Moyle give Bantry the blues


Tipperary champions Moyle Rovers caused one of the biggest upsets of the day when they beat Cork's Bantry Blues in the semi-final of the Munster championship at Dunmanway. They now await the winners of the tie between University of Limerick and Doonbeg tie in the final. Moyle, 12 to 1 outsiders, were full value for their win. Their victory was all the more praiseworthy considering they were reduced to 14 players following the dismissal of half back Robbie Boland for a second bookable offence 15 minutes from the end.

At the time Bantry led by 0-6 to 0-5, but they hadn't scored since the 25th minute. Within a couple of minutes of Boland's sending-off Philip Clifford ended the barren spell to edge Bantry two points clear and it seemed the end of Moyle's challenge.

The Tipperary representatives had other ideas, however, and Declan Browne, the man of the match, registered his and Moyle's sixth point eight minutes from the finish. Within a minute Donal Foley flashed in the only goal and victory was secured with a point from defender Seamus McGrath.

Such an outcome looked unlikely after Bantry turned over 0-6 to 0-3 ahead at the interval, but, incredibly, the Cork champions scored only once more as Moyle midfielders John Owens and Jimmy Dunne took over.

Moyle Rovers: S Delahunty; S McGrath (0-1), K O'Connor, L Cronin; T Lane, M McGrath, R Boland; J Owens, J Dunne; N Wall, Derry Foley, G Hughes; P Boland, Donal Foley (1-0), D Browne (0-6). Subs: J Williams for Owens, J Shanahan for Hughes, Owens for M McGrath.

Bantry Blues: D McAuley; N Twomey, M O'Connor, E McCarthy; G Canty, P O'Regan, A O'Shea; D O'Neill, M Moran; S McCarthy (0-1), S Dineen, P O'Rourke; P Clifford (0-2), J Canty (0-1), D O'Shea (0-3). Sub: E Sheehan for S McCarthy. Referee: M Ryan (Limerick).