Féile Iomanniocht Final Ten Goal Thriller - Borrisleigh was the place to be on Monday April 30th as north champions Kilruane MacDonaghs edged out their mid rivals Durlas Og to capture their very first title in this tournament .The action commenced @7pm with the weather giving all a well earned reprieve from the terrible conditions over the past few days.
Anthony Cooney had a point registered on the score board after thirty seconds to give Durlas Og the opening lead. His fullback colleague Keith O Dwyer came to the fore to ensure the Kilruane attack were kept at bay as they threaten the Durlas goal area. Billy Darcy was unlucky to see his effort coming off the woodwork to add another point to the Durlas tally. However all was not lost as the ball went out after touching a Kilruane defender. Michael Purcell converted the resulting .65 to put Durlas Og 0- 02 after seven minutes of play.
Two minutes later Cian Darcy’s’ attempt from a .65 tailed wide in his bid to open the Kilruane account. His opposite number Bill Darcy also saw his effort from a mid field area free going wide. Over the next few minutes Cian Darcy played superbly in trying to get things going for Kilruane, but it was Durlas Og that were looking dangerous. Conor Murphy got the first green flag flying for Durlas Og. This goal inspired Kilruane into action as Cian Darcy got a point from play and was quickly followed a Jerome Cahill goal to put the score board reading 1-02 to 1-01 in favour of the mid team on the fifteenth minute mark. Once again Durlas Og fullback Keith O’Dwyer was in total control over any threats coming his way. The sides were level for the first time on the eighteenth minute mark after Kevin Shinners slotted over a point for Kilruane..Seconds’ later referee John McCormack had to sort out a disturbance in the midfield area which resulted with yellow cards being issued to a player from both sides. Moments later Kevin Shinners got his second score with a great goal to give Kilruane the lead at the interval 2-02 to 1-02.
In the opening period it was Durlas Og who although against the breeze appeared most equipped as their control on the ball was swifter and seemed more balance as a side .Their only apparent disadvantage was their physical presence in some areas of the pitch, but they had dogged determination in abundance. One noticeable feature in the game was the work rate of both players wearing the number six shirt and they also had shared surnames. Both Bill Darcy of Durlas Og and Kilruane Cian Darcy were simply superb.
The resumption was eagerly awaited and on the throw in Durlas Og repeated their opening performance with another Cooney point inside thirty seconds.
One minute later Conor Murphy had reduced the deficit to a single point for Durlas Og 2-02 to 1-04. Kilruane replied courtesy of a Kevin Shinners point. The next two opportunities came to Cian Darcy from a free and from play but both tailed wide of the mark in his quest to increase the Kilruane tally. With the period seven minutes old it was Durlas Og that were commanding affairs as Anthony Cooney struck the Kilruane net and was accompanied by a pointed .65 from Bill Darcy to put Durlas Og ahead on a score of 2-05 to 2-03 . A third Durlas Og goal looked a certainty but for a brilliant save by Marcas O’Neill which also resulted with the game ceasing to attend to an injury he sustained in the process. When proceedings resumed Durlas were on the attack with Matthew Kelly going on a solo run with his effort being saved at the expenses of a .65.This was duly converted into a point by Bill Darcy, who moments later blasted a thirty metre free to the back of the Kilruane net to put his side ahead on a score of 3-06 to 2-03 with twelve minutes gone. The mid champions appeared to be edging towards cruse control.
On the fifteenth minute mark Sean McAdams got the games sixth goal to reduce the Kilruane deficit to three points .However up came Durlas Og man of action Bill Darcy with a brilliant point from play to put the score at 3-07 to 3-03 in favour of the mid team. Good work rate by Anthony Cooney yielded another Durlas Og point on the seventeenth minute mark.
No one could write the script for what was to transpire over the final seven minutes. In this period a further four goals were scored.
Kilruane’s Cian Darcy who was the hub of his sides activity took off like a rocket from his own defence line and planted a pass to Liam Hannon on the right wing who shook the Thurles net to put the score reading Durlas Og 3-08 Kilruane MacDonaghs 4-03. One minute later the Durlas Og net was rattled once more by a second Jerome Cahill goal to put Kilruane one point ahead with the game commencing added time 5-03 to 3-08.A Durlas Og attack went narrowly wide to tie affairs. Seconds later Ben Healy got the better of the Durlas defence to score Kilruanes sixth goal to put four points between the sides. The atmosphere was electric and no place for the faint hearted.
Durlas Og were awarded a free from about thirty meters and up stepped Bill Darcy to rattle the Kilruane net for his sides fourth goal and the games tenth. However time ran out for the Durlas boys and when the referee blew the final whistle it was the north champions that were victorious by a single point on a score line of Kilruane MacDonaghs 6-03 Durlas Og 4-08.
Saturday May 5th was a busy day for Bórd na Nog ,as we had our divisional teams participating in the Munster U16 Hurling Blitzes and also the staging of the conclusion of the Feile Peil tournament.
Cappawhite was the venue for the Feile Peil semi-finals and final.
Both semi final took place simultaneously with Newport pitched against Clonmel Commercials. Most pundits would install the south representatives as favourites in this code, but it was the north champions Newport who commenced the contest with more vigour. They possessed the physical capacity in most areas in matching their opponents. While the south boys slotted over two quick points the action reversed to the Commercial goal mouth where Newport showed their attacking tenacity which produced the opening goal of the game, quickly followed by a point. From the kick out they grabbed possession and made another attack which resulted in the awarding of a penalty which produced their second goal. Keelan Floyd commanded a powerful presence in most of the attacks. Newport added another point from a free, which was responded to immediately by a Commercials point to put the score reading 1-02 to 0-03 in favour of the north champions.
Another point by Floyd from a free extended the Newport lead to six points with five minutes remaining in the opening period. For Commercials Kyle Peters was centre to all attacks and when his side were awarded a fourteen metre free it failed to land another score. From the resulting kick out Newport got going and another attack was made on the Commercial defines and Keelan Floyd had the net shaking for his sides third goal. On the eighteenth minute Peters commanded his quarters and the Newport net was vibrating for Commercials first goal. Two minutes later the same net was moving again as Commercials got their second goal and the games fifth to put the interval score Newport 3-03 Clonmel Commercials 2-03.
When proceedings recommenced Commercials got the dream start with goal in the first twenty seconds quickly followed by a point courtesy of Kyle Peters. Newport failed to impress with the quality they expressed in the opening period. However on the tenth minute they stormed the Commercial goal and but for Aidan Tobin the net would have shaken. Moments later Newport got their first point and added another on the twelfth minute mark which was to prove to be their last contribution to the score board. On the other side Jamie Ahearne slotted points from frees to put the score 3-06 to 3-05 in Commercials favour. So despite Newport’s low score performance in the second period they had also been successful in preventing their opponents opening a big margin on them. Indeed they could well have been ahead but for some errors in judgement when some opportunities came their way. Just as the final whistle was sounding Commercials recorded goal number four to qualify for the final on a score of 4-06 to 3-05.
The other semi final between west champions Cashel King Cormacs and J.K.Brackens from the mid. Did appear to offer the same intensity for most of the game. After ten minutes of even tussle the sides were level. Cashel produced the opening goal and the Brackens managed to claw back parity with two points from play and a free. On the fifteen minute mark Cashel were awarded a penalty which was converted to a goal by Gavin Ahearne. Cashel responded with two points to put the score sheet reading 1-03 to 1-02 in favour of the western side.
As the opening period was approaching a close Cashel got their second goal to put the interval score 2-02 to 1-03 in their favour.
On the resumption many opportunities went astray by both participants. The first score came on the sixth minute with a Cashel point which was to be their single addition to their tally. On the tenth minute the games fourth goal was registered by Brackens to level the sides 2-03 apiece. Cashel were awarded a .45 which went wide of the mark as did their next two opportunities in succession. With five minutes remaining Brackens produced another goal to gain their passage to the final on a score line of 3-03to 2-03.
Action Packed Peil Final: After about a thirty minute break the final commenced and full credit to host Cappawhite the electronic score board was in operation. Both J.K.Brackens and Clonmel Commercial lined out for what was to be an enthralling contest with determination, endurance, and skill all in abundance. Great credit to both teams and mentors for the manner in which they all conducted themselves in one of the hardest and closely contested finals witnessed in long time.
The contest was three minutes old when Commercials Kyle Peters slotted over a great point from play. Both sides let opportunities go amiss until the seventh minute Brackens Andrew Ormond levelled matters and seconds later his colleagueConor O’Brien pointed a free to put them one point to the good. The next ten minutes were dominated by Commercials with Dean McLaughlin and Dean Clarke kicking over two great points to put their side ahead by a single point 03to 02.
Commercials appeared to have found the groove and with Kyle Peters really powering into the action major threats were made on the Bracken defence .He struck the Bracken net with some force and two minutes later Michael Farrow added a point to put Clonmel Commercials seven points in front 1-04 to 0-02. Commercials appeared to be unstoppable such was the dominance they enjoyed. Many opportunities went a begging as the Bracken defence proved to be very productive and kept very controlled in their behaviour not yielding frees.
When play resumed Brackens lead the attack and failed to capitalise on a scoring opportunity. Moments later they had another failed opportunity, to make matters worse for them Commercials landed another goal by Michael Farrow to put the score reading 2-04 to 0-02 at the interval.
Things looked poor for the mid contenders and even though they played well they had come up against a formidable side in Commercials who seemed to better in vital areas of the pitch.
On the resumption the first chance came to the Brackens and was duly saved at the expense a .65 .When midfielder Radic Kaneics effort tailed wide it appeared that it was not going to be Brackens day. However this missed effort really spured on the entire Bracken outfit, Kaneic and his fellow midfielder Stephen Quinlan stepped up a gear and a good supply started to reach the Commercial goal area. David O’Shea was the recipient of a great pass and duly slotted over the opening point of the second period of the contest. Seconds later his colleague Shane Doyle’s effort struck the net for Brackens first goal, which was followed by another white flag courtesy of Kaneic and they were truly back on a score of Commercials 2-05 Brackens 1-04 after only five minutes were clocked.
The Commercials set up another attack from which Rian Lambe saw his effort tail narrow off target for a Commercial point.
The Bracken defence was now under siege as Kyle Peters the Commercial power engine made several raids delivering some very neat passes one from of which Michael Farrow kicked over the bar to register Commercials first point in the second period to extend their lead to five points.
Within a minute later Conor Sheedy scored the Brackens second goal to narrow the margin to two points on a score of Commercials 2-06 Brackens 2-0 4. During the next five minutes both sides had missed opportunities partly to the brilliance of both lines of defence.
On the thirteenth minute Andrew Ormond had the Bracken supporters on a high as he crashed in a goal to give his side the lead for the first time 3-04 to 2-06.. One minute later David O’Shea extended the Bracken tally a further point, quicly replied to by his opposite number Jamie Ahearne to reduce the Commercials deficit to one point 3-05 to 2-07.. With just a half a minute remaining the sides were on level terms courtesy of a Kyle Farrell point which was to be the final score 3-05 2-08.The game now entered extra and it was Commercials who were first on the score sheet with a point by Dean Clarke.
However it was the mid side that got a grip on proceedings with three unanswered points from Kaneic, Fairbrother and Ormond. Eoin Hoctor reduced the margin for the Southside by a point to leave the interval score reading 3-08 to 2-12 in Brackens favour. Upon the resumption it was the north who did most of the attacking and indeed if they concentrated on points may have yielded success for at the final whistle victory went to the J.K.Brackens 3-09 Clonmel Commercials 2-11.
The draw for these years U/16 Inter County All Ireland hurling tournament takes place in Dundrum House Hotel on Thursday May 10th @7.30pm. All divisional Bórd officers are requested to attend. Guests will include G.A.A President Liam O’Neill, Chairman of Tipperary Supporters Club John Tierney
The Munster U/16 hurling Blitzes took place over the weekend with the following results - U16 A: North Tipp 1-10 West Waterford 0-12, North Tipp 2-14 Mid Clare 0-05, North Tipp 3-11 Seandun 2-03, Semi final North Tipp 2-09 Limerick East 0-07, Final North Tipp 6-04 City/West Limerick 0-08. Mid Tipp 0-11 Avondhu 1-07, Mid Tipp2-11 East Clare 5-05, Mid Tipp 0-09 City/West Limerick 3-14.
U/16B - South Tipp 4-17 Carrigdhoun 1-04, South Tipp 1-06 Carberry 1-09, South Tipp 3-06 Sarsfield B 2-03, Semi final South Tipp 0-09 Imokilly 1-05, Final South Tipp0-07 Imokilly 2-12, West Tipp Duhallow, West Tipp North Kerry, West Tipp Imokilly B.
Feile Iomanniocht -Semi finals Durlas Og 2-12 Clonoulty Rossmore 3-06, Kilruane MacDonaghs 3-05 St Mary’s’ 1-04. Final Kilruane MacDonaghs 6-03 Durlas Og 4-08.
Feile Peil Semi finals J.K.Brackens 3-03 Cashel King Cormacs 2-03, Clonmel Commercials 4-06 Newport 3-05,
Final after extra time J.K.Brackens 3-09 Clonmel Commercials 2-11.