Borris-Ileigh got the better of Toomevara in Nenagh on Sunday. Photo: Bridget Delaney
Kiladangan produced a terrific performance in the pick of the Hibernian Inn North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals on Sunday evening to book their place in the final four alongside Borris-Ileigh, the Templederry Kenyons and Nenagh Éire Óg.
Kiladangan faced an in-form Kilruane MacDonagh’s team and won impressively at Dolla (2-15 to 1-11). Kiladangan, who are chasing a third consecutive North Tipperary senior hurling title this year, trailed by six points after fifteen minutes, but recovered and trailed by two at the interval thanks to a Tadhg Gallagher goal (1-4 to 1-6). Playing with the aid of the elements in the second half the defending champions surged toward a well-merited seven-point win.
Johnny Kelly's powerful Borris-Ileigh team overwhelmed Toomevara (0-20 to 0-12) in atrocious weather conditions to MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Sunday afternoon.
Borris-Ileigh led 0-13 to 0-6 at the break having played with the driving wind and although nine of those points had originated from the stick of Brendan Maher at centre-back Toome looked in trouble. Indeed, outside of a brief rally from the Greyhounds in the second half Borris-Ileigh proved superior in a game which promised much more than it delivered in terms of quality hurling. Borris-Ileigh, of course, won’t be too concerned about such issues.
The Templederry Kenyons recovered an eight-point deficit on Sunday afternoon at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh to beat Burgess (2-13 to 1-11). The composed manner of how Templederry went about their business caught the eye. Burgess started well and led 1-5 to no-score after seven minutes. The Burgess lads are no slouches, but once Templederry settled they reeled Timmy Hogan's men in with a steady display.
The Kenyons cut the gap to five by the break (1-3 to 1-8) having faced a very stiff wind, found themselves level by the 47th minute and took the lead a minute later. Indeed, it is instructive to note that outside of the opening seven minutes Templederry, with Éanna Murray outstanding, won the remainder of this contest 2-13 to 0-6.
Meanwhile Nenagh Éire Óg booked a place in the last four after they overcame a young and brave Roscrea side at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan on Saturday evening (0-20 to 2-11). Three points separated the teams at the end of a very entertaining second half which more than compensated for a mediocre first.