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Eoin Kelly scores 2-5 as his club Mullinahone claim victory in Tipperary hurling final

Mullinahone won the Seamus Ó Riain Cup final against Lorrha-Dorrha.

Eoin Kelly pictured in action during his Tipperary senior career.
Eoin Kelly pictured in action during his Tipperary senior career.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

EOIN KELLY ADDED another chapter to his illustrious hurling career by scoring 2-5 to help his club Mullinahone win a county senior title in Tipperary this afternoon at Semple Stadium.

38-year-old Kelly made the key scoring contribution with Sean Curran, another Mullinahone player with Tipperary senior experience, also impressing with 0-6 as their club defeated Lorrha-Dorrha 4-18 to 2-19 at the Thurles venue in the Seamus Ó Riain Cup final.

The competition is the second grade of senior hurling in Tipperary and Mullinahone will now compete at the higher senior level next season. Another Tipperary All-Ireland winner anchored the Mullinahone defence with Paul Curran at full-back while Patrick Bonner Maher lined out for Lorrha-Dorrha.

18 years after Mullinahone won the top grade for the only time in their history with Kelly shooting 2-7 in that decider against Thurles Sarsfields, the 2010 All-Ireland winning captain was again a significant figure today.

Michael Dunne also netted twice for a Mullinahone team that were in front 1-13 to 1-8 at the break. Lorrha-Dorrha cut the gap to 1-16 to 1-14 early in the final quarter before Kelly hit two of Mullinahone’s three goals as they pulled clear to win by five points.

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Tipperary goalkeeper Brian Hogan, who plays outfield for Lorrha, found the net for them with Cian Hogan also raising a green flag for the team managed by former Galway boss John McIntyre.

The victory adds another honour to Kelly’s glittering list after winning two All-Ireland senior medals with Tipperary and collecting six All-Star awards.

The focus in Tipperary now switches to tomorrow’s battle for the Dan Breen Cup at 2pm as Loughmore-Castleiney take on Kiladangan.


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