Wednesday 17 January 2018

Silvermines dig deep

SILVERMINES manager Paddy Moore insisted that there was no "magic tool" responsible for his side's dramatic second-half revival at Semple Stadium.

Thurles man Moore inspired Silvermines to a first provincial crown, having plotted a third county intermediate success for the north Tipperary outfit this year.

But Silvermines were in real trouble at half-time against Ballyduff – the Kingdom kingpins led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break and the gap could have been much greater. Ballyduff flashed an early goal chance wide, registered 10 wides before the break and were denied a 14th-minute goal when netminder PJ O'Gorman lashed a penalty just over the crossbar.

But Ballyduff, who lost a second successive Munster final, were outclassed in the second half as Silvermines turned up the heat. Inspired by Jason Forde and David Keogh, Silvermines won the second half by 0-11 to 0-2.

"There was no magic tool, get onto the breaking ball and get as much primary possession as we could," said Moore. "The second half was absolutely brilliant – they went for everything."

Silvermines meet the Leinster champions in an All-Ireland semi-final in January.

Scorers – Silvermines: J Forde 0-7 (3f, 1 s-l), David Keogh 0-3, W Keogh 0-2, O Quirke, Daniel Keogh 0-1 each. Ballyduff: P Boyle 0-3 (1f), B O'Sullivan 0-2 (1f), PJ O'Gorman (pen), G O'Brien, Pat Joe Connolly 0-1 each.

SILVERMINES – C Sherlock; M Leamy, B Timmons, D Boland; Donal Keogh, R Sherlock, N Quirke; C Gleeson, O Quirke; W Keogh, D Boland, S Quirke; Daniel Keogh, J Forde, David Keogh.

Subs: K Cunneen for Donal Keogh (27), P Fogarty for S Quirke (40), G Toohey for Daniel Keogh (56).

BALLYDUFF – PJ O'Gorman; J Bowler, L Boyle, D O'Grady; P Costello, P O'Grady, A O'Connor; J Bunyan, B O'Grady; M Boyle, G O'Brien, P Boyle; PJ Connolly, A Boyle, B O'Sullivan.

Subs: D Goulding for Bowler (27), T O'Rourke for Connolly (54), JP Leahy for Costello (59).

Ref – D Copps (Cork)

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