Big finish does it for Tullaroan

Tullaroan won through to the final of the under-16 hurling championship Roinn B when they proved too strong for St Lachtain’s (Freshford) in the semi-final on Saturday at Tom Ryall Park, winning by 0-17 to 0-9.

Tullaroan won through to the final of the under-16 hurling championship Roinn B when they proved too strong for St Lachtain’s (Freshford) in the semi-final on Saturday at Tom Ryall Park, winning by 0-17 to 0-9.

While eight points separated the sides at the finish it was only in the final eight or nine minutes that the winners gained the upperhand. By the 15th minute it was 0-3 each with the Tullaroan scores supplied by Shane Walsh, two pointed frees, and one from play by Jason O’Riordan. Ross Walsh, John Quinn and Darren Brennan replied for Lachtain’s.

It was nip and tuck all the way to the break, at which stage the losers led by 0-8 to 0-7.

Within seven minutes of the resumption Tullaroan led by two points after John Walton, Jason O’Riordan and Shane Walsh landed points. Darren Brennan pointed a free for the Freshford side which was their only score of the half.

By the 50th minute Lachtain’s were still in the game as they trailed by three points, 12 to 9, but from there to the finish Tullaroan pushed the stronger and shot five unanswered points to run out deserving winners.

Scorers: Tullaroan - Shane Walsh (0-7, six frees); John Walton (0-5); Jason O’Riordan (0-2); Bill Cuddihy, Liam Teehan, Jim Moore (0-1 each). St Lachtain’s - Darren Brennan (0-5, four frees); Ross Walsh (0-3); John Quinn (0-1).

Tullaroan - Dylan Simpson, Sean Cuddihy, Diarmuid Doheny, Martin Keoghan, Tommy Walsh, Jack Keoghan, Bob Cuddihy, Jason O’Riordan, Kieran Lanigan, Samuel Grace, Bill Cuddihy, John Walton, Liam Teehan, Jim Moore, Shane Walsh.

St Lachtain’s - John Campion, Harry Burke, Dara Quinn, David Cleere, Daniel Rafter, Paul White, Shane Dawson, Eamonn Hennessy, Darren Brennan, Ben Lyng, Liam Maher, John Bowden, Ross Walsh, John Quinn, Patrick Maher. Sub - Adam Garrett.

Referee - Sean Brennan (James Stephens).