Taking to the field in atrocious weather conditions in Templemore last Thursday for the Stakelum’s Office Supplies sponsored final, the displays of both Drom & Inch and Moyne-Templetuohy in the opening half brightened a miserable evening before the physical strength and size of the Drom lads wore down their opponents in the second half. This Drom win was built on a strong centre spine with Aidan O’Meara among others dominating throughout. Unfortunately for Moyne in contrast they were restricted to scores from their midfield pairing as the Drom inside backs kept a tight reign on their opposition.
With underfoot and handling conditions very greasy the opening round of scores all came from placed balls. Paul Bergin had Drom on the board in the second minute with a fine sixty five over the bar. Gearóid O’Connor then saw his free go over after Dean Lawlor had been fouled. O’Connor was back on free duties almost immediately, but this time his shot from the middle of the park found its way to the net helped by a deflection off a Drom defenders hand as he tried to catch the slippery ball. With Bergin pointing a free and O’Meara scoring the first point from play for Drom, those scores restored parity as the incessant rain kept pouring down.
O’Connor then went for goal from a twenty metre free but his shot was blocked and cleared. He did, however, respond with a point from play followed quickly by another from his midfield partner Conor Bowe.
O’Meara then in the seventeenth minute had the green flag waving to put Drom one ahead and they closed out the half with further points to leave it 1-08 to 1-03 at the break.
No surprise that the opening score of the second half came from O’Meara as the Drom machine moved up the gears after the half time talk. Jamie Ryan got his name on the score sheet with a fine point from the right hand side. After Bergin hit over another sixty five, Moyne were thrown a lifeline when Conor Bowe eventually got the ball into the Drom net as a result of stalemate in a waterlogged goal which had prevented both clearance and scoring opportunity. Moyne though didn’t get a chance to build on that score as a determined Drom side hit over a succession of scores that the Moyne side were powerless to prevent. O’Meara put the icing on the cake with his second goal on twenty minutes. Eoin Collins popped up with the last score of the match as Drom eased to victory.
Satisfaction so for Drom whose greater strength told overall. O’Meara had a super game and got excellent support from Bergin, Collins and Lorcan Campion in midfield and also Aaron Ryan at full forward.
Matching Drom pretty much in the first half the second half proved difficult for this Moyne-Templetuohy side who were under enormous pressure in that half. That being said they kept composure and shape in an effort to stem the haemorrhage of points, with O’Connor and Bowe working tirelessly. Paudie Gleeson gave his all at corner back as did Dean Lawlor on the flank.
Michael Clohessy, Drom captain, received the cup from Joe O’Sullivan, Mid Bórd na nÓg Chairman and Conor Stakelum championship sponsor, before a large Drom & Inch gathering.
Drom-Inch; Fintan Purcell, Andy Mullen, Michael Clohessy (C), Rory O’Dwyer-Foskin, Niall Fogarty, Paul Bergin 04 (02’65, 02f), John Ryan, Eoin Collins 01, Lorcan Campion 01, Jamie Ryan 01, Aidan O’Meara 2-08 (03f), John Campion, Ben Stapleton, Aaron Ryan 03, Jack Shanahan, Subs; Paudie Kinane, Hugh Scott, Jimmy Mullen, Donncha Barry, Patrick Carey, Paul Glasheen.
Moyne-Templetuohy; Jack Taylor, Paudie Gleeson, Eoin Keyes, Shane Lowe, Kieran Larkin, Darragh Taylor (C), Dean Lawlor, Gearóid O’Connor 1-02 (1-01f), Conor Bowe 1-01, Ben Ryan, Andrew Doyle, Martin Ryan, Kieron Lloyd, Seán Hayes, Nathan Bowe, Subs; Colin Hartigan, Diarmuid Collier, Barry Ryan, Jamie Kiely, Tony Lowe, Paddy Buckley.
Referee; Liam Shanahan - Upperchurch-Drombane.