Match Report 14-04-18

Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 1

Moyne Templetuohy     0-20

Ballinahinch                       0-09

By Mark Dunne PRO

Moyne Templetuohy got of to winning ways in this years County Intermediate Hurling Championship following a convincing 11point victory over a Ballinahinch side that never really got of the starting blocks.

With a strong wind gusting across Templederry, Moyne Templetuohy got of to a terrific start with Gearoid O’Connor pointing two early frees. However, Ballinahinch struck back with a point from Ger Grace in the far corner. Moyne Templetuohy dominated the early proceedings, the highlight being a sublime sideline cut from Gearoid O’Connor which sailed over the Ballinahinch crossbar, to leave the score 4 points to 1 after 11minutes. Ballinahinch then moved former inter county hurler Shane McGrath to centre forward with the hope of orchestrating his teams attack but the Moyne Templetuohy defence coped well. Moyne attacked time and time again with Jason Bergin at centre forward causing problems for the defence. Moyne Templetuohy will be pleased how they finished the half, 5 points unanswered from four different scorers. Half time score read Moyne Templetuohy 0-11 Ballinahinch 0-04.

The second half took a similar shape to the first. Moyne Templetuohy were quicker out of the blocks with their 12th score coming from the stick of Conor Bowe. The teams then traded points with Moyne Templetuohy conceding several soft frees, to bring Ballinahinch within six points shortly into the second half. Moyne battled hard and coped with a number of tricky situations in their own square with Liam Butler, Tom Hassett and goalie Paul Maher being terrific throughout. Ballinahinch will be disappointed with a few long range frees that dropped casually into the hands of Paul Maher. Substitute Dee Leahy, Gearoid O’Connor and Jason Bergin tapping over the final three points to leave a full-time score of Moyne Templetuohy 0-20 Ballinahinch 0-09.

Moyne Templetuohy will be happy with the level of scoring reached today and the number of scorers they had. The age-old issue of conceding frees come back to haunt the team with 21 frees conceded throughout. Man of the match on the day must go to Gearoid O’Connor, who on his first day out at Intermediate Championship level finished with an impressive nine points. Moyne now turn to the big ball where they face Moycarkey Borris in the first round of the County Intermediate Football Championship next weekend.

Team and scorers: Paul Maher, Tomas Hassett, Liam Butler, Joe O’Grady, Niall Russell (0-01), Thossie Hamill, Pearce Meade, Donnacha Dunne, Tom Meade (0-01), Conor Bowe (0-03), Jason Bergin (0-04), Gearoid O’Connor (0-01 65m, 0-05 frees, 0-01 sideline, 0-02), Dee Fogarty (0-01), John Hassett and Mark Ryan. Subs: Dee Leahy (0-01) for Donnacha Dunne, Damian Cantwell for John Hassett.

Referee: Fiachra O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)