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Sarsfields Eliminate Borris-Ileigh With 16 Point Victory

Thurles Sarsfields easily achieved their target of four in a row, demonstrating their supremacy over Borris-Ileigh, here in Semple Stadium, Thurles, this afternoon, in the senior hurling championships.

The first half saw Borris-Ileigh eventually put up a strong defence particularly in the latter end of the first half, but the Thurles Blues came out of the dressing room to seriously do business in the second half, giving a very impressive team performance against their keen rivals, latter whose former defence now appeared fragment in disarray.

Sarsfields led at the interval by a mere 4pts (0-11 pts to 0-7 pts), but their lead after some 25 minutes of the first half had seen The Thurles Blues ahead by some 7 Pts (0-9 pts to 0-2 pts).  But Borris appeared to eventually rally, delivering the last three points of the first half, conveyed courtesy of  Kieran Maher, Brendan Maher and Dan McCormack, and thus ensuring that the game was far from over.

From the onset of the second half, Sarsfields now showed their resourcefulness, grabbing three quick points in rapid succession courtesy of Denis Maher, Aidan McCormack and Stephen Cahill. Then at the end of the third quarter, along came that awaited Sarsfields goal, flicked into the rear of the net by a more than determined Conor Stakelum, adding to their full tally in just the second half of 1-13 (16 pts)  to a mere 0-04 (4 pts) from Borris-Ileigh.

At the full time whistle The Thurles Blues had won by a well deserved 16 points in total against their rival, with Aidan McCormack bagging nine points on behalf of the all conquering champions.

Sarsfields will now march on to a Munster quarter-final against Waterford on October 29th, next, having secured their 36th Tipperary title.

Final Score: Sarsfields 1-24, (27 pts) – Borris-Ileigh 0-11 (11 pts).


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