A busy week with inter-divisional hurling and a Feile Peil final along with round games in our twelve and sixteen competitions. There was a little disappointment with the cancellation of the Peadar Cummins Tournament. It is hoped that tournament will go ahead this weekend.
The Roger Ryan in Toomevara was played in tough showery conditions. The competition was very even across the four divisions. The South clinched the title but had to wait until the final whistle as their goal came under pressure and had they conceded it would have handed the trophy to the North. The Mid showed in the last ten minutes they were good enough, it was to little to late.
The week ahead sees a full list of fixtures - under-16s, under-14s and under-12s. We also hope to have the Peader Cummins Cup refixed for this Saturday if that is the case the Feile na nGael fixtures will not go ahead.
First up Mid v South, two points down at halftime the Mid had been fortunate not to be further behind. Conor McGrath, Chris Munroe and Brian Maher seemed to be the only ones playing to the standard expected. That said Cian Stakelum had a lot more ball to deal with than would be preferred. South wide after wide and very little in the way of attack saw the half draw to a close. The perfect start saw Eoin Purcell convert his free and while there was more from the boys two loose balls in about the square would be sent to the back of the Mid net. The South went on to point a free it was then all Mid pressure, Eoin Purcell was working very hard aided by Frank Hanafin. However the South knew there lead would be enough, free after free was sent in to get goals, one did get the desired result. A Eoin Purcell free from the left was arrowed it deflected from a hurl all the way to the net. The final whistle soon follwed and with it almost any hope of winning the tournament, 1-1 to 2-3.
Next up the West and a real tight game, there was just the few scores sadly they most of them were West scores. Cian Stakelum continued his good play in goal he stopped a certain goal. As Frank Hanafin came into the game, the first point was a West free. Eoin Purcell scored the Mid's first from play. Something just didn’t seem right about the teams play, they looked to have to work very hard for everything, with little team play of note. The second half started with signs of a more team effort, two dropped in to the 'keeper's hands with a couple of wides. There was still an edge missing as the West converted a free. A Mid wide wasn’t helped by a West goal that would be the last score of the game, 0-1 to 1-2.
The last game and best performance, well at least the second half anyway. Mid’s chances of winning the competition were gone and the first half showed. The North looking for a win that might win them the title hot the ground running. They had 1-1 scored before a brilliant Joe Dwan point from the right touch line was cancelled out with a North free. Half-time and something needed to change and it did. A first real attack with passing and movement, Joe Dwan in midfield found Eoin Purcell who ran on, he drew the defender before passing to Brian Maher, Brian's run & strike had been what we had hoped for in the first game. Brian was everywhere, he sent a long ball in, Joe Dwan saw his shot get stuck in the goal mouth he follwed it up to score. The North realised the game was slipping away, they got up the other end for two crucial points. However the Mid finished the strongest, leaving us all wonder what might have been. Eoin Purcell was a real leader all day, he got a ball to Frank Hanafin, with an arrowed pass Frank found Fintan Purcell who ran on and pointed. Fintan then went on to score another point from play, the Mid scored more from play in a ten minute spell than they had in the one hour and twenty minutes prior to that end score 1-4 to 1-5.
It certainly is a case of what might have been, through out the day Brian Maher was immense in half-back and midfield, in the same bracket Eoin Purcell was relentless. Cian Stakelum, Conor McGrath, Peter Melbourne, Chris Munroe and Frank Hanafin performed well. While you felt had Finatan Purcell and Joe Dwan had got firing earlier we might be cellebrating another title.
Mid Panel: Cian Stakelum (Durlas Og), AJ Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane), Peter Melbourne (Moycarkey-Borris), Chris Monroe (Thurles Gaels), Lorcan Campion (Drom & Inch), Brian Maher (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Conor McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Joe Dwan (Durlas Og), Frank Hannafin (Holycross-Ballycahill), Shane Bourke (Moycarkey-Borris), Fintan Purcell (Drom & Inch, captain), Cian O'Dwyer (Clonakenny), Patrick Campion (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Eoin Purcell (Durlas Og), Dean Lawlor (Moyne-Templetuohy), Darragh Bourke (Upperchurch-Drombane), Conor Nesbitt (Clonakenny), Cain Russell (Clonakenny), Kieran Costello (Durlas Og), Ben Stapelton (Drom & Inch), Oscar Lapinski (Thurles Gaels), Liam Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Brian O'Callaghan (Moycarkey-Borris), John Coffey (Moycarkey-Borris), Martin Bergin (JK Bracken's).
Selectors; Dermot Maher (Moycarkey-Borris), Johnny Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane), Paddy Kenny (Durlas Og), PJ Bowden (Durlas Og).
Wednesday, April 6th
Tim Bourke Associates U12 G4 Football
Durlas Óg C v Moycarkey-Borris B in Pairc na nÓg @ 7pm
Clonakenny v Boherlahan-Dualla B in Clonakenny @ 7pm
JK Bracken's B v Loughmore-Castleiney in Templemore @ 7pm
LC Lube U12 G5 Football
Moyne-Templetuohy B v Durlas Óg D in Templetuohy @ 6.30pm
Gortnahoe-Gelngoole B v JK Bracken's B in Gortnahoe @ 6.30pm
Thursday, April 7th
Eamon Darmody Mid U14A Fooball
JK Bracken's v Drom & Inch in Templemore @ 6.30pm
Gleeson Quarries Mid U14B Football
Boherlahan-Dualla v Loughmore-Castleiney in Boherlahan @ 6.30pm
Hayes Hotel U14C Football
Durlas Óg B v JK Bracken's in Pairc na nÓg @ 6.30pm
Moyne-Templetuohy v Thurles Gaels in Templetuohy @ 6.30pm
Saturday, April 9th
Jimmy Coppinger Feile na nGael A
Durals Óg v Moycarkey-Borris in Pairc na nÓg @ 5pm
Jimmy Coppinger Feile na nGael B
Boherlahan-Dualla v Upperchurch-Drombane in Boherlahan time TBC
Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Loughmore-Castleiney in Gortnahoe @ 12 noon
Feile Peil B Mid Final
Holycross-Ballycahill 6-9 Upperchurch-Drombane 2-2
This was a one sided game through no fault of the runners up - Holycross-Ballycahill will take some stopping. Strong running and good tackling where capped off with sharp shooting to win this one.
Perfect conditions in Kickham Park and the perfect start, a strong run and pass from David Fogarty set Ben Hennessy to point, the template was very effictive and to be repeated through out the game. A brilliant four-man move ended with a Ben Hennessy point. Sam Quinlan the runner this time Steven Quinlan the scorer with a monster kick that dropped onto the cross bar and over. A brilliant Steven Quinlan cross-field ball found Ben, he ran direct and ripped the net with his shot, 1-3 to 0-0. In the Upperchurch goal Paraic Ryan some how stopped a certain, he got to his feet to clear. When Church did move forward Toby Lambe & Luke Gavin produced clinical tackles. Toby set up David Fogarty to point with a ground kick. The pressure was on the Church kick out as Holycorss’ physical superiority was evident. A free was pointed by Ben Hennessy just before another Stephen Quinlan run and shot saw the ball drop to the net, 2-5 to 0-0. A two-point salvo from David Fogarty came before Gary Dwan opened his account with a shot that Paraic Ryan felt he could have dealt much better with, half-time 3-7 to 0-0.
The second half was a closer contest with Upperchurch getting the scores their play deserved. However the first score was an error that was duly punished as Gary Dwan pointed. Eoin Craddock had to be on his toes as he snuffed out a real Church goal chance. They were gaining control, Luke Shanahan running at goal was fouled, penalty. He picked himself off the ground and with an assured strike he scored. This only served to wake their opponents up, two goals, one from Stephen Quinlan assisted by Ben, and the other from Ben assisted by Colin Morris. Upperchurch’s Charlie Yates, James Griffin, Luke Shanahan and Pat Ryan didn’t give up and when they tried the rest followed. A brilliant point starting in midfield, James Griffin’s kick pass found Pat Ryan, he passed off to the running Luke Shanahan who pointed. Subs on, the game was nearing the end, Stephen Quinlan added another goal before Church’s Pat Ryan had a shot palmed over, point. Upperchurch finished the games scoring with neat move with Sean Phillips finishing to the bottom corner, 6-9 to 2-2.
Chairman Martin Burke, Secretary Catherine Dunne and sponsor Jimmy Coppinger presented the trophy to winning Tom McGrath. This is the first piece of silverware up for grabs in this grade, with Ben Hennessy, Sam Quinlan, Stephen Quinlan, Toby Lambe, Luke Galvin among others its up to the others to match the Feile Peil B champions for 2016 Holycross-Ballycahill.
Holycross-Ballyachill: Eoin Craddock, Justin Bergin, Joe Cesar, Tagdh Gould, Toby Lambe, Luke Galvin, Conor Ryan, Sam Quinlan, Stephen Quinlan, Ben Hennessy, David Fogarty, Jamie Lee Dwan, Colin Morris, Tom McGrath (captain), Gary Dwan, Tom Hynes, Shane Ryan, TJ Ryan, Sean Dwyer, Cian Hevey, Luke Lanphier, Aidan Ryan, Colm Cleary.
Upperchurch-Drombane: Paraic Ryan, Eoin Boirke, Oisin Treacy, Joe Bourke, Sean Phillips, Tom Purcell, Seán Ryan, James Griffin, Patrick Bourke, Eoin Lavery, Luke Shanahan, Micheál McLoughlin, Charlie Yeats, Paddy Phelan, Jim O’Dwyer, Eoin Noonan, David Ryan, James Treacy.