Zimmer qualified for the Munster Final after victory over Clancy Construction in an entertaining semi-final played at UL on Thursday night.
Zimmer started well and Ken Collins put them in front inside the first minute. Dermot Gannon put Zimmer 2 ahead after 3 minutes with a good point on the run. Clancy Construction got their first score on 6 minutes when Eddie Costello scored a point after a good turn and shot. Paul Murray leveled the match on 8 minutes with a point after good work from Cian Treacy created the chance. David O’Connor put Zimmer back in front on 11 minutes after getting on the end of a good clearance from Alan McNamara. Treacy made it a level game again on 14 minutes with a good point on the run.
Treacy then put Clancy Construction in front after 16 minutes with a pointed free. Gary Murphy hit back for Zimmer with point from free on 18 minutes after a foul on Gannon. Camien Howard scored a good point for Zimmer from out near the left sideline on 22 minutes. Zimmer scored a crucial goal on 27 minutes when David O’Connor finished off a rebound from a Daithi O’Connell shot after James Logue had made a great save. O’Connor made it a 5 point lead for Zimmer right on half time with another point.
Clancy Construction started the second half well with a point from Daniel Wilson who finish well after a good run. Eddie Costello made it a 3 point deficit for Clancy Construction on 36 minutes with a point. Zimmer hit back with a pointed free from O’Connor on 37 minutes after a foul on Daithi O’Connell. It was the same again on 39 minutes when O’Connell was fouled on the 21. Gary Murphy made it a 6 point game on 40 minutes with a point from center field. Clancy Construction were right back in the game on 43 minutes when Cian Treacy scored a goal from a free after a foul on Costello.
Zimmer responded on 46 minutes with a point from O’Connell. Substitute Enda Walsh made it a 3 point game again on 48 minutes with a good point from 65 yards out. O’Connell made it a 4 point game with 10 minutes left after a good point on the run.
Gannon stretched the lead to 6 points with 2 points inside a minute. Eoin Murray pulled a point back for Clancy Construction with a good point from out near the right sideline. Treacy made it a 4 point game with 5 minutes left with a pointed free. Zimmer finished strongly and O’Connell struck his third point of the half on 56 minutes. David O’Connor finished off the game as a contest on 57 minutes with a great goal on the run to send Zimmer back to the Munster Final where they will meet Imtech Suir Engineering from Waterford.
Zimmer: Darren Duggan (Newmarket), Donal O’Grady (Feakle), James McInerney (Newmarket), Kieran Liddane (Sixmilebridge), Cian Kelly (St Thomas), Alan McNamara (Killanena), Mark O’Riordan (Croom), Gary Murphy (Caherline) 0-2, Brian O’Connell (Wolfe Tones), Dermot Gannon (Inagh-Kilnamona) 0-3, Ken Collins (Feakle) 0-1, Caimin Howard (Ruan) 0-1, Daithi O’Connell (Wolfe Tones) 0-3, David O’Connor (Sixmilebridge) 2-4, Padraigh Chaplin (Cratloe)
Subs: Stephen Mulready (Sixmilebridge) for Collins, Eugene Cooney (Tulla) for O’Grady, Senan Nihill (Clonlara) for McNamara, Alan O’Connell (Clonlara) for Chaplin, David Hickey (Broadford) for Brian O’Connell
Clancy Construction: James Logue (Ballingarry), Donnacha O’Halloran (Garryspillane), Kevin Dalton (Freshford), Steve Morris (Mullinahone), Thomas King (Thurles Sarsfields), Aidan Maher (Boherlahan Dualla), Liam Walsh (Clonea Power), Paul Murray (Templederry) 0-1, Daniel Wison (Johnstown Fenians) 0-1, Tom Doran (Moycarkey Borris), Eddie Costello (Drom & Inch) 0-2, Eoin Murray (Templederry) 0-1, Cian Treacy (Thurles Sarsfields) 1-3, Tom Murphy (Clara), Brian Costello (Drom & Inch)
Subs: Patrick O’Riordan for Brian Costello (inj), Enda Walsh (Drom & Inch) 0-1 for Doran
Referee: Mike Flannery (Limerick)
Suir Engineering (Waterford) 1-11 Dromoland Castle Holdings (Clare) 0-12
On a perfect evening for hurling at Dr Morris Park, Thurles, in the shadows of the famed Semple Stadium Suir Engineering and Dromoland Castle Holdings went to battle for a place in the Munster Final of the Inter-Firms hurling competition.
It was a fiery opening quarter and after a melee involving several players Suir Engineering found themselves reduced to fourteen players when Joe McLoughney was shown a red card. This set back however seemed to stir the Suir Engineering men with their work rate and intensity increasing and they would not be behind on the scoreboard from here to the final whistle.
Hard working full forward Eddie O’Dwyer began to exert an influence in the game and despite Dromoland placing their free man in defence, the Waterford based company began picking off some fine scores. O’Dwyer with two from play and centre forward Conor Tobin chipping in with four points (3 frees) had them leading by the minimum at half time. Having established a four point lead indiscipline in the Suir defence allowed the Clare outfit back into the game from placed balls which were punished by Dromoland free taker Liam Clancy, leaving the half time score Suir Engineering 0-6 Dromoland Castle Holdings 0-5
The second half started in the same vein as the first, it was nip and tuck throughout with neither team willing to give an inch and you were beginning to get the impression that a goal would decide the contest. Full forward Eddie O’Dwyer duly obliged in the 10th minute when some good work by Keith Kirwan put him through on goal and he made no mistake despite the Dromoland keeper Kieran Devitt best efforts.
Dromoland to their credit did not lie down and reduced the deficit to the minimum midway through the half with some fine scored from Tommy Downes, Darren O’Connor and Clancy. Suir Engineering rallied again with two points from play from Brendan Gleeson and Keith Kirwan to put some daylight between the teams. A fine save by James Culleton in the Suir goal in the closing minutes denied a certain goal for the Banner men from Owen McCarthy.
Having played the majority of the game with fourteen men, a resolute Suir Engineering team dug deep and saw out the remainder of the game leaving the final score Suir Engineering 1-11 (14) Dromoland Castle Holdings 0-12 (12)
Suir Engineering: James Culleton (Mullinavat), Mark Kavanagh (Freshford), James Corrigan (Rathdowney Errill), Michael Murphy (Galmoy), Niall Doherty (Galmoy) (capt), Andrew Brennan (Caherline), Eoin Hennebry (Mooncoin), Eoin O’Connell (Killenaule), Joe McLoughney (Toomevara), Brendan Gleeson (Draingean) 0-1, Conor Tobin (Fenians) 0-7, Keith Kirwan (Mooncoin) 0-1, Kieran Bergin (Dunamaggin), Eddie O’Dwyer (Ballinakill) 1-2, Donncha Gray (Galmoy)
Subs: John Kirwan (Clonea Power) for Donncha Gray, Ray Terry (An Sean Phobal) for Eddie O’Dwyer, Eoin Knox (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Eddie Dermody (Bannow Ballymitty), Gavin Butler (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
Dromoland Castle Holdings: Kieran Devitt (Newmarket), Philip O’Donnell (Crusheen), Joe Barry (Clarecastle), James Warren (Newmarket), Darren O’Connor (Newmarket) 0-1, Niall O’Connor (Newmarket), Paudie Hayes (Newmarket), Cathal Finucane (Newmarket), Tommy Downes (Eire Og) 0-1, Alan Markham (Kilmaley), Liam Clancy (Newmarket) 0-9, Daithi Collins (Cratloe), Stephen Barry (Clarecastle), Jack O’Connor (Newmarket) 0-1, Owen McCarthy (Newmarket).
Subs: Trevor O’Connor (Drom-Inch) for Jack O’Connor, Oisin Pender (Newmarket) for McCarthy, Pat McCoy (Newmarket) for Darren O’Connor, Paul Coleman (Eire Og), Ronan McCarthy (Newmarket)
Referee: Denis Richardson (Limerick)