Tipperary SHC final: Hammersley points the way for Clonoulty/Rossmore

October 21, 2018

Nenagh Éire Óg's Jake Morris in action against Clonoulty-Rossmore's Ciaran Quirke during the Tipperary SHC final

Clonoulty/Rossmore are Tipperary senior hurling champions for the first time since 1997.

The west Tipperary outfit got the better of favourites Nenagh Eire Og by 0-23 to 2-13 in today’s decider at Semple Stadium.

Full-forward Timmy Hammersley top scored for the winners with 0-12 (9 frees) as they finished with four points to spare over a Nenagh outfit that sent holders Thurles Sarsfields packing at the semi-final stage.

Despite conceding a goal to Philip Hickey in the 19th minute, the John Devane coached winners took a 0-12 to 1-8 lead into the interval break.

Paddy Murphy netted a second goal for the John Fitzgerald managed Nenagh with seven minutes left on the clock.

That green flag parachuted his side into 2-12 to 0-17 lead but Hammersley soon fired Clonoulty/Rossmore back in front and they went on get their hands on the Dan Breen Cup.

Clonoulty-Rossmore - D O'Dwyer; Joey O'Keeffe, C Quirke, J Ryan; E Heffernan, John O'Keeffe (0-1), S O'Connor; M Ryan (0-1), C Hammersley; T Butler (0-1), D Quirke (0-2sl), P White (0-2); F O'Keeffe (0-1), T Hammersley (0-12, 9f), C Bourke (0-3). Subs: R Heffernan for F O'Keeffe, J Hammersley for Joey O'Keeffe, T Butler for P White.

Nenagh Eire Og - S Hennessy; C McCarthy, N Maloney, D Quinn; C Ryan, H Maloney, B Heffernan (0-1); P Morris, K Gleeson (0-1); P Murphy (1-1), J Morris (0-6, 5f), A Coffey (0-1); T Heffernan (0-1), P Hickey (1-1), M Heffernan (0-1sl). Subs: J Mackey for P Morris, A Gratton for N Maloney.

Referee - K Jordan.

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