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Brendan Maher inspires Borris-Ileigh to first Tipperary SHC final in 29 years

They claimed a 1-16 to 1-12 win over Drom & Inch in Thurles.

Brendan Maher (file photo).
Brendan Maher (file photo).
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Borris-Ileigh 1-16
Drom & Inch 1-12

Shane Brophy reports from Semple Stadium 

BORRIS-ILEIGH PROGRESSED to their first Tipperary senior hurling championship final since 1988 after Brendan Maher inspired his side past neighbours Drom & Inch at Semple Stadium.

The first half was a low-key affair despite Drom getting a fifth-minute goal from Joey Maher, who used his height to win possession and kick to the net.

Borris had opened the scoring through Jack Hogan but Drom settled the better and added points from Johnny Ryan and Tommy Nolan — the later almost scoring a goal.

In what was a very tactical battle with Maher and James Woodlock sitting deep for their sides, Borris slowly worked their way back into the contest with Conor Kenny, Dan McCormack, Liam Ryan and Brendan Maher (3 frees) all on target as they took a 0-8 to 1-4 lead to the break.

Borris-Ileigh took a grip on the game early in the second half as two points each from Maher (frees), and the hard-working Jerry Kelly saw them stretch the lead before Seamus Callanan ended a 22-minute scoring drought for his side.

Callanan was well held in the main and Borris stretched the lead out to six points before Drom made a late burst with Johnny Ryan (3), David Collins and Seamus Callanan landing monster points to cut the gap to the minimum going into added time.

There, Tipp star Dan McCormack got on the end of a Niall Kenny pass to fire to the net and seal the North Tipperary side into the final.

Scorers for Borris-Ileigh: Brendan Maher 0-7 frees; Conor Kenny, Jerry Kelly 0-2 each; Dan McCormack 1-1; Liam Ryan, Sean McCormack, Niall Kenny, Jack Hogan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Drom: Johnny Ryan 0-4; Seamus Callanan 0-4 (2 frees, 1 65); Joey Maher 1-0; David Butler 0-2; Tommy Nolan, David Collins,

Borris-Ileigh

Jack Bourke

Thomas Fahy
Ciaran Cowan
Matthew Stapleton

Paddy Stapleton
Brendan Maher
Seamus Burke

Liam Ryan
Sean McCormack
Dan McCormack

Conor Kenny
Niall Kenny
Kieran Maher

Jerry Kelly
Jack Hogan

Subs

Keith Ryan for K Maher (50)
Jody Harkin for Hogan (59)
Vincent Stapleton for Ryan (60+2)
David O’Connor for N Kenny (60+3)

Drom & Inch

Damien Young

Emmet Moloney
Padraig Campion

James Woodlock

Jamie Moloney
Enda Walsh
Kevin Hassett

David Collins
Michael Campion
Johnny Ryan

David Butler
Seamus Callanan
Eamonn Buckley

Joey Maher
Tommy Nolan

Subs:

Stevie Nolan for Buckley (47)
Kevin Butler for M Campion (48)
Michael Connors for T Nolan (50)
Paul Kennedy for D Butler (60+1)

Referee: John McCormack (Knockavilla Kickhams)

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