Arravale Rovers 1-10
Éire Óg Anacarthy 2-6
Last Friday night Arravale Rovers pipped holders Éire Óg in an all West County Premier Adult Footbal League final.
Éire Óg were going for their third title in a row in this competition,while strangely Arravale Rovers were hoping for their first ever Adult Football league title.
The game was played in Clonoulty and the constant rain an underfoot conditions made it difficult for both teams,but to their credit they served up a wholehearted sporting game for the small band of loyal supporters.
Timmy Dalton opened the Rovers account with an early point but Tom Fox replied to level the sides.Then Arravale Rovers went ahead as Dalton added another two points and James Hogan and Damien O’Brien swopped points to leave Arravale ahead 0-4 to 0-2 after twenty minutes.Then Éire Óg strtuck for their first goal,Brian Fox did all the hard work for Jeremy Furlong to finish to the Rovers net.
Éire Óg now went a point ahead but James Hogan had the sides level at the break 0-5 to 1-2.
Again after the break Arravale Rovers went ahead, and following a brace of points from Mikie O’Dwyer and one each from Brian Lowry and Donnagh Leahy,Arravale led 0-9 to 1-2 after forty minutes.Then the evergreen Damien O’Brien lauched an Éire Óg revival as he kicked over four unanswered points to have the sides level 0-9 to 1-6 after fifty minutes.
Arravale Rovers fought back and following a long free from Darren Lowry, which James Hogan broke down in ther Éire Óg goalmouth,Donagh Leahy set up Mikie O’Dwyer to fist the ball into the Éire Óg net.
The Rovers now led 1-9 to 1-6 with only four minutes remaining.So with minutes to go, and Arravale trying the possession game,Brian Jones was robbed by the excellent Brian Fox and he headed for goal.He was grounded by Pearse Richardson and ace marksman Damien O’Brien made no mistake from the penalty.
The sides were now level 1-9 to 2-6.
At this stage extra time looked to be on the cards.Éire Óg won the kick out,but Donagh Leahy turned over possession and sent the Rovers into the attack.Captain, Darren Lowry won the ball almost forty metres out on the right wing and, with a mighty effort,swung the ball over the bar for the winning point,to give the Rovers the lead again,1-10 to 2-6.T
ime ran out for Éire Óg and Arravale Rovers celebrated a first ever title victory in this competition.
Arravale Rovers won this game by the mninimum as the did already in the West SFC semifinal.They had good performances in defense from Ger Mulhair,Peare Richardson,Robbie Kiely and Shane Leahy.Up front the Dalton brothers Paddy and Timmy were to the fore with Donagh Leahy,Mikie O’Dwyer and Brian Lowry also to the fore.For Éire Óg ,Brian Fox starred at centre back,Padraic O’Dwyer,Diarmuid Ryan and Conor O’Brian were also prominent.
Richaed Ryan and Eoin Kennedy won the midfield battle while top scorer Damien O’Brien led the atack with good help from Kevin Fox, Tom Fox and Donal O’Dwyer.
Teams and Scorers:
Arravale Rovers; Eric Higgins; Peter Mulhair,Ger Mulhair,Pearse Richardson; Ciaran Lowry,Robbie Kiely,Shane Leahy; Sean O’Meara, Damien Kiely; Paddy Dalton, Brian Lowry (0-1),Donnagh Leahy (0-1), ,Mikie O’Dwyer (1-2); James Hogan (0-2f),Timmy Dalton (0-3).Subs; Tony Byrnes for Ciaran Lowry, Darren Lowry (0-1) for Damien Kiely, Brian Jones for Sean O’Meara, John Bourke for Tiommy Dalton, David Cleary for James Hogan.
Eire Óg Annacarty: Raymond Barry ; Diarmuid Ryan, Conor O’Brien, Dan Hogan; Ronan O’Brien, Brian Fox, Padraig O’Dwyer; Richard Ryan, Eoin Kennedy; Donal O’Dwyer, Jeremy Furlong(1-0), Brian Fox; Kev Fox; Tom Fox (0-1), Damien O’Brien (1-5)(1-0 pen.0-3f), (0-2), Paul Downey. Subs:
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