First Féile U 14 A football title for Moycarkey Borris
Resulting from a ruling from Croke Park we now have to hold both an A & B grade in the Féile tournaments for both football and hurling. This of course puts added pressure on all boards associated with looking after all the under age activities. Its getting increasingly difficult trying to secure both time slots and pitches but higher authority don’t appear to give either of those concerns any thought.
Annacarty hosted the county concluding games of the Féile A football on Saturday last. Even though the weather conditions were miserable the same was not the case for the action on the pitches. Mid champions Moycarkey Borris took on the north champions Inane Rovers in a semi final clash.
During the opening moments of the game a harsh wind accompanied with rain made conditions for the participants miserable. With the assistance of the wind Kevin Hayes put Moycarkey on the score sheet with a point after five minutes. Another four minutes later the sides were equal with a point from Inanes Brian Parlon. However it was Moycarkey that were enjoying the supremacy with good displays from Zack Jackson, John Kerwin, Darren Flood, Jack Fallon, Jack Morrissey and captain Bill Maher etc.
Indeed on two occasions the woodwork saved the day for Inane Rovers. After a lovely pass from Jackson to Rhys Shelly the Inane net was rattled for the opening goal for Moycarkey. Moments later Inane produced another point to put the score at Moycarkey 1-01 Inane 0-02 which was to be the interval score reading. In defence Peter Melbourne for Moycarkey was first to the ball on a number of occasions thwarting any threat from Inane. He was accompanied by Conor Cummins, Tom Ryan, Max Hackett, Jack Morrissey and Rory Darmody in battling constantly.
Upon the resumption Rhys Shelly added a point to extend the Moycarkey lead. Indeed for the entire second period it was all Moycarkey with Jack Fallon being very successful from place balls .Points came also from Max Hackett, Tom Ryan. The game was truly ended for Inane when Darren Flood struck his second goal of the half on the fourteenth minute to put Moycarkey at 3-06 to 0-02. Both teams should be commended for the sporting manner despite the terrible conditions,.
In the other semi final encounter Moyle Rovers played west champions Cashel King Cormacs. Cashel had the same first half concluding score as Moycarkey at 1-01 but were in arrears as Moyle Rovers had successfully raised seven white flags with 0-07 to hold a three point margin. In the second period it was a goal scoring spree as Moyle Rovers clocked up 3-01 to put their total at 3-08 .This proved to be sufficient as Cashel added a further 2-01 for their finishing score at 3-02.
For the final the weather conditions improved with the easing off of the rain. Moyle Rovers were first on the score sheet courtesy of a point from Rian Quigley. On the third minute Jack Fallon pointed a free for Moycarkey. With the aid of the wind Moycarkey were enjoying most of the possession but were letting scoring opportunities go amiss. By the ninth minute Moycarkey were joyful as Rhys Shelly produced his magic once again with goal. This was quickly followed with a pointed free from Fallon to put the score at 1-02 to 0-01. Three minutes later Conor McGrath pointed a Rovers free but the Rovers joy was to be sort lived as Rhys Shelly clocked up a second goal for Moycarkey. Conor McGrath pointed a second free for Rovers to put the interval score at Moycarkey 2-02 Moyle Rovers 0-03.
A neutral observer would now favour Moyle Rovers as the wind seemed to be getting a bit stronger in the backs However upon the restart it was Moycarkey that were into attack narrowly missing a goal opportunity. Fallon pointed a free to increase the Moycarkey lead. 2-03 to 0-03
Rovers were in attack mode and were awarded a penalty when referee Brian Tyrell blew the whistle. Rian Quigley gave keeper Kyle Shelly no chance and the net was rattled as well as the Moycarkey supporters. In defence Conor Cummins and Tom Ryan were not deterred as they battle well over the next minutes of the contest. Rovers were now enjoying more of the action and had another addition to their tally with a point from a free by Rian Quigley to put the score at Moycarkey 2-03 Moyle Rovers 1-04 .From the resulting kick out Rovers were once again on the prowl and dropped in a long ball which caught the Moycarkey defence as it dropped under the cross bar for a goal to put them ahead for the first time on a score of Rovers 2-04 Moycarkey 2-03. However the Moycarkey response was swift as from the resulting kick out they seized possession and a lovely pass to John Kerwin which his slotted over the bar to level the sides on 2-04 apiece. This score gave great impetuous to the entire Moycarkey outfit. Points came from Flood, Fallon and the Moycarkey defence were defiant and successfully kept a clear sheet as they leaked no more score ton win their very first title in this tournament on a concluding score line of Moycarkey Borris 2-07 Moyle Rovers 2-04.
Chairman Joe Kennedy prior to presenting the shield to victorious captain Bill Maher acknowledged both referees Brian Tyrell and Joe Kearney and also to all concerned in the Annacarty club for providing their grounds.
Moycarkey-Borris panel; Kyle Shelly, Conor Cummins, Tom Ryan, Peter Melbourne, Max Hackett, Rory Darmody, Jack Morrissey, Jack Fallon, Bill Maher captain, Kevin Hayes, Zack Jackson, John Kirwan, Rhys Shelly, Darren Flood, Diarmuid Maher, Brian O’Callaghan, Sean Mockler, Eamon Martin, Pat Hackett, Bill Hackett, Daniel Browne, Brendan Looby, John Coffey, Aidan Scott, Dylan Shaw, Tom Maher, Michael O’Donnell, Liam McDonagh, James Dillon, Shane Bourke.
Mentors: Dermot Maher, Pat Molloy, Colm Ryan, Vinny Flood and Kevin Moran
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