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

. . 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.

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.

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.

Former All-Ireland winning minor star John McGrath was the key man for the champions. Loughmore led at the interval 1-4 to 0-5 thanks to a well-taken goal by Tom King in the seventh minute when he linked up with Evan Sweeney and John McGrath before finishing with aplomb. After Aidan McGrath had extended Loughmores lead with a point in the 32nd minute, John McGrath struck a major blow for them three minutes later as his free from 50m went all the way to the Aherlow net to give his side a two-goal lead. He scored 1-9, his goal from a 50-metre second-half free putting paid to the Aherlow challenge. John McGrath quickly added three points, and when Laurence Coskeran missed a great chance for Aherlow in the 45th minute, the game looked beyond Aherlows reach. Aherlow had battled well in a competitive first half.

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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.

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.

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.

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 Gaels 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, despite having plenty of promising attacks.

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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.

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.

AHERLOW GAELS: S Leonard; M O Brien, S Russell, E O Meara; M Hanley (0-1), J Hennessy, S Mullins; S Grogan (0-1), T Fahey (0-2); T Hanley (0-2), B Grogan, L Coskeran; S Cunningham, C Dillon, B O Brien (0-3, 1f); Subs: M Russell for Dillon; B Hanley for Mullins; A Leahy for Coskeran; S Kiely for Cunningham; T O Donnell for S Russell.

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