Loughmore (@1.16) vs Aherlow Gaels (@5.0)
11-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Loughmore will win

Loughmore – Aherlow Gaels Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 15:00

Subs: D Bourke for Webster (22 mins), W Eviston for Kennedy (52 mins), T McGrath for A McGrath (56 mins), S Hennessy for C Hennessy (59 mins).AHERLOW GAELS: S Leonard; S Russell, J Hennessy, E OMeara; M Hanley (0-1), M OBrien, S Mullins; S Grogan (0-1), T Fahey (0-2); T Hanley (0-2), B Grogan, L Coskeran; S Cunningham, C Dillon, B OBrien (0-3, 0-1 free). LOUGHMORE/CASTLEINEY: D Brennan; T Long, J Meagher, L Egan; T King (1-0), C McGrath, J Ryan; N McGrath, J McGrath (1-9, 1-7 frees, 0-1 45); D Kennedy, A McGrath (0-1), L McGrath; C Hennessy; M Webster, E Sweeney (1-0). Subs: M Russell for Dillon (16 mins), B Hanley for Mullins (38 mins), S Kiely for Cunningham , A Leahy for Coskeran (48 mins), T ODonoghue for S Russell (58 mins).Referee: D OMahoney (Ardfinnan).

Despite having plenty of promising attacks, they always seemed to take one pass too many. Aherlow scored all bar one of their five first-half points from play, with Thomas Hanley, Thomas Fahey and Bernard OBrien to the fore. While Loughmore had their noses in front, they were doing so through McGraths frees with the goal the only score they managed from play in the half. Two John McGrath frees had Loughmore off to a swift start and after Mark Hanleys fine response for Aherlow, the Mid Tipp side struck for the only goal of the first half in the seventh minute as Evan Sweeneys superbly weighted pass found raiding wing-back Tom King striding forward and he finished well inside the near post.

Captain Derek Bourke admitted afterwards that it was impossible to avoid the prospect of the double in the build-up to the game. Before the game it was on our mind and I thought it wouldnt be; that it was going to be just another football game, a county final, and we are over the moon to be the first club in Tipperary to achieve it, he said. It was very hard not to think of it.

Aherlow Gaels fadeout in the second half was a disappointment to their followers in the 1,746 attendance, as they sought to add to the titles won in 2006 and 2010. While John McGraths scores were the key factor in Loughmore-Castleineys win, he also contributed handsomely through his work about the field. Aherlow finished strongly with four points to Loughmores one, but they never threatened to overtake their rivals who were the most comfortable of winners at the end. John Meagher was a towering figure at fullback, with Ciaran McGrath, Tom King, Evan Sweeney, and Noel McGrath also to the fore. Evan Sweeney clinched the title for Loughmore-Castleiney in the 50th minute when, after good work by Cian Hennessy and John McGrath, he slotted home goal number three. Dangerman Barry Grogan saw little of the ball but Seamus Grogan, Thomas Fahey, Thomas Hanley, Bernard OBrien, Ed OMeara, and Mark Hanley, all worked very hard to turn the tide.

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While Loughmore had their noses in front, they were doing so through McGraths frees with the goal the only score they managed from play in the half. Despite having plenty of promising attacks, they always seemed to take one pass too many. Two John McGrath frees had Loughmore off to a swift start and after Mark Hanleys fine response for Aherlow, the Mid Tipp side struck for the only goal of the first half in the seventh minute as Evan Sweeneys superbly weighted pass found raiding wing-back Tom King striding forward and he finished well inside the near post.

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You give out about them when things dont go right, and they didnt go right for us in the Mid championship, but we got back to the field, regrouped Eddie Connollys illness really galvanised us as a unit and we really drove on from there. Hats off to the players, they are an unbelievable set of players. Manager Declan Laffan paid tribute to his group of players, the majority of whom had been in action for the seventh consecutive weekend, between both codes.

Loughmore-Castleiney made history at Semple Stadium yesterday when recording a comfortable 10-point win over Aherlow Gaels to become the first club in Tipperary to complete a county senior double. Loughmore-Castleiney had earlier won the hurling crown by defeating ire g, Nenagh, and their ability to create goal chances and take them, was the difference between the sides as the champions claimed the trophy for the 13th time and first since 2004.

Itll be Loughmore-Castleiney against Aherlow Gaels in the county senior football final on November 4th.

Hats off to the players, they are an unbelievable set of players. You give out about them when things dont go right, and they didnt go right for us in the Mid championship, but we got back to the field, regrouped Eddie Connollys illness really galvanised us as a unit and we really drove on from there. Manager Declan Laffan paid tribute to his group of players, the majority of whom had been in action for the seventh consecutive weekend, between both codes.

The second game in group three takes place on Sunday, May 7th at New Inn (2pm) and features Galtee Rovers-St Pecaun and Ardfinnan. The group three clash of ire g Annacarty-Donohill and Loughmore-Castleiney launches the county senior football championship in Golden on Friday, May 5th (throw-in 7.15pm) - during a one-sided meeting of the sides in 2016 Loughmore strolled to an easy win and you can be sure that ire g will be nourished by the memories of that defeat this time around.

. . They are an unbelievable set of players. You give out about them when things dont go right and they didnt go right for us in the Mid championship but we got back to the field, regrouped . Manager Declan Laffan paid credit to his group of players, the majority of whom had been in action for the seventh consecutive weekend between both codes.