Thursday 23 November 2017

Ryan's second-half goal turns tide for Rower

Rower Inistioge 1-14 Clooney Gaels 0-7

Rower Inistioge are on the cusp of an All-Ireland title following this expected win over Clooney Gaels at Pairc Tailteann.

ALL-IRELAND CLUB IHC SEMI-FINAL

The tide turned within a minute of the restart. The Antrim club used the elements to lead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break. Then Ciaran Ryan netted from close range for the south Kilkenny outfit. Rower added eight unanswered points but their 15 second-half wides will be a concern.

Clooney failed to trouble the scoreboard operator after the break, though Dominic Neeson shot straight at Liam Tierney from about 20 metres on 38 minutes. While Michael Grace top-scored with six points, Rower finished with eight different scorers. Among the crowd was former GAA president Christy Cooney, whose Youghal side were idle after their semi-final with Kilnadeema-Leitrim was cancelled.

Scorers – Rower Inistioge: M Grace 0-6 (2fs, 1 '65); C Ryan 1-1; D Lyng 0-2; S Grace, K Joyce (f), J Cashin, P Tierney, C Joyce 0-1 each. Clooney Gaels: G Graham 0-3fs; PJ O'Connell 0-2 (1f); D Graham, D Neeson 0-1 each.

Rower Inistioge – L Tierney; E Doyle, S Cummins, J Doyle; R Galavan, K Joyce, T Leahy; S Grace, J Lyng; M Grace, D Lyng, P Tierney; C Bolger, T Murphy, C Ryan. Subs: J Cashin for Murphy (47), P Sheehan for Bolger (53), C Joyce for Tierney (55).

Clooney Gaels – P Graham; E Brady, F Neeson, C McGlone; F O'Neill, D Graham, N O'Connell; D Neeson, M Graham; G Graham, T McGlone, S O'Connell; E Graham, PJ O'Connell, D Graham. Subs: J Downey for M Graham (39), S O'Connell for Brady (44), O Neeson for G Graham (50).

Ref – S Hourigan (Limerick)

Irish Independent

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