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Weekend Sports Review

December 201216th

Sport

Weekend Sports Review

Gaelic Games

On Sunday in Newport Kilruane collected their eleventh under-21A divisional hurling title when MacDonagh’s got the better of Toomevara on a 0-14 to 0-11 scoreline. Playing with the breeze in the opening half Kilruane raced into a 0-9 to 0-4 lead, but Toomevara made a great stand in the second half and reduced the deficit to just two points (0-10 to 0-12) by the 51st minute. Kilruane responded to the challenge in great style with two late scores re-claiming the divisional title which MacDonagh’s last won in 2010. 

Toomevara have not claimed divisional honours at the grade since 2005, but the Greyhounds will be heartened by the battling qualities of their men and by the performance of the exceptional Andrew Ryan while Jason Ryan, Paddy Grace and Conor O’Meara all shone brightly. For Kilruane Niall O’Meara, Justin Cahill and Kieran Cahill were excellent while wing-forward Thomas Cleary was the outstanding candidate for the man of the match award. 

Kilruane MacDonagh’s will now face Thurles Sarsfields in a county under-21A hurling semi-final next weekend.

Meanwhile Templederry hosted the under-21B hurling final which Kildangan won, but only after extra-time was required to separate them from a determined Roscrea outfit.

The win represented sweet revenge for Kildangan since Roscrea had beaten Kildangan (3-12 to 1-10) in the opening round of the under-21B championship.

The final score in this encounter was 2-16 to 2-14 in favour of Kildangan while at full-time the scoreline read Kildangan 1-15 Roscrea 2-12. Although Roscrea trailed 1-5 to 1-8 at half-time they fought back to lead 2-10 to 1-11 with ten minutes to play before Kildangan conjured the scores to force extra-time. Kildangan will face Upperchurch-Drombane in their respective county semi-final next weekend.

Soccer

Nenagh AFC and Nenagh Celtic produced a dramatic nine-goal thriller this afternoon when the north Tipperary rivals met in the Munster Junior Cup at Islandbawn. Ultimately Nenagh Celtic won 5-4 in a cracker. Nenagh AFC entered the game as favourites and took the lead as early as the fifth minute courtesy of a misfortunate own goal. Thomas Sheppard made it two-nil in the 27th minute and the signs were truly ominous for Celtic.

Three minutes later however Nenagh Celtic struck back and in the 37th minute Jimmy Hynes made it two-all. The sides retired all square at the break and four minutes into the second half Celtic grabbed the lead. Celtic were flying now and led 5-2 by the 60th minute thanks to their fifth consecutive goal. Late goals from Nenagh AFC cut the gap significantly, but Celtic held on and progress to the next round at Town’s expense.

There was great consolation for Nenagh AFC on Saturday however when Nenagh AFC got the better of Clonmel Town in the Munster Youths Cup on a 2-0 scoreline.

Rugby

Nenagh Ormond were crowned Under-19 East Munster League champions on Saturday following an 8-3 win over Clonmel RFC at Clonmel. The senior side also enjoyed an impressive 19-14 win over Thomond on Thursday night in the opening round of the Tom Hartery Trophy.

Unfortunately, Nenagh Ormond’s re-scheduled Munster Junior Cup clash with Abbeyfeale in Abbeyfeale was called off this afternoon - Nenagh Ormond have been awarded the game. The under-17s lost their league play-off with Galbally on Sunday morning while the under-15s also lost to Cashel.

Munster were in Heineken Cup action on Sunday, but lost to Saracens at Vicarage Road in London.

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