Corbett sees red as Sarsfields exit
THE 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett was sent off as holders Thurles Sarsfields finished with 13 men and were sent crashing out of the Tipperary SHC at the semi-final stage yesterday.
Sarsfields, champions in 2009 and 2010, suffered a 2-14 to 0-15 defeat against Clonoulty-Rossmore in a repeat of last year's decider.
David Kennedy, a former Clonoulty-Rossmore player, was the first Sarsfields player to be sent off, on a straight red card, in the 59th minute before Corbett was dismissed for a second yellow card deep in stoppage-time.
Clonoulty-Rossmore suffered a nine-point defeat against Sarsfields in the 2010 final but produced a dogged performance yesterday to gain sweet revenge against their star-studded opponents.
Sarfields started with four players who featured for Tipp against Kilkenny in last month's All-Ireland final but Clonoulty paid no heed to reputation and have given themselves a brilliant chance of claiming a first county title since 1997.
Padraic Maher was superb for Sars but it was a forgettable afternoon for Corbett, who failed to score.
Timmy Hammersley led the way in the scoring stakes for Clonoulty with a haul of 1-8, all but one point from placed balls.
First-half goals from Hammersley, in the fifth minute from a 20-metre free, and Ciaran Quirke helped to establish a 2-5 to 0-8 lead.
They twice led by eight points in the second half before Sars rallied to trail by just three with five minutes remaining, but indiscipline cost them in the closing minutes as Clonoulty sealed a famous win.
Clonoulty-Rossmore will face Drom & Inch -- who beat Mullinahone 1-20 to 0-14 in the other semi-final -- in the county final on October 16 at Semple Stadium.
County star Seamus Callanan scored 1-5 for Drom & Inch in the first half, including a goal after 50 seconds, as the winners established a massive 1-14 to 0-5 by the break.