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“Tipperary Water” County Hurling League Division 2 Group 1 - Loughmore-Castleiney 0-18 Moycarkey-Borris 1-13
“Tipperary Water” County Hurling League Division 2 Group 1
Loughmore-Castleiney 0-18 Moycarkey-Borris 1-13
Loughmore-Castleiney prevailed in a closely contested County Hurling League round 2 game played at a sunny but windy Littleton on Sunday last. Loughmore had the aid of the strong wind in the first half but it was Moycarkey who made the better start thanks to a Pat Ralph pointed free followed by a Kieran Morris goal within the opening two minutes. Loughmore eventually settled in to the game and thanks mainly to the accurate free-taking of Evan Sweeney, scored seven unanswered points over the next 15 minutes with Sweeney accounting for four of these scores, 3 from frees and 1 from a 65.
Pat Ralph responded with a pointed free in the 19th minute only to see Loughmore add on another 3 points, each from Sweeney frees to open up a 0-10 to 1-2 lead heading in to the closing stages of the first half. Moycarkey’s play improved in those final minutes and points from Pat Ralph (2 frees) and Pat Carey left just two points between the teams. Evan Sweeney added his eighth point from a placed ball just before the interval to leave the half-time score Loughmore-Castleiney 0-11 Moycarkey-Borris 1-5.
Moycarkey played well to open the second half and added points from Pat Ralph (2), Rory Ryan and James Bourke with the sole Loughmore response coming courtesy of an Even Sweeney free and the sides were level after 36 minutes of play. A ten-minute scoreless period was broken when a Pat Ralph free put Moycarkey in front heading in to the final quarter, 1-10 to 0-12. Instead of Moycarkey pushing home their advantage with wind assistance, it was Loughmore who hit a purple patch, hitting five unanswered points in the next 10 minutes with Evan Sweeney (3), Anthony Ryan and Cian Hennessy adding the crucial scores to put Loughmore in control. Rory Ryan, Pat Ralph (free) and Kieran Morris scored late points for Moycarkey but Loughmore kept in front thanks to points from Evan Sweeney and Thomas McGrath to run out winners in the end by two points, 0-18 to 1-13.
Moycarkey Borris team – Bill McCormack; Kieran Cummins, James Power (C), Michael Cussen; Daniel Kirby, Pat Molloy, Kevin Moran; James Bourke (0-1), Mossy Bracken; Rory Ryan (0-2), David Morris, Kieran Morris (1-1); Pat Ralph (0-8 frees), Pat Carey (0-1), Conor Hayes
Subs used – Tom Hayes for Pat Carey (46m), Chris McCullagh for Mossy Bracken (46m), Paul Dempsey for Micheal Cussen (52m)
Loughmore Castleiney: Shane Nolan; Willie Eviston, Lorcan Egan, Diarmuid Brennan; John Ryan, David Kennedy, Joseph Nyland; Bill O’Connell, Thomas McGrath (0-1); Evan Sweeney (0-12, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65), Ciaran McGrath (0-2), Anthony Ryan (0-1); Tommy Maher, Henry Maher (0-1), Cian Hennessy (0-1)
Referee: Philip Kelly (Ballinahinch)
Afterwards, Mid Board Chairman Joe Kennedy presented the cup to Moycarkey-Borris captain James Power and congratulated all involved on a great game of hurling.
Moycarkey Borris team – Bill McCormack; Kieran Cummins, James Power (C), Michael Cussen; Kevin Moran, Tom Hayes (1-0 sideline cut), Pat Molloy (0-1); Chris McCullagh, James Bourke (0-2); Pat Carey, Rory Ryan (0-1), David Morris; Pat Ralph (0-5, 3 frees, 2 65), Conor Hayes (0-1), Kieran Morris (0-2).
Subs used – Tomas Bracken for Pat Carey (46th), Philip Kelly for David Morris (51st, injured), Daniel Kirby for Michael Cussen (57th, injured)
Loughmore Castleiney scorers – John McGrath (0-7, 6 frees), Noel McGrath (0-2, 1 free), Tomás McGrath (0-1), Tommy Maher (0-1), Cian Hennessy (0-1).
Horse & Jockey Kia Mid Tipperary Under 21 B Championship - Upperchurch Drombane 2-9 Moycarkey Borris 1-8
Moycarkey Borris commenced their Horse & Jockey Kia Mid Tipperary Under 21 B Championship in Drombane against their hosts on St. Patrick’s Day. Conditions were very poor with a heavy ground and a thick mist blowing at an angle across the field.
Points were traded in the first five minutes before Jack Butler netted the ball for Upperchurch in the sixth minute. Loughlin Ryan registered another point from a free before Moycarkey’s Chris McCullagh pointed. The next two points were for Upperchurch from Loughlin Ryan and Jack Butler respectively before Moycarkey’s Anthony McKelvey scored a point from a ’65 in the 16th minute, Upperchurch Drombane 1-4 Moycarkey Borris 0-3. In the next fifteen minutes, scores were at a premium as both teams battled hard to keep the ball from their opponent’s forwards. Moycarkey managed two pointed frees by Anthony McKelvey while Gavin Ryan looked after Upperchurch’s single point to leave the half time score Upperchurch Drombane 1-5 Moycarkey Borris 0-5.
Moycarkey had not used the breeze to its best advantage in the first half and had it all to do in the second half but Upperchurch’s Patrick Burke was the first to the scoreboard with a point. Points were traded around the thirty fourth minute and again the ball ebbed and flowed for the next twelve minutes before Anthony McKelvey pointed a free for Moycarkey leaving the goal the margin again. As the game entered the final ten minutes Upperchurch’s Loughlin Ryan added two further points and Moycarkey turned its concentration to scoring a goal. In the fifty seventh minute Anthony McKelvey had his free deflected over the bar by Upperchurch to register a point. Two minutes later, McKelvey was rewarded with a green flag to reduce the deficit to a solitary point. In the closing stages, Patrick Burke raised a green flag for Upperchurch and this brought the game to a close, Upperchurch Drombane 2-9 Moycarkey Borris 1-8.
Moycarkey-Borris Team – Rhys Shelly; Pat Whelan, Kieran Cummins, Kieran Kearney; Eoghan Hayes, Tom Hayes, Mikie Bergin; Chris McCullagh (0-1), Eric Fanning; Rory Darmody, Niall Heffernan, Joe Doran; Anthony McKelvey (1-7; 6 frees, 1 65), Tomas Darmody, Kevin O’Regan.
Subs used – JJ Darmody for Pat Whelan (h/t), John Cussen for Tomas Darmody (48th)
Upperchurch-Drombane Team – Conor Ryan; Denis Ryan, Toby Clancy, Eanna Ryan; Jason Jordan, Dean Carew, Ronan Gleeson; Gavin Ryan (0-1), Jack Butler (1-2); Michael Lavery, Niall Grant (0-1), Conor Fahey; Oran Cullan Gildea, Loughlin Ryan (0-4), Patrick Burke (1-1).
“Tipperary Water” County Hurling League Division 2 Group 1 - Templederry Kenyons 1-23 Moycarkey Borris 3-15
The “Tipperary Water” County Hurling League commenced for Moycarkey Borris when they travelled to Templederry to play their hosts, Templederry Kenyons on Sunday last. A strong breeze blew down the field and this aided to make the contest a game of two very different halves.
The sides traded two points each in the first five minutes of the game and in the eighth minute Moycarkey Borris’s Niall Heffernan found the back of the net to put Moycarkey ahead. Three more quick points from Pat Ralph (free), Anthony McKelvey and Rory Ryan meant Moycarkey had a six point cushion before Templederry’s next point of the game, a free from Dillion Carey as the quarter concluded. In the following minute Templederry regained some ground with another pointed free from Dillion Carey and a point from Matthew Hogan. But Pat Carey retained the six point margin when he raised the green flag on the seventeenth minute. There was a further hat trick of points from Niall Heffernan, Anthony McKelvey and Pat Ralph (free) before Gearoid Ryan found the net for Templederry from a penalty. Pat Ralph replied with a point free but a direct ball from Anthony McKelvey cleared past the keeper for a goal for Moycarkey. The final score of the half was Templederry’s Dillion Carey who pointed another free for them leaving the score at half time, Moycarkey Borris 3-9 Templederry Kenyons 1-6.
The breeze that was in the first half was now in Templederry’s favour. Three quick points in the opening three minutes for Templederry meant the margin of six points had returned. In the next five minutes Pat Ralph traded two pointed frees with two points from Templederry. Templederry continued their scoring and registered a further two points before Moycarkey’s next pointed free. A point from Conor Hayes, Moycarkey as the quarter finished meant Moycarkey retained the six point margin, Moycarkey Borris 3-13 Templederry Kenyons 1-13. The final fifteen minutes was going to be tough as Templederry were very much in control of the game. The half time substitution of Eanna Murray proved very beneficial to Templederry as he scored their next six points for them, five of which were from frees. Moycarkey added two points from Pat Ralph (free) and Mossy Bracken but the equaliser of the game came in the fifty eighth minute when Eanna Murray pointed a free. Two further points came from Templederry to leave the final score Templederry Kenyons 1-23 Moycarkey Borris 3-15.
Their round two game is against Loughmore Castleiney at a home venue, further fixture details to follow.
Moycarkey Borris team – Bill McCormack; Kieran Cummins, James Power (C), Michael Cussen; Daniel Kirby, Tom Hayes, Kevin Moran; James Bourke, Chris McCullagh; Pat Carey (1-0), Rory Ryan (0-1), Niall Heffernan (1-1); Pat Ralph (0-8, 8 frees), Conor Hayes (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (1-3).
Subs used – Mossy Bracken (0-1) (h/t), Brian Moran (h/t), Phil Kelly (h/t), Mattie Ryan (49th), Eric Fanning (56th).
Templederry Kenyons team – Paul Murray; John Harkins, Christy Coughlan, Tadhg McCurtain; Thomas Stapleton, Brian Stapleton, Damien Dunne; Pio Kennedy, Gearoid Ryan (1-4, 1-0 penalty); Timmy Minogue, Adrian Ryan (0-2), Donal McGrath; Dillon Carey (0-5, 0-4 frees), Padraig O’Leary, Matthew Hogan (0-2)
Subs: Eanna Murray (0-10, 0-8 frees), Patrick Hogan, Kieran Carey
Drom And Inch 1-9 Moycarkey Borris 0-5
Report by Caitlin Donnelly
On a cold, damp Sunday morning Moycarkey Borris took on Drom And Inch in the Mid U21A Football Championship in the Ragg. Drom opened the game strong and scored four points without reply. Drom stayed on top and although they had eleven missed scoring chances in the first half they converted 1-6, Tommy Nolan with the goal. Moycarkey only managed to score 0-1 by JJ Darmody in the first half out of their five scoring chances.
As referee Tom McGrath threw in the ball to start the second half Moycarkey had it all to play for. Drom got the first score of the half and didn't score again for 17 minutes. During that scoring drought Moycarkey scored four points, two points from play from Niall Heffernan and two frees from Anthony McKelvey but that was all they managed to score in the half leaving the scoreline 1-8 to 0-5 with five minutes to go. Drom closed off their victory with a point in the 61st minute and that left the scoreline at Drom And Inch 1-9 Moycarkey Borris 0-5.
Moycarkey definitely improved their performance in the second half and Jack Hackett's ball winning ability and the strong defence of Patrick and James Whelan definitely assisted the side but it wasn't enough for them to secure a win or even draw close to level.
Moycarkey Borris- Rhys Shelly; Michael Bergin, Eric Fanning, Patrick Whelan; Kevin O'Regan, Christopher McCullagh, John Cussen; Tom Hayes; Niall Heffernan (0-2), Jack Hackett, JJ Darmody (0-1), Joey Doran; Anthony McKelvey (0-2 frees), Mossy Darmody, Jack Cleary.
Subs- Jack Bryan, Kieran Kearney, James Whelan, Noel Walsh, Caolan O'Brien, Rory Darmody.
Donal and Rose Younge Mid Tipp U21A Hurling Semi Final - Holycross Ballycahill 1-21 Moycarkey Borris 1-10
Report and photo by Caitlin Donnelly.
On a crisp autumnal Sunday morning Moycarkey Borris took on Holycross Ballycahill in the Donal and Rose Younge Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Hurling Semi Final in Boherlahan. It was an Anthony McKelvey point from a free that opened the scoring and it was soon followed by a Holycross point. After five minutes it was 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Moycarkey and it looked like Moycarkey could kick on and keep the lead. After an eleven minute scoring drought for the Moycarkey Borris team, Mattie Ryan scored a point from play and left the score line with Moycarkey still leading by a point. Moycarkey continued to keep on top of play but multiple miss-hit balls into the forward line meant the score board read Moycarkey Borris 0-6 Holycross Ballycahill 0-7 at the break.
Coming out at half time it was important that Moycarkey got the opening scores and kept the pressure on the Holycross team in order to stay in the game. Anthony McKelvey opened the scoring again in the second half after three Moycarkey wides in three minutes. Seven minutes into the half and Anthony McKelvey took on the goalkeeper and struck for a great goal which gave Moycarkey a three point lead. Holycross responded appropriately by scoring the next four points and kept the scoreboard ticking over while it took the Moycarkey team eleven minutes to get their next score. Going into the final quarter the sides were level but Holycross were definitely the more dominant side. Ìn the last fifteen minutes, Moycarkey scored two points to Holycross Ballycahill’s 1-10 and Holycross's last minute goal was a long time coming and sealed the win for them.
Moycarkey’s scoring droughts and missed placed balls made the game very difficult for them to win. While Niall Heffernan was a loss the Holycross Ballycahill team responded to Anthony McKelvey’s goal and built momentum which secured their win.
Moycarkey Borris team – David Ryan; Mikey Bergin, Aidan Maher, Patrick Whelan; Eric Fanning (0-1), Chris McCullagh, Kevin O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Tom Hayes; Kieran Cummins (0-1), Joe Doran, Mattie Ryan (0-1); JJ Darmody, Rory O’Regan, Anthony McKelvey (1-7, 0-5 frees).
Donal and Rose Younge Mid Tipp U21A Hurling Losers Group Final - Moycarkey Borris 5-9 Upperchurch Drombane 1-10
Moycarkey Borris Under 21 team secured their place in the Donal and Rose Younge Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Hurling Semi Final following a comprehensive victory over Upperchurch Drombane on a score line Moycarkey Borris 5-9 Upperchurch Drombane 1-10.
Upperchurch Drombane opened the scoring with a pointed free by Loughlin Ryan in the second minute. This was quickly followed by a point from Paul Shanahan in the third and another pointed free from Loughlin Ryan in the eighth minute. Upperchurch Drombane were dominating the game for the first twelve minutes but a pointed free by Anthony McKelvey woke Moycarkey up. As the game entered the start of the second quarter Moycarkey’s Anthony McKelvey netted the ball, courtesy of a penalty received. Moycarkey now led by a point and battled hard to add to it. Points from Anthony McKelvey in the twenty first and twenty second minute cushioned this. In the following minutes points were traded by Mattie Ryan and Robert Murphy and blood substitute Joey Doran put his name on the score sheet with a point in the twenty sixth minute. In the twenty eighth Loughlin Ryan raised the flag for Upperchurch and reduced the margin to a single point. JJ Darmody registered the last score of the first half when he goaled for Moycarkey in the last minute to allow Moycarkey in at half time, Moycarkey Borris 2-5 Upperchurch Drombane 1-4.
It was all to play for in the second half and again Upperchurch’s Loughlin Ryan opened the scoring with a point from a sideline ball. Anthony McKelvey nullified this when he pointed a free in the thirty seventh minute. Ronan Gleeson added a point to Upperchurch’s scoreline. In the next ten minutes Kieran Cummins and Rory O’Regan traded points with Loughlin Ryan and Niall Grant. As the game entered the final ten minutes the three point margin remained until in the fiftieth minute Eric Fanning’s sideline ball was directed straight to JJ Darmody who successfully placed it in the back of the net for Moycarkey’s third goal. From the puck out Moycarkey worked the ball back to Rory O’Regan who passed the ball to a free Anthony McKelvey. Anthony hit the ball and it looked as if it was going to drop short but there was enough in it to go over the head of Eanna Ryan and land in the back of the net. The margin was now stretched to nine points. Upperchurch added a further two points to their score line but Moycarkey managed a point from Rory O’Regan and Anthony McKelvey’s final addition to the score line was a goal just the final whistle. Moycarkey Borris 5-9 Upperchurch Drombane 1-10
Moycarkey Borris will now play Holycross Ballycahill next weekend in the Donal and Rose Younge Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Hurling Semi Final.
Moycarkey Borris team – David Ryan; Mikie Bergin, Aidan Maher, Patrick Whelan; Eric Fanning, Chris McCullagh, Kevin O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Tom Hayes; Kieran Cummins (0-1), Niall Heffernan, Mattie Ryan (0-1); JJ Darmody (2-0), Rory O’Regan (0-2), Anthony McKelvey (3-4, 0-4 frees, 1-0 penalty).
Sub used – Joey Doran (0-1) for Niall Heffernan (30th injured); Ciaran Kearney for Patrick Whelan (55th); Donal Fitzpatrick for Kevin O’Regan (57th); Caolan O’Brien for Mattie Ryan (57th); John Cussen for JJ Darmody (59th)
Upperchurch Drombane team – Eanna Ryan; Denis Ryan, Gerard Grant, Dean Carew; Toby Clancy, Gavin Ryan, Conor Fahey; Paul Shanahan (0-1), Jason Jordan; Niall Grant (0-1), Dylan Sheridan, Robert Murphy (0-1); Michael Lavery, Loughlin Ryan (1-6, 3 frees), Ronan Gleeson (0-1).
The replay of the Mid Tipperary Under 16 B Hurling Shield Final took place on Saturday last in Boherlahan. In the drawn game, although Moycarkey Borris had a four point lead at half time they were fortunate to score two points, one free in the final minutes to equalise the game.
Dylan O’Shaughnessy, Thurles Gaels opened the scoring in the second minute with a point. John Coffey in the fourth minute rattled the net for Moycarkey Borris and Thurles Gaels, Oscar Lipinski and Chris Munroe scored two unanswered points to enter the next quarter on level terms. Both teams had been battling hard but up to now very little separated the sides. Moycarkey’s next scores came from John Coffey and Ciaran Kirwan (free) in the sixteenth and nineteenth minute. The goals evaded Moycarkey as they had four chances that were missed in the first half while in the final ten minutes of the half Thurles Gaels scored an unanswered one goal and four points. Thurles Gaels 1-7 Moycarkey Borris 1-2
The second half commenced with a goal from Chris Munroe, Thurles Gaels but in the thirty fifth minute Ciaran Kirwan raised the green flag for Moycarkey Borris. In reply Martin Reilly pointed a free for the Gaels. The game ebbed and flowed for end to end with both sets of defenders working hard to keep their goalmouths free. Liam McDonagh, Moycarkey Borris was the goalkeeper working hardest throughout the game, pulling off some great saves but in the forty third minute the sliothar passed the line for a Thurles Gaels goal. In the fifty fifth minute Daniel Brown hit a high ball into the forwards and Andrew Alexander’s hurley tapped the ball into the goal mouth for the final score of the game, Thurles Gaels 3-8 Moycarkey Borris 3-2
Moycarkey Borris team – Liam McDonagh; Owen Sheridan, Paudie O’Gorman, Lewis Kearney; Daniel Brown, Dylan Shaw, Michael Maher; Brian O’Callaghan, Bill Hackett; Ben O’Dwyer, Ciaran Kirwan (1-1, 1 free), Shane Bourke; John Coffey (1-1), Brendan Looby, Pat Hackett.
Subs used – Jack Fitzgerald for Ben O’Dwyer (h/t), Tom Maher for Brendan Looby (37th), Andrew Alexander (1-0) for Owen Sheridan (41st), Bill Gleeson for Michael Maher (50th), Liam Hayes for John Coffey (50th)
Thurles Gaels – Eoghan Cleary; Robert Donoghue, Shaun Kennedy, Cillian Donaghy; Aaron Cooke, Shane Ryan, Shane Stapleton; Oscar Lipinski (0-2), Martin Reilly (0-3, 3 frees); Dylan O’Shaughnessy (0-1), Paraic Loughnane (1-0), Dylan Molumby; Cian Gleeson, Chris Munroe (1-1), Jack Murphy (0-1). 18 (1-0)
Referee – Donal Leahy
Moycarkey-Borris retained the County Under 16 A Hurling title on Saturday last in Boherlahan following a 14 point victory over Toomevara. Moycarkey also completed the hurling / football double having captured the County Football title at this grade back in June.
Toomevara won the toss and elected to play with the assistance of the breeze in the opening half. However, it was Moycarkey-Borris who started the better side, scoring 1-4 in the first seven minutes, the goal coming courtesy of Max Hackett in the second minute. Toomevara got off the mark in the 11th minute with a pointed free by Kevin McCarthy but this made little difference to the general run of play.
Moycarkey-Borris continued their dominance and by the 18th minute, the lead had stretched out to 2-8 to 0-1, the second goal coming courtesy of Darren Flood who was causing all sorts of problems up front.
Toomevara didn’t get to this final by accident however and eventually, their play improved all over the pitch. Their good play eventually was rewarded when a Kenneth Ryan long range shot found the net for a somewhat fortuitous goal in the 24th minute. Four minutes later, Ciaran Grace finished off Toomevara’s second goal and by the interval, the lead had been reduced from 15 points down to just 6 – 2-10 to 2-4
Half-time arrived at just the right moment for Moycarkey-Borris who regrouped and managed to begin the second half as they did the first, in dominant form. Three quick points were followed by a Diarmuid Maher goal who converted the rebound after Darren Flood’s original shot was excellently saved by the impressive Toomevara goalkeeper Connor Grace. This goal put Moycarkey in front by 12 points and effectively ended the game as a contest.
The final quarter saw goal chances aplenty for both teams but the respective goalkeepers, Rhys Shelly and Connor Grace kept their goals intact with some smart saves. The points kept flowing for Moycarkey-Borris with captain Jack Fallon in particular dominating possession and scoring 7 points, 6 from play before being replaced late on due to injury. By the finish, Moycarkey were most deserving winners following a display of skill, speed and a high tempo which Toomevara were unable to cope with. All of the Moycarkey-Borris forwards scored from play in the game which showed the balance of scores for the defending champions as opposed to a Toomevara team which managed just 2-4 from play in the entire game.
Afterwards, team captain Jack Fallon accepted the Colm Phelan cup from Colm’s parents in the presence of Tipperary Bord na nOg Chairman Tom Dawson.
Moycarkey Borris team - Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes; Rory Darmody, Zach Jackson, Bill Maher; Jack Fallon (0-7, 0-1 free), Jack Morrissey; Kyle Shelly (0-1), John Kirwan (0-2), Max Hackett (1-3); Diarmuid Maher (1-3), Darren Flood (1-4, 0-2 frees), James Dillon (0-2)
Subs – Aidan Scott for Jack Fallon (58th), Conor Cummins for Peter Melbourne (58th)
Toomevara team - Connor Grace; Aidan White, Rory Brislane, Damien Bergin; Connor O'Farrell, Thomas O'Farrell, Darragh Spillane; Kevin McCarthy (0-8, 7 frees), Stephen Frend; Brian Troy (0-1), Jack Ryan (0-1), Eamon White; Mikey Delaney, Kenneth Ryan (1-1), Ciaran Grace (1-0)
Subs - Kieran Boyle, James Maher, Eoin Healy
Referee: Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers)
By Neil Ryan
Right from the throw in Moycarkey Borris had the opening salvo with a point by Max Haxkett. From the puck out he went on the attack and goaled for Moycarkey. On the third minute the mid boys were 1-2 up courtesy of a captain Jack Fallon point and within two minutes he registered his second point. Kevin Hayes from defence placed a ball onto to Max Hackett for his second point and total of 1-4 for the defending champions after seven minutes.
Toomevara were being well served by vice captain Kevin McCarthy at midfield while the defence work rate of Aidan White, Rory Brislane, Connor Farrell, Thomas Farrell, Darragh Spillane was very evident. Up front Eamon White Kenneth Ryan, Ciaran Grace and Kieran Boyle.
Their opening addition to the score record came on the twelfth minute with a pointed free by Kevin McCarthy. The Moycarkey response was swift with a point from Diarmuid Maher quickly followed by a second Moycarkey goal courtesy of Darren Flood for a score line Moycarkey 2-5 Toomevara 0-1 after fourteen minutes. Kyle Shelly and Darren Flood pointed from play and captain Jack Fallon from a free to extend the Moycarkey margin 2-8 to 0-1. Toome captain Jack Ryan pointed from the puck out but the Moycarkey men were resilient with points coming from Diarmuid Maher and Max Hackett.
The closing five minutes provided a revival by the north champions commencing with a pointed free by Kevin McCarthy. Then Kenneth Ryan dropped in a long range shot into the Moycarkey goal area and ended up in the net to put the score at 2-10 to 1-3 in favour of the mid men. Another pointed free by Toome vice captain Kevin McCarthy and as the interval was fast approaching Ciaran Grace crashed home a second Toome goal for an interval score reading Moycarkey 2-10 Toomevara 2-4.
Moycarkey strength was evident in every sector of the pitch with Tom Ryan, Peter Melbourne, Kevin Hayes and company so powerful in defence. The midfield pairing of Jack Fallon and Jack Morrissey were in full control as were their half and full forward colleagues. They had no weak links as everything went seeming less according to plan throughout the game.
After the restart the Toomevara defence was under the test as the defending champions continued their threatening mode. After three minutes Moycarkey had points by Kyle Shelly and Jack Fallon. On the fifth minute the Moycarkey defence was called into action but keeper Rhys Shelly was on full alert. Darren Flood pointed a free to extend the Moycarkey grip on the contest but the north men never gave up putting the opposition defence to the test as Zach Jackson cleared his line well when called upon. Jack Morrissey was ever vigilant thwarting all raids towards the Moycarkey line. On the eighth minute the Moycarkey spectators were jubilant as Diarmuid Maher had Moycarkey third goal on the score board for a 3-13 to 2-4 reading.
Kevin McCarthy pointed a free for Toomevara after an eleven minute barren spell to open their account for the second period. Moycarkey had another point by James Dillon. On the thirteenth minute another point for Toomevara by Kenneth Ryan. Keeper Rhys Shelly saved the day once for Moycarkey once again on the fourteenth minute. John Kirwan set up Darren Flood for another Moycarkey point to increase their total to 3-15 to 2-6.
For the remaining quarter of the contest some twelve points were added to the score sheet. Seven for Moycarkey, Jack Fallon 4, Darren Flood (free), Jack Morrisey, John Kirwan and James Dillon one each. The Toomevara additions came as follows Kevin McCarthy 3 (2 frees, ’65) and Eoin Healy, Brian Troy and Kenneth Ryan one each. It was an exhilarating contest between two great sides with the art of hurling shining out. Even though it was evident from the opening quarter that the defending champions were not going to relinquish their title full credit has to be afforded to the quality of hurling that Toomevara served. They were truly up against one of the most formidable teams of recent times. Congratulations to a very fine Moycarkey panel on recording back to back titles on this the top of our hurling calendar on a concluding score line Moycarkey Borris 3-22 Toomevara 2-11 The last occasion that feat was achieved was also by mid defending champions as Durlas Og done in 2010 & 2011.
County chairman Tom Dawson thanked host club Boherlahan and referee Keith Delahunty and his full team of officals. He had great praise for the Toomevara team who performed so well against a very formidable Moycarkey Borris. He added that the future was bright for hurling with the final we had just seen. He thanked Tipperary Coop for sponsoring our championships. He welcomed Michael and Marie Phelan who donated the cup in memory of their son Colm. He then invited them to present the Colm Phelan Memorial Cup to Moycarkey Borris victorious captain Jack Fallon.
Victorious Moycarkey Borris panel: Rhys Shelly, Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes, Rory Darmody, Zach Jackson, Bill Maher, Jack Fallon (captain), Jack Morrissey, Kyle Shelly, John Kirwan, Max Hackett, Diarmuid Maher, Darren Flood, James Dillon, Coner Cummins, Aidan Scott, John Coffey, Brian O’Callaghan, Kyle Ryan, Paudie Gorman, Dylan Shaw, Bill Hackett, Shane Burke, Ciaran Kirwan
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final - Golden Kilfeacle 0-12 Moycarkey Borris 0-7
New Inn was the venue for the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Final on Sunday last and Moycarkey Borris and Golden Kilfeacle were the competitors. Moycarkey Borris were first to the scoreboard with a point from Niall Heffernan in the sixth minute. In the ninth minute Golden got a free which David Wade put over the bar. As the quarter ended points from Moycarkey’s Pat Ralph and Golden’s Ronan Hayes were traded, the teams were not going to be separated. Golden had chances to score a goal in the pening half but were denied by some good saves by Daniel Kirby, Moycarkey’s goalkeeper. As the ball flowed from end to end keeping both sets of defenders busy, scores were hard to come by. Tony Flanagan pointed a free in the twenty second minute but the final point of the first half went to Joshua Keane from a free in the twenty ninth to go in at half time Golden Kilfeacle 0-3 Moycarkey Borris 0-3
The second half opened and supporters had to wait until the fortieth minute for the teams to trade points from Niall Heffernan and David Wade. In the forty third minute Niall O’Sullivan ran the field and pointed for Moycarkey. The reply came in the forty eighth minute when points from Kieran Morris and Danial Currivan were exchanged. The game changed in the fifty second minute when Shane O’Connell equalised the game and three quick unanswered points came from the boots of Golden’s Paul Fogarty, Ronan Hayes and Joshua Keane putting Golden ahead. Although the game had five minutes left Moycarkey were unable to reduce the deficit and a point from Rory Ryan was neutralised when Joshua Keane pointed a free for Golden. The final two points of the game were from Golden’s Daniel Currivan and Shane O’Connell stretching the margin to five points Golden Kilfeacle 0-12 Moycarkey Borris 0-7
Moycarkey Borris team – Daniel Kirby; Joe O’Sullivan, Paul Dempsey, Brian Moran; Kevin Moran, Christopher McCullagh, Niall O’Sullivan; Pat Carey, Conor Hayes (Captain); Pat Ralph, Rory Ryan, Niall Heffernan; John Kelly, Tony Flanagan, Kieran Morris
Scorers - Niall Heffernan 0-2, Niall O’Sullivan 0-1, Pat Ralph 0-1, Tony Flanagan 0-1 (free), Kieran Morris 0-1 (free), Rory Ryan 0-1
Subs used - Ger Carey for John Kelly (23rd), Phil Kelly for Conor Hayes (53rd), Eoghan Hayes for Conor Hayes (57th), Tom Hayes for Pat Ralph (59th), Eric Fanning for Pat Carey (60th)
Golden Kilfeacle team – Ben Blackford; Matthew Ryan, Aidan O’Connell, Cian O’Connell; James McCarthy, Shane O’Connell, David Bargary; Ronan Hayes, David Wade; James Hayes, Joshua Keane, Keith Landy; Paul Fogarty, Sean O’Halloran, John Colohan
Scorers – Joshua Keane 0-3 (2 frees), Paul Fogarty 0-2 (1 free), Ronan Hayes 0-2, Shane O’Connell 0-2, Daniel Currivan 0-2, David Wade 0-1.
Referee – David Grogan