Monday 19 March 2018

McGrath magic drags Our Lady's into decider

Our Lady's Templemore 1-13 Ardscoil Ris, Limerick 0-14

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).

Irish Independent

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