Tipperary’s superpower Thurles Sarsfields took on Clonoulty-Rossmore in the 2011 Tipperary SHC final this afternoon. Sarsfields had lifted their 30th Tipperary county title a year ago and were clear favourites to make it No 31 this time around.
Clonoulty-Rossmore, on the other hand, were gunning for just a fourth title in their long history, 13 years on from their third title.
As expected Tipperary Sarsfields retained their title with a 1-16 to 1-7 win over Clonoulty-Rossmore.
John O’Neill gave Clonoulty an early boost with a goal, but it was Sarsfields who led by 0-9 to 1-4 at half-time.
Tom Butler, Pa Bourke and Denis Maher contributed to the effort, and Lar Corbett netted the holders’ only goal at the end of the third quarter.
Sarsfields will meet Limerick champions Kilmallock in the Munster semi-final on November 14th.
SARSFIELDS: P McCormack; M Cahill, K O’Gorman, David Maher; B O’Dwyer, P Maher, D Kennedy; M Gleeson, A Kennedy; L Corbett(1-0), D Maher (0-4), S Lillis (0-2); R Ruth (0-2), P Bourke(0-4), J Enright (0-2). Subs: A McCormack (0-2) for Enright; J Corbett for A Kennedy; JJ Bourke for Ruth; P Leahy for B Dwyer, M O’Brien for Denis Maher.
CLONOULTY/ROSSMORE: D O’Dwyer; L Devane, J Heffernan, K Horan; Joey O’Keeffe, J Devane, P Heffernan; John O’Keeffe, S O’Connor; Tom Butler (0-3), M Heffernan, T Hammersley (0-3); F O’Keeffe, T Butler, J O’Neill (1-1). Subs: A Kearney for L Devane; P White for O’Connor; C Ryan for M Heffernan; S O’Connor for F O’Keeffe.
Referee: K Delahunty (Moyle Rovers).
Final Score: Clonoulty 1-07, Thurles Sarsfields 1-16.
Photograph: Courtesy John O’ Loughlin.