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Second Half Surge Sees Moycarkey Through To Junior A County Final

Aidan White Clonoulty Rossmore bottled up by Moycarkey Borris players Pat Molloy,Gary O'Connell,Eamon Ryan and Ger Carey in the County JHC 'A' semifinal in Boherlahan last Sunday.

Aidan White Clonoulty Rossmore bottled up by Moycarkey Borris players Pat Molloy,Gary O'Connell,Eamon Ryan and Ger Carey in the County JHC 'A' semifinal in Boherlahan last Sunday.

By Brian McDonnell

County Junior A

Hurling Semi-Final

Moycarkey-Borris 3-7

Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-9

Cathal Ryan plundered two goals for Moycarkey-Borris as the Mid Tipperary champions surged into the county junior A hurling final thanks to a superb second half display at Boherlahan on Sunday afternoon.

At the break Clonoulty-Rossmore led 0-6 to 1-2, but Moycarkey-Borris exploded into life thereafter and were very good value for this seven-point win.

Liam Devane was outstanding for Clonoulty-Rossmore while uncompromising full-back Stephen Kirwan, centre-back Pat Molloy, Willie Dempsey and man of the match Cathal Ryan shone brightly for Moycarkey-Borris.

Cathal Ryan struck for the opening goal of the game in the fifth minute - Ryan was initially hooked brilliantly by Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Kieran Ryan, but the Moycarkey-Borris corner-forward gathered possession once more and squeezed his effort past goalkeeper Michael Kennedy.

A minute later Clonoulty-Rossmore responded with a smashing Kevin Maher point before a Liam Devane ’65 in the 11th minute left just one between them - 0-2 to 1-0.

Seconds later Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Aidan White looked to be fouled for a penalty. The infraction took place on the blind side of the referee however and Clonoulty-Rossmore had to content themselves with an equalising point from Aidan White in the 15th minute.

Seven minutes later a Willie Dempsey free helped Moycarkey-Borris back into the lead, but Clonoulty-Rossmore were hurling much the better and equalised when Liam Devane converted an awkward free in the 23rd minute.

Four minutes later Clonoulty-Rossmore took a deserved lead thanks to Paul Hayes before a smashing Thomas Lyng effort left two between them - 0-6 to 1-1.

Moycarkey-Borris conjured a cracker of a score in the 33rd minute when Pat Molloy worked a ball short to Willie Dempsey who drove over from miles out and the sides retired with one point between at the break - Clonoulty-Rossmore 0-6 Moycarkey-Borris 1-2.

Despite conceding an early goal Clonoulty-Rossmore looked the better side; that is until Moycarkey-Borris exploded into life.

Clonoulty-Rossmore struck for the opening score of the second period when Thomas Lyng helped himself to a neat point, but Moycarkey-Borris plundered a vital three-pointer in the 33rd minute.

Michael Kennedy, in the Clonoulty-Rossmore goal, did especially well to parry Paudie Doran’s initial shot, but Daniel Kirby was on hand to scramble home a three-pointer which re-claimed the lead for the Moycarkey-Borris men - 2-2 to 0-7.

Kirby’s goal seemed to have a significant psychological effect on Clonoulty-Rossmore while Moycarkey-Borris poured forward in search of further scores.

Indeed, points from Willie Dempsey (free) and Cathal Ryan helped the Mid champions into a 2-4 to 0-7 lead by the 36th minute.

Clonoulty-Rossmore responded with a free in the 38th minute which Liam Devane converted following a foul on Aidan White, but it was telling to note that Clonoulty-Rossmore would only add one more point to their tally. And, that score would not materialise until the 64th minute.

Almost every Moycarkey-Borris attack was now threatening goals and Clonoulty-Rossmore enjoyed a very lucky escape in the 41st minute when Robert Clancy kicked wide following a handling error by the Clonoulty ‘keeper. Three minutes later Clancy laid off expertly to Willie Dempsey who helped his side into a 2-5 to 0-8 lead.

As the Clonoulty-Rossmore wide tally continued to mount Moycarkey-Borris’ Cathal Ryan fired over a cracker of a point to present his side with a four-point lead in the 51st minute.

There was still time for Clonoulty-Rossmore to rescue the situation and the men from the west were presented with a gilt-edged opportunity in the 58th minute - Aidan White worked the ball into the hand of Paul Hayes, but Moycarkey-Borris ‘keeper James Doran pulled off a wonder save to deny Hayes. Then, just to add insult to injury, Moycarkey-Borris scooted down the field and although Michael Kennedy managed to save a Robert Clancy effort Cathal Ryan was on hand to gather the rebound and score his second goal - 3-6 to 0-8. Right on the hour mark Cathal Ryan belted over another point to bring the scoring to an end from a Moycarkey-Borris point of view.

James Doran pulled off another wonderful reaction save to deny Clonoulty-Rossmore’s Paul Hayes a three-pointer in the 64th minute before a Liam Devane point brought this entertaining affair to a close.

Moycarkey-Borris: James Doran, Eamon Ryan, Stephen Kirwan, Jeff Fallon, Gerry McGuire, Pat Molloy, Gary O’Connell, Ger Carey, Paudie Doran, Daniel Kirby (1-0), Willie Dempsey (0-4, 0-2 frees), Jamie Fanning, Cathal Ryan (2-3), Robert Clancy, Rory O’Regan. Subs: (43rd) Aidan Maher for Gary O’Connell, (50th) Michael Roche for Rory O’Regan, (62nd) Joe O’Sullivan for Jamie Fanning.

Clonoulty-Rossmore: Michael Kennedy, Donnacha Ryan, Niall Shanahan, Kieran Ryan, James Horan, Anthony Kearney, Aaron Ryan, Patrick Hennessy, Liam Devane (0-4, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ’65), Michéal Coen, Paul Hayes (0-1), Kevin Maher (0-1), Thomas Lyng (0-2), Aidan White (0-1), Séamus Carew. Subs: (56th) James Ryan for Kevin Maher, (62nd) Michéal Coen for Aidan White.

Referee: Kieran Delaney (Toomevara).

 
 
 

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