The good run continues for Silvermines as their latest escapade saw them dethrone North champions Portroe with a fantastic display in the quarter final played at MacDonagh Park last Sunday afternoon.
The challengers produced a strong second half performance with the champions efforts hampered when they were reduced to fourteen men when Noel O’Halloran three minutes into the second half but such was the display by Mines that it made no difference if the champions had a full complement or not
The winners led 1-9 to 0-8 points at half time and went into the dressing rooms happy with the knowledge that the breeze would assist them in the second half. Three minutes in to the new half, O’Halloran was sent to the line for a second yellow card offence and nine minutes later, the Mines second goal arrived through Daniel Keogh giving them a 2-12 to 0-10 lead and the path to the semi finals assisted by the extra pair of hands saw them outscore their opponents 0-6 to 0-4 in the final quarter.
Kevin O’Halloran’s opening score should have settled the champions but Mines dominated the opening ten minutes to take a 0-5 to 0-2 lead with Orrie and Sean Quirke with Jason Forde finding the target.
The Mines defence especially Ronan Sherlock and Noel Quirke at half back, were in command and the Mines continued to dictate especially the talented Forde who reached five points -three from play with two in particular coming from the exquisite kind – to help his side go 0-7 to 0-3 clear after fifteen minutes.
Portroe, still without the injured Michael Sheedy, although he made an appearance late in the game, began to claw back the lead with John Sheedy hitting three points on the trot from placed balls, one from a sixty five (both Mark Gennery, James Ryan had found the target earlier in the game) before Conor Leo levelled at 0-7 each after 23 minutes.
Sheedy edged Port ahead from play. Forde’s angled free levelled and two minutes from half time, David Keogh availed of loose marking to send a low shot past Darren Gleeson for a goal.
Portroe responded with Darren Gleeson travelling upfield to blast a twenty metre free. His low shot was saved by Brendan Timmons and the danger was cleared. When play reached the other end, Cathal Sherlock might have delivered to the net but was happy with a point to leave his side ahead 1-9 to 0-8 at the interval.
Mines introduced Daniel Keogh in place of Sean Quirke at half time and three minutes into the second half Portroe suffered a setback when Noel O’Halloran was sent off for a second yellow card offence. Willie Keogh increased his side’s lead in the 35th minute, John Sheedy replied with a free but Cathal Gleeson scored a great point only to see Jimmy Creamer respond in kind.
Full match report in this week’s tipperary star.