Kennedy's late, late show earns replay for Thurles
SEAMUS Kennedy's equalising point in the 10th minute of stoppage-time salvaged a draw for seven-time winners Thurles CBS from a gripping contest yesterday.
At the end of the regulation hour, Nenagh were on course to avenge their 2010 semi-final defeat against their Tipperary rivals, leading by 0-16 to 0-11.
But referee Fergal Horgan played over 11 minutes of added-time and Thurles fired an unanswered 1-2 to ensure that the two teams must do it again next week for the right to play holders Ardscoil Ris in the semi-final.
Kevin Slattery sparked the revival with a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, pouncing from close range after Pat Ralph's 20-metre free was saved.
Conor Lanigan made it a one-point game with a free before Kennedy struck over the leveller from 40 metres.
Nenagh argued that too much injury-time was played, but a serious injury to Niall Gleeson had held the game up for at least four minutes.
Thurles will look back with some relief after getting out of jail but also on a tally of 16 wides, including 10 in the second half.
In the replay, Nenagh will look to talisman Jason Forde again for inspiration and the Silvermines player, on home soil yesterday, didn't disappoint with a haul of 0-9. Forde was very much to the fore in the opening half as Nenagh hit a purple patch of eight points without reply to establish a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 advantage.
Lanigan's 23rd-minute point ended a 17-minute barren spell for Thurles and by half-time they were back in touch, trailing by just two points, 0-9 to 0-7.
Midway through the second period the sides were level at 0-11 apiece before Nenagh stepped on the gas again and cruised into a 0-16 to 0-11 lead with a run of five unanswered scores, before Thurles mounted their remarkable comeback.
Scorers -- Thurles CBS: K Slattery 1-1, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), P Ralph (2f), C Lanigan (2f) 0-3 each, C Hammersley 0-2, S Kennedy 0-1. Nenagh CBS: J Forde 0-9 (5f, 1 sl), P Fogarty 0-2, J Loughnane, T Gallagher, S O'Brien, P Shanahan, J Mackey, 0-1 each.
THURLES CBS -- J Maher; J Bourke, J Ryan, B Troy; R Maher, S Kennedy, C Quirke; S Nally, S Cahill; C Hammersley, Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore), K Slattery; E Moriarty, P Ralph, C Lanigan. Subs: J Meagher for Moriarty (40), Sean Maher (Sean Treacys) for Cahill (54), P Hayes for R Maher (60+6).
NENAGH CBS -- W Power; D Quinn, N Gleeson, S Cleary; E Hynes, J Peters, J Flaherty; J Loughnane, T Gallagher; P Shanahan, C Delaney, S O'Brien; J Forde, P Fogarty, J Mackey. Subs: C Leo for Gleeson (inj, 37), K Gleeson for Mackey (60+2).
REF -- F Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Tipp).