TIPPERARY SHC SEMI-FINAL Thurles Sarsfields 1-17 Toomevara 1-16: PA BOURKE blasted a 29-metre injury-time free to the net to give Sarsfields a sensational win over Toomevara in a thrilling game at Semple Stadium yesterday.
The holders looked to be on their way out of the championship as they trailed by two points in injury-time. A foul on Denis Maher presented Bourke with the match-winning opportunity, and he fired low to the corner of the net to the dismay of Toomevara.
The contest remained close and Sarsfields were 0-15 to 0-13 ahead when substitute Eoin Brislane burst through for a goal and the lead for Toomevara in the 47th minute.
Before the puck out, Sarsfields lost Ger O’Grady to a red card for a foul on Ken Dunne.
SARSFIELDS : P McCormack; K O’Gorman, M Cahill, David Maher; B O Dwyer, P Maher, D Kennedy; A Kennedy, M Gleeson (0-3) ; Denis Maher, P Bourke (1-6), G O’Grady (0-3); A McCormack (0-1) , J Enright, L Corbett(0-2). Subs: S Lillis (0-1) for A Kennedy, R Ruth (0-1) for McCormack, M O'Brien for Enright.
TOOMEVARA : S Delaney; P Tuohy, T Dunne, A Ryan; J McLoughney, B Dunne, D Delaney; D Young (0-1), K Dunne (0-10) ; P O’Brien, F Devaney (0-1) , B McCormack; M Bevans, J O’Brien (0-2) , W Ryan. Subs: E Brislane (1-2) for W Ryan; D Nolan for Bevans; J Delaney for Devaney.
Referee: S Roche (Kilsheelan).