Kiladangan are Tipperary SHC champions for the first time as they edged Loughmore-Castleiney in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable after extra-time at Semple Stadium this afternoon.
County star John McGrath, scorer of 1-10, looked to have won the Dan Breen Cup for Loughmore with a '65 point in the 81st minute but Kiladangan went straight down the field and grabbed a goal with almost the last puck of the game through Bryan McLoughney to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Corner-forward McLoughney was taken off in normal time and later brought back on in extra-time when he pounced for the match-winner.
A sensational Noel McGrath point had forced a thrilling contest into extra-time as the scoreboard read, Kiladangan 0-23 Loughmore-Castleiney 3-14, at the end of the regulation 60 minutes.
Kiladangan’s Joe Gallagher and Billy Seymour at the end of extra-time. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
Loughmore's three goals all arrived in the opening 20 minutes, courtesy of Evan Sweeney, Tomas McGrath and John McGrath and they had finished the first-half 0-12 to 3-5 in front.
Kiladangan - B Hogan; D Flannery, J Quigley, F Hayes; A Flynn (0-3), D Sweeney, D McGrath (0-1); W Connors (0-1sl), T Gallagher; S Hayes (0-4), J Gallagher, D O’Meara (0-1); P Flynn (0-7), B Seymour (0-8, 5f), B McLoughney (1-2). Subs: A Loughnane (0-1) for B McLoughney, M Minehan for D O’Meara, B McLoughney for W Connors, D Moran for D McGrath.
Loughmore-Castleiney - D Kennedy; L Egan, W Eviston, J Hennessy; J Ryan, J Meagher, A McGrath; B McGrath (0-1), C Connolly; J Nyland (0-2), J McGrath (1-10, 0-5f, 0-1'65), N McGrath (0-5); T McGrath (1-0), Ciaran McGrath, E Sweeney (1-0). Subs: Conor McGrath for T McGrath, L Treacy (0-1) for C Connolly, C Connolly for Ciaran McGrath, T Maher (0-1) for A McGrath.
Referee - M Kennedy.Tweet