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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
Boherlahan Dualla was the venue for the Mid Tipperary Under 16 B Shield Final on Sunday last. In a very tight competitive game, Moycarkey Borris and Thurles Gaels could not be separated, Moycarkey Borris 2-3 Thurles Gaels 1-6. Both teams are no strangers to each other and have competed against each other since playing at Under 14 level providing close encounters each time.
Daniel Brown opened Moycarkey’s scoring when he pointed a free in the fifth minute. The game ebbed and flowed from end to end until the end of the first quarter when Ben O’Dwyer netted the ball for Moycarkey. Thurles Gaels had yet to find their rhythm but in the twentieth minute Cian Gleeson commenced their scoring with an excellently placed ball in the back of the net. From the resulting puck out, the ball was worked in to John Coffey and he raised Moycarkey’s second green flag. For the final ten minutes both sets of defenders safeguarded their goals and neither team added to their score line before the half time whistle, Moycarkey Borris 2-1 Thurles Gaels 1-0.
Thurles Gaels now had wind assistance for the second half and piled the pressure on to the Moycarkey-Borris defence. While the Gaels were struggling from play, the concession of numerous frees by the Moycarkey gave Chris Munroe of Thurles opportunities from placed balls. Munroe duly obliged, scoring five pointed frees and a ’65 to put his side in to a two point lead heading in to the last five minutes. In the fifty sixth minute, Moycarkey registered their first score of the second half which was a point from play for Shane Bourke. This was closely followed by a pointed free for Moycarkey’s, Daniel Brown to equalise the game. Time ran out for both teams to get the next score so the game finished level. Moycarkey Borris 2-3 Thurles Gaels 1-6.
Moycarkey Borris team – Liam McDonagh; Owen Sheridan, Paudie O’Gorman, Michael Maher; Daniel Brown, Dylan Shaw, Lewis Kearney; Brian O’Callaghan, Bill Hackett; Shane Bourke, Ciaran Kirwan, Ben O’Dwyer; Pat Hackett, John Coffey, Brendan Looby.
Subs used – Tom Maher for Brendan Looby (h/t), Jack Fitzgerald for Ciaran Kirwan (37th minute)
Scorers – Ben O’Dwyer (1-0), John Coffey (1-0), Daniel Brown (0-2 frees), Shane Bourke (0-1)
Thurles Gaels – Gareth McCarthy; Cillian Donaghy, Shaun Kennedy, Robert Donoghue; Aaron Cooke, Shane Ryan, Shane Stapleton; Chris Munroe (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Dylan Molumby; Jack Keogh, Paraic Loughnane, Oscar Lipinski; James Butler, Cian Gleeson (1-0), Jack Murphy
The AIB Thurles Mid Intermediate Football Final was held in Holycross on Saturday last with only two teams in the competition it was a straight Final Moycarkey Borris and Moyne Templetuohy in ideally autumnal conditions.
John Hassett, Moyne Templetuohy was the first to get a point in the second minute but a quick reply from Moycarkey’s midfielder Pat Carey in the third minute equalised the game. In the following ten minutes, the next four points of the game came from Moyne’s Odhran Lloyd; one from a 45 and the other three resulting from frees in Moycarkey back area as their defence battled hard against Moyne. For the next quarter Moycarkey settled more into the game and Moyne just managed to get two points, one of which was a shot which was lucky to hit the upright and rebound back in between the posts. The final score of the half went to Moycarkey’s Rory Ryan as the teams finished Moyne Templetuohy 0-7 Moycarkey Borris 0-2.
The intensity that Moyne showed in the first half had declined and the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. The first two points of the second half was for Moyne’s Odhran Lloyd with Tomás Hassett getting the third in the forty seventh minute. The margin had increased to eight points and the ninth was to come from Tom Meade in the fifty second minute. Both teams battled hard but Moycarkey for the final eight minutes set about regaining some of the deficit with a point from Rory Ryan in the fifty third minute which was followed in the next minute with a point from Tony Flanagan. The teams subsequently traded points before the final point of the game went to Rory Ryan. Moyne Templetuohy 0-12 Moycarkey Borris 0-6.
Moycarkey team - Daniel Kirby; Joe O’Sullivan, Paul Dempsey, Brian Moran; Kevin Moran, Christopher McCullagh, Pat Molloy; Pat Carey, Conor Hayes (Captain); Pat Ralph, Rory Ryan, Niall Heffernan; Michael Foley, Tony Flanagan, Niall O’Sullivan.
Scorers – Rory Ryan 0-3, Tony Flanagan 0-2, Pat Carey 0-1
Moyne Templetuohy team – Pat Meade; Joe Grady, Robert Larkin, David Lowe; Pierce Meade, Conor Quinlan, John Coghlan; Tomás Hassett, Niall Russell (Captain); Tom Meade, John Hassett, Diarmuid Fogarty; Louis Everard, Odhran Lloyd, Martin Kelly
Scorers – Odhran Lloyd 0-7 (4 frees), Tom Meade 0-2, John Hassett 0-1, Tomás Hassett 0-1, Martin Kelly 0-1
Referee – Tom McGrath
Thurles Credit Union Mid Tipp Minor A Hurling Championship - Holycross/Ballycahill 3-27 Moycarkey-Borris 0-10
Holycross-Ballycahill eased in to the Mid Minor A Hurling Final with a facile 26 point victory over Moycarkey-Borris at Boherlahan. Holycross played with the strong wind in the opening half and blitzed Moycarkey in the early stages with four points in the opening four minutes. When Darragh Woods struck a 20 metre free to the top of the net in the fifth minute, the writing was on the wall for Moycarkey and by the 10th minute, the score was 1-11 to 0-0 with wing-forward Darragh Woods contributing 1-7 of the 1-11 tally. Moycarkey were now employing a sweeper to lessen the damage being inflicted and this had an immediate impact as Holycross only added 1 point to their tally over the next 12 minutes. Meanwhile, Moycarkey got off the mark with a Jack Fallon point from play in the 15th minute.
Holycross were not to be denied for long however and soon the scoreboard began to ramp up at an alarming pace, as the leaders rattled off another 1-6 in the final 8 minutes of the first half with the solitary reply from Moycarkey being a pointed free from Anthony McKelvey to leave the half-time score – 2-18 to 0-2.
With the result not in doubt, Moycarkey looked to redeem some measure of respectability early in the second half as they now played with wind assistance. The early stages of the third quarter were promising as points from Jack Fallon and Anthony McKelvey (2) were matched by three Holycross points in the opening ten minutes of the second half. Any hopes of a sustained second half performance for Moycarkey evaporated in the 40th minute when Darragh Woods scored his second goal from a 20 metre free to put Holycross in to a 3-22 to 0-5 lead.
The tempo of the game dropped considerably from here and the teams shared the final 10 points as the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion – Holycross-Ballycahill 3-27 Moycarkey-Borris 0-10.
Moycarkey-Borris: Jack Bryan; Philip Ryan, Kieran Kearney, David O’Donnell; Sean O’Meara, Zach Jackson, Michael Murphy; Donal Fitzpatrick, John Cussen; Kevin O’Regan, Eoin Hayes, Jack Fallon (0-2); Darren Flood, Anthony McKelvey (0-7, 0-3 frees), John Kirwan
Subs; Caolin O’Brien for Kirwan (42m), Shane Maher (0-1) for Fitzpatrick (48m), Tom Ryan for Cussen (50m) and Mark Heffernan for Flood (56m)
Holycross-Ballycahill: Ewan Bourke; James Ryan, Philip Fogarty, Frank Hanafin; David Manning, Edward O’Gorman, Gavin Dunne (0-2); Bryan O’Mara (0-3), Fionn McCartan, Darragh Woods (2-16, 2-10 frees), Mikie Nally (0-1), Alex Murphy; Jack Dwan, Stephen Flanagan (0-4), David Croke (1-1)
Referee: Liam Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane)
Eamon Darmody & Sons Mid Tipperary Under 16A Hurling Final - Moycarkey Borris 5-25 Holycross Ballycahill 1-6
Moycarkey Borris are on the road to another County Final Semi Final this year after a comprehensive defeat over Holycross Ballycahill in the Eamon Darmody & Sons Mid Tipperary Under 16A Hurling Final on Saturday in Boherlahan.
An early goal from James Dillon set the defending Mid and County champions Moycarkey on the road and this was followed with points from Jack Fallon and John Kirwan (2) to Ben Slattery’s pointed free for Holycross after five minutes. The game continued at the same high pace and the scoreboard reflected this with further points from Darren Flood (4), John Kirwan and Jack Fallon to another pointed free from Ben Slattery Holycross, leaving the score line after twenty minutes Moycarkey Borris 1-9 Holycross Ballycahill 0-2. The point scoring for Moycarkey Borris was accurate and kept the scoreboard busy but the goals evaded them with three goals chances missed. This was corrected in the twenty third minute as Darren Flood raised the green flag for Moycarkey Borris. Another three unanswered points for Moycarkey Borris saw them go in at half time sixteen points the better of Holycross Ballycahill, Moycarkey Borris 2-12 Holycross Ballycahill 0-2.
Following an earlier fracas in the dying minutes of the first half Holycross Ballycahill returned to the field with fourteen players but they were not at the loss of this in the opening minute when Frank Hanafin opened their scoring as he netted the ball. Moycarkey Borris next score came from an impressive sideline ball taken by Jack Fallon which was directed between the posts. The next seven minutes saw both teams trade three points each. Moycarkey Borris hit another purple patch of scoring with three unanswered points before there was a swap of a point in the fiftieth minute. Substitute Aidan Scott raised the green flag for Moycarkey in the fifty third minute stretching the margin to twenty points. Jack Fallon and John Kirwan scored two more points before Max Hackett rattled the net for Moycarkey’s fourth goal. Moycarkey Borris scored three more points from Darren Flood (2) and Diarmuid Maher before the final score from Rhys Shelly whose long range free evaded the Holycross goalie for a fifth goal for Moycarkey Borris. Final score - Moycarkey Borris 5-25 Holycross Ballycahill 1-6.
Afterwards, Mid Tipperary Coiste na Nog Chairman Michael Bourke presented the cup to Moycarkey-Borris captain Jack Fallon in the presence of sponsor Eamon Darmody.
Moycarkey Borris team - Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes; Rory Darmody, Zach Jackson, Bill Maher; Jack Fallon, Jack Morrissey; Kyle Shelly, John Kirwan, Max Hackett; Diarmuid Maher, Darren Flood, James Dillon.
Subs – Aidan Scott for Kyle Shelly (50th), Conor Cummins for Peter Melbourne (58th), Kyle Ryan for John Kirwan (58th)
Scorers - Darren Flood 1-10 (5 frees), Jack Fallon 0-6 (2 frees), John Kirwan 0-5, Max Hackett 1-1, Rhys Shelly 1-0 (free), James Dillon 1-0, Aidan Scott 1-0, Jack Morrissey 0-1, Kyle Shelly 0-1, Diarmuid Maher 0-1.
Holycross Ballycahill team – Cormac O’Connor; Luke Scally, Paddy McGrath, Seamus Stakelum; Jack Ryan, Eoin Morris (0-1, 1 free), Eamon Ryan; Mike Nally, Frank Hanafin (1-0); Ben Slattery (0-2, 2 frees), David Manning, Eanna Ryan; Pa O’Gorman, Colin Nolan (0-2, 2 frees), Dean O’Brien
Subs – Luke Galvin (0-1)
Referee: Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels)
By Morgan Lanigan
Eamon Darmody & Sons Sports Turf Care U16 ‘A’ Final
Holycross got the start they and their supporters needed, 1.01 to Borris’s .02 points. Frank Hanafin’s twenty-five metres strike hit the bottom left corner, goal. A Jack Morrissey side line ball from some fifty odd metres out were highlights. Holycross’s Eoin Morris pointed a free with Max Hackett getting his first point from play. Holycross continued to push on, scoring two of the next three, Luke Galvin and Colin Nolan free cancelled out Jack Morrissey’s free, 2.15 – 1.05. That would be as good as it got, Moycarkey's midfield pair added a point each, while Darren sent two frees over. John Kirwan got his fourth before sub Aidan Scott hit Moycarkey’s third goal, 3.20 – 1.05. They was no let up as Morrissey and John Kirwan got their last points. Max Hacketts direct runs at goal caused big problems all day, this time he got a goal. Darren Floods brace from play gave him an impressive total of 1.11. Before Diarmuid Maher got his name on the score sheet, point. Somewhere in all that two solitary points were filed in the Holycross collum. The scoring was brought to a finish with a goal, keeper Rhys Shelley from inside his own ‘45’ hit the free, the bounce of the ball was misjudged and ended up in the net, 5.25 – 1.07.
By Neil Ryan, http://tipperary.gaa.ie/thiobraid-arann-coiste-na-nog-scene-august-29th-2016/
On Saturday 27th we hosted the All Ireland U16 Inter County Hurling tournaments which this year were hosted within the north division.
In the A competition Tipperary were in group 2 accompanied by Cork, Dublin and Meath with the games taking place in Puckane. In their opening game against Cork, Tipperary held the edge throughout the second period and came through on a four point margin 0-14 to 1-7. In their second contest they totally outclassed Meath on a score line of 5-11 to 1-8. The last encounter against Dublin also produced five goals for the blue & gold as they overcame the Dubs on a 5-6 to 1-12 scoreline.
As group winners they qualified for a semi final spot against the victors of group 3 which were the tribesmen of Galway who had amassed a total of fourteen goals with victories over Antrim, Offaly and Clare.
Puckane hosted the semi final and Galway continued on their goal scoring spree as they had the Tipp defense rattled with three goals in the first period to hold a commanding grip on the contest 3-5 to 1-1. In the second period the huge deficit proved to be surmountable for Tipperary as they bowed out on a concluding score of Galway 4-9 Tipperary 1-9.
Ironically defending champions Cork qualified for the semi finals as the top runner from within all three groups. They held out against Kilkenny in their semi final contest which took place in Dolla on a score of 0-11 to 1-6 to contest the final against Galway.
The final took place in Nenagh with Galway setting the scene with the opening point inside one minute. Cork replied immediately to level proceedings. Galway took the lead with another point and again Daire Connery pointed a free for the rebels. On the sixth minute Jack Hallihan had the red flags flying as the Galway net was rattled. It took another fifteen minutes for another score addition with a third Galway point to put the board reading Cork 1-2 Galway 0-3. The defending champions struck again as goal number two came. Galway replied with another point. Cork had a point from Blake Murphy followed by a pointed free to put the interval score Cork 2-4 Galway 0-4.
Upon the resumption Cork had two more points from frees and were looking very comfortable. On the fourth minute Galway cracked in a goal and Cork pointed another free courtesy of Daire Connery
Chairman Tom Dawson acknowledged the efforts of two good teams and thanked Nenagh Eire Og for the pitch. He also thanked all the host clubs in the north division for a tremendous job re the hosting of the games. He welcomed Cormac Synott of sponsors Arrabawn who sponsored this year’s tournament and invited him to present the Arrabawn U16 A Cup to Cork victorious captain Aaron Walsh Barry.
In the B competition, Tipperary contested group 3 along with Kildare and Kilkenny in Portroe. In their opening contest they had Kilkenny as opponents and came through on a score of 1-15 to 0-10. Their next outing was a non event as they power housed Kildare on a score of 6-17 to 1-5.
As the group winner they qualified for the semi final against the winner of group 2 which comprised of Clare, Kerry and Laois. The Lenister men had an impressive victory over Clare to command top spot for their right to play Tipp.
The semi final took place in Portroe with Tipperary enjoying the supremacy holding an interval lead of 2-7 to 1-5. On the resumption it was all Tipp as they powered their way to the final on a concluding score of 3-12 to 1-6. Defending champions Cork secured a four point margin against Dublin for their spot in the final on a score of 0-14 to 1-7.
The final took place in Nenagh with Tipp first to opening the scoring, a point from Jack Ryan. Cork had a pointed free by Eoin Carey to level matters all within the opening minute. Two minutes later Stephen Kirwan pointed a Tipp addition which was followed by another point from Sean McAdams. On the eighth minute the Tipp fans were rejoicing as the Cork net shook as Mark Downey goaled for a score reading Tipp 1-3 Cork 0-1. Cian Crowley pointed a free for Cork which were responded to by Tipp with points from Mark Downey and Darragh Tynan. Eoin Carey pointed a ’65 on the fifteenth minute for Cork. Zach Jackson for Tipp was forced to leave the action with an injury on eighteenth minute and with the game going into the closing moments Stephen Kirwan pointed a Tipp free and Ben O’Brien pointed for Cork for an interval score reading Tipperary 1-6 Cork 0-4.
From the restart Tipp got thick into the action with a point from Stephen Kirwan. Moments later he almost had a goal. Then disaster for the Tipp defense as Thomas Foley goaled for Cork. However the Premier response came with a pointed free from Stephen Kirwan quickly added by another Kirwan point from play for a score reading Tipp 1-9 Cork 1-5. Eoin Carey pointed two more Cork frees to put the Cork score @ 1-7 which was to be their last addition with still ten minutes play as Tipperary powered on. Points from Jack Ryan and Stephen Kirwan and a goal from Kirwan on the twelfth minute. Over the remaining eight minutes Tipp added another 1-2 courtesy of Conor Duggan, Stephen Kirwan and Thomas Clark to clinch the John Doyle Cup on a concluding score line Tipperary 3-14 Cork 1-7.
Chairman Tom Dawson congratulated both teams on a great game of hurling. He thanked all involved re the hosting of all the games and the referees. He acknowledged the sponsorship of Arrabawn Coop and invited Cormac Synott from Arrabawn to present the John Doyle Cup to Tipperary victorious captain Michael Nally.
Tipperary victorious panel:
Coiste na Officer board wish to thank the officers of the north division and all involved with the following clubs Ballina, Burgess, Kiladangan, Nenagh, Newport, Portroe, Silvermines and Toomevara for the huge effort put to ensuring that over thirty games went off so well. A special Thank You to all the people that were involved in the catering, feeding hundreds of supporters that attended. Thanks to the numerous referees and officials for a hard job well done.