The 60-second report
You don’t need us to tell you, Bryan McLoughney’s goal. A peach of a finish, an incredible show of strength from a player transformed in extra-time.
The magnificence of this county final. On a gorgeous autumn afternoon in Thurles, it will be remembered as one of the greatest contests of the year.
For Kiladangan who were a dot on the Tipp hurling scene in the 90s, this victory serves as just reward for investment in time and effort from men such as Eamonn Kelly, Brian Lawlor and Darragh Egan. From small acorns grow…
Difficult to pick out any villains. If life was fair, Loughmore-Castleiney would get an extra week to prepare for Clonmel Commercials so as to lick their wounds.
Willie Connors and Deccy McGrath had to make way towards the end with injuries.
Moving John McGrath closer to goal worked well for Loughmore in the closing stages of the second half. Bringing McLoughney back proved an even better decision by the Kiladangan management. Loughmore’s direct hurling in the first half was effective.
Marking Noel McGrath, Alan Flynn knew he wouldn’t have everything his own way but three points was a fine return. Paul Flynn scored some outstanding points. John Meagher was a colossus for Loughmore-Castleiney and John and Noel McGrath were impressive in spells.
Michael Kennedy earned this appointment on the back of a fine championship. He didn’t disappoint here. His officiating contributed to a classic.
B Seymour (0-8, 5 frees); P Flynn (0-7); B McLoughney (1-2); S Hayes (0-4); A Flynn (0-3); D O’Meara, W Connors (sideline), D McGrath, A Loughnane (0-1 each).
J McGrath (1-10, 0-5 frees, 1 65); N McGrath (0-5); E Sweeney, T McGrath (1-0 each); J Nyland (0-2); B McGrath, L Treacy, T Maher (0-1 each).
B Hogan; D Flannery, J Quigley, F Hayes; A Flynn, D Sweeney, D McGrath; W Connors, T Gallagher; S Hayes, J Gallagher, D O’Meara; B Seymour, P Flynn (c), B McLoughney.
A Loughnane for B McLoughney (44); M Minehan for D O’Meara (57); B McLoughney for W Connors (75); D Moran for D McGrath (76).
B Hogan; L Egan, J Hennessy, W Eviston; J Ryan, J Meagher, A McGrath; B McGrath, C Connolly; J Nyland, J McGrath, N McGrath; T McGrath (c), Ciarán McGrath, E Sweeney.
Conor McGrath for Tomás McGrath (48); L Treacy for C Connolly (54); C Connolly for Ciarán McGrath (e-t h-t); T Maher for A McGrath (74).
M Kennedy (Newcastle).