Borris-Ileigh thundered to a ten-point win over a very disappointing Templederry at Dolla on Thursday evening in a distinctly one-sided north Tipperary senior hurling quarter-final.
Templederry were strangely subdued in their approach to this encounter, but Borris-Ileigh went about their business in devastating fashion with Philip Maher, Brendan Maher and Ciarán Cowan absolutely outstanding.
Despite playing into the breeze Borris-Ileigh led 2-7 to 0-3 after just 23 minutes.
David O’Connor (free) and Paul Murray traded early points, but Templederry failed to score again until the 19th minute while Borris-Ileigh hit their opponents with 1-5. Ciarán Cowan forced Borris-Ileigh into the lead in the fourth minute while a David O’Connor ’65 and a sensational Brendan Maher sideline in the 11th minute helped his side toward a 0-4 to 0-1 advantage.
Mark Bourke then added to the Borris-Ileigh tally before a Ciarán Cowan rocket hit a Templederry post and ricocheted wide.
David O’Connor helped himself to another Borris-Ileigh point in the 16th minute and a minute later Michael Ferncombe’s men notched a goal they richly deserved when Vincent Stapleton passed to Mark Bourke who in turn set up Keith Ryan for a superb goal - 1-6 to 0-1.
Gearóid Ryan fired over a smashing left-handed effort in the 19th minute and then worked a quick free into the hand of Brian Stapleton to cut the gap to seven points (0-3 to 1-7) by the 21st, but Borris-Ileigh responded in devastating fashion.
First came a point from Brendan Maher and then in the 23rd minute Mathew Ryan saved initially from Vincent Stapleton, but Ciarán Cowan booted in the rebound - 2-7 to 0-3.
Templederry then enjoyed their most productive period of the entire game when managing to cut Borris-Ileigh’s advantage to five points by the break. In the 24th minute Éanna Murray was fouled for a penalty which Murray duly converted before another Murray free and a terrific long-range effort from Timmy Minogue left five between them at the break - 1-5 to 2-7.
The sides traded points during the opening exchanges of the second half before a David O’Connor free in the 39th minute left six points between them - 2-10 to 1-7.
Templederry then enjoyed a glorious opportunity to drag themselves back into contention, but Jody Harkin saved Brian Stapleton’s stinging effort in the 41st minute and Gearóid Ryan fired the rebound badly wide. Paul Murray attempted to rouse his playing colleagues with two fine points, but Borris-Ileigh responded almost immediately through David O’Connor (free) and a brilliant left-handed effort from Brendan Maher.
A Mark Bourke brace (one free) left eight between them (2-14 to 1-9) by the 52nd minute as Borris-Ileigh surged toward the final whistle.
A James Hogan point for Templederry offered some resistance, but Borris-Ileigh were well worth their third goal - in the 57th minute Ciarán Cowan’s shot was blocked and Vincent Stapleton scrambled in the rebound. That three-pointer was no more than Stapleton deserved for his tireless work throughout this encounter.
An Éanna Murray free concluded the scoring from a Templederry point of view while Mark Bourke (free) fired over Borris-Ileigh 15th point in the 62nd minute.
Borris-Ileigh: Jody Harkin, Martin Treacy, Philip Maher, Seán Maher, Martin Maher, Seán McCormack, Paddy Stapleton, Brendan Maher (0-3, 0-1 sideline), Dan McCormack, David O’Connor (0-6, 0-4 frees, 0-1 ’65), Ciarán Cowan (1-2), Mark Bourke (0-4, 0-2 frees), Cathal Bourke, Vincent Stapleton (1-0), Keith Ryan (1-0). Subs: (46th) Declan Maher for Cathal Bourke, (55th) Páidi Stapleton for David O’Connor.
Templederry Kenyons: Mathew Ryan, Pádraig Ryan, Christy Coughlan, Tadhg McLoughlin, Daniel Shanahan, Thomas Stapleton, Timmy Minogue (0-1), Michael O’Leary, Brian Stapleton (0-2), Gearóid Ryan (0-1), Pádraig O’Leary, Éanna Murray (1-3, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty), Mathew Hogan, Paul Murray (0-3), Tom Ryan. Subs: (HT) James Hogan (0-1) for Michael O’Leary, (HT) Dónal McGrath for Tom Ryan, (53rd) Pio Kennedy for Mathew Hogan.
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams).
Templederry Kenyons 1-11