Grogan’s class proves crucial for Aherlow
Tipp star hits three late points to pip brave JK Brackens in semi-final thriller
AHERLOW GAELS 0-12 JK BRACKENS 1-8: Three late points from county star Barry Grogan rescued Aherlow Gaels from a shock defeat against JK Brackens in yesterday’s Tipperary senior football championship semi-final at Leahy Park, Cashel.
With just minutes remaining, Brackens were in sight of victory as, helped by Cathal Scully’s goal after 28 minutes, they led by 1-8 to 0-9.
But Grogan slotted over two points from play and a free deep in stoppage time to send Aherlow Gaels through to a final showdown with Loughmore-Castleiney on Sunday week, November 3rd.
In a hard-hitting clash, both sides finished the game with 14 men. Aherlow’s Séamus Grogan was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 41st minute while JK Brackens lost Brendan Guidera to a second yellow card too.
AHERLOW GAELS: S Leonard; M O’Brien, S Russell, E O’Meara; M Hanley, J Hennessy, S Mullins; C Dillon (0-2), T Fahy (0-1); B Grogan (0-7, 3f), S Grogan, L Coskeran; S Cunningham, B O’Brien (0-2, 1f), T Hanley. Sub: M Russell for Dillon (inj, 42).
JK BRACKENS: M Bradish; T Kennedy, L Egan (0-2, 1f), D Ryan; A O’Riordan, J Dunne, S Owens; B Guidera, C O’Riordan (0-1); S Bourke, C Scully (1-0), D McEnroe (0-2, 1f); S Scully (0-3), S.P. Guerin, P Bourke. Sub: D Owens for McEnroe (52).
Referee: S Lonergan (Moyle Rovers).