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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)

Thurles Credit Union Mid Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-24 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-25

posted 9 Sep 2017, 14:38 by Michelle Donnelly

Thurles Credit Union Mid Tipperary Minor A Hurling Championship Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-24 Holycross-Ballycahill 1-25 (after extra time)
Report by Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris captured the Mid Minor A Hurling title for the first time since 2005 courtesy of an extra time victory over Holycross-Ballycahill on Saturday in Templemore.

This was a rip-roaring contest from the start as Moycarkey played the first half with the advantage of the strong wind. With the assistance of the elements, Moycarkey raced in to a seven-point lead with points by Anthony McKelvey (3) and John Kirwan before a long range free from McKelvey dropped in to the danger area with Mark Heffernan quickest to react to raise a green flag. Darragh Woods converted a couple of frees to open Holycross-Ballycahill’s account before further points from McKelvey and Darren Flood restored Moycarkey’s seven-point lead after 11 minutes, 1-6 to 0-2.

Moycarkey lost their way somewhat over the next few minutes as Woods added three further pointed frees to reduce the deficit before Zach Jackson picked up two yellow cards in a minute to reduce Moycarkey to 14 men after 17 minutes of the first half. After 11 minutes without a score, Moycarkey’s Anthony McKelvey saw his goal chance deflected at the expense of a ’65 which the same player pointed to leave Moycarkey in front by 1-7 to 0-5 after 22 minutes. In the remainder of the half, McKelvey and Woods added three points each for their respective teams and on the stroke of half time, Mikey Nally saw his goal chance well saved by Moycarkey goalie Rhys Shelly and the interval arrived with Moycarkey in front by 1-10 to 0-8.

Holycross opened the second half scoring with a Darragh Woods pointed free before Moycarkey won a free in front of goal from the resulting puck-out. As Holycross players retreated on the line, Anthony McKelvey took a quick free to the unmarked Jack Fallon who rattled the net to put Moycarkey in front by 2-10 to 0-9. Woods responded with a point from a sideline cut before two McKelvey frees put Moycarkey in front by eight points.

With a player advantage and the assistance of the strong wind, it was only a matter of time before the Holycross pressure would pay dividends on the scoreboard and so it proved. Over the next 20 minutes of play, Holycross outscored their opponents by 0-7 to 0-1 as Woods (5), Jimmy Ryan and Eanna Ryan added points with the sole response from Moycarkey being an Anthony McKelvey free.

With the deficit reduced to two points (2-13 to 0-17), Moycarkey steadied the ship somewhat with points by McKelvey and Flood to leave their side four points in front with five minutes remaining. Holycross were now pushing hard for the goal to bring them back in to the game but had to settle for points from Mikey Nally and Darragh Woods (free) to leave just two points between the teams heading in to injury time.

All through the second half, balls rained down on the Moycarkey full-back line and were dealt with but in the 61st minute, another long-range shot dropped short and from the ensuing ruck ball, Mikey Nally managed to get a shot in from close range for a goal to put Holycross in front by a point. From the puckout, Holycross won possession again and a long-range shot hit the post and came back out when a point would have sealed the victory. Moycarkey cleared the ball and substitute Diarmuid Maher gained possession and his shot from all of 50 metres in to the teeth of the wind dissected the Holycross posts for the equaliser, the first time the teams were level throughout the game and we were headed to extra time – 2-16 to 1-19.

Moycarkey were now back to 15 players as they won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half of extra time. The high rate of scoring continued with the teams sharing six points in six minutes, McKelvey (free) and John Kirwan (2) for Moycarkey while Darragh Woods (3 frees) replied for Holycross. McKelvey would add on two further points for Moycarkey before the interval with a solitary reply from Woods (free) to leave Moycarkey in front by 2-21 to 1-23 at half-time in extra time.

The scoring rates dropped somewhat in the second half of extra time as cramp began to take hold of players on both teams. Moycarkey went two up thanks to John Kirwan’s fourth point from play before Darragh Woods added another pointed free. Moycarkey were now digging deep and managed to win some vital frees, two of which were pointed by Anthony McKelvey to leave three points between the teams. Darragh Woods did get one back in the 79th minute with a pointed free but that would be the final score and after two minutes of injury time, referee Kevin Jordan blew for full-time with Moycarkey winners by two points.

Afterwards, Moycarkey-Borris wing-back Rory Darmody was presented with the man of the match award before Mid Chairman Joe Kennedy presented the cup to Moycarkey-Borris captain Anthony McKelvey. Credit to Darragh Woods of Holycross who amassed 21 points during the game, 18 from frees, 2 from play and a sideline cut. Ultimately, Moycarkey’s higher spread of scorers and their ability to get the second goal proved decisive in the end following a contest where the margin between victory and defeat was razor thin. Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Ciaran Kearney; Kevin Hayes, Zach Jackson, Rory Darmody; Bill Maher, Jack Fallon (1-1, 0-1 free); Max Hackett, John Kirwan (0-4), Shane Maher; Mark Heffernan (1-0), Anthony McKelvey (0-16, 0-13 frees), Darren Flood (0-2)
Subs: David O’Donnell, Michael Murphy, Diarmuid Maher (0-1), Jack Hackett

Roskeen Construction Mid Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship Final - Holycross Ballycahill 2-20 Moycarkey Borris 0-11

posted 2 Sep 2017, 15:39 by Michelle Donnelly

Roskeen Construction Mid Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship Final

Played on very wet Saturday evening in Drombane, the Mid Junior A Hurling Championship Final saw Holycross Ballycahill defeat Moycarkey Borris on a score line of Holycross Ballycahill 2-20 Moycarkey Borris 0-11.

Holycross went straight to the score board from the throw in with a point by Robbie Stakelum. Moycarkey’s Gerry McGuire quickly replied with a point but Holycross went on from here with six unanswered points in the next fifteen minutes. On the seventeenth minute Ailbe Power put Moycarkey back on the scoreboard with a point. Moycarkey pushed on and traded the next three points before Holycross added two. A further point from each side left the teams going in at half time Holycross Ballycahill 0-13 Moycarkey Borris 0-6.

Moycarkey opened the second half with two pointed frees which Holycross immediately equalised. For the next five minutes Moycarkey dominated with three points from Ailbe Power, Brian Moran and Anthony Healy. Holycross added two more points before John Paul Butler raised the green flag for them. The final quarter saw Moycarkey remain scoreless while Holycross added an unanswered further three points and a goal. Holycross Ballycahill 2-20 Moycarkey Borris 0-11.

Moycarkey-Borris: David Ryan; Mikey Bergin, Aiden Maher, Timmy Ryan; Eric Fanning, Niall O’Sullivan, Rory O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Gerry McGuire (0-1); Ailbe Power (0-3), John Bergin (0-1), Michael Cussen (0-1); Brian Moran (0-4, 2 frees), Tony Flanagan, Ger Carey.
Subs: Eamon Clohessy, JJ Darmody, Anthony Healy (0-1), Daniel Kirby, Rob Doran, Jamie Costello, Brian Keating, Kevin Keating, Jamie Fanning, Michael Roche, Joey Doran, Brian Maher, Conor Bourke, Kevin O’Regan, Peter O’Brien, James Doran.

Eamon Darmody Turf Care Mid Tipperary Under 16 A Hurling Final - Durlas Óg 3-18 Moycarkey-Borris 2-14

posted 2 Sep 2017, 15:09 by Michelle Donnelly

Durlas Óg 3-18 Moycarkey-Borris 2-14
Report by Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris lost out to Durlas Óg by seven points in the Eamon Darmody Turf Care Mid Under 16 A Hurling Final before a large attendance at a showery Littleton on Saturday afternoon.

Durlas Óg played with wind advantage in the first half and got the opening two scores courtesy of Jack Lanigan and Joe Dwan points from play. Moycarkey soon got in to the game and a long clearance found Darren Flood who gathered possession and scored the opening goal of the game. Moycarkey consolidated their position by scoring four of the next five points courtesy of Flood (3) and Max Hackett to take a four point lead after 15 minutes, 1-4 to 0-3.

This advantage was short lived when Moycarkey failed to clear their lines and Liam McCormack took full advantage to raise a green flag. Flood and Hackett replied with points from play for Moycarkey-Borris who led by two points after 20 minutes. The final 10 minutes of the opening half belonged completely to Durlas Óg who dominated possession and scored six points without reply. Darren Flood completed the first half scoring with a pointed free leaving the half-time score at 1-10 to 1-7 in favour of the Thurles side.

Moycarkey now had wind advantage in the second half and needed to make a good start. However, instead it was Durlas Óg who outscored their opponents by 2-3 to 0-1 in the opening 15 minutes, the Durlas Óg goals coming courtesy of Darragh Stakelum and Liam McCormack to stretch their advantage to 11 points heading in to the final quarter.

Moycarkey to the credit kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a Kyle Shelly goal in the 46th minute to reduce the deficit to seven points. The closing stages were quite even with Durlas Óg continuing to pick off their points while keeping the Moycarkey forwards at bay by not conceding any further goals and by the end, Durlas Óg were deserving winners by 3-18 to 2-14.

Moycarkey-Borris: Liam McDonagh; Robbie Keane Butler, Michael O’Donnell, Thomas Whelan; Dylan Shaw, Peter Melbourne, Kyle Ryan; Kevin Hayes, Lewis Kearney; Shane Burke, Max Hackett (Captain, 0-2), Liam Hayes; Kyle Shelly (1-0), Darren Flood (1-12, 0-7 frees), Eoin Sheridan
Subs: John Coffey for Burke (44m), Jack O’Dwyer for Sheridan (44m), Andrew Alexander for Hayes (50m), Tom Maher for Keane Butler (54m)

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