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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.