A brave St. Peter's bid to reach a first Masita All-Ireland Senior 'A' hurling final since 1982 came up just short as Dr. Harty Cup champions Thurles C.B.S. dug deep to advance by three points after a fine contest at the W.I.T. sports campus, Carriganore on Thursday, March 19.
Rory O'Connor's second-minute goal gave the underdogs an early boost and they went on to play some sparkling hurling which left them with a 1-8 to 0-5 lead early in the second quarter.
Thurles didn't panic though and dominated the last ten minutes of the half to draw level by the break (0-12 to 1-9).
Although it remained tight throughout the second period, sadly Peter's didn't score enough. Indeed, their sole point from play after the interval didn't arrive until the 57th minute when Conor Hearne obliged.
Who knows what might have happened though if Rory O'Connor's low shot to the corner wasn't saved superbly by Thurles netminder William Tierney in the 52nd minute?
Scorers: Rory O'Connor 1-1, Billy Dunne 0-4 frees, Matthew Joyce 0-3, Jake Firman, Rowan White, Jack Pettit, Conor Hearne 0-1 each.