Munster captain Brendan Maher pictured accepting the cup from GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan. Photo: Eamonn McGee
Borris-Ileigh’s Brendan Maher captained Munster to a dramatic inter-provincial final victory over Leinster at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Thursday night - Clare manager Anthony Daly guided Munster to a 46th provincial crown.
Leinster led 1-11 to 0-10 at the interval and appeared in control in front of 592 spectators at three different junctures during the second half when leading with five points to spare. Munster, however, finished like a train and fired 1-5 without reply to win by a comfortable four (2-20 to 2-16). Clare’s Aaron Shanagher notched the key goal for Munster.
Tipperary’s Darren Gleeson (Portroe), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Michael Breen (Ballina), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) and Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) all played a significant role in this provincial success (a title last won in 2013).
On Saturday Toomevara beat Kilruane MacDonagh’s (2-18 to 1-13) after extra-time in the replayed final of the Walsh’s of Nenagh North Tipperary Under-21A Hurling Championship.
At MacDonagh Park, Nenagh Kilruane certainly contributed handsomely to an entertaining final, but, in the end, Toomevara proved the more accomplished outfit and were deserving winners of the divisional title - a sweet reward, we are sure, for a bunch of Greyhounds who lost the minor decider three years ago against Nenagh Éire Óg after extra-time - to read a full report from the game please click here.
Meanwhile back-to-back minor A county champions St Mary’s Clonmel captured a first South Tipperary under-21A hurling title in 28 years when beating Killenaule in the divisional final.