Breaking: Callanan back for Drom_Inch but Cahill limps off for Sarsfields in mid Tipp senior hurling championship

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Michael Cahill

Michael Cahill limped off just after half time with a hamstring injury.

Wins for Loughmore Castleiney and Sarsfields at this afternoons double header in the Centenary Agri championship at Templetuohy.

Noel McGrath was the standout player on display in this afternoons Centenary Agri mid Tipperary senior hurling championship double header at Templetuohy as his 0-9 helped Loughmore Castleiney to an impressive ten point victory over Drom-Inch.

McGrath struck 0-6 from play from his midfield berth and pulled the strings for his side who were by far the better team over the Seamus Callanan led Drom-Inch, who disappointed on the day. Callanan bagged 0-8 of his sides tally but he has a distance to go yet in his quest to return to full fitness and on the evidence of this afternoons showing he will have a real race against time to be fit for the Munster championship opener against Limerick on May 20th.

That game may also be on the mind of Sarsfields defender Michael Cahill who limped off five minutes into the second half of Sarsfields clash with Upperchurch Drombane having pulled up suddenly with a hamstring problem. The corner back had been hurling well at the time but came off immediately and was treated on the sideline.

Sarsfields had it all to do against the Church and were 1-5 to 0-3 down after 12 minutes when Loughlin Ryan nipped in for a goal.  However, by the break, the defending champions were back on terms at 0-11 to 1-8 and were forced to work really hard in the second half to make any headway - Ronan Mahers  scores helping greatly until corner forward Conor Stakelum bagged 32nd minute goal to seal the victory, having been put through by Stephen Cahill. 

Noel McGrath

In the second game of the afternoon, Noel McGrath ran the show as Loughmore Castleiney had a 0-11 to 0-8 interval lead - all bar two of their points coming from McGrath sticks, in the hands of Liam, Noel and John.  And, Noel McGrath really took control in the second half scoring 0-7 including a magnificent sideline cut to seal a ten point victory for his side.

To compound Drom-Inch's woes and sum up their afternoon, Seamus Callanan had a penalty effort saved by Loughmore Castleiney keeper Shane Nolan at the very death.

Tomorrows action at The Ragg will see Holycross Ballycahill and Moycarkey Borris go head to head, while in the curtain raiser Clonakenny and JK Brackens will clash.