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

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.

Aherlow did manage four points in the final 10 minutes as they played with great spirit but the fact that star man Barry Grogan was kept scoreless by man of the match John Meagher ensured Loughmores place in Tipperary GAA history. Leading 1-4 to 0-5 at the break, Loughmore took control early in the second half with an Aidan McGrath point being followed by John McGraths goal as Aherlow keeper Shane Leonard and defender Sean Mullins failed to deal with the dipping 45-metre delivery which went all the way to the net. Forced to take extra risks to get back into the game, Aherlow left themselves exposed at the back, with Loughmores penetrating runs yielding frees which McGrath converted. The midfielder was also involved in the move for Evan Sweeneys goal in the 50th minute.

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).

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Momentum, therefore, could be key here - both of the opening round games take place on Sunday, May 7th: Drom & Inch take on divisional rivals JK Bracken's in Templetuohy (6pm) while Kilsheelan-Kilcash and Killenaule meet in Monroe (7pm). Group one appears wide open with JK Bracken's, Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Drom & Inch and Killenaule all sure to have their eye on a spot in the concluding stages of the championship.

Captain Derek Bourke admitted afterwards that it was impossible to avoid the prospect of the double in the build-up to the game. It was very hard not to think of it.

The club has been Tipperary Senior Football champions on two occasions.[2] They won their first ever County title in 2006 and went on to win their second title in November 2010 after a 2-4 to 1-6 win against Loughmore-Castleiney in the final at Semple Stadium.[3][4]. The first win in 2006 was notable in that the village church bell pealed in the late afternoon of that victory Sunday to herald the news from Semple Stadium.

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Leading 1-4 to 0-5 at the break, Loughmore took control early in the second half with an Aidan McGrath point being followed by John McGraths goal as Aherlow keeper Shane Leonard and defender Sean Mullins failed to deal with the dipping 45-metre delivery which went all the way to the net. The midfielder was also involved in the move for Evan Sweeneys goal in the 50th minute. Forced to take extra risks to get back into the game, Aherlow left themselves exposed at the back, with Loughmores penetrating runs yielding frees which McGrath converted.

Following this weekend's fixtures matters are sure to get complicated for Tipperary's senior football sides - after Tipperary host Cork in a Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final on Sunday, May 21st the club fixtures schedule features a round of the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship on Wednesday, May 24th before a round of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship takes place on the week-ending May 28th.

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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.

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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.

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.

To contact the Office of the Press Ombudsman go to www.pressombudsman.ie or www.presscouncil.ie Tipperary Live provides news, events and sport features from the Tipperary area. This website and its associated newspaper are full participating members of the Press Council of Ireland and supports the Office of the Press Ombudsman. For the best up to date information relating to Tipperary and the surrounding areas visit us at Tipperary Live regularly or bookmark this page. This scheme in addition to defending the freedom of the press, offers readers a quick, fair and free method of dealing with complaints that they may have in relation to articles that appear on our pages.