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
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