Thomas Connors about to be tackled by William Henley.

Taking aim: Thomas Connors about to be tackled by William Henley.

Tallow 5-13; Passage 1-19

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A four-goal salvo from Thomas Ryan blasted Tallow to victory over Passage in this entertaining Senior Hurling Championship clash in Fraher Field last Thursday evening. The crowd was small but the fare was good as Tallow all but confirmed a place in the quarter-finals.

There were a couple of talking points beforehand when the teams lined up, especially on the Tallow side, where county full-back Aidan Kearney was sited in the unusual position of wing-forward.

Passage too had a county star at wing-forward, with Eoin Kelly taking up residency there rather than in the full-forward line where he had laboured for Waterford during their run to the All-Ireland semi-final.

This game started as a real ding-dong affair with the sides matching each other almost score for score, until the first goal arrived in the 16th minute. Passage playing with the strong breeze in the first half, tried desperately to build up a lead to bring into the half-time interval, but on each occasion, they were pegged back by a wily Tallow outfit.

After 14 minutes a long-range free from Eoin Kelly, his third of the game gave Passage a 0-7 to 0-5 lead. Passage looked very comfortable in those early stages with their other points being shared out between the impressive Aaron Connors (2), Brendan Fitzgerald and Robert Quann.

See The Munster Express newspaper for full story.