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'5-18 in Two Games, Most Lads Might Not Score It In Their Entire Career'

'5-18 in Two Games, Most Lads Might Not Score It In Their Entire Career'
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Loughmore-Castleiney came back from seven points down in the first half of their Tipperary SHC semi-final against Borris-Ileigh to claim victory and reach consecutive finals.

Loughmore won the game 1-18 to 1-15. It was a win built on the scores of John McGrath, who hit 1-12 of his side's total.

A fortnight ago in the quarter-final against Kilruane McDonagh McGrath scored an incredible 4-6.

"5-18 in two games, most lads might not score it in their entire career playing senior championship," former Tipperary hurler Shane McGrath (no relation) said on commentary for Tipp FM.

"He really was phenomenal today for Loughmore. When they needed him most, he was there. Ably assisted by all the McGraths. The McGraths are a tough crowd. It will take a fair broken bone in Brian McGrath's thumb to keep him out of a county final in two weeks."


Loughmore manager Frankie McGrath told RTÉ Radio 1 following the game that "I couldn't repeat what I said at half-time. We knew at half-time that there was more in us."

Regarding John McGrath, he added: "Sure John is a class player. He scored two goals in an U12 county final when he was about eight. John is no stranger to the big stage. He loves the big stage. They all do. Who wouldn't want to come and hurling in this stadium at this time of year?"


The win means that a remarkable double is still on for Loughmore-Castleiney. Next weekend, the club faces Moyle Rovers in the senior football semi-finals. Last year, Loughmore lost both finals, the hurling decider to Kiladangan and the football decider to Clonmel Commercials.

In this year's hurling final, they will face Thurles Sarsfields, who defeated reigning champions Kiladangan in their semi-final on Saturday.

Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


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