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Tipperary hurlers bag 7 goals in challenge game win ahead of league opener

Mary Immaculate College were the Premier’s opponents today.

John McGrath led the way in the scoring stakes with 1-7 for Tipperary.
John McGrath led the way in the scoring stakes with 1-7 for Tipperary.
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Tipperary 7-29
Mary Immaculate College 0-6

Jackie Cahill reports from Boherlahan

TIPPERARY BOSS MICHAEL Ryan won’t have learned a huge amount from this afternoon’s senior hurling challenge outing against Mary Immaculate College in Boherlahan, as the Premier County scored a massive 44-point victory.

In a local fundraiser for the Little Flower National School, Tipp blitzed their third level opponents with less than three weeks to go before the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A opener against Dublin on 13 February.

For Mary I, this is a setback ahead of Thursday’s Fitzgibbon Cup opener away to NUI Galway but the visitors were without a host of big names including Limerick duo Declan Hannon and Cian Lynch, along with Clare star Colm Galvin and Tipp’s Niall O’Meara.

This was routine stuff for Tipp on a poor afternoon for hurling and with a stiff breeze at their backs, Ryan’s charges cruised into a big lead at half-time, 3-21 to 0-1.

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher struck Tipp’s opening goal before Conor Kenny, impressive at full-forward in pre-season, bagged a brace approaching the break.

The second half was more of the same although Eoin Quirke’s free to open the second half scoring was the first time that Mary I had registered a point since the fourth minute, when Cork’s Conor Twomey landed a free.

Twomey was one of just two Mary I players to score from play as Tipp, in contrast, had 13 players on the scoresheet.

Maher and substitute Noel McGrath raised green flags within a minute of each other as Tipp continued to hammer home their superiority against the elements, before John McGrath and Kieran Morris added late goals.

Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 1-7 (0-4f), Conor Kenny 2-2, Patrick Maher 2-1, Kieran Morris 1-3, Noel McGrath 1-1, Dylan Fitzell, Liam McGrath & Andrew Coffey 0-3 each, Jason Forde 0-2, Brendan Maher, Michael Breen, Dan McCormack, Daire Quinn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mary I: Conor Twomey 0-4 (2f), Eoin Quirke (f) & Alan Flynn 0-1 each.


1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)

2. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
3. Thomas Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)
2. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

21. Daire Quinn (Éire Óg Nenagh)
6. Barry Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh)
7. Brendan Maher (Borrisoleigh – captain)

8. Michael Breen (Ballina)
9. Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs)


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25. Andrew Coffey (Éire Óg Nenagh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris)

15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
14. Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh)
13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)


19. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty) for O’Dwyer
20. Dan McCormack (Borrisoleigh) for L McGrath
23. Jason Forde (Silvermines) for Coffey
22. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Kenny (all half-time)
24. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) for B Maher (56)
26. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Quinn (56)

Mary Immaculate College

1. Madhc O’Conghaile (Michael Breathnach, Galway)

2. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara, Tipperary)
19. Jody Hannon (Adare, Limerick)
4. Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, Tipperary)

7. Conor Twomey (Newtownshandrum, Cork)
17. John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary)
6. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons, Tipperary)

5. Eoin Quirke (Whitegate, Clare)
9. Alan Flynn (Kildangan, Tipperary)

13. Micheál O’Loughlin (Clonlara, Clare)
11. Stephen Farrell (Dicksboro, Kilkenny)
29. Sean Kilduff (Clarinbridge, Galway)

15. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell, Galway)
30. Pa Ryan (Newport, Tipperary)
14. Adrian McGuire (Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Tipperary)


3. Colm Bally (Castlelyons, Cork) for O’Loughlin (3)
23. Joey Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary) for Bally (h.t.)
16. Mike Browne (Ballyhea, Cork) for O’Conghaile (h.t.)
26. Brian Finn (Bruff, Limerick) for A Ryan (38)
24. Pádraic Crone (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary) for P Ryan (38)
25. Brian Roughan (Ruan, Clare) for Kilduff (42)
27. Paul O’Connell (Broadford, Clare) for Farrell (51)
20. Seamus Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona, Clare) for Stapleton (51)

Referee: Philip Kelly (Ballinahinch, Tipperary).

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