By Cathal Ryan
County Senior Football
JK Bracken’s 0-12
A superb team effort saw Moycarkey Borris claim victory over JK Brackens in the Senior Football Championship on Friday evening last in Templetuohy.
It was a very changeable evening on the weather front but the work ethic and desire of this Moycarkey Borris side was consistent and relentless from the outset. In the later stages JK Brackens desperately attempted to salvage something from the contest but with the clock counting down Phil Kelly produced the crucial score to hold the Templemore men at bay. Influential centre back Niall O Sullivan had powered into an advanced position and found Kelly with a pass, who in turn stepped away from the challenge of his marker and fired a high and deadly accurate kick over the cross bar from all of 40 yards.
Once more in the dying embers Brackens launched a final assault on the opposition goal but a fine effort from the boot of substitute Eoin Kennedy from an acute angle was the best that they could muster closing the gap to a point. The final few kick outs were competed for fiercely but Moycarkey held on to claim their first victory of the season in the competition.
This result will only further boost the confidence of this Moycarkey team and such a breakthrough victory will lead to believe they can progress to the later stages of the competition.
On the other side of the fence Brackens will rue some missed opportunities in front of the target and also a few moments of needless indiscipline that cost them scores but will no doubt regroup and tackle the next round with optimism.
Moycarkey were fast out of the traps and hared down the field to register the opening score of the game via the boot of talismanic corner forward Anthony Healy who contributed handsomely from play all afternoon aligned with punishing any indiscipline from within 40 yards of the opposition goal from free kicks. One of Brackens leading lights all evening, Dean McEnroe, replied to this early score with a superb right footed effort from distance before county hurling star Shane Bourke edged Brackens into an early lead. At the midpoint of the first half Moycarkey raised the tempo in their attacks to a level that their opponents were uncomfortable with and scores from Rory Ryan, Ciaran Clohessy, Anthony Healy and Patrick Carey opened a gap between the sides. Brackens done their best to close this advantage before the break but some indiscipline cost them and Moycarkey led at the break 0-8 to 0-6.
At the beginning of the second period the early scores again were converted from a Moycarkey boot, Rory Ryan who proved influential at centre forward, with a kick off his right and Phil Kelly with a great effort off his weaker left boot. It wasn’t until the mid way point of the second half that the Brackens revival kicked into gear with scores from marauding left half back Stephen Owens and wing forward Dean McEnroe who registered his third point.
The Moycarkey defensive action became more stubborn as time wore away some superb blocks were to be admired as they demonstrated superb desire and deservedly claimed victory by the narrowest of margins.
Moycarkey Borris: Daniel Kirby; David Morris, Paul Dempsey, Brian Moran; Michael Cussen, Niall O Sullivan, Kevin Moran; Patrick Carey (0-1), Pat Molloy; Kieran Morris, Rory Ryan (0-2), Paudie Doran; Anthony Healy (0-7, 5F), Phil Kelly (0-2), Ciaran Clohessy (0-1). Subs: Rory O Regan for P. Doran (51), Ger Carey for C. Clohessy (55), Mossy Bracken for Phil Kelly (59).
JK Brackens: Mervyn Bradish; Killian O Neill, Michael Lynagh, Tommy Kennedy; David Ryan, Lorcan Egan, Stephen Owens (0-2); Cathal Scully, Padraic Keely; Shane Scully (0-3,3F), Shane Bourke (0-1), Dean McEnroe (0-3); Padraic Bourke (0-2, 1-45), Darren Owens, Damien McBride. Subs: Kevin Mulryan for D. Owens (37), Eoin Kennedy (0-1) for D. McBride (41), John Dunne for S. Owens (51), Joe Shiels for K. O Neill (53).
Referee: David Grogan.