There were wins for Clonmel Commercials, Aherlow Gaels and Eire Og Anacarthy in the Clean Ireland Recycling County SFC at the weekend.
Eire Og Anacarthy
Eire Og Annacarty and Clonmel Og both completed their programme of games in Group 1 of the County SFC at New Inn on Friday night last. There however the comparison ends.
Just six days after their magnificent West senior hurling final win Eire Og were business like in overpowering a depleted Clonmel Og side winning in the end by a non-flattering 12 points.
For Friday night’s victors 2013 seems very promising with silverware already on the mantelpiece and prospects of more to come in both codes. Eire Og went at it from the start and were 0-5 to 0-0 clear when Paul Downey goaled in the 14th minute after Damien O’Brien created the space. At the break they led 1-12 to just a single point for Clonmel Og, scored from a free by Malcolm O’Connor on the stroke of half-time.
The second half was more even and Clonmel Og can take some consolation in the fact that they shaded it on the scoreboard. Indeed in a three-minute purple patch from the 52nd minute they scored 1-4 without reply, the goal coming from Dwayne Burns following a passing movement involving Cian Hogan and Malcolm O’Connor.
Eire Og quickly snapped themselves out of their sleep and rattled off the last three points of the game for a very comfortable win in the end.
Aherlow Gaels 1-13
Arravale Rovers 2-8
Aherlow Gaels qualified for the quarter finals with a two point win over Arravale Roversin an all-West clash.
The dominance of the Gaels midfielders Cathal Dillon and Thomas Fahy was evident as Dillon immediately placed top scorer Timmy Byrnes for the opening point. Lenny Leahy increased their lead with a point minutes later, Mark Russell scord a goal three minutes later and Timmy Byrnes made it 1-3 to no score after ten minutes. Paddy Dalton put Darren Lowry through for the Rovers opening point followed by another from the excellent Timmy Dalton. Timmy Dalton converted a penalty to bring the sides level at the end of the first quarter. Rovers added further points from Stephen Quinn and Timmy Dalton to lead 1-5 to 1-3. Timmy Byrnes had the sides level at the break 1-5 apiece.
Darren Lowry and Stephen Quinn put Timmy Dalton through for a goal minutes into the half. Dalton then followed up with a pointed free and Barry Grogan and Darren Lowry exchanged points to leave Arravale Rovers leading 2-7 to 1-6. Thomas Fahy and Timmy Byrnes (2) pointed. Barry Grogan converted a forty five to level the sides. Timmy Byrnes converted a marvellous sideline kick from near the corner flag and Timmy Dalton replied with a pointed free to leave the sides level again with five minutes remaining. Gaels sub Anto Leahy broke the deadlock with a point and Timmy Byrnes sent over the insurance point.
Commercials had 17 points to spare in this one sided game played in Newcastle on Friday evening.
With this particular route to the closing stages of the County Championship already closed to Cahir, they fielded a very much under strength side against a team welcoming back Jason Lonergan and giving Colman Kennedy his first start of the year.
Cahir started brightly and led in the opening minute with a Dean Lonergan point. Ian Branes levelled from a free and when Luke Moore found the net in the 4th minute the writing was already on the wall for Cahir. The reigning county champions failed to push on however and were wasting possession in over elaborate build ups. Cahir battled hard and points from Padraig Whelan and Johnny McMahon narrowed the margin to a single point midway through the opening half. Johnny Harney and Ian Barnes responded for Commercials before full forward Richie Carroll was brought down and the penalty was dispatched by Barnes to open a six point gap. Carroll then goaled himself and Commercials led by nine at the interval.
Lonergan extended Commercials’ lead early in the second half with a point. A goal by Shane Murphy in the 7th minute was followed a minute later with a point from Mickey O’Connor as Cahir briefly rallied. A steady stream of points and two late goals through subs Padraig Looram and Brian O’Hara saw them win comfortably. The sides meet again in a week in the South Semi-Final and Commercials will be well aware that Cahir wil