West Tipperary 2-13
North Tipperary 0-18
West Tipperary held tough in the second half of this round two Miller Shield divisional match to make it two wins on the bounce after victory over North Tipperary in Clonoulty this morning.
A bitterly cold day and blustery breeze to match,made this a proverbial game of two halves, as the West took full advantage of the elements in the first half, with two goals from Willie Barry giving them a big 2-12 to 0-6 lead.
Astonishingly, they only managed to score a single point in the second half as they resisted the North attacks repeatedly, with Jack Ryan's pointed free in the 53rd minute proving to be the winner.
The conditions made it tough to judge players and there were only a handful for either side who impressed to any great degree.
For the West, their best players on the day came in the form of Enda Heffernan, and Dillon Quirke who were extremely prominent throughout the game, and were commanding in the half-back line, along with good performances from Michael Ryan Winnie and Willie Barry; the latters goals coming five minutes before half-time proving the big difference.
There were less standouts from a North perspective, with Craig Morgan definitely their best player on the day, while substitutes Jack Delaney, Thomas Cleary, Kian O'Kelly, and Conal Moran made up the bulk of the scores in the second half for them.
A lot of attention would have been on a specific few players in this game, with the likes of Ger Browne, Alan Tynan, Davy Gleeson, and Billy Seymour failing to build on good performances the first day out; although the conditions certainly didn't make it ideal for free flowing hurling
The West now lead the league table with two wins from two after their defeat of Mid Tipperary last weekend.
North Tipperary: Jack Delaney 0-4f; Thomas Cleary, Kian O’Kelly, Conal Moran, Cian Darcy all 0-2; Billy Seymour 0-2f; Jerry Kelly 0-2; Davy Gleeson; Craig Morgan 0-1f.
West Tipperary: Jack Ryan (0-7, 0-6f); Willie Barry 2-1; Donal O’Dwyer, Con Bonnar 0-2; Michael Ryan 0-1.
North Tipperary: Brian Hogan (Kiladangan); Josh McCarthy (Toomevara), James Quigley (Kiladangan), Darragh Nolan (Silvermines); Darragh Carey (Templederry Kenyons), Robert Byrne (Portroe), Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Alan Tynan (Roscrea), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh), Billy Seymour (Kiladangan), Phillip Hickey (Nenagh Eire Og); Davy Gleeson (Ballinahinch), Mark McCarthy (Toomevara), Kian O’Kelly (Kilruane MacDonaghs).
Subs: Colin Floyd (Newport); Robbie Quirke (Toomevara); Andrew Ryan (Toomevara);Thomas Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Jack Delaney (Toomevara); Conal Moran (Shannon Rovers); Decky McGrath (Kiladangan).
West Tipperary: Aaron Browne (Cashel King Cormacs); Kieran Breen (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Niall Heffernan (Golden Kilfeacle), Paul Devlin (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill); Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore), Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs); Con Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs), Michael Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore); Donal O'Dwyer (Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill), Ger Browne (Cashel King Cormacs), Jack Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore); Ross Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs), Willie Barry (Cappawhite), Rian Doody (Cappawhite).
Subs: Sean Hickey (Sean Treacys); Robert Doyle (Clonoulty Rossmore); Davy Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams); Conor O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs).
Referee: Michael Kennedy (Newcastle).
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