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Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary hurlers returned to action this afternoon and beat UCC 3-23 to 2-15 in a challenge game at Emly. The goals arrived courtesy of Timmy Hammersley (two) and Shane Bourke.
Tipperary raced into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead inside the opening ten minutes before a Timmy Hammersley goal franked Tipperary’s dominance in the 27th minute (1-11 to 0-6). UCC, however, struck back with two late first half goals and only the minimum (1-12 to 2-8) separated the sides at the break. A second Timmy Hammersley goal set Tipperary on their way early in the second half before a Shane Bourke goal on the hour mark established a 3-19 to 2-11 lead.
The Tipperary starting XV: Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange), John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Thomas Hamill (Killea), Séamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Johnny Ryan (Drom & Inch), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Seán Curran (Mullinahone), Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Shane Bourke (JK Bracken’s).
Tipperary will make their competitive debut in the Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-finals on January 27th when they host either Limerick or Mary Immaculate College.
Nenagh Ormond were knocked out of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday following a 9-20 defeat suffered at the hands of UCC in New Ormond Park. Despite falling 0-7 behind to an early UCC try Nenagh fought back with a penalty and trailed 3-7 at the break. Nenagh then traded penalties with UCC (6-10) before UCC forced their way into a 13-9 lead entering the final quarter of this entertaining contest. Nenagh, with Rory Whelan and Michael Slattery outstanding, pushed hard for a late match-winning try, but UCC raced clear to seal their win with a breakaway try at the very death.
Munster were in Rabo Direct Pro 12 action on Saturday and suffered a disappointing 6-17 defeat to the Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park. The Munster display was very disappointing especially when you consider that Munster are in Heineken Cup action away to Edinburgh next Sunday (12.45pm). Munster will complete the group phase of the Heineken Cup when they host Racing Métro at Thomond Park on Sunday, January 20th (12.45pm).
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