Senior Hurling League
Portroe added the Senior Hurling League Division 2 trophy to their North Division title defeating Killenaule by an injury-time point in a enthralling contest that went all the way to the wire in ideal conditions in the Ragg on Saturday afternoon.
Surprise packet Portroe, who lost their maiden Co. Senior Hurling Championship quarterfinal six days earlier, produced a second half rally to go on and snatch victory with an injury-time point. Meanwhile Killenaule, who surprised everyone by winning their first South Division football title, had their maiden County Football championship; it did not stop them providing a wholehearted performance that came up just short.
This decider turned out to be a shoot-out between Portroe’s marksman John Sheedy and Killenaule’s John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, with Sheedy coming out on top. O’Dwyer registered the first score for Killenaule and added a 65 after Portroe’s goalie Darren Gleeson did well to push around a post to go two points clear.
In the 3rd minute Portroe’s first attack produced a goal when a speculative shot by James Ryan out on the end-line saw Killenaule goalie Gerry Kennedy misjudge the flight of the sliotar turning it into his own net. Portroe with their tails up then added three points through John Sheedy, Kevin O’Halloran, and James Ryan to go four clear after 6 minutes.
Killenaule responded with a points from Niall Bergin and John O’Dwyer only for James Ryan and Kevin O’Halloran to cancel them. Killenaule once again hit back with John O’Dwyer and Daniel Guinan, only for Portroe with points by Jimmy Cramer and John Sheedy opened up a 1-7 to 0-6 lead with ten minutes of the half remaining. However, over the final ten minutes Killenaule turned this game around with three points came from John O’Dwyer and one each by Declan Fanning and James Ryan to lead 0-12 to 1-07 at half-time. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report.