Battling Ballyporeen earn replay

Ballyporeen (Tipperary) 2-12 De La Salle (Waterford) 4-06 (aet)
Not even extra-time could split these teams and both Ballyporeen and De La Salle went home thinking they had the winning of this Munster Club IFC quarter-final in Clonmel.

An amazing second-half had Ballyporeen nine down with 19 to play, yet they led by one in the closing minutes after a comeback inspired by captain Conor Sweeney which saw them score 1-7 without answer.

After being in a seemingly-unassailable position, it was De La Salle who needed a late Oran Keevers equaliser to send the game into extra-time. Two first-half goals by Jake Dillon, following their opener by Mitchell Casey, and then a fourth goal in the second-half from Ian Cantwell when he kept the ball on the ground left them well ahead.

But Ballyporeen kept plugging away and Tommy Sweeney bagged their second goal — the first by Conor Sweeney in the opening half — to keep them in the hunt.

Extra-time proved anti-climactic as legs grew tired and the evening grew dull, and the teams have to do it all once more.

Scorers for Ballyporeen: C Sweeney (1-8, 4fs), T Sweeney (1-0), J O’Callaghan (0-2), F O’Sullivan, D Barrett (0-1 each).

Scorers for De La Salle: J Dillon (2-0), I Cantwell (1-3, 3f), M Casey (1-0), E Barrett, O Keevers, S Walsh (0-1 each).

BALLYPOREEN: M Sweeney; S O’Callaghan, D Russell, B Breedy; E Morrissey, W English, R O’Callaghan; J O’Callaghan, J Martin; P Fitzgerald, C Sweeney, D Lyons; S Lynch, T Sweeney, F O’Sullivan.

Subs: E Kearney for E Morrissey, A Crotty for D Russell, D Barrett for F O’Sullivan, N Barrett for S Lynch, D Hyland for P Fitzgerald.

DE LA SALLE: D Dennison; S Dalton, C Clancy, C Sheehan; O Keevers, T Kearney, D Kennedy; J Kennedy, E Barrett; I Cantwell, M Casey, K Byrne; C Morris, L Hayes, P Kennedy.

Subs: J Dillon for P Kennedy, S Walsh for K Byrne, A Farrell for M Casey, D Twomey for L Hayes.

Ref: Richard Moloney (Limerick).


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