Tipperary defeated Offaly by 3-18 to 1-10 in a Senior Hurling Challenge game on Sunday January 5th at Moneygall. Tipperary led by 2-9 to 0-6 at half-time with the goals coming courtesy of Conor Kenny and David Collins. Offaly’s Mark Egan replied with an Offaly goal in the 48th minute before John O’Dwyer scored Tipperary’s third goal with five minutes remaining to seal an impressive 14 point victory.
The Tipperary team and scorers were as follows – James Logue (Ballingarry); Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite); Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, 0-1), Séamus Kennedy (St Marys Clonmel, 0-1); David Collins (Drom & Inch, 1-1), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule, 1-5, 0-2 frees), Steven O’Brien (Ballina); Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh, 1-5), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens, 0-2)
Subs: Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg, 0-1) for Liam McGrath (30th minute), Tomás Hamill (Killea) for Conor O’Mahony (half-time), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty, 0-2) for Tom Treacy (half-time), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) for Steven O’Brien (half-time)