Holders, Loughmore-Castleiney, powered their way past a disappointing Arravale Rovers in the county under 21 A football semi-final at Dundrum last week and will now meet Ardfinnan in the final.
Loughmore goals on either side of the half-time whistle were decisive. Arravale were , if anything, doing a shade better than the holders for the opening twenty minutes at the end of which they shared four points, Bill O Connell and Liam McGrath from a free registering for Loughmore, while James Hogan’s frees gave Arravale their points.
Liam Treacy and Liam McGrath were orchestrating the Loughmore game while Paddy Dalton was an inspiring figure for the Tipp town lads with Shane Leahy ably supporting in what had all the signs of being a closely fought encounter.
In six minutes the picture changed dramatically. Liam Treacy(2), John McGrath and Liam McGrath hit points for the Mid champions to drive them clear, and in the 30th minute, John McGrath set up his cousin, Liam, for a great Loughmore goal that put them 1-6 to 0-2 ahead at the break.
Indeed, they almost had another goal before the interval but Padraig Egan was foiled by a timely block as he was about to shoot with the goal at his mercy.
Arravale needed to get moving quickly on the resumption to make up the ground lost. However, Brian McGrath had a Loughmore point in the 34th minute and Padraig Egan saw an effort go agonisingly wide with goal written all over it as Loughmore turned the screw.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full story.