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Tipperary Water County Under 21 B Championship Final - Moycarkey Borris 0-28 Lorrha-Dorrha 4-11

posted 3 Dec 2017, 14:44 by Michelle Donnelly

In a thrilling, action packed County Final, Moycarkey Borris claimed the title ”County Under 21 B Hurling Champions” for the first time since 1999. Supporters who travelled to Templederry on Sunday last we treated to a spectacular game of hurling where two young Under 21 teams, neither of which had been Divisional Champions since the 90’s, searched for the title.

Lorrha-Dorrha opened the scoring with a pointed free from Brian Hogan and another point from Niall McIntyre. Moycarkey Borris had to wait a full five minutes before Anthony McKelvey pointed for them. Lorrha’s Brian Hogan pointed another free before Anthony McKelvey pointed for Moycarkey. Moycarkey Borris’s Jack Fallon equalised the game as it turned into the next quarter. From here Moycarkey pushed on further with three unanswered points from Kevin O’Regan, Anthony McKelvey (free) and Niall Heffernan. Lorrha’s reply came in the form of another pointed free when Rory Darmody was fouled for overcarrying. Unperturbed by this, Moycarkey added another three unanswered points from JJ Darmody, Jack Fallon and Anthony McKelvey before Brian Hogan pointed another free for Lorrha. The final scores of the quarter were from Tom Hayes and Anthony McKelvey, leaving the half time score Moycarkey Borris 0-11 Lorrha-Dorrha 0-5.

Even though there was a six point margin in the game it was clear both teams had an appetite for the Mick Brophy Cup and Ross O’Meara for Lorrha was first to the scoreboard in the second half with a point. A missed free for Moycarkey was recycled when Jack Fallon caught the puck out and pointed it. Moycarkey hit a purple patch with four points being added to the score board and a margin of ten points. In the forty third minute Brian Hogan pointed another free for Lorrha and four minutes later he raised the green flag from a 20 metre free. Six points was once again between the sides before Moycarkey added three unanswered points. However, this was all to change as Niall McIntyre hit two raspers into the back of the net in the fifty seventh and eighth minute. The final score of normal time was Jack Fallon’s point but this was not the all the scoring as Brian Hogan added a point and a goal from frees in injury time to force the game into extra time; Moycarkey Borris 0-20 Lorrha-Dorrha 4-8.

Moycarkey Borris’s Kieran Cummins took the game in hand in the extra time, winning the ball from the throw-in to score Moycarkey’s first point. Brian Hogan replied with a pointed free and Rhys Shelly, in the same minute, pointed a free for Moycarkey. Two further points for each side were traded again leaving a point between the sides at half time of extra time. The second half however, did separate the sides as tiredness and cramp set into both teams. Moycarkey’s Tom Hayes, Niall Heffernan, Anthony McKelvey and Bill Maher got the four unanswered points required to give the Championship title to Moycarkey. Moycarkey Borris 0-28 Lorrha-Dorrha 4-11.

Tipperary Chairman, Michael Bourke presented the Mick Brophy Cup to joint captains, Niall Heffernan and Chris McCullagh, thanking both teams for a great display of hurling. Neither team left anything on the field and should both be congratulated for a great game.

Moycarkey-Borris Team – Rhys Shelly (0-1 free); Mikey Bergin, Eric Fanning, Kieran Kearney; Eoghan Hayes, Chris McCullagh, Rory Darmody; Niall Heffernan (0-3), Kieran Cummins (0-2); Joe Doran (0-2), Tom Hayes (0-2), Kevin O’Regan (0-1); JJ Darmody (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (0-10, 4 frees, 1 65), Jack Fallon (0-5).
Subs used – Pat Whelan for Mikey Bergin (58th), David O’Donnell for Kevin O’Regan (ET h/t), Brian Maher for JJ Darmody (ET 2nd), Bill Maher (0-1) for Joe Doran (ET 7th)

Lorrha-Dorrha team – Patrick Reddin; Ger Lambe, Conor Hogan, Ollie Cleary; David Sullivan, Mike Dolan, Denis O’Meara; Niall McIntyre (2-1), Daniel Donoghue; Ross O’Meara (0-2), Brian Hogan (2-8, all frees), Tomas Kennedy; Alan O’Meara, Leon Houlihan, MacDara Kennedy
Subs used – Tony Needham for Leon Houlihan (42nd), Colin O’Meara for MacDara Kennedy (58th), Leon Houlihan for Alan O’Meara (ET 64th).

Referee – Paul Guinan

Tipperary Water County Under 21 B Semi Final Championship - Moycarkey Borris 5-15 Cahir 1-6

posted 26 Nov 2017, 13:31 by Michelle Donnelly

Tipperary Water County Under 21 B Semi Final Championship
Next weekend Moycarkey Borris will contest Lorrha Dorrha GAA Club in the Tipperary Water County Under 21 B Final following their comprehensive victory over Cahir on Sunday last in Bansha.

The game opened with pointed frees being traded in the first two minutes of the game. Moycarkey Borris built on this when in the fourth minute JJ Darmody scored a point from a Rhys Shelly free. On the tenth minute Moycarkey added a further point from the side line ably taken by Tom Hayes. Brendan Donaghy kept Cahir close before Anthony McKelvey netted the ball for Moycarkey, when the free he hit lobbed over the Nicholas Reidy’s head in the net. As the quarter turned Anthony pointed another free to give Moycarkey a cushion of five points before an eighth minute period when the ball ebbed and flowed from end to end. In the twenty third minute Cahir’s Ryan Murphy pointed another free before Anthony McKelvey raised another green flag. Jack Fallon concluded Moycarkey Borris’s scoring for the first half before another two pointed frees by Ryan Murphy were added to Cahir’s. The half time score Moycarkey Borris 2-5 Cahir 0-5.

With the aid of the slight freezing cold breeze, Moycarkey Borris opened their second half scoring with a pointed free from Anthony McKelvey and a Kevin O’Regan point. In the thirty eighth minute Anthony McKelvey got his hat trick of goals. Ryan Murphy, Cahir replied with a pointed free before Anthony found the net for his fourth goal. Moycarkey had now stretched their margin to thirteen points. With another twenty minutes on the clock, Cahir had it all to do and were forced into giving away a number of frees. Moycarkey’s next four points were from Anthony McKelvey, all frees. JJ Darmody and Conor Cashman traded goals around the fifty fourth minute before Tom Hayes pointed. The final scores of the game were a hat trick of pointed frees for Tom Hayes as Moycarkey-Borris ran out 5-15 to 1-6 winners

Moycarkey-Borris Team – Rhys Shelly; Mikey Bergin, Eric Fanning, Kieran Kearney; Eoghan Hayes, Chris McCullagh, Rory Darmody; David O’Donnell, Kieran Cummins; Joe Doran, Tom Hayes (0-5, 3 frees, 1 sideline), Kevin O’Regan (0-1); JJ Darmody (1-1), Anthony McKelvey (4-7, 1-6 frees), Jack Fallon (0-1).
Subs used – Pat Whelan for Rory Darmody (35th, injured); Bill Maher for Jack Fallon (45th); Brian Maher for David O’Donnell (48th); Mossy Darmody for Anthony McKelvey (51st); James Whelan for Chris McCullagh (56th)

Cahir Team – Nicholas Reidy; Keelan Looby, James Walsh, Ger Quinn; Ryan O’Donnell, Brendan Donaghy (0-1), Eoghan Kelly; Colin McEniry, Darragh Howard; Mikey O’Connor, Conor Cashman (1-0), Ryan Murphy (0-5, 5 frees); Alan O’Connor, Patrick Meehan, Tommy Magner

Referee – Fergal Horgan

Horse and Jockey KIA Mid Tipperary Under 21 B Hurling Final - Moycarkey Borris 0-16 JK Brackens 0-13

posted 12 Nov 2017, 13:12 by Michelle Donnelly

The Ragg was the venue for the Horse and Jockey KIA Mid Tipperary Under 21 B Hurling Final. Having comprehensively defeated Moyne Templetuohy / Thurles Gaels in the Semi Final, Moycarkey Borris were looking forward to this game but were not underestimating their opponents JK Brackens Óg who defeated Upperchurch-Drombane in their Semi Final.

Sean Everard threw the sliothar in and from the start supporters knew there was a battle occurring as a ruck ensued with JK Brackens winning the ball. Within seconds JK Brackens were awarded a free but they missed the opportunity of a point with the following free a missed chance as well. However, Moycarkey Borris were not that unfortunate and in the third minute Anthony McKelvey capitalised on Moycarkey’s free. Jordan Moloney, JK Brackens equalised in the following minute and in the sixth minute Lyndon Fairbrother put them in front with a pointed free. Moycarkey Borris’s Anthony McKelvey replied with three unanswered frees in the following minutes and as the quarter turned, Moycarkey led by two points. JK Brackens were unsettled until in the eighteenth minute Lyndon Fairbrother (free) and David O’Shea brought the score line back level. JK Brackens settled from this point on and Moycarkey had to step up their play. Another pointed free from Anthony McKelvey was traded with Lyndon Fairbrother’s keeping the side’s level. In the twenty fifth minute Moycarkey Borris’s Tom Hayes recorded their first point from play but Neil Quinlan neutralised this. The next point from play went to Jack Fallon putting Moycarkey ahead going in at the interval, Moycarkey Borris 0-7 JK Brackens 0-6.

It was all to play for in the second half and Moycarkey did that with three unanswered points in the first ten minutes from Anthony McKelvey (2, 1 free) and Jack Fallon. Lyndon Fairbrother added a point in the fourteenth minute to keep just three between the sides. The play had tightened up immensely and every ball was hard fought but Moycarkey managed to add a further two points from JJ Darmody and Anthony McKelvey (free) before Lyndon Fairbrother pointed a free for JK Brackens. Moycarkey had a four point cushion at this stage but there was to be a final burst from JK Brackens in the final five minutes which transpired to be ten when extra time was added. The sides traded two points each in the following minutes, Moycarkey’s from Jack Fallon and Kieran Cummins. But JK Brackens added a further two points from substitute Brian Roche reducing the margin to two points. The pressure was now on Moycarkey and Anthony McKelvey pointed as normal time finished. The next few minutes were critical as a three point margin could be easily wiped with a goal and this is what JK Brackens hoped to do. Anthony McKelvey pointed another free to stretch the lead to four but Paddy Cadell added a point of his own to bring the margin back to three. Moycarkey Borris’s backs were defending well but inevitably fouled a JK Brackens player. A free for JK Brackens followed and Moycarkey poured into the back line, the ball would deflect of a Moycarkey hurl to go over the line for a 65. From the 65 Moycarkey defended the short ball and managed to take control of it. The final whistle blew to the relief of the Moycarkey supporters who poured onto the field to congratulate the players. The final score Moycarkey Borris 0-16 JK Brackens 0-13.

Joe Kennedy, Mid Board Chairman presented the Moycarkey Borris Joint Captains, Chris McCullagh and Niall Heffernan with the Cup thanking both sides for a tremendous game. Chris McCullagh thanked John Kelly and his management team, supporters and the club for their support. Moycarkey Borris will proceed to the County Tipperary Semi Final in the coming weeks against the South champions.



Moycarkey-Borris Team – Rhys Shelly; Mikey Bergin, Eric Fanning, Kieran Kearney; Eoghan Hayes, Chris McCullagh, Rory Darmody; Niall Heffernan, Kieran Cummins (0-1); Joe Doran, Tom Hayes (0-1), Kevin O’Regan; JJ Darmody (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (0-10, 8 frees), Jack Fallon (0-3).
Subs used – Brian Maher for Joe Doran (53rd), Pat Whelan for Niall Heffernan (59th)

JK Brackens Team – Jack Kennedy; Jack Prout, Martin Delaney, Michael Egan; Tom Murphy, Paddy Cadell (0-2), Conor Sheedy; Mikey O’Meara, Eanna McBride; Jordan Moloney (0-1), David O’Shea (0-2), Radek Natkaneicz; Neil Quinlan (0-1), Lyndon Fairbrother (0-5, 4 frees), Steven Quinlan.
Subs used – Brian Roche (0-2) for Steven Quinlan (41st)

Referee – Sean Everard, Moyne Templetuohy

Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Final - Toomevara 0-19 Moycarkey Borris 0-14

posted 15 Oct 2017, 13:48 by Michelle Donnelly

Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Final
On Sunday last Moycarkey Borris supporters travelled to Templemore to watch their Junior A Hurling team play Toomevara in the County Semi Final. Moycarkey Borris opened their game well with points from John Bergin (3) and a free from Brian Moran to be three points the better of Toomevara’s, Paddy Grace’s single point. Toomevara soon settled in the play and scored three unanswered points to equalise the game on the tenth minute. Brian Moran put Moycarkey back in front again in the fourteenth minute with another point but as the quarter turned Toomevara’s Paddy Grace equalised again. Points were traded again with Anthony Healy and Shane Nolan, Toomevara but on the nineteenth minute Toomevara’s Kieran Flaherty pushed them forward. This was aided by two more pointed frees from Paddy Grace before Moycarkey’s JJ Darmody raised their white flag. This was soon neutralised by a David Young point. In the final minutes of the half Gerry McGuire and Brian Moran traded two points with Paddy Grace to go in at half time Toomevara 0-12 Moycarkey Borris 0-9.

Toomevara opened the second half scoring with a point from Paddy Grace which Joey Doran neutralised. Shane Nolan on the thirty sixth minute stretched Toomevara’s lead to four points. Points were traded again in the forty second minute with Joey Doran and Paddy Grace. On the forty fourth minute Moycarkey rallied and added two quick points from Brian Moran and Anthony Healy to keep them in the game, Toomevara 0-15 Moycarkey Borris 0-13. This comeback was shortlived as Toomevara’s defence did not allow Moycarkey to build on it. Points from newly introduced substitute, Pauric Shanahan and Shane Nolan retained the four-point margin. Moycarkey sub Rob Doran scored their final point of the game but Paddy Grace added two further points for Toomevara to leave the final score; Toomevara 0-19 Moycarkey Borris 0-14.

Moycarkey-Borris: David Ryan; Mikey Bergin, Daniel Kirby, Timmy Ryan; Eric Fanning, Niall O’Sullivan, Rory O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Gerry McGuire (0-1); Jamie Costello, John Bergin (0-3), JJ Darmody (0-1); Brian Moran (0-4, 0-2 frees), Tony Flanagan, Anthony Healy (0-2)
Subs: Peter O’Brien for Mikey Bergin (injured), Joey Doran (0-2) for Jamie Costello (23rd), Rob Doran (0-1) for Tony Flanagan (h/t), Kevin O’Regan for Brian Moran (58th).

Seamus O’Riain Cup Relegation - Knockavilla Kickhams 1-19 Moycarkey-Borris 1-16

posted 15 Oct 2017, 11:20 by Michelle Donnelly

Report by Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris lost out to Knockavilla Kickhams by three points in the last round of the Seamus O’Riain Cup Relegation competition on Saturday in Boherlahan. However, thanks to their two big wins over Borrisokane and Ballingarry, Moycarkey-Borris survive and Knockavilla Kickhams will join Borrisokane in the Intermediate ranks for 2018.

With Knockavilla needing at least a 12-point victory, the odds of them surviving were remote as the game started. Kickhams played with the aid of the strong wind in the opening half and raced into a two-point lead in the opening stages following points by Ger Browne and Eoin Carew. Moycarkey-Borris responded with points from play by Phil Kelly and Pat Carey. Kickhams were playing the better hurling at this stage and a long range free by Eoin Carew dropped to Davy Butler who’s shot from close range hit the back of the net. Kickhams followed this up with three quick points to lead by six points after ten minutes.

Pat Carey added a point from play in the tenth minute but Kickhams continued to dominate and stretched their lead to 8 points after the first quarter, 1-8 to 0-3. At this stage, with Kickhams in dominant form, the 12-point winning margin required didn’t look impossible. Moycarkey-Borris received a further set-back when centre-back David Morris was forced off with a head injury in the 24th minute to be replaced by Kieran Cummins. While Moycarkey’s play didn’t improve significantly in the closing stages of the first half, the Kickhams scoring rate slowed down and by the interval, Moycarkey had reduced the deficit to 1-10 to 0-6.

Anthony McKelvey replaced Paul Dempsey for Moycarkey-Borris for the second half as the Mid side looked to get back in to the game with wind advantage. Moycarkey scored early points from Rory Ryan, McKelvey (free) and Pat Carey before Kickhams replied with two pointed frees. In the 41st minute, Anthony McKelvey gathered a long ball in to the danger area before being fouled at the expense of a penalty which was expertly converted for a goal by the same player. Further points by Pat Carey and Phil Kelly brought the sides level after 43 minutes, 1-12 to 1-12.

Moycarkey-Borris continued to play well and after 50 minutes, had taken the lead for the first time after points by Phil Kelly and McKelvey (free) to leave the scoreline 1-14 to 1-13. To their credit, Kickhams continued to put on the pressure and managed to dominate the closing stages. Goals were required for the West side and while they didn’t arrive, the Kickhams did manage to outscore Moycarkey by 0-6 to 0-2 in the last ten minutes to record a three-point victory, 1-19 to 1-16.

Moycarkey-Borris: Bill McCormack; Niall O’Sullivan, James Power, Kevin Moran; Conor Hayes, David Morris, Pat Molloy; Rory Ryan (0-1), Phil Kelly (0-5); Niall Heffernan, Pat Carey (0-4), Tom Hayes; Kieran Morris (0-3 frees), Paul Dempsey, Mossy Bracken
Subs: Kieran Cummins for David Morris (24m, injured), Anthony McKelvey (1-2, 1-0 penalty, 0-2 frees) for Dempsey (HT), Pat Ralph (0-1) for Ryan (50m), Matty Ryan for Kieran Morris (55m)

Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Semi-Final - Clonmel Óg 2-12 Moycarkey-Borris 0-8

posted 8 Oct 2017, 08:48 by Michelle Donnelly

Report by Ed Donnelly
Clonmel Óg secured a 10-point victory over Moycarkey-Borris in the County Intermediate Football Semi-Final at New Inn on Sunday afternoon.
This game was decided in the opening half when Clonmel Óg raced in to a seven-point lead after eight minutes, the goal coming from Aaron Arrigan to put them in front by 1-4 to 0-0. When midfielder Graham Quinn scored Clonmel Óg’s second goal in the 20th minute, his side led by 2-5 to 0-0 and the game was over as a contest.
Moycarkey-Borris had plenty of possession in the opening half but with the Clonmel Óg defence playing well, the Mid champions were restricted to shots from long range. On this occasion, the shooting radar for Moycarkey-Borris was clearly not working in that first half as despite having more shots on goal in the first half than their opponents, Moycarkey failed to score and by the interval, Clonmel Óg led by 2-7 to 0-0. Moycarkey-Borris kicked 10 wides in the opening half and dropped three other shots short.
Moycarkey-Borris finally got off the mark in the first minute of the second half when Rory Ryan scored a point from play. Moycarkey had the better of the opening stages of the second half and points by Anthony Healy (2 frees) and Rory Ryan had reduced the deficit to 10 points after 37 minutes.
Alas, that was as close as Moycarkey would get as both teams went through the motions in the final 20 minutes. Indeed, neither team scored from play in the last 25 minutes. The full-time whistle was greeted with cheers of joy by the Clonmel Óg supporters while Moycarkey-Borris will have to be content with the Mid title after their three-match campaign.
Moycarkey-Borris: Daniel Kirby; Tom Hayes, Niall O’Sullivan, James Power; Kevin Moran, Chris McCullagh, Niall Heffernan; Conor Hayes (Captain), Paul Dempsey; David Morris, Phil Kelly, Pat Molloy; Jack Hackett, Rory Ryan (0-5, 0-3 frees), Anthony Healy (0-3 frees)
Subs: Kieran Cummins for Molloy (HT), Ger Carey for Power (44m)

Tipperary Water County Minor A Hurling Championship Final - Roscrea 3-12 Moycarkey-Borris 0-14

posted 8 Oct 2017, 08:40 by Michelle Donnelly

By Ed Donnelly
Roscrea are the 2017 County Minor A Hurling Champions after a deserved seven point victory over Moycarkey-Borris at a packed Templemore on Saturday.

Moycarkey-Borris made the better start with two quick points from Bill Maher and Anthony McKelvey. However, Roscrea soon got in to their stride and began to lay siege to the Moycarkey-Borris goal. The North champions managed to score five of the next six points of the game with Glenn Loughnane, Owen Tynan, Luke Cashin and Jason Gilmartin getting in on the scoring act to leave Roscrea in front by 0-5 to 0-3 after 13 minutes.

Roscrea should have been more in front but for hitting six wides in the opening quarter. After being out of the game, Moycarkey-Borris eventually got in to the stride and scored four points on the trot to lead by 0-7 to 0-5 after 21 minutes. A minute later, Roscrea’s general superiority was finally reflected on the scoreboard when Vladislav Bodros caught a high ball on the edge of the square, turned and finished to the net to give Roscrea the lead.

Roscrea added the next two points before Moycarkey-Borris finished the first half scoring with a long range Anthony McKelvey free to leave the half-time score 1-7 to 0-8 in favour of Roscrea. The first half wide count was 8 to Roscrea and 1 to Moycarkey-Borris.

The Mid champions began the second half in better form and two quick points brought the sides level after 33 minutes. The teams traded pointed frees a minute later before a seven minute period where the play was intense but no scores were recorded, mainly due to the outstanding tackling on both teams.

The next score was going to be crucial and so it proved when Vladislav Bodros scored his and Roscrea’s second goal in the 41st minute to put in side in front by 2-8 to 0-11. Moycarkey tried their best to get back in to the game but found the Roscrea goalkeeper Graham Fahy in good form as he made two top-class saves from firstly Darren Flood and then Max Hackett. Having kept their goal intact, Roscrea slowly but surely edged further in front and by the 55th minute, led by six points, 2-12 to 0-12.

Moycarkey-Borris added two points to reduce the deficit to four but after missing out on some earlier goal chances, the impressive Daniel Ryan ended this game as a contest when he finished a long solo run with a goal two minutes in to injury time. That would be the final score of the game and soon afterwards, referee John McCormack blew for full-time and Roscrea were crowned champions.

Afterwards, County Board Chairman Michael Bourke presented the cup to the Roscrea captain Stephen Carey. Despite hitting 12 wides during the hour, Roscrea were fully deserving winners with their work rate, in particular in defence putting any Moycarkey-Borris player in possession under serious pressure. Roscrea also had a more balanced team with eight players scoring from play. On the other hand, Moycarkey-Borris had just five scorers from play with Anthony McKelvey scoring 10 of their 14 points.

Despite this County Final disappointment, Moycarkey-Borris can be encouraged by their campaign, securing tight wins over JK Brackens and Holycross to win the Mid before accounting for Moyle Rovers in the County Semi-Final. On this occasion, Moycarkey-Borris simply lost to the better team and there is no disgrace in that.

Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kieran Kearney; Kevin Hayes, Zach Jackson, Rory Darmody; Bill Maher (0-1), Jack Fallon (0-1); Max Hackett (0-1), John Kirwan, Shane Maher; Mark Heffernan, Anthony McKelvey (0-10, 0-7 frees), Darren Flood (0-1)
Subs: Diarmuid Maher, Jack Hackett, David O’Donnell

Tipperary Water County Minor A Hurling Championship Semi Final - Moycarkey-Borris 4-18 Moyle Rovers 1-13

posted 30 Sep 2017, 13:49 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 6 Oct 2017, 05:57 ]

Report by Ed Donnelly

Moycarkey-Borris qualified for the County Minor Hurling Final following a comprehensive 14-point victory over the South Champions Moyle Rovers on Saturday in Golden.

Moycarkey dominated the early exchanges and following a number of spurned goal chances, Anthony McKelvey raised a green flag in the 7th minute as Moycarkey led by 1-3 to 0-1. Moyle Rovers recovered well and following a pointed free by Ben Owens, Luke Delahunty scored three points from play on the trot to leave just a point between the teams after 17 minutes, 1-3 to 0-5.

Darren Flood recorded Moycarkey’s first score in 11 minutes when he pointed from play in the 19th minute before McKelvey struck for his and Moycarkey’s second goal a minute later to leave five points between the teams, 2-4 to 0-5. Moyle Rovers were still playing well and they traded score for score with their Mid opponents heading in to first half injury time. In the additional three minutes played, Moycarkey added unanswered points from play by Bill Maher, Jack Fallon and Mark Heffernan to give the Moycarkey side an unflattering seven-point interval lead, 2-9 to 0-8.

Moycarkey opened the second half scoring with a pointed ‘65 after Darren Flood’s goal chance had been deflected moments earlier. From the resultant puckout, Moyle Rovers Rian Quigley gained possession and following a good run, hit an unstoppable shot to the net to leave the score 2-10 to 1-8. Moycarkey responded with points by McKelvey, Max Hackett and Darren Flood before two goals in a minute by Anthony McKelvey ended the game as a contest with Moycarkey in front by 4-13 to 1-8 after 40 minutes.

Both teams emptied the benches in the final 20 minutes with 10 subs being introduced which affected the flow of the game as each side added five points in the closing stages. When referee Peter Carroll blew for full-time, Moycarkey had booked their play in next weekend’s County Final where Roscrea will be the opponents. Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kieran Kearney; Kevin Hayes, Zach Jackson, Rory Darmody; Bill Maher (0-1), Jack Fallon (0-1); Max Hackett (0-4), John Kirwan (0-1), Shane Maher; Mark Heffernan (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (4-8, 0-3 frees), Darren Flood (0-2)
Subs: David O’Donnell, Michael Murphy, Diarmuid Maher, Jack Hackett, Bill Hackett

Seamus O’Riain Cup Relegation - Moycarkey-Borris 1-22 Ballingarry 0-11

posted 17 Sep 2017, 14:50 by Michelle Donnelly

Seamus O’Riain Cup Relegation - Moycarkey-Borris 1-22 Ballingarry 0-11
By Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris took a significant step in retaining their Senior status by putting in a dominant performance to see off the challenge of Ballingarry at a sunny Leahy Park Cashel on Sunday afternoon.

Both of these clubs had won their opening games by large margins and a close game was expected, in particular following a two-point victory by Ballingarry when the sides met in the County Senior Hurling League in June.

Ballingarry got off to the better start, taking a 0-2 to 0-1 lead inside five minutes, the scores coming from Ian Ivors (free) and Dylan Walsh with Moycarkey’s reply from a Kieran Morris pointed free. Moycarkey would add the next two points courtesy of two further Morris frees before the same player found Tom Hayes in space and the Moycarkey-Borris wing-forward’s shot beat James Logue in the Ballingarry goal to raise the green flag and put Moycarkey in front by four points. The teams traded pointed frees from Ian Ivors and Kieran Morris to leave Moycarkey in front by 1-4 to 0-3 heading in to the second quarter.

Boosted by the good start, Moycarkey went on to dominate the remainder of the opening half as points followed from Pat Carey, Kieran Morris (4), Phil Kelly and Paul Dempsey with a solitary reply courtesy of an Ian Ivors point from play for Ballingarry. The South club did manage to add two pointed frees from Adrian Cleere in first half injury time to leave Moycarkey in front by double-scores at the interval, 1-11 to 0-7.

Ballingarry needed a strong start to the second half but scores were at a premium in the third quarter as both teams cancelled each other out. Ballingarry added three points courtesy of Adrian Cleere and two pointed frees by Philip Ivors with Moycarkey adding three points from play by Kieran Morris (2) and Rory Ryan to leave the scores 1-14 to 0-10 heading in to the final 15 minutes.

As both clubs began to introduce substitutes, it was the Moycarkey-Borris bench which made the greater impact in the closing stages. Anthony McKelvey was introduced for Paul Dempsey and helped himself to three points in the closing stages while another substitute Pat Ralph also got on the scoresheet. Kieran Morris (2), Bill McCormack (free) and Pat Carey added further points for a rampant Moycarkey side in the final quarter and long before the finish, this game was over as a contest with Moycarkey-Borris winning by 14 points, 1-22 to 0-11.

Moycarkey-Borris will now play Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams in their final game in two weeks time needing to avoid a heavy defeat to preserve their Senior status for 2018.

Moycarkey-Borris: Bill McCormack (0-1 free); Chris McCullagh, James Power, Kevin Moran; Conor Hayes, David Morris, Pat Molloy; Rory Ryan (0-1), Phil Kelly (0-1); Niall Heffernan, Pat Carey (0-2), Tom Hayes (1-0); Kieran Morris (0-12, 0-8 frees), Paul Dempsey (0-1), Mossy Bracken

Subs: Niall O’Sullivan for Kevin Moran (h/t), Anthony McKelvey (0-3, 0-1 free) for Paul Dempsey (37th minute), Kieran Cummins for Rory Ryan (50th minute), Pat Ralph (0-1) for Phil Kelly (51st minute), Mattie Ryan for Niall Heffernan (55th minute)

Tipperary Water County Junior (A) Hurling Championship Quarter Final - Moycarkey-Borris 0-13 Skeheenarinky 0-10

posted 17 Sep 2017, 10:07 by Michelle Donnelly

Tipperary Water County Junior “A” Hurling Championship Quarter-Final - Moycarkey-Borris 0-13 Skeheenarinky 0-10
By Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris are through to the County Junior “A” Hurling Semi-Finals following a hard-earned victory over South Champions Skeheenarinky at a rain-sodden Cahir GAA grounds on Saturday afternoon.
Brian Moran opened the scoring for Moycarkey-Borris with a point from play in the opening minute but we would have to wait another 12 minutes before the next score, a pointed free from Brian Moran. Skeheenarinky got off the mark in the 14th minute with a pointed free by Fionan O’Sullivan. Points followed from John Bergin and Conor Sweeney (free) to leave the scoreline at 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Moycarkey-Borris after 20 minutes. Moycarkey-Borris were having the better of the general play at this stage and allied to a high work rate, the scores began to flow with Tony Flanagan, Brian Moran (free) and John Bergin (2) adding points. A solitary reply from Conor Sweeney (free) left the Mid side in control at the interval, 0-7 to 0-3.
The opening stages of the second half looked like it would more of the same as John Bergin and Jamie Costello scored points from play to put Moycarkey-Borris in front by 0-9 to 0-3. However, Skeheenarinky were not crowned South champions for no reason and they began to dominate at half-back and midfield to begin their comeback. A pointed free by Conor Sweeney was followed quickly by two points from play by Tommy and Conor Sweeney, the only scores from play for Skeheenarinky in the game. These scores were followed by three pointed frees by Conor Sweeney and after 47 minutes, the scores were level at 0-9 to 0-9 and all the momentum was with Skeheenarinky.
At this stage, Moycarkey-Borris began to empty the bench in an attempt to wrestle back control in match. Without exception, each of the substitutes contributed when introduced as Moycarkey had to win this game for a second time. At nine points apiece, the next score would be crucial and when substitute Micheal Cussen was fouled, Brian Moran pointed the free to put Moycarkey-Borris back in front after 50 minutes. After five minutes of end to end hurling but no scores, Anthony Healy won possession and after a long run scored a point from play. Two minutes later, substitute Joey Doran scored another Moycarkey point from play to give the Mid side a three-point advantage heading in to the closing stages.
In the 59th minute, Skeheenarinky won possession inside the 20 metre line and despite having an overlap where a goal chance looked likely, the referee blew for a free in which was pointed by Conor Sweeney to leave just two points between the sides. Skeheenarinky dropped a number of balls in to the danger area in the remaining moments but the Moycarkey-Borris defence along with substitute JJ Darmody managed to clear their lines and in the final action, substitute Rob Doran scored a point from play to leave the final score, 0-13 to 0-10.
Moycarkey-Borris ended the game with 7 different scorers from play with John Bergin in particular doing well at centre-forward scoring four. On the flip side, Skeheenarinky only scored 2 of their 10 points from play and in the end, that ultimately was the difference between the sides.
Moycarkey-Borris: David Ryan; Mikey Bergin, Aidan Maher, Timmy Ryan; Eric Fanning, Niall O’Sullivan, Rory O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Gerry McGuire; Jamie Costello (0-1), John Bergin (0-4), Brian Moran (0-4, 0-3 frees); Anthony Healy (0-1), Tony Flanagan (0-1), Ger Carey
Subs: Micheal Cussen for Hayes (blood – 3m-8m), Kevin O’Regan for McGuire (blood – 7m-8m), Micheal Cussen for Carey (41m), Joey Doran (0-1) for Costello (48m), Rob Doran (0-1) for Flanagan (52m), JJ Darmody for McGuire (56m)

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