April 30, 2014 2 Comments
Burgess 2-13 Borris-Ileigh 1-16
27th April 2014 McDonagh Park Nenagh,
Against a strong Breeze in the first half Burgess were first on the attack with a fine point from play by Eoin Leahy Hogan straight from the throw in. Borris were back level however within a minute with a point of their own from a free by David O’Connor. After seven minutes of hurling the teams were level at four points each, the remaining Burgess scores coming from Stephan Murray 0-2 (1 f) and a whopper against the wind by Noel Gleeson. Borris benefitted from the ref whistle with David O’Connor firing over another two frees before Dan McCormack had Borris’s first point from play.
Two minutes later David O’Connor caught a high ball and raced inside the Burgess defence to put Borris a goal ahead. Borris then had two more scores, a long range pointed free from Brendan Maher and fine point from play by Dan McCormack which put them five points ahead, 1-6 to 0-4. Stephan Murray broke the Borris scoring sequence with a sublime point from a line ball into the wind. Conor Kenny and Noel Gleeson exchanged points from play before David O’Connor pointed a free, Borris’s fifth such score of the half, to send the sides in with Borris leading 1-8 to 0-6.
Burgess had done well to be only five points behind at half time and were unlucky not to have a blatant penalty awarded to them when Damien O’Brien was hauled down attacking the Borris goal.2
Burgess again had an early score after the throw in when Stephan Murray pointed a rare scoreable free to leave Burgess 4 points adrift, 1-8 to 0-7. Borris responded quickly with a free by Brendan Maher and an excellent point by Matthew Stapleton immediately upon his introduction. A point by Burgess captain Damien O’Brien and free by Murray had the deficit by to four points with ten minutes gone in the half. Another pointed free by Brendan Maher and two excellent points from the wing by the impressive substitute Matthew Stapleton stretched out Borris’s lead to seven points.
A bullet of a 21 metre free from Stephen Murray gave the Burgess faithful a glimmer of hope on the 45th minute but Borris once again responded quickly with yet another pointed free by Brendan Maher and a point from play by Tipperary senior star Conor Kenny to make the score 1-9 to 1-15.
Burgess then embarked on a stirring 8 minute rampage scoring 1-3 without reply, the goal by Brian Hogan who made up for an earlier shot which he blasted over the bar for a wide from close range!. The three points, all from play were scored by Tossy, Murray and O’Brien respectively.
All this excitement made for a Grandstand finish with the teams tied, Burgess 2-12 Borris 1-15 with the clock reading sixty minutes. What followed was frenetic action with both sides fluffing chances of grabbing a winner before the outstanding Dan McCormack shot a monster point to give Borris the lead on 63 minutes. But Burgess weren’t done, cometh the hour and cometh the man. With time almost up Donagh Maher came raiding forward from centre back and pilfered the ball from a ruck of players and from an acute angle levelled the game in the fourth minute of injury time.
The 2-13 to 1-16 draw was the least Burgess deserved for their gutsy display and all of this means that a draw or win from our final game against the already qualified Drom&Inch will see us advance in the competition.
As it Happened:
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