. Liam Moloney’s goal sealed the issue for Holycross.
Big games coming up midweek are the South senior hurling semi-final between Killenaule and Mullinahone, and the North quarter-final between Portroe and Toomevara, in Nenagh, both on Tuesday evening.