Borris-Ileigh, the defending Tipperary Water County Hurling League champions, booked their place in the final for the second successive season thanks to a 2-19 to 1-16 division one semi-final win over Kiladangan on Tuesday night, July 10th.
An early Shane Kenny goal set Borris-Ileigh on their way before Kiladangan fought back with a three-pointer of their own which arrived courtesy of Ciaran Kelly. Indeed, Kiladangan subsequently took the lead before Borris-Ileigh responded to get their noses back in front by the break (1-11 to 1-9). Conor Kenny was in outstanding form in this contest and inspired Borris-Ileigh in the second half before a Ray McCormack goal settled the issue.
Borris-Ileigh: James McCormack, Thomas Fahy (0-1), Paddy Stapleton (0-1), Aaron Rabbitte, Maurice Ryan, Jody Harkin, Ciaran Cowan, Sean McCormack (0-1), Jack Hogan (0-2), Liam Ryan (0-1), Shane Kenny (1-0), Ray McCormack (1-0), Matthew Stapleton (0-1), Conor Kenny (0-9, 0-5 frees), David O'Connor (0-2). Subs: Jerry Kelly (0-1), Keith Ryan, Michael Ryan.
Kiladangan: Barry Hogan (0-1, 0-1 frees), Jack Loughnane, Darren Moran, Fergal Hayes, Martin Minehan, Joe Gallagher, Declan McGrath (0-2), Alan Flynn, Johnny Horan (0-1), Tadhg Gallagher (0-5, 0-3 frees), Ciaran Kelly (1-1), Andy Loughnane, Billy Seymour (0-2, 0-2 frees), Eoin Kelly (0-1), Dan O'Meara (0-2). Subs: Paddy Coen (0-1), Darragh Flannery, Darren Ryan.
Meanwhile at St Michael's Park in Toomevara on Tuesday night Nenagh Éire Óg beat the Greyhounds by nine points (3-17 to 3-8) to book their place in the final against defending champions.
Toomevara, thanks in no small part to a cracking Paul Ryan goal, led 1-4 to 0-1 early on, but Nenagh Éire Óg steadied themselves and enjoyed a narrow advantage at the break (1-7 to 1-6). The Nenagh Éire Óg goals arrived courtesy of Michael Heffernan (free), James Mackey and Philip Hickey.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Shane Hennessy, Mark Flannery, Adam Gratton, Conor Ryan, Niall Madden (0-1), Barry Heffernan, Andrew Coffey, Pearse Morris, Killian Gleeson, James Mackey (1-2), Philip Hickey (1-1), Michael Heffernan (1-8, 1-6 frees), Tommy Heffernan (0-2), Adam Healy (0-1), Jake Morris (0-2). Subs: Niall McKeogh, Noel Maloney, Craig Hilmi.
Toomevara: Darren Cuddihy, Cathal Kennedy, Andrew Ryan, Liam Ryan, Jake Ryan, Jason Ryan, Darren Delaney (0-1), Josh McCarthy (0-2), Joey McLoughney (0-1), Jack Delaney (1-1), Colm Canning, Luke Ryan, Conor O'Meara, Mark McCarthy (1-2, 0-2 frees), Paul Ryan (1-0). Subs: Sean O'Flaherty, David Young, Alan Ryan (0-1).
DIVISIONS TWO TO SIX
On Tuesday, July 10th Loughmore-Castleiney beat Burgess comprehensively (3-20 to 0-12) in one division two semi-final at Castleiney while the corresponding semi-final between Kilruane MacDonagh's and Templederry Kenyons took place on Wednesday at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan - Kilruane edged a thriller after extra-time when winning this contest with six points to spare (2-26 to 1-23).
One division three semi-final took place on Sunday when Knockavilla Kickhams saw off the challenge of Ballina (1-25 to 1-19) while on Wednesday, July 11th Sean Treacy's beat Moyne-Templetuohy in Kilcommon (2-14 to 0-16).
Divisions four and six have not yet arrived at the knock-out stage of the competition, but a division five semi-final which took place on Sunday last saw Grangemockler-Ballyneale beat Golden-Kilfeacle 1-15 to 1-14. Cloneen will host the second division five semi-final between Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick's on Thursday, July 12th (8pm).
The Tipperary County Hurling League finals are scheduled to take place on the week-ending Sunday, July 22nd.
Sunday, July 15th will feature the semi-finals of division one, two and three in the Tipperary Water County Football League.
Ardfinnan take on Clonmel Commercials in Ardfinnan at 12 noon in division one while Moyle Rovers and Golden-Kilfeacle collide in Monroe (12 noon). The division two semi-finals will see Moyne-Templetuohy face Cahir in Templetuohy (12 noon) while Ballingarry and Rockwell Rovers meet at New Inn (7pm). Finally, in division three Killenaule take on Emly in Killenaule at 11am and an hour later at 12 noon in Cloneen St Patrick's face Clerihan.
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