The Mid U14 and U15 divisional football panels were in action last Saturday, where the U14 tournament was played in Ballylooby and the U15 tournament took place in Cappawhite. Mixed results on the day saw the U14 panel take home the honours in the Shield Final overcoming North, earlier they had succumbed to defeat in the semi-final proper against the South. While over in Cappawhite no such luck for the U15 panel as they lost out in both semi-final and shield final.
Nestled in a basin between the Galtee and Knockmealdown mountains as it were, beautiful Ballylooby basked in the cold sunshine as Mid took on North in the Interdivisional Football U14 Shield Final. Mid wasted no time settling in an explosive start as Jack Hackett kept up his recent good form by driving the ball low into the bottom left hand corner of the net to set Mid on their way with their fist green flag of the day.
Though North responded with a point Mid scored three in a row, the second a great effort from Michael Purcell with Darragh Woods and Eoin Ryan shooting the others. The Mid defence were miserly at this stage with Evan Moore and Philip Ryan both outstanding and up field Eoin Ryan was in fine fettle too with Hackett and Purcell always on the prowl.
Another point for North was soon cancelled out by Purcell’s second as his looping ball went over off the cross bar. Paddy Cadell was next on the score sheet for Mid as his good work paid dividends as he pointed also. Then the killer blow for North came as Philip Ryan’s super ball in bounced high and with Matthew O’Sullivan following in purposefully he out jumped the keeper to fist the ball to the net leaving Mid very comfortable at the break 2-05 to 02.
Early second half points were traded before O’Sullivan hit the net for his second, a fine score from the left hand side. Christopher Carew did likewise within a minute, with the Mid forward attacking unit now rampant.
As Mid selectors emptied the bench North struck for a goal to give them a glimmer of a lifeline. O’Sullivan though was not in a charitable mood as he scored his hat trick following a superb move instigated by Purcell to Eoin Ryan who in turn provided the ammunition for O’Sullivan. Ryan soon followed with another Mid point before Michael Clohessy picked and turned sweetly in the corner to fire over a nice point of his own.
North got another goal as Mid eased back on the throttle with five minutes left on the clock. Conor Fahy raised the last green flag for Mid as he netted close in having been set up by William Creedon who had worked the ball nicely into position after good interplay with Purcell. Referee Martin Doyle from Ardfinnan soon called time on the Shield Final resulting with Mid as easy winners 6-09 to 2-04 and Mid can take good optimism out of the day as they now turn their attentions towards the Peadar Cummins Tournament at the end of May.
Mid panel; David Butler (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Bryan O’Meara (Holycross-Ballycahill), Edward O’Gorman (do), Evan Moore (Durlas Óg), Philip Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris), Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens), Alex Murphy (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jack Hackett 1-00 (Moycarkey-Borris),Michael Purcell 02 (Durlas Óg), Darragh Woods 01 (Holycross-Ballycahill), Eoin Ryan (C) 03 (01f) (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Cadell 02 (JK Brackens), Eoin Collins (Drom-Inch), Matthew O’Sullivan 3-00 (Clonakenny), Aidan O’Meara (Drom-Inch), Subs; Christopher Carew 1-00 (Durlas Óg), Michael Clohessy 01 (Drom-Inch), Anthony McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris), Conor Fahy 1-00 (Upperchurch-Drombane), William Creedon (Durlas Óg), Adam Hickey (do), Tommy Hennessy (Clonakenny), PJ Tunstall (Moycarkey-Borris), Kieran Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paul Bergin (Drom-Inch).
A special word of thanks to the Ballylooby-Castlegrace club for the welcome reception and even more welcome refreshments on the day, it was very much appreciated. Thanks also to the Cappawhite club for looking after the U15 panel and management as well at such late notice after the tournament was transferred to there from Bansha.
Thanks to all the players and managements for the U14 and U15 panels for the great effort put in for preparation for the interdivisional football series. The minds and bodies have now to concentrate on the hurling equivalents which will be on us very soon indeed. Still in action are the U16 football panel that were due to play last night in their semi-final against the South. The finals are provisionally pencilled in for this Saturday at a venue unknown at time of going to press. Best wishes to them and the management on Saturday regardless of last night’s outcome.
Results; Premier Mini Football Leagues all 16/03/2013; Liam Young JCB Sales Group 2 – Loughmore-Castleiney defeated Gortnahoe-Glengoole. Hayes Hotel Group 4 – Drom-Inch (c) conceded to Boherlahan-Dualla (b), JK Brackens (b) defeated Loughmore-Castleiney (b). U14 Interdivisional Football 16/03/2013; Semi-final – Mid 0-05 South 2-06, Shield Final – Mid 6-09 North 2-04. U15 Interdivisional Football 16/03/2013; Semi-final – Mid lost to South, Shield Final – Mid lost to North. Please check county Bórd na nÓg results for scores.
Fixtures; Premier Mini Football Leagues all 23/03/2013; Seamus Hanafin Furniture Stores Group 1 – Moyne-Templetuohy v JK Brackens in Templetuohy at 2pm, Drom-Inch v Moycarkey-Borris in Drom at 3pm.
Liam Young JCB Sales Group 2 – Upperchurch-Drombane v Holycross-Ballycahill in Drombane at 10.30am, Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Boherlahan-Dualla in Gortnahoe at 2pm.
Doran Oil Group 3 – Clonakenny v Thurles Gaels in Clonakenny at 11am, Drom-Inch (b) v Moycarkey-Borris (b) in Drom at 2pm. Hayes Hotel Group 4 – Moyne-Templetuohy (b) v JK Brackens (b) in Templetuohy at 3pm.
Rules Information Meeting; In his secretary’s report to convention in 2011 and again in 2012 Senior Mid Bórd Secretary, Jonathan Cullen outlined his proposals to run a rules information evening for all club officers and team managements in Mid Tipperary. After consulting with various individuals nationally that meeting will take place tomorrow night March 21st at 7.30pm in the LIT, Thurles. The idea of the upcoming information evening is to educate the relevant people in clubs on the rules of both games, this in turn will allow them to coach and advise players correctly. On the night national referees coordinator Pat McEnaney will address the meeting and will give a presentation on various rules.
The meeting will also be addressed by referees Barry Kelly and Willie Barrett. There will also be a questions and answers section which should be very beneficial.
Post Primary Schools; Commiserations to Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore who were defeated in the All Ireland Schools quarter-final last Saturday by St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny.