County Junior A Hurling Semi-Final
Moycarkey-Borris deservedly progressed to the county junior A hurling final following a reasonably impressive win over Toomevara at Templemore on Saturday afternoon.
Toomevara, however, were left cursing their luck. The Greyhounds led 1-8 to 0-9 in the 29th minute when Mark Grace, a fine prospect at corner-back, picked up a careless second yellow card to reduce his side to fourteen men.
Toome battled on gamely and were level (1-12 to 0-15) with fifteen minutes to play. Moycarkey-Borris, however, had the legs in the final quarter and out-scored the men from the North 0-6 to 0-1 thereafter. Sadly, the frustration got the better of the Toomevara late on when Terry Dunne picked up a second yellow card in the 64th minute while Aidan Cahill was shown a straight red in the fifth minute of injury time.
Following early points from Mark Harty (free), Séamus O’Meara, Pat Ralph (free) and Brian Moran the sides were locked at 0-2 apiece after nine minutes. Toomevara proceeded to dominate thereafter with points from David Kennedy, Terry Dunne, Mark Harty (two) and Tony Delaney helping the Greyhounds into a 0-7 to 0-3 lead by the 18th minute.
Moycarkey-Borris steadied themselves in impressive fashion with points from John Bergin, Robert Doran and Pat Ralph (free) leaving one between them (0-7 to 0-6) by the 21st minute.
A Terry Dunne point handed Toome a two-point lead, but Moycarkey-Borris responded once more with points from Pat Ralph and Robert Doran levelling matters.
In eight minutes Moycarkey-Borris had ominously out-scored Toomevara 0-5 to 0-1, but Toome looked to have struck for a crucial three-pointer in the 26th minute when Terry Dunne plundered a smashing goal.
Pat Ralph responded from a placed ball before the misfortunate Mark Grace collected two yellow cards in the space of two minutes to transform this contest - half-time: Toomevara 1-8 Moycarkey-Borris 0-9.
Moycarkey-Borris out-scored Toome 0-3 to 0-1 in the opening seven minutes of the second half to tie the game (0-12 to 1-9).
Toomevara clung on gamely and thanks to the outstanding free taking of Mark Harty and no little effort from a resolute half-back line Toome led 1-12 to 0-14 with eighteen minutes to play.
Now however the imbalance in personnel began to tell with Moycarkey-Borris’ Pat Ralph converted three placed balls to hand his side a 0-17 to 1-12 lead by the 48th minute.
Toome responded with a Mark Harty free, but it was all Moycarkey-Borris now with free man Joseph O’Sullivan expertly cutting out the threat posed by Terry Dunne at full-forward. Indeed, Moycarkey-Borris charged toward the finish line with Pat Ralph converted three more placed balls before Aidan Maher cracked over a fine individual effort in the 63rd minute.
Moycarkey-Borris: J Kelly, J Fallon, G O’Connell, J Sullivan, G McGuire, E Flanagan, M Bracken, G Carey, B Moran (0-2), P Ralph (0-12, 0-9 frees, 0-2 ‘65s), J Bergin (0-1), R Doran (0-3), N Heffernan (0-1), P Kelly (0-1), D Bergin. Subs: (40th) A Maher (0-1) for G Carey, (43rd) C Ryan for D Bergin, (61st) R Clancy for R Doran.
Toomevara: B Delaney, D Kelly, A Ryan, M Grace, K Flaherty, K McGrath, D Kennedy (0-1), K Brislane, C Delaney, M Harty (0-7, 0-7 frees), T Delaney (0-1), W Coffey, S O’Meara (0-1), T Dunne (1-2), S Nolan (0-1). Subs: (HT) Terry Delaney for Tony Delaney, (49th) M O’Meara for K Flaherty, (59th) A Cahill for S O’Meara, (61st) L Ryan for Terry Delaney, (62nd) P Shanahan for M Harty.
Referee: F Hickey (Golden-Kilfeacle).