North Tipperary Junior C Hurling Final
Silvermines 2-23 Borris-Ileigh 0-6
Winning Silvermines captain, Anthony McGrath said he was so lucky to captain a great bunch of players when he received the silverware from North Board Chairman, John McGrath after his team had a very easy win over Borris-Ileigh in the North Junior C Hurling final played at Templederry last Saturday.
Played in a new look Templederry venue proudly displaying a newly built stand and terrace, the veteran Silvermines star helped his team to win with ease in a game that had Silvermines dominating from midway through the first half and could have won by more had they found the target more often in that second quarter.
In what was a sporting game, there were two players sent off, one from each side, and in separate incidents.
Both dismissals happened in the second half with Boris-Ileigh full back, Cathal O’Connell receiving a second yellow card in the 40th minute.
Silvermines led 1-16 to 0-5 at the time having led 0-11 to 0-5 at the interval.
Then five minutes later, a minor scuffle broke out in front of the Silvermines goal area and Adrian Young was red-carded.
The dismissal coincided with a mini Borris-Ileigh comeback but Mines dominated the scoreboard from there to the finish when adding 1-7 without conceding a score to the opposition.
An experienced Silvermines attack proved the difference as the starting sextet got on the scoreboard. Left full forward, Timmy Kelly 1-11 (0-5f) was the star performer. Fergal Timmons (1-4) and centre forward Anthony McGrath (who played a captains part) was always in the action while John Kennedy at a star centre back. He rarely put a foot wrong.
Scores were level twice in the opening five minutes with Anthony McGrath and Michael Abbott matched by two Mockler frees.
Mines went three clear with Timmy Kelly, two points and one from Fergal Timmons on the mark. Tommy Mockler, Borris-Ileigh’s best forward, had the margin down to one by the 19th minute.
Mines responded with one attack after another but spurned many chances as the target proved difficult to find.
Then six minutes before the interval, Anthony McGrath’s quick thinking had Fergal Collins on the move with a score.
Seamus Hogan cut the Borris defence in two to assist Mark Bourke for another score and in the final minutes Mines added four more points two from Kelly (one free) with Mark Bourke and Fergal Timmins adding one each before a Tommy Mockler free left the halftime score at 0-11 to 0-5.
Silvermines returned to the second half fully determined to make amends for the eleven first half wides.
They hadn’t to wait very long to make the mark as Fergal Timmons had found the net after twenty five seconds.
It was the perfect start and the good beginning was boosted by four quick points in as many minutes with Timmy Kelly (free) Kieran Kennedy, Fergal Timmons each scoring while Michael Abbott picked off a great score from the right wing.
The pace quietened in the mid third of the half as the winners scored but three points between the 37th and 50th minute period as Timmy Kelly added three frees.
Tommy Mockler replied with a 48th minute free but the final ten minutes belonged to Mines as they added 1-5 with Timmy Kelly on 1-3; his goal coming in the 57th minute while Anthony McGrath and T J Timmons grabbed one each.
Silvermines- T Kelly 1-11(0-5f); F Timmons 1-4; A McGrath, M Bourke, M Abbott 0-2 each; K Kennedy and TJ Timmons 0-1 each.
Borris-Ileigh: T Mockler 0-6 (all frees).
Silvermines: Will Power; Brian Daniels, Alan Cunneen, Evan Grace; Adrian Young, John Kennedy, Shane Horan; TJ Timmons, Seamus Hogan; Mark Bourke, Anthony McGrath (captain), Michael Abbott; Kieran Kennedy, Fergal Timmons, Timmy Kelly. Subs: Denis Ryan for Grace (51); Paul O’Brien for Bourke (56); Brian O’Dwyer for McGrath (56); Mark Kennedy for Abbott (57);Kelvin Young for Kelly (60).
Borris-Ileigh: Martin Hayes; John Fitzgerald, Cathal O Connell, Michael Small; Martin Ryan, Pauric Maher, Philip McCormack; Shane McCormack, Sean Kenny; Conor Walsh, Aidan Walsh, Tommy Mockler; Rory O Donnell, Diarmuid Kinane, Rory Ryan (Captain). Subs: Danny Ryan for C Walsh(h/t); Lorcan Ryan for S Kenny (44); 19. Patrick Donnelly for S McCormack (51); Conor Walsh for A Walsh (56);
Referee: Jim Lees (Newport).