A stronger Moyne-Templetuohy Og side had enough staying power to overcome a game Borrisokane side in order to regain the Under-21B crown following a well contested final played in testing conditions at Moneygall last Sunday.
The 2011 winners put the issue beyond doubt when Paul Maher’s 57th minute sideline ball went all the way to the Borrisokane net giving his side a two-goal cushion. Borrisokane replied with an Eanna Dooley point, but when the game reached additional time the six point advantage was recovered thanks to a Tom Moloney point.
Wind and rain made hurling conditions difficult but Moyne Templetuohy Og never allowed the conditions to deter them. They faced a stiff diagonal breeze in the first half but took the game to their opponents. In a low-scoring opening quarter Jason Bergin scored after four minutes and his side held the lead until the 12th minute when Eanna Dooley levelled. Two more points from Bergin in the 15th and 18th minutes eased Moyne’s worries and they never lost the lead from there on.
On reaching half time they led 0-6 to 0-4. Seconds after the change over Borrisokane pulled one back through Eanna Dooley, but Moyne made life easy when Martin Kelly was on hand to fire home a goal to make it 1-6 to 0-5. However thoughts of a pull-away victory were quickly dispelled as a hard working Borris side led by their centre-back Shane Stapleton kept hanging on and they came within two points of the winners.
The rain had arrived making scoring opportunities low and when an unmarked Michael O’Meara took advantage from a quickly taken Paul Maher sideline ball, the three point cushion was welcome to the Mid champions. There were five minutes on the clock at that stage. Both sides would welcome a bit of luck and three minutes later it arrived in the shape of Paul Maher’s sideline ball which deceived Borris ‘keeper David Kennedy. Suddenly the lead had expanded to six. It was all over bar the shouting.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.