Nenagh CBS 1-7 Thurles CBS 0-8
A real dogfight, played in a mudbath, one wonders at the wisdom of going ahead with games in such conditions, especially with so much lip service being given to the whole player welfare issue. Why is it that the Harty Cup always ends up being played in such atrocious conditions? - perhaps a stern look at the format is needed.
That won’t bother Nenagh CBS though as they ready themselves to square up to Ard Scoil Ris in the Dr Harty Cup semi-final. The Nenagh lads were good for the quarter final win too as they came and finished off the job they should have wrapped up on day one.
Wind, rain, mud and puddles greeted those who braved the elements at the Ragg and the majority of spectators had no choice but to subject their senses to the ever increasing decibels in the stand, with shelter being favoured over deafness. But, credit to both schools, you could hear a pin drop as a minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Martin Costigan (Moyne Templetuohy) who died tragically in Australia and who had played Harty Cup for Our lady’s Templemore, as well as hurling and football for his club. It was a fitting tribute from the vocalists who showed the utmost of respect.
Once the whistle sounded though, it was game on - on and off the field.
Teams and Scorers:
Nenagh CBS: W Power, S Cleary, J Flaherty, D Quinn, E Hynes, J Peters, K Gleeson, J Loughnane, T Gallagher, P Shanahan 0-1, J Forde 1-5, S O’Brien, C Deleaney, P Fogarty, J Mackey. Subs: S Geaney; C Leo.
Thurles CBS: J Maher, J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy, R Maher, S Kennedy 0-1, C Quirke, S Maher (Sean Treacys), S Cahill, C Hammersley, S Maher ( Clonoulty Rossmore) 0-1, K Slattery, P Hayes, P Ralph 0-1, C Lanigan 0-5. Subs: J Meagher; E Moriarty; D Burke.
Referee: P Russell (Emly)
You can read Noel’s full report in the next issue of the Tipperary Star, Thursday 2nd February