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O'Mahoney Print Mid Tipperary Junior Hurling League Division 1 Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-12 Holycross/Ballycahill 0-14

posted 3 Jun 2017, 15:01 by Michelle Donnelly

Moycarkey Borris supporters travelled to Holycross on Friday last for the O’Mahoney Print Mid Tipperary Junior Hurling League Division 1 Final. Moycarkey Borris reached the Final following a walk over by Upperchurch Drombane and Holycross Ballycahill were their opponents. Brian Moran, Captain won the toss and opted to play in to the town end but wind was not a factor on this sunny summers evening.

Brian Moran was first to register a score with a point in the first minute. A pointed free from Holycross’s, Paidi Comerford equalised in the next minute. David Morris was next with a point and supporters were looking forward to an intense game. In the fifth minute, the equaliser came again and points were traded in the ninth minute by Brian Moran (free) and Padraig Russell. As the first quarter drew to a close Brian Moran and Paidi Comerford (free) traded points again to leave the score line Moycarkey Borris 0-4 Holycross Ballycahill 0-4. Moycarkey Borris hit a purple patch for the following ten minutes and unanswered points from Pat Carey, John Bergin, Paul Dempsey and Brian Moran gave Moycarkey a margin of four points. Yet again, this was short lived as Holycross Ballycahill reasserted themselves with three points for John Paul Butler (2) and Padraig Russell to go in at half time Moycarkey Borris 0-8 Holycross Ballycahill 0-7.

The second half started with two pointed frees from Holycross Ballycahill. Brian Moran replied from the puck out with a point to equalise. Points were traded again by Brian Moran and Paidi Comerford in the thirty ninth minute. There looked to be no separating of these teams until in the forty second minute Pat Carey rattled the net for Moycarkey. Paidi Comerford answered with a pointed free as the quarter turned on a score line Moycarkey Borris 1-10 Holycross Ballycahill 0-11.
The sides traded two points each in the following seven minutes and Holycross reduced the margin to a point in the fifty fourth minute. Supporters waited to see if extra time would be required to separate the teams but Paul Dempsey took that notion from their heads when he raised the green flag for Moycarkey in the fifty eighth minute. Final score Moycarkey Borris 2-12 Holycross Ballycahill 0-14.

Brian Moran was presented with the Matty Connolly Plaque by Mid Board Chairman, Joe Kennedy who addressed the crowd saying that “the game was always in the balance until the last two minutes. Thanks to everyone who attended and to the players and their mentors”. Brian Moran thanked Holycross for a great game and wished them well in the future.
Moycarkey Borris team – David Ryan; Timmy Ryan, Aidan Maher, Kevin Moran; Eric Fanning, Phil Kelly, Gerry McGuire; Eoghan Hayes, Mossy Bracken; John Bergin (0-1), Patrick Carey (1-1), David Morris (0-1); Brian Moran (C) (0-8, 3 frees), Paul Dempsey (1-1), Mattie Ryan
Moycarkey Borris subs – Daniel Kirby for P Kelly (h/t), Anthony Healy for M Ryan (h/t), Niall O’Sullivan for Thomas Bracken (42nd), Ger Carey for P Dempsey (59th).

Referee – Kevin Jordan

Under 11 Roinn E Camogie Final - Littleton 3 - 2 Clonoulty 2 - 11

posted 30 May 2017, 10:16 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 3 Jun 2017, 14:45 ]

U-11 Roinn E Camogie Final - Littleton 3 - 2 Clonoulty 2 - 11
By Christy Clancy

Littleton N.S. and Clonoulty N.S. met in the Roinn E U-11 camogie final in Semple Stadium last Friday, 26th May. Conditions were perfect for the match and the game developed into a tremendous battle between two determined teams. Clonoulty settled quicker and raced into an early lead. Heroic defending from Aimee Slattery and Rachel Ralph, as well as from goalkeeper, Aoife Shelly, kept Littleton in touch and a well taken goal by Ciara Shelly, settled Littleton and they came into the game more. Rachel Ralph's puckouts were causing the Clonoulty defence all sorts of problems and Littleton began to grow in confidence. Although they trailed by 7 points at half time, Littleton knew this game was far from over. 
In the second half, the Shelly twins, Ciara and Caitlin, thundered into the game at midfield and suddenly it was Clonoulty's turn to feel the pressure. Rebecca O'Donoghue, Sophie Delaney and substitute Tara O'Brien gave everything they had for the team and Littleton began to pile on the pressure. Ciara and Caitlin Shelly scored two goals and a point between them and Rachel Ralph added a point from a free. Clonoulty's lead was now down to four points and the game was in the melting pot.  
Substitutes Ella Lee and Paige Thackaberry were now in the game for Littleton, as both teams made changes to try and gain the upper hand. Aimee Slattery, now operating in the forwards, went very close to scoring a vital goal after a great run but it was saved and cleared. 
Clonoulty's danger player, Aoife Bourke, really stood up now for her team and she scored some fantastic points from out the field to eventually break the Littleton challenge. The Littleton girls played their hearts out to the end but time ran out on them and victory was not to be. There was no shame in this defeat however, as the girls played with heart and pride to the end and did themselves and their school proud with a heart warming performance. Well done girls!

Team: Aoife Shelly, Aimee Slattery, Rachel Ralph (captain), Caitlin Shelly, Ciara Shelly, Rebecca O'Donoghue, Sophie Delaney.
Subs used: Tara O'Brien, Ella Lee, Paige Thackaberry.
Also on panel: Kelsey Conway, Chloe Delaney and Saoirse Gooney.

Match 23 U 11 E Camogie Clonoulty 2-11 Littleton 3-02

By Cumann na mBunscol

Littleton N.S. U-11 Roinn E Camogie Team: 1. Aoife Shelly, 2. Aimee Slattery, 3. Rachel Ralph, 4. Ciara Shelly, 5. Caitlin Shelly, 6. Sophie Delaney, 7. Tara O'Brien, 8. Rebecca O'Donoghue, 9. Paige Thackaberry, 10. Kelsey Conway, 11. Ella Lee, 12. Chloe Delaney, Principal: Christy Clancy, Coaches: Christy Clancy, Noreen Delaney & Shane Dempsey.

Clonoulty N.S. Under 11 Roinn E Camogie Team: 10. Sophie Maher, 2. Lyla Murphy, 3. Clodagh Ryan, 6. Aoife Bourke, 4. Andrea Quirke, 5. Rebecca Riordan, 7. Emma Ely. Principal: Tommy O'Brien. Coach: Cora Hennessy. 

This U11 E camogie decider was keenly contested from start to finish. Littleton were back in a county final for the first time in years and brought a ferocious work-rate and desire on the day. On this occasion however, they came up against a very hungry Clonoulty side who were just a little more clinical on the day. Ciara Shelly produced a performance that Littleton supporters are unlikely to forget in a hurry and her final tally of 3-02 was all the more impressive having amassed it against such a resolute Clonoulty defence. Former Tipperary camogie player Cora Hennessey had obviously put in the work on the training field with the Clonoulty girls and after entering the interval 7 points in front, it provided them with enough of a cushion to see the game out in the face of some serious pressure being exerted by a super Littleton side. ‘Player of the Match’ Aoife Bourke’s second half scores were instrumental in securing the title for a superb Clonoulty side.

Two Mile Borris National School claim second title in the year

posted 28 May 2017, 12:29 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 3 Jun 2017, 14:39 ]

By John Corcoran
On Thursday, 25th May Two Mile Borris National School captured the Under 11 B County Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Hurling title after defeating Ballina National School with a score line of 3-9 to 1-4 in Semple Stadium on one of the hottest days of the year. First half goals from Captain Mikey Carroll and brothers Tom and Eamon Ryan had Two Mile Borris in front at half time by 3-4 to 0-3. 
A strong Ballina second half comeback was prevented by some great saves by goalkeeper Louis Coughlan and some excellent defending by David Costigan and Sarah Corcoran. Some great scores by the accurate Jack Hayes and a long range score by David Costigan kept the scoreboard moving for Two Mile Borris to ensure that last years narrow Final loss was but a distant memory. This was a great performance by the whole panel of players, who earlier in the year had also won the Under 11 B County Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Football Final. Thanks to teacher Liam McCullagh and coach Morgan Lanigan for their excellent coaching and work with the team throughout the year.

Match 8 U11 Roinn B Hurling Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa 3-10 SN Béal an Átha 1-04

By Cumann na mBunscol

Two Mile Borris and Ballina were squaring up for their epic Roinn B final from the moment both teams emerged onto the pitch for their warm-ups. Both sides steely determination evident from their meticulous pre-match preparation. As the referee’s whistle sounded the start of the game both Tom Ryan and Billy Collins notched a point on the scoreboard for Two Mile Borris and Ballina respectively.  Billy Collins continued to notch up the scores for Ballina in the first half finding the crossbar twice more with deadly accuracy. Going into the second half however, it was Two Mile Borris who took a strong lead after two Jack Hayes goals before the whistle. Ballina were determined to push back against a string Two Mile Borris side. JP Mbokha Tansia scored 1-01 for the Ballina side to the delight of the Ballina supporters. Two Mile Borris were hard to shake however and Jack Hayes maanges another 0-04 from play with the support of David Costigan and Aaron Dwyer. Two Mile Borris opened up a lead that Ballina found hard to close. When the full-time whistle blew it was to the roars of Two Mile Borris team and supporters as their captain walked towards the presentation area to lift the shield for his side.

Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa Under 11 Roinn B Hurling Team: 2.Killian Cantwell, 3.Louis Coughlan, 4.Sarah Corcoran, 5.Tom Ryan, 6.David Costigan, 7.Jack Hayes, 8.Aaron Dwyer, 9.Eamon Ryan, 10.Tristain Troy, 11.Cathal Clancy, 12.Rory Heffernan, 13.Mikey Carroll, 14.Mark Drohan, 15.Molly O Dwyer, 16.Shane Crowe Doyle, 17.John Mulligan, 18.Sean O Dwyer. Principal: Joan Doherty. Coaches: Liam McCullagh & Morgan Lanigan.

S.N. Béal an Átha  - u11 Roinn B Iománaíocht: 1. William Bennett Quaid, 2. Conor Stritch, 3. Charlie Grace, 4. JP Mbokha Tansia, 5. Ruadhán O’Callaghan, 6. Billy Collins, 7. Seán Lyons, 8. Luke Power, 9. Dónal Houlihan, 10. Callum Foley, 11. Paddy Dowling, 12. Callum Deegan, 13. Alex Quinn, 14. Cian O’Donoghue, 15. Beck Beddows. Príomhoide: Bernice O’Connell. Múinteoirí: Adrian Ó Donnabháin & Dónal Neville.

Mighty Moycarkey N.S. County Champions!

posted 28 May 2017, 10:03 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 3 Jun 2017, 14:42 ]

Under 11 Roinn C County Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Camogie Final

Moycarkey N.S. vs Corville N.S. 

By Robert White

 With spectacular sunshine and an immaculate playing surface, conditions could not have been better for the U-11 Roinn C County Camogie Final on Thursday in Semple Stadium between Moycarkey N.S. and Corville N.S.. Both teams came into the game in fantastic form with Moycarkey having won their blitz having only conceded one point in 4 games to reach the final while Corville N.S. were on a roll with teams contesting 4 different county hurling and camogie finals this year. Nerves and excitement were rolled into one for the superbly supported players as the referee threw in the ball to start the game.  

From the start the girls from Moycarkey showed they meant business as within the opening 5 minutes they were 2 goals to no score up thanks to 2 goals from Caoimhe O’ Sullivan. Both Caoimhe and the tenacious Kate Dowling were a constant handful for the Corville defence throughout the first half. Corville soon found their feet however and it took some excellent defending from Mia O’ Meara and Shauna Flanagan in the defence to keep a dangerous Corville attack at bay. Shortly before half time the industrious Ellen Maher launched a long ball from midfield that found its way to into the Corville goal to leave the half time score Moycarkey 3-1, Corville 0-0.

The Moycarkey girls knew that they would face serious pressure from Corville in the second half and so it proved to be true as Corville piled on the pressure from the throw in. Captain Lucy Purcell steadied the ship however with a pointed free. Lucy O’ Keeffe’s puckouts in the Moycarkey goal were unerring in their distance and accuracy and this was vital for the team throughout this spell of Corville pressure. With about ten minutes to go the Moycarkey girls kicked it into another gear however and thanks to another goal from Ellen Maher, two clinical finishes from Kate O’ Keeffe and a expertly taken goal from Caoimhe Fitzgibbon the girls finished with an amazing 7-2. Corville never gave in and got their reward with a few minutes to go thanks to a fine goal. The strength of the whole Moycarkey panel was there to be seen as Aoife Maher, Sarah Murphy, Kelly McGann, Fiona Abbott and Ella Ryan all came on to contribute to the win. Special mention to Aoibheann Fogarty and Evie Ryan who were also key members of this brilliant panel of players. 

At the final whistle the ecstatic Moycarkey team celebrated a famous and historic win for their school- their first ever county camogie title. Well done to the girls and to their families and local GAA clubs, all of whom can be very proud of the role they played in this great achievement.

Match 9 U11 Roinn C Camogie Moycarkey 7-01 Scoil Iosef Naofa 1-00

By Cumann na mBunscol

The second camogie match of the 2017 finals would prove to be no less of a battle than the first and as both Moycarkey and Scoil Iosef Naofa emerged from the players’ tunnel it was clear they were ready to battle it out to the bitter end. Sarah Murphy proved this dogged resolve with a burst through the Scoil Iosef backline to kick the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. Caoimhe O’Sullivan and Ellen Maher would prove a lethal combination for Scoil Iosef and heaped on the pressure scoring 4-01 between them to put Moycarkey in a commanding lead. Ceola Bergin, not wanting to let her sides’ spirits dip, fought bravely with the support of Abbi Vozzi to find the back of the Moycarkey net and give Scoil Iosef their first goal. Though Scoil Iosef never relented in their grit and determination, the Moycarkey lead was simply too great. Moycarkey went on to claim the U11 Roinn C title for themselves and their school in style.

Scoil Iosef Naofa Under 11 Roinn C Camogie Team: 1. Tori Spencer, 2. Sarah O' Toole, 3. Ceola Bergin, 4. Abbi Vozzi, 5. Madison Moloney, 6. Niamh, O' Brien, 7. Aoibhe Matthews, 8. Ava Nash, 9. Cleo Carroll, 10. Jessica Ryan, 11. Katelyn O' Rourke Morgan, 12. Emma Beck, 13, Chloe O' Donoghue, 14. Cathy George, 15. Ruby Mitchell. Principal John Slattery. Coaches: Marianne Darcy, Maria Butler, Julie Kelly and Tom Stapleton.

Moycarkey N.S. Under 11 Roinn C Camogie Team: 1. Lucy O' Keeffe, 2. Mia O’ Meara, 3. Ellen Maher, 4. Shauna Flanagan, 5. Caoimhe O’ Sullivan, 6. Kate O' Keeffe, 7. Caoimhe Fitzgibbon, 8. Lucy Purcell, 9. Kate Dowling, 10. Sarah Murpghy, 11. Victoria McCormack, 12. Evie Ryan, 13. Aoife Maher, 14. Ella Ryan, 15. Kelly McGann Principal: Robert White.  

Seamus Ó Riain Cup Senior Hurling - Templederry Kenyons 0-24 Moycarkey Borris 1-14

posted 28 May 2017, 03:45 by Michelle Donnelly

Seamus Ó Riain Cup Senior Hurling
Moycarkey Borris supporters travelled to The Ragg to watch their senior team play Templederry Kenyons in the Seamus Ó Riain Cup. Both teams met earlier this year in the County League and Templederry came out on top on that occasion. 

Opening scores from Pat Ralph and David Morris in the first two minutes gave Moycarkey a good start however in the following minutes Templederry equalised with points from Adrian Ryan and Matthew Hogan. A pointed free in the fifth minute from Kieran Morris put Moycarkey ahead for a brief moment just as Templederry hit a purple patch. They added six unanswered points prior to the end of the first quarter, Templederry Kenyons 0-8 Moycarkey Borris 0-3.
Moycarkey’s Kieran Morris pointed a free in the nineteenth minute but Templederry quickly replied with two points from Darragh Carey and Adrian Ryan in the following minute. The next score was Templederry’s Padraig Ryan. In the twenty fifth minute Kieran Morris pointed another free for Moycarkey before Templederry added another. Two minutes after he left the bench, substitution Pat Carey scored Moycarkey’s final point of the half while Gearoid Ryan pointed for Templederry in the final minute leaving the half time score Templederry Kenyons 0-13 Moycarkey Borris 0-6.

The second half opened with a flurry of points for both teams, Moycarkey’s Kieran Morris added three frees accompanied by a Mossy Bracken point to give them four points in the first ten minutes. Templederry added four points to their score line keeping the seven point margin. In the following minutes Moycarkey added another two points from Kieran Morris (one free) before Adrian Ryan pointed the final score of the quarter. In the forty sixth minute Darragh Carey and Kieran Morris traded points. The second half so far was very tight and the scoring was tit for tat until the forty eighth minute when Darragh Carey returned the deficit returned to seven points and a further two points by Templederry increased the margin to nine points. A Rory Ryan point in the fifty fifth minute did little for Moycarkey as Darragh Carey and Eanna Murray widened the gap to ten points. In the final minute of the game one of the many balls dropped short was capitalised one when Anthony McKelvey raised the green flag for Moycarkey to finish the game, Templederry Kenyons 0-24 Moycarkey Borris 1-14.

Moycarkey Borris team – Bill McCormack; Kieran Cummins, James Power, Chris McCullagh; Kevin Moran, Pat Molloy, Tom Hayes; Mossy Bracken (0-1), David Morris (0-1); Niall Heffernan, Pat Ralph (0-1), Conor Hayes; Rory Ryan (0-1), Kieran Morris (0-9, 8 frees), Anthony McKelvey (1-0). 
Moycarkey Borris subs – Pat Carey (0-1) for Conor Hayes (27th), James Bourke for Pat Molloy (36th), Matty Ryan for Niall Heffernan (47th)

Templederry Kenyons – Paul Murray; Johnny Harkins, Christy Coughlan, Tadhg McLoughlin; Patrick Hogan, Brian Stapleton, Thomas Stapleton; Pio Kennedy, Gearoid Ryan (0-1); Timmy Minogue (0-2), Padraig Ryan (0-3), Darragh Carey (0-8, 5 frees, 1 65); Adrian Ryan (0-5), Matthew Hogan (0-4), Eanna Murray (0-1).

Referee - Noel Cosgrave

2017 Cahill Cup Quarter-Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-18 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-23

posted 20 May 2017, 11:14 by Michelle Donnelly

2017 Cahill Cup Quarter-Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-18 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-23
By Ed Donnelly

Defending champions Moycarkey-Borris bowed out of the Cahill Cup at the Quarter-Final stage on Tuesday last by virtue of a two-point defeat at the hands of neighbours Holycross-Ballycahill at Littleton.

Holycross had the aid of the wind in the opening half but it was Moycarkey who made the better start. Anthony McKelvey accounted for Moycarkey’s first two points and in the ninth minute, McKelvey set up Kieran Morris for a well worked goal and the home side led 1-3 to 0-2. By the end of the first quarter, the sides had added two points each before Holycross took over completely.

During a ten-minute purple patch, Holycross hit 7 points on the trot and by the interval, Holycross had turned a 4 point deficit in to a 3 point interval lead – 0-12 to 1-6.

Moycarkey’s play on the resumption improved and the home side drew level within five minutes thanks to unanswered points from Kieran Morris (2) and Pat Ralph. Holycross edged in front again as the game entered the final quarter before another purple patch saw the visitors scoring 1-3 without reply from the 45th to 50th minute to take control of the game, leading by 1-18 to 1-11.

Moycarkey however responded in the best possible way and four unanswered points from Rory Ryan (2), Mossy Bracken and Kieran Morris brought their side back in to contention. When a Kieran Morris goalbound shot took a deflection and ended up in the net, the sides were level with three minutes of normal time remaining.

Rather than push on to victory, it was Holycross who took back the imitative and four points in four minutes left Moycarkey needing a goal to salvage a draw. Moycarkey did add on two points in injury time but it was too little, too late and Holycross ran out deserving two point winners.

Moycarkey Borris team – Bill McCormack; Kieran Cummins, James Power (C), Michael Cussen; Daniel Kirby, Kevin Moran, James Bourke; Mossy Bracken (0-1), Conor Hayes; Matty Ryan, Pat Ralph (0-2), Pat Carey; Rory Ryan (0-3), Kieran Morris (2-9, 0-7 frees), Anthony McKelvey (0-2)

Subs used – Paul Dempsey for Cummins (26m), Gerry Maguire for Matty Ryam (42m), Phil Kelly (0-1 free) for Carey (43m), Eric Fanning for Bourke (51m), Timmy Ryan for Ralph (56m)

Troy Marketing Mid Tipperary Under 16 A Championship Football Final - Moycarkey Borris 0-18 Durlas Óg 1-4

posted 9 May 2017, 14:49 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 9 May 2017, 14:59 ]

Boherlahan was the venue for Troy Marketing Mid Tipperary Under 16 A Championship Football Final on Tuesday evening last with Moycarkey Borris and local rivals, Durlas Óg competing for the title.

The game began with an intensity which showed on the scoreboard and both sides had points on the score board within minutes. By the fifth minute Moycarkey registered the lead and although the first half was close with a tit for tat point scoring, Moycarkey maintained the lead building on it in with three points in the closing minutes of the first half to go in at half time - Moycarkey Borris 0-6 Durlas Óg 0-3.

Moycarkey Borris re-entered the field for the second half with a new intensity and had four points on the scoreboard before Durlas Óg registered their first in the thirty eighth minute. Moycarkey’s purple patch did not end there but continued throughout the half and they added a further eight points to the scoreline while Durlas Óg only added a late consolation goal which did little only enhance their score line. The final score Moycarkey Borris 0-18 Durlas Óg 1-4.
 Goals evaded Moycarkey Borris in this game but it was not for trying as they had missed goal chances in the second half with the posts being the main offenders. This was Moycarkey Borris’s fourth time to win this competition and this year Peter Melbourne, Captain accepted the Cup from Mid Bord Na nÓg Chairman, Martin Bourke on behalf of the team. He thanked Durlas Óg for the game while also, acknowledged the Management team. 

Moycarkey Borris scorers – Kyle Shelly 0-8 (4 frees), Max Hackett 0-4, Kevin Hayes 0-3, Jack Morrissey 0-1, Tom Maher 0-1, Jack Fitzgerald 0-1. 
Moycarkey Borris team – Caylum Cooney; Michael O’Donnell, Peter Melbourne, Owen Sheridan; Kyle Ryan, Darren Flood, Brian O’Callaghan; Kevin Hayes, Jack Morrissey; Lewis Kearney, Max Hackett, Shane Burke; John Coffey, Kyle Shelly, Tom Maher. 
Moycarkey Borris subs – Dylan Shaw for Shane Burke (injured – 25th); Jack Fitzgerald for Tom Maher (46th); Liam Hayes for John Coffey (52nd); Liam McDonagh for Michael O’Donnell (52nd); Jack O’Dwyer for Owen Sheridan (57th). 
Durlas Óg Team – Darragh Stakelum; Dean Fanning, Patrick Stakelum, Conor Stapleton; Henry Fogarty, Kieran Costello, Jordan Fahey; Paddy Creedon, Cian Stakelum; Joe Dwan, Cathal Hayes, Conor Fogarty; Eoin Purcell, Jack Lanigan, James Armstrong.
Durlas Óg Panel – Oisin O’Brien, Sean Collins, Jack Kelly, Luke Fogarty, Eoghan Ryan, David Mawe, Peter Wall, Liam McCormack, Emmet Fogarty.

Joe O'Sullivan Bus and Cab Hire Mid Tipp Minor A Football Championship Semi Final - Moycarkey Borris 1-13 Na Sairsealaigh Óg 0-6

posted 6 May 2017, 14:52 by Michelle Donnelly

Moycarkey-Borris 1-13 Na Sairsealaigh Óg 0-6

Moycarkey-Borris produced a dominant last 20 minutes to earn a place in the Mid Minor A Football Final by virtue of a flattering 10 point victory over Na Sairsealaigh Óg in Littleton on Saturday evening.

In a low scoring first half, the Thurles side opened the scoring with a point from Kevin Bracken after five minutes. Anthony McKelvey and Max Hackett replied with points from play soon afterwards before Frank McKevitt brought his side level with a point from play. Shane Maher put Moycarkey in front heading in to the second quarter but in truth, it was Na Sairsealaigh Óg who were dominating possession at this stage. This pressure paid off in the 19th minute when the Thurles side won a penalty with David O’Donnell receiving a yellow card for the foul. Frank McKevitt took the spot kick which was well saved by Rhys Shelly. The rebound fell to the onrushing corner-forward Christopher Carew but somehow, Shelly managed to race across his goal to pull off another save and the danger was averted. Thurles had much of the possession for the remainder of the half but struggled to convert their chances and a Diarmuid Maher free in the 28th minute was the only other score of the first half as Moycarkey led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

The pattern of play in the early stages of the second half continued to see Na Sairsealaigh Óg dominate possession. Kevin Bracken reduced the deficit to a single score in the first minute of the half with a point from play with Moycarkey corner-forward James Dillon replying in kind two minutes later. Sarsfields dominance began to pay dividends as two pointed frees from Frank McKevitt brought the sides level. McKevitt also had a goal chance during this period only to see Rhys Shelly pull off a point blank save to keep his goal intact.

Moycarkey looked to take control of the game in the 40th minute when Anthony McKelvey won a penalty. The Moycarkey full-forward took the penalty himself only to see his shot go narrowly wide with the Thurles goalkeeper beaten. From the resultant kick-out, Na Sairsealaigh Óg worked the ball upfield and took the lead with a point from play by Aidan Butler.

The game looked set for a close finish but Moycarkey seemed to take falling behind in the game as a personal insult as the intensity in their play was raised instantly and to a level which Na Sairsealaigh Óg struggled to live with. With James Dillon operating to good effect in the full forward line, slowly but surely the scores became to come for the home side. It didn’t look that way initially as a good Moycarkey passing move ended with Diarmuid Maher only to see his punched effort hit the crossbar and away to safety. At the third quarter came to an end, James Dillon scored two quick points from play to put Moycarkey back in front by 0-7 to 0-6.

Max Hackett added another point from play in the 47th minute before Na Sairsealaigh Óg were reduced to 14 men when full-back Mikey Stakelum picked up his second yellow card. The momentum was well and truly with Moycarkey now and Thurles struggled to win possession around the middle third. Moycarkey added four points in a five minute spell courtesy of Diarmuid Maher (2), Max Hackett and James Dillon to stretch their lead out to seven points. Na Sairsealaigh Óg found themselves further restricted as their wing-back Seamus Doyle received his marching orders in the 55th minute.

There was still time for Moycarkey to finish with a flourish as James Dillon rounded off an excellent performance by scoring 1-1 in injury time to ensure Moycarkey qualified for the final by virtue of a 1-13 to 0-6 victory. Moycarkey-Borris will now play JK Brackens Óg in the final.

Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; David O’Donnell, Kieran Kearney, Rory Darmody; Zach Jackson, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes; Bill Maher, Jack Hackett; Max Hackett (0-3), James Dillon (1-5), Shane Maher (0-1); Diarmuid Maher (0-2), Anthony McKelvey (0-2, 0-1 free), Mark Heffernan
Subs; Caolan O’Brien for Shane Maher (48m), Peter Melbourne for David O’Donnell (50m), Sean O’Meara for Max Hackett (55m)

Na Sairsealaigh Óg: Liam Power; Ben Murphy, Mikey Stakelum, Sean Barrett; Sean Butler, Michael Purcell, Seamus Doyle; William Creedon, Daniel Moloney; Kevin Bracken (0-2), Aidan Butler (0-1), Barry McGrath; Christopher Carew, Conor Murphy, Frank McKevitt (0-3, 0-2 frees)

Referee: Tom Loughnane

“Tipperary Water” County Hurling League Division 2 Group 1 - Loughmore-Castleiney 0-18 Moycarkey-Borris 1-13

posted 28 Mar 2017, 11:24 by Michelle Donnelly

“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) 

2016 Cahill Cup Final - Moycarkey Borris 1-12 Loughmore Castleiney 0-12

posted 19 Mar 2017, 15:52 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 19 Mar 2017, 15:57 ]

Although the final was carried over from last year that did not matter on the field of play on Sunday last. This game had everything a final should have and supporters were not disappointed. 

The scoring started in the first minute with a point for Tommy Maher, Loughmore Castleiney. Points were traded in the third minute and Moycarkey Borris hit a purple patch with four points from Pat Ralph, Kieran Morris (2), Pat Molloy before Cian Hennessy pointed for Loughmore. In the following five minutes frees were crucial to the scoring and Moycarkey’s, Pat Ralph registered two to Loughmore’s single free by John McGrath. Entering the next quarter Moycarkey had a three point margin but this always looked unstable and a point from Tomás McGrath in the sixteenth reduced it. Moycarkey had the next two points in the eighteenth minute from James Bourke and Conor Hayes. Loughmore’s McGrath brothers, Noel and John concluded their scoring with two further points. But the last score in injury time set Moycarkey up with a good half time advantage, a goal from Tom Hayes. Moycarkey Borris 1-9 Loughmore Castleiney 0-7. 
Moycarkey Borris opened the scoring in the second half with a Pat Ralph free and Loughmore replied with a free of their own in the thirty eighth minute. Tensions had risen in the game and Loughmore’s next two scores were from John McGrath frees. As the final fifteen minutes commenced it was the goal which separated the teams. A pointed 65 from Pat Ralph gave Moycarkey a further cushion but as the game entered the final ten minutes Moycarkey’s David Morris was substituted as he was injured. In the fifty third minute John McGrath nullified Pat Ralph’s 65 with a free. Moycarkey had a further blow when Michael Cussen was substituted with an injury. Points were traded soon after before Kevin Jordan blew for full time, Moycarkey Borris 1-12 Loughmore Castleiney 0-12.

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).

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