Browne steals victory


All-star Declan Browne came on as a sub to score the winning point for Moyle Rovers in a hard-fought Tipperary SF final against Loughmore-Castleiney at Semple Stadium, Thurles yesterday.

Moyle Rovers claimed their third title in a row, but they had many anxious moments against a spirited Loughmore side who were inspired by their brilliant corner back Noel Cahill.

Despite starting poorly, Loughmore settled and by half-time were level, 0-5 each. With 10 minutes remaining, and the sides level, Declan Brown - who was unable to start because of a pelvic injury - came on and scored a delightful point.

In injury-time Loughmore pressed strongly for an equaliser - and had a shot that looked a point controversially given as a 45 by the referee - but Rovers held on for the title.

Moyle Rovers: S Delahunty; N Wall, P Norris, L Cronin (capt); R Boland, M McGrath, K O'Connor; J Owen, J Dunne; J McGrath, D Foley (0-3), N Fitzgerald; J Shanahan (0-4), D Foley (0-1), J Williams (0-1). Subs: D Browne (0-1), Padraig Foley.

Loughmore: D Brennan; N Cahill, N Ryan, M McGrath; P McGrath, P Ormonde, T King; P Kennedy, D Kennedy; N Morris (0-1), M Webster, M Ormonde (0-1); T Ormonde (capt) (0-2), N Kennedy (0-1), T Cullen (0-1). Subs: M Gleeson for Cullen, S Bohan for King, M Brennan (0-1) for M Ormonde, D Laffan (0-1) for Webster.

Referee: P Russell.