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Under 16 A County Football Final - Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen 2-11 Moycarkey Borris 3-7

posted 16 Jul 2017, 05:57 by Michelle Donnelly
Golden Kilfeacle GAA Club was the venue for the Under 16 A County Football Final on a hot and windy Saturday afternoon. Moycarkey’s County Final came on foot of a victory over Inane Rovers in the Semi Final on a score line of Moycarkey-Borris 1-17 Inane Rovers 2-8. Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen were the opponents having won the other Semi Final.

Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen were straight to the scoreboard within the first minute when they raised the green flag which was to be shortly followed by a point for Christopher English. Darragh Brennan, Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen was next to the score board when he hit the ball between the posts for another point. By the sixth minute Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen had a goal and two points and Moycarkey were still searching for their scores. Kyle Shelly did not leave them waiting and in the seventh Moycarkey had their first score to be followed by a pointed free in the ninth, Moycarkey had settled. However, it was the twenty first minute before the next score a green flag for Kyle Shelly. The next Moycarkey score would come from some excellent teamwork when a ball caught by Max Hackett passed to Michael O’Donnell would find itself in the path of Kyle who expertly hand punched the ball over his head into the back of the goal mouth. Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen’s Christopher English pointed to bring the margin back to two before Kyle’s hat trick of goals came in the twenty sixth minute. Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen added a further three points to their score line to go in at half time Moycarkey Borris 3-2 Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen 1-6.

As anyone knows a margin of two points in any game is not enough so both teams would have to work hard in the second half and again Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen were first to the score board with two quick points in the opening minutes to level proceedings. Kevin Hayes pointed Moycarkey’s first point of the second half to regain the lead for Moycarkey. Another pointed free from Kyle Shelly restored the two point margin. The game was about to change when Kevin Hayes, a sterling player for Moycarkey received a black card for a tackle. Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen soon equalised when Christopher English and Darragh Brennan scored two points in the twelfth and thirteenth minute. As the game turned into the final quarter John Coffey put Moycarkey back in front with a point, just the score they needed as this drove the team on further with points from substitution Andrew Alexander and Kyle Shelly. Moycarkey held the three point margin but Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen worked tirelessly to get a score and in the twenty fourth minute were rewarded when Darragh Brennan netted the ball for them to equalise. No matter what Moycarkey did the scores evaded them for the final minutes and Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen added a point to claim the victory; Clonmel Óg/Ballyporeen 2-11 Moycarkey Borris 3-7.

Moycarkey Borris Team - Caylum Gooney; Lewis Kearney, Peter Melbourne (C), Owen Sheridan; Brian O’Callaghan, Darren Flood, Kyle Ryan; Kevin Hayes, Dylan Shaw; Shane Burke, Michael O’Donnell, Max Hackett; Tom Maher, Kyle Shelly, John Coffey.
Moycarkey Borris scorers – Kyle Shelly 3-4 (0-3 frees), Kevin Hayes 0-1, John Coffey 0-1, Andrew Alexander 0-1.
Moycarkey Borris subs – John Coffey for Tom Maher (h/t), Andrew Alexander for Shane Burke (36th), Robbie Keane Butler for Kevin Hayes (BC).
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