The division got off to the best possible start last Saturday in Dr. Morris Park with terrific performances from our U16 and U15 football panels in the interdivisional football series, resulting with the first silverware of the season going the Mid way as they retained the U16 crown.
First up was that U16 squad under the stewardship of Kieran Healy and Andy Ryan who took on the North in their semi-final. The Mid led 2-02 to 1-03 at the break and held on for a one goal win.
U16 Interdivisional Football Final – Mid 1-05 South 0-06. So the scene was set for the final against South and what a game it turned out to be. Both sides went at it vigorously from the off with Mid playing against a very strong wind in the first half, going in at half time four behind.
However, the tenaciousness and unity of this Mid side laid a tremendous platform to build on, a platform of desire to win as they drove on in the second half with the bit firmly between their teeth. Score by score they clawed their way back into it.
Going into the closing stages Mid wonderfully worked the ball through the field to find Fairbrother outside the twenty metre line and in writing the final chapter in this contest he stood alone and showed coolness and accuracy of skill by burying the ball to the net close on full time to put Mid in front, a lead they would not relinquish. Captain T.J. Butler received the cup from County Chairman, Joe Kennedy much to the delight of his team mates.
Mid U16 Divisional; TJ Butler (C) (Upperchurch-Drombane), Gavin Dunne (Holycross Ballycahill), Harry Fitzbibbon (Durlas Óg), Diarmuid Ryan (Clonakenny), Diarmuid Leahy (Moyne Templetuohy), Tom Murphy (JK Brackens), Conor Sheedy (JK Brackens), Brian McGrath 02 (Loughmore-Castleiney), Radic Natkaneic (JK Brackens), Matthew Kelly 01f (Durlas Óg), Bill Darcy (Durlas Óg), David O’Shea (JK Brackens), Stephen Flanagan 01 (Holycross-Ballycahill), Lyndon Fairbrother 1-01 (JK Brackens), James O’Sullivan (Boherlahan-Dualla), Subs used; Conor Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Fionn McCartin, (Holycross-Ballycahill), Mark Purcell (Durlas Óg), also on panel; Jack Bryan (Moycarkey-Borris), Stephen Maher (Loughmore-Castleiney), Curtis Ryan (Thurles Gaels), Padraic Campion (Drom-Inch), Fionn Cleary (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Eoin Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris), Jordan Moore (Boherlahan-Dualla), Mark Ryan (Moyne-Templetuohy), Conor Moore (Moycarkey-Borris), Endgis Mickelson (Thurles Gaels).
Over in Thurles Sarsfields pitch the U15 panel also got off to a winning start as they again overcame North in the semi-final.
U15 Interdivisional Football Final – Mid 3-04 West 3-07.
The sides were level 2-02 to 1-05 at the break. All in all the management team of Martin Doyle, Trevor Hassett, Paddy Dwan and Donal Hayes will be well pleased with the Mid performance and will look to build on that in the Roger Ryan Tournament in Toomevara on April 12th.
Mid U15 Divisional Panel; Anthony McKelvey (Moycarkey-Borris), Caolain O’Brien (Moycarkey-Borris), Edward O’Gorman (Holycross-Ballycahill), Ciaran Dunne (Moycarkey- Borris), Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens), Michael Purcell (Durlas Óg), Conor O’Hagan (Durlas Óg), Alex Murphy (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jack Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris), Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens), Eoin Ryan (C) (Loughmore-Castleiney), James Kirby (Boherlahan-Dualla), Christopher Carew (Durlas Óg), Matthew O’Sullivan (Clonakenny), Conor Fahy (Upperchurch-Drombane), Subs used; Adam Hickey (Durlas Óg), Kieran Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney), also on panel; David Butler (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Anthony Cooney (Durlas Óg), Jimmy Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Evan Moore (Durlas Óg), Michael Clohessy, (Drom-Inch), Tommy Hennessy (Clonakenny), Michael Lavery (Upperchurch-Drombane), Cathal Darcy (Boherlahan-Dualla), Colin Shaughnessy (Thurles Gaels), Jack Croke (Durlas Óg), Sean O’Meara (Moycarkey-Borris), Brian O’Meara (Holycross-Ballycahill), William Creedon (Durlas Óg).
Mid Interdivisional Football Results; 01/03/2014 - U16 Interdivisional Football Semi-final – Mid 3-05 North 2-05 and in the final Mid 1-05 South 0-06. U15 Interdivisional Football Semi-final - Mid 1-06 North 1-01 and in the final Mid 3-04 West 3-07.
With the launch of our championships last night in Hayes Hotel, the scene is now set for our own championships with pride of place going to the U12 teams who take centre stage with their championships throwing in on Saturday.
Fixtures; U12 Football Championships all 08/02/2014; Seamus Hanafin Furniture Store Group 1 – JK Brackens v Moycarkey-Borris in Templemore at 4pm, Drom-Inch v Durlas Óg in Drom at 4pm.
Liam Young Plant Sales Group 2 – Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Holycross-Ballycahill in Gortnahoe at 3pm, Loughmore-Castleiney v Moyne-Templetuohy in Castleiney at 3pm. Doran Oil Group 3 – Clonakenny v Thurles Gaels in Clonakenny at 3pm, Drom-Inch (b) v Durlas Óg (b) in Drom at 3pm, JK Brackens (b) v Moycarkey-Borris (b) in Templemore at 3pm.
Hayes Hotel Group 4 – Upperchurch-Drombane v Thurles Gaels (b) in Kickham Park at 4pm, Loughmore-Castleiney (b) v Moyne-Templetuohy (b) in Castleiney at 4pm, Gortnahoe-Glengoole (b) v Holycross-Ballycahill (b) in Gortnahoe at 4pm.
Workshop; A football workshop entitled “Coaching the Youth Player” will take place in St Ailbes Post Primary School, Tipperary Town on Friday 7th March at 7.30pm.