Holycross Ballycahill 2-14
Upperchurch Drombane 1-15
A goal in the 9th minute of either half helped Holycross Ballycahill to retain their senior status for 2013 as they fought hard to stave off a stern Upperchurch Drombane challenge at The Ragg on Sunday evening last in the senior hurling relegation semi-final.
A very competitive contest, the neighbours had it out hot and heavy, with the Church just coming up short in the forward division, especially since they seemed to favour a passing game rather than their more usual directness. It was an approach which seemed follysome as their play broke down time and again, particularly in the middle third, thereby allowing the victors to regain posession and relaunch attack.
Holycross Ballycahill’s blend of youth and experience proved vital. Youth had it’s fling and certainly the contributions of Seanie Nally, Jamie Woods, Tony Leahy, Cathal Barrett and Cathal Carroll complimented the likes of Jacko Doyle, the Duggan brothers and the Stakelums as they used all their knowhow to scrape a most important win out of what had been a disappointing season for them.
They had managed to get off to a good start and were 0-3 to 0-2 in front when Seanie Nally struck a fine goal in the 9th mintue after Donncha Duggan had broken the ball down -their points coming from Jamie Woods, John Dwyer and Patrick Stakelum, while Colm Stapleton and Padraig Greene were on target for Upperchurch Drombane. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report.