‘FBD Insurance’ Tipperary Intermediate Preliminary Quarter Final
Moyne Templetuohy 1-15
Sean Treacys 0-21
By Mark Dunne PRO
A strong second half display was enough to see Sean Treacys advance to the Tipperary Intermediate Quarter Final following a 1-15 to 0-21 point win in a wet and slippery Borrisoleigh on Saturday evening last.
Moyne Templetuohy started with intent. Following a Treacys wide from an opening free. Damien Cantwell had the first opportunity for the Mid men, and could he easily have raised a green flag only for his shot to fire over the crossbar. Sean Treacys retuned a score of their own from the stick of Patrick Carey. The wet day coupled with a greasy ball made progress slow with a lot of rucks forming throughout the game. Gearoid O’Connor got his first point of the day when centre back Thossie Hamill caught a superb ball, fed the ball to O’Connor who pointed. O’Connor pointed again from a placed ball before Brian Carey got one back for the West team. 0-03 to 0-02. O’Connor pointed again to double their lead before Treacys scored the next two, to draw the team’s level. The slippery conditions contributed to the high free count and began a day for the sharp shooter on both teams. O’Connor pointed one more before Treacys found a good run of form. They scored the next four points to push themselves three points to the good with seven minute of the half to play. Gearoid pointed a good free from out on the side-line before he added one from play with Kieran Larkin instrumental in the set up. Donnacha Dunne had probably the best opportunity of the half for a green flag but his shot flew across the goal and wide. However, Dunne was fouled in the lead up and O’Connor pointed the resultant free to level the sides once more. Both free takers traded points in the remaining minutes to send the teams in level at the break. 0-09 to 0-09.
The game was really in the melting point up to this point. Both teams would have felt they had what it takes to advance to the Quarter Finals. Sean Ryan opened the scoring of the half with a fine effort from 40 yards out. Moyne Templetuohy captain Pierce Meade led by example with a good individual effort. 0-10 to 0-10. Patrick Deegan added to the scoreboard before Darragh Kennedys point was eventually given following some confusion among the umpires. Damien Cantwell scored his second to reduce the gap to the minimum before Gearoid O’Connor closed the gap. Matt Feehan’s point also caused confusion among the official before it was deemed over. Patrick Carey added another to push their lead to two. Jason Bergin worked hard and once again reduced the gap. Carey and O’Connor traded scorers from frees. Sean Ryan found his range once again before a wonder score from Jason Bergin narrowed the gap to one. However, the next 7minutes was devastating from a Moyne Templetuohy point of view. Sean Treacys scored the next five points unanswered as Thossie Hamill and Martin Kelly had goal chances snuffed out. However, the goal did come from the stick of Jason Bergin, but it was unfortunately too little too late. IT reduced the gap to three but that’s how it would remain at the final whistle. Full time 1-15 to 0-21.
Moyne Templetuohy will be very disappointed to fall at the same hurdle as 2018. A year which saw them claim the Mid Intermediate title for the first time in 15 years could be seen as a good year, but Moyne Templetuohy know they could have advanced further in the County Competition. Alas it was not to be and so ends our hurling interest for 2019. The management and team are very thankful and grateful for the support you have shown to this team throughout the year on this journey. Attention will return to the big ball in the coming weeks with Senior Football Relegation and Mid Football Championship still to be played.
Team and scorers: Paul Maher, Eoin Gorman, Liam Butler, Joe Grady, Kieran Larkin, Thossie Hamill, Pierce Meade (0-01), Donnacha Dunne, Tom Meade, Diarmuid Fogarty, Jason Bergin (1-02), Gearoid O’Connor (0-08 frees, 0-02 play), Damien Cantwell (0-02), Mark Ryan and Conor Bowe. Subs used: Shane Lowe for Diarmuid Fogarty, Martin Kelly for Donnacha Dunne.