Borris-Ileigh 1-17 Glen Rovers 3-08
Tipperary senior hurling champions Borris-Ileigh are back into the AIB Munster Club final for the first time since 1986 following a hard-fought victory over Cork runners-up Glen Rovers at Semple Stadium this afternoon in front of 2,317 spectators.
The Tipperary side, who won the Dan Breen Cup in Tipp last Sunday to bridge a 33-year gap, displayed no effects of their celebrations as they controlled this game, played smart hurling and worked very hard all over the field.
But a grandstand finish was set-up when the Glen bagged two second-half goals and came back at them very strongly.
A blistering start to the game saw Borris into a four-point lead within four minutes, with Conor Kenny getting three of those from play.
Indeed, Kenny finished the game with six points from play to his name.
However, a Patrick Horgan goal for Glen Rovers in the ninth minute rocked the Tipp champions back on their heels, temporarily at least.
But the Borris' lads were in flying form and looked much sharper in the half as they ran over six points to the Glens two before the break to leave them 0-10 to 1-03 in front.
Hurler of the Year nominee Patrick Horgan was starved of possession in the half and Glen Rovers needed to get him into the match if they were to have any chance of recovering
The chance seemed be gone within 16 seconds of the restart when James Devaney raced through on goal and fired a Borris goal to extend the lead to seven points.
The gap was at nine points when Horgan bagged a 13th-minute goal from a free to give the Glen some hope.
And they had the gap down to three with four minutes to go but Borris-Ileigh rallied again and points from Kevin Maher and Conor Kenny before a Mark Dooley goal for the Glen in injury time left two in it and a grandstand finish prevailed.
Borris' held out for the win and Glen Rovers were left to rue the missed goal chances they had.
Borris-Ileigh: James McCormack, Seamus Burke, Paddy Stapleton, Liam Ryan, Sean McCormack, Brendan Maher 0-02, Ray McCormack, Tommy Ryan, Dan McCormack, Kieran Maher, Niall Kenny, Conor Kenny 0-06, Kevin Maher 0-05, Jerry Kelly 0-04, James Devaney 1-00.
Substitutes: Jack Hogan for T Ryan; Ciaran Cowan for Niall Kenny; Jody Harkin for P Stapleton.
Glen Rovers: Cathal Hickey, Adam Lynch, David Dooling 0-01, Calvin Healy, Robert Downey, Brian Moylan, David Noonan, David Cronin, Adam O'Donovan, Dean Brosnan 0-02, Patrick Horgan 2-03, David Cunningham, Conor Dorris, Simon Kennefick, Liam Coughlan.
Substitutes: Glen Kennefick 0-01 for Dorris; Mark Dooley 1-00 for Simon Kennefick; Evan Murphy for Coughlan; David Busteed for Cunningham;
Referee: Thomas Walsh (Waterford).