Kiladangan produce the goods in key clash as North Tipperary final four is now known

Brian McDonnell


Brian McDonnell


Kiladangan produce the goods in key clash as North Tipperary final four is now known

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.