U16A Hurling County Final
Moycarkey-Borris 1-19 Nenagh Éire Óg 2-12
Report by Joe Bracken
History was made in euphoric fashion last Saturday afternoon, October 3rd, when the young men of Moycarkey-Borris came of age with a dominant second half display to win the Under 16 A County Title as they claimed the Colm Phelan Memorial Cup for the first time. A trawl through the history books would take you back to 1974 when this famous club last hoisted the U16 crown. That famine was finally obliterated by a tremendous set of players, who from the throw in, set about their task with purpose, determination and unity as each fought and helped one another right to the end and with that earn the reward their efforts deserved.
In goal Rhys Shelly had a solid display and there was nothing he could do for either goal. His superb puck outs launched many a Moycarkey attack and he can be well pleased with his performance. The inside line of Kieran Kearney, Rory Darmody and Kevin Hayes was strong throughout, with Hayes and Darmody in particular having a terrific opening half. In all they only coughed up one point between the three of them to their markers, no mean feat at all.
Amidst wild cheers of celebration, Neil Ryan, Co. Coiste na nÓg PRO, presented the Colm Phelan Memorial Cup to winning captain Anthony McKelvey on this historic day for Moycarkey Borris.
Mentors: Michael Heffernan, Dermot Maher, Noel McKelvey, Kevin Moran, Michelle McKelvey, Colm Ryan, Pio Spillane.
Mentors: David Minogue, Noel Coffey, Eamon O’Brien. First Aid: Noreen Ryan
Referee: Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield)
County Under 16 A Hurling Final
Report by Neil Ryan, Co. Coiste na nÓg PRO
The A final was eagerly awaited with Nenagh Eire Og hoping to make amends for their disappointment in both the 2010 and 2012 finals which were ironically against mid champions Durlas Og and Drom & Inch respectively. On the other hand mid champions Moycarkey Borris were hoping to bridge over a forty year gap in their quest for glory.
Referee Noel Cosgrove got matters underway @ 2pm. Jake Morris laid on the opening attack for Nenagh only to see his effort slightly off target. Seconds later honour eluded him as a free which seemed to be floating over left disappointment as it tailed off. Moycarkey Borris captain Anthony McKelvey made no mistake with his free as it sailed over for the opening point of the game. However on the sixth minute Jake Morris did likewise to level matters and quickly added another from play to put Nenagh ahead. Moycarkey Borris keeper Rhys Shelly was on his mark thwarting any raids into his area. Moycarkey were being served very well by the defensive work rate of Rory Darmody,Michael Murphy, Kevin Hayes and company. On the eighth minute, Jack Fallon pointed for Moycarkey to level matters at two points apiece. Another pointed free by captain McKelvey followed two minutes later with a successful .65 to put his side two points up 0-4 to 0-2. Darren Flood, Jack Fallon and Max Hackett were really upping their work rate to the delight of the mid supporters. The Nenagh defence of Fiachra Starr, Evan Murphy and captain Mark O'Farrell ,while in attack Killian Malone, Conor McCarthy were a joy to watch. Darren Flood added a point for the mid side for a six point to two score reading in favour of the mid men. On the fifteenth minute Nenagh captain Mark O'Farrell laid on a pass to Killian Malone which caught the Moycarkey defence for the opening goal.
Max Hackett was always in threatening form showing boundless energy and from a foul on him up stepped captain McKelvey for another pointed addition for Moycarkey. Two minutes later he repeated the exercise to increase his teams lead 0-8 to 1-2. Another Darren Flood point increased the Moycarkey advantage to four points. Nenagh responded with points from both Conor McCarthy and Jake Morris for a 0-9 to 1-4 score line. Max Hackett pointed for Moycarkey which prompted another Nenagh response with a pointed free by Jake Morris and one from play by Killian Malone. Anthony McKelvey pointed another Moycarkey free to put his side 0-11 to 1-5. Then came a Nenagh flourish as Sean Shanahan pointed as the full time was approaching and in injury time Jake Morris sent a rasper to shake both the Moycarkey net along with their supporters spirits to take an interval lead by a single point on a score reading Nenagh Eire Og 2-6 Moycarkey Borris 0-11.
The mid men re-entered the action with a substitution as Bill Maher replaced Shane Maher. Two successive points by Darren Flood had turned the scales in favour of Moycarkey with the score reading 0-13 to 2-6 within a minute. Seconds later Conor McCarthy pointed for Nenagh to level matters on the two minute mark 0-13 to 2-7. Nenagh captain Mark O'Farrell was leading by example putting in a tremendous effort as were Killian Malone, Sean Phelan and Jake Morris. Jake put his side one point up again on the fourth minute but it was to be short-lived as Moycarkey captain Anthony McKelvey pointed a free to bring the sides all square for the fifth time. Jake Morris was unfortunate to see his next two frees come off the woodwork. On the ninth minute Max Hackett slotted Moycarkey into the lead once again with a brilliant long range point and two minutes later the Moycarkey followers went ecstatic as Jack Hackett had the Nenagh net rattled which resulted with his side going four points up 1-15 to 2-8. Moments later another McKelvey point stretched the mid advantage..Dan Molamphy made way for Dan O'Donovan in the Nenagh attack on the eleventh minute. Michael Murphy, Caolan O'Brien and John Kirwan were shoring up any opposition threats for Moycarkey while on the other hand Nenagh efforts were tailing off the mark. As the game was entering the final quarter captain McKelvey pointed another free which was quickly accompanied by another point from John Kirwan to put Moycarkey in a comfort zone with an seven point advantage 1-18 to 2-8.
On the nineteenth minute Max Hackett laid on a beautiful pass to Darren Flood which sailed over the crossbar. Nenagh responded with a pointed free by Conor McCarthy but time was running out for the north men. Sean Shanahan, Conor Bonnar and Jake Morris were trying very hard but the Moycarkey defence were in command. Moycarkey although enjoying a comfortable lead were missing the opportunities that came their way. Their last four frees went off target while Nenagh added three points a free on the twenty seventh minute by Jake Morris, followed moments later by another from Conor McCarthy with the final point from play and of the game by Conor Bonnar for a final score reading Moycarkey Borris 1-19 Nenagh Eire Og 2-12.
There were scenes of jubilation for Moycarkey while Nenagh were gutted having lost out on county honours for the third successive time in this grade. The PRO Neil Ryan praised both sides on a brilliant contest and commiserated with Nenagh Eire Og citing that they will be a force at minor level. He thanked all involved in Annacarty for having everything in top class order and acknowledged referee Noel Cosgrove and his full team of officials on a job well done. He complemented Moycarkey Borris on their great performance and congratulated them on winning the title. He welcomed Michael and Marie Phelan from Roscrea the parents of the late Colm who tragically killed in Galway in 1996 to present The Colm Phelan Memorial Under 16 A Hurling cup to victorious Moycarkey Borris captain Anthony McKelvey.
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