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Thurles Credit Union Mid Tipperary Minor Championship Semi Final - Moycarkey-Borris 3-16 JK Brackens 2-18

posted 30 Aug 2017, 15:15 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 1 Sep 2017, 14:09 ]
By Ed Donnelly
A 57th minute point by midfielder Jack Morrissey ensured Moycarkey-Borris qualified for the 2017 Mid Minor “A” Hurling Final after an end to end battle with JK Brackens Óg on Wednesday evening in Holycross.

This was a close knockout encounter all through between two high quality sides with a place in Mid Final at stake. Moycarkey-Borris opened the scoring from the throw-in as Darren Flood gathered possession and scored a point from play. Flood had a goal chance soon afterwards which went a-begging and from the resultant clearance, Andrew Ormonde’s goal chance for Brackens was deflected at the expense of a ’65 which Shane Doyle pointed to open the Templemore side’s account. Brackens would not be waiting too long for their opening goal as in the third minute, a slip in the Moycarkey full-back line allowed Shane Doyle to raise a green flag with an unstoppable ground stroke. Doyle followed up with a pointed free in the fourth minute and Brackens were four points up.

Moycarkey soon got in to their rhythm and scored five of the next seven points courtesy of John Kirwan (2), Anthony McKelvey (2 frees) and Jack Morrissey to bring them back to within a point, 1-4 to 0-6 after 12 minutes. Shane Doyle was causing problems in the Moycarkey rearguard at this stage and three further points from him (2 frees) with a solitary Moycarkey reply from John Kirwan put Brackens in front by three points heading in to the second quarter.

Moycarkey would then hit a purple patch, started by an excellent goal as Max Hackett raced through the Brackens defence before passing to Anthony McKelvey who made no mistake. Moycarkey would follow this green flag with three quick points courtesy of Bill Maher, Jack Morrissey and Jack Fallon (free) and now Moycarkey were three points up. McKelvey had another goal chance soon afterwards but his shot from a difficult angle went across the goal.

To their credit, JK Brackens steadied the ship before half-time and dominated the remaining minutes, scoring four of the last five points of the half to leave the sides level at the break, 1-11 to 1-11.

Moycarkey needed a good start to the second half and this duly arrived in the opening minute when Jack Fallon’s delivery was caught on the edge of the square by Anthony McKelvey who duly made room for his close range shot which ended in the back of the net for his and Moycarkey’s second goal. From the puckout, Brackens showed they were not going to go away easily as Andrew Ormonde pointed to leave two between the sides. In the 34th minute, Brackens had the chance to take the lead but Moycarkey goalkeeper Rhys Shelly pulled off a double save at the expense of a ’65 which Shane Doyle pointed to leave just the minimum between the sides, 2-11 to 1-13. Brackens levelled soon afterwards with a point and while Max Hackett scored a point from play in the 38th minute to put Moycarkey back in front, it was the Brackens who were doing better in general play at this point and two points in a minute by Shane Doyle (one from a free) put Brackens in front by 1-16 to 2-12 in the 42nd minute.

Moycarkey needed something to spark them back in to life at this stage and it duly arrived in the 44th minute when Max Hackett’s goal bound shot was well saved only to see Jack Fallon pull first time on the rebound to score Moycarkey’s third goal and put them back in front by two points heading in to the final quarter. An Anthony McKelvey free and a Bill Maher point from play put Moycarkey four points up soon afterwards.

This JK Brackens side however would not relent and kept up the pressure, creating a goal chance in the 50th minute which was blocked. Shane Doyle pointed a sideline cut and Eanna McBride scored a long-range point to leave just two points between the sides heading in to the last five minutes and it was all to play for.

Moycarkey midfielder Bill Maher scored his third point from play in the 56th minute to put a goal between the teams again but from the resultant puckout, the ball was worked in to Neil Quinlan who gathered possession rounded his man and scored a JK Brackens goal to leave the sides level for the sixth time in the game. The next score would be crucial and it arrived courtesy of Moycarkey midfielder Jack Morrissey, his fourth of the night with three minutes of normal time remaining.

There had been some stoppages during the second half and this along with late injuries to Moycarkey’s Jack Morrissey and James Dillon which forced both players off the field meant that nearly six minutes of injury time would be played. Both teams had further chances for scores and one last effort from JK Brackens went narrowly wide as Moycarkey held out for a one-point victory.

Moycarkey-Borris will now play Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid Final with lots to improve upon but this game will bring them on significantly.

Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, David O’Donnell; Kevin Hayes, Zach Jackson, Rory Darmody; Bill Maher (0-3), Jack Morrissey (0-4); Jack Fallon (1-1, 0-1 free), John Kirwan (0-3), James Dillon; Max Hackett (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (2-3, 0-3 frees), Darren Flood (0-1)
Subs: Kieran Kearney for O’Donnell (35m), Shane Maher for Morrissey (59m, injured), Michael Murphy for Dillon (64m, injured)

Moycarkey-Borris 3-16 JK Brackens 2-18
A 57th minute point by midfielder Jack Morrissey ensured Moycarkey-Borris qualified for the 2017 Mid Minor “A” Hurling Final after an end to end battle with JK Brackens Óg on Wednesday evening in Holycross. Moycarkey-Borris will now play Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid Final.

Report to follow.
Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, David O’Donnell; Kevin Hayes, Zach Jackson, Rory Darmody; Bill Maher (0-3), Jack Morrissey (0-4); Jack Fallon (1-1, 0-1 free), John Kirwan (0-3), James Dillon; Max Hackett (0-1), Anthony McKelvey (2-3, 0-3 frees), Darren Flood (0-1)
Subs: Kieran Kearney for O’Donnell (35m), Shane Maher for Morrissey (59m, injured), Michael Murphy for Dillon (64m, injured)
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