(After extra time)
WHILE they might only be playing for a 2017 U21 A hurling title, the two teams in Carnmore on Sunday poured their hearts into a competitive semi-final as Turloughmore just did enough in extra time to eak out a result and set up a final meeting with Liam Mellows.
Seemingly dead and buried when five points down midway through the second half, Turlough gradually wore down a Clarinbridge side who were kept scoreless for the last 20 minutes before a Conor Walsh free levelled matters with the last puck of the game to send the contest to extra time.
Once more little separated them in terms of ability and opportunities, before another last minute Walsh free ended up in the back of the net to move them a goal clear and sealed their place in the decider.
Though they did lead for a short spell in the opening half, Turloughmore were in arrears for the most of the game as Clarinbridge started well but, after playing with the considerable elements in the opening half, they only enjoyed a two point interval advantage.
However, the ‘Bridge restarted well on the resumption as they outscored the winners by five points to two in the third quarter before the outstanding Sean Linnane led the charge as Turloughmore gradually whittled away at the lead and eventually rescued themselves in the nick of time.
Totally depending on the free taking of Conor Walsh for scores, it took them 51 minutes to get their first point from play as Linnane stroaked over a delightful score on the run and he followed that up with another long range effort that lifted his side back into the contest and subsequently to victory.
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