McGrath magic drags Our Lady's into decider
INSPIRED by Tipperary minor star John McGrath, Our Lady's Templemore booked their place in the final following an absorbing replay in Nenagh.
Our Lady's held a 0-9 to 0-7 interval lead, with Ardscoil Ris left to rue missing two gilt-edged goal chances.
Within seconds of the restart Our Lady's were five clear thanks to a sublime McGrath goal.
McGrath's accuracy from placed balls helped keep Our Lady's in front despite Ardscoil battling to get back on terms with a raft of long-range Ronan Lynch frees.
Cian Lynch gave Our Lady's a scare when he clipped the upright with a last-gasp effort.
Our Lady's now face Dungarvan Colleges in the final.
"Dungarvan Colleges will be red-hot favourites, but we'll prepare as best we can and give it a good lash anyway," coach Tom Byrnes said.
Scorers – Our Lady's Templemore: J McGrath 1-7 (0-6f), T Nolan 0-3, JJ Ryan 0-2, B Kennedy 0-1. Ardscoil Ris – R Lynch 0-7 (5f, 1 '65'), W O'Donoghue, C O'Brien (2f) 0-2 each, C Crehan, C Lynch , M O'Loughlin 0-1 each.
Our Lady's Templemore – S Guerins; James Bergin, J Ryan, D Brereton; P Hogan, J Nyland, M Campion, C O'Riordan, J McGrath; T Nolan, B Kennedy, D Carey; Jamie Bergin, JJ Ryan , T Maher. Subs: T Brett for Hogan (inj 46), D McEnroe for Maher (55).
Ardscoil Ris – C Houlihan; B Fitzpatrick, M Buckley, J O'Halloran; E Costelloe, R Lynch, A Carroll; M Foley (7), W O'Donoghue; C O'Brien, C Lynch, D Dempsey; C Crehan, E Keogh, T Grimes. Subs: M O'Loughlin for Keogh (38), I Galvin for O'Brien (43), J English for Grimes (54).
Ref – D Copps (Cork).