Arravale Rovers are West Tipperary under 21 football champions

Paddy Dalton Arrravale Rovers soloing goalwards past Paddy Morrissey Cashel in the McGrath Oil West U21FC 'A' final in Dundrum last Sunday.
Arravale Rovers beat Cashel King Cormacs 1-18 to 1-6 in the West Tipperary u-21 FC ‘A’ final on Sunday

Arravale Rovers beat Cashel King Cormacs 1-18 to 1-6 in the West Tipperary u-21 FC ‘A’ final on Sunday

Cashel opened with a point from a free by Seamus Reade after two minutes but James Hogan levelled almost immediately. Then Johnny Lowry and Seamus Reade swopped points to leave the sides level after ten minutes. Arravale Rovers tagged on three unanswewred points from Tony Burns, Darragh Coughlan and James Hogan to lead 0-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Cashel half back line had difficulty with the Rovers half forward trio where Paddy Dalton was orchestrating most attacks. Dalton and James Kinane set up Diarmuid O’Donnell to cooly slot home a goal for the Rovers after eighteen minutes. From here on it was all one way traffic. Paddy Dalton, John Lowry and James Hogan pointed Arravale Rovers further ahead and Seamus Reade replied for Cashel to leave the Rovers ahead 1-8 to 0-4 at the break, really a scant reflection on their superiority.

Captain Shane Lowry led by example with his brother Donagh and Peter Mulhair effectively closing out the Cashel attackers.

The second half began again as the first half, with Ger Slattery pointing a free for Cashel. However they failed to raise a flag for the next twenty minutes, again Ger Slattery pointing a free after twenty four minutes of the second half. Meanwhile Arravale Rovers continued to add ten points – six from the boot of their excellent place kicker, James Hogan (five from frees), James Kinane chipped in with two and Shane Leahy and Paddy Dalton scored one each. Cashel’s goal came from a long ball delivered in from Seamus Reade, the Rovers keeper caught but dropped the ball and in the confusion Seamus Reade followed up to send the ball to the net. This left the final score Arravale Rovers 1-18 Cashel K C 1-6.

It was a fine team performance in the circumstances by Arravale Rovers. They were the better organised and more skilfull outfit and Cashel struggled to keep up with the pace of their opponents, but a word of caution, this Rovers performance will not suffice against better opposition.

Cathal Minogue, Simon Delaney, Paddy Morrissey and Jonathan Grogan fought gamely in defense to stem the Rovers onslaught. Gearóid Slattery ploughed a lone furrow around midfield. Michael McDermott, Brian Quinlan and particularly Seamus Reade were prominent up front.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game as a mark of respect for Sean Doyle (RIP), brother of Cashel K.C. U21 F manager Michael Doyle.

Arravale Rovers: Paul O’Connor; Peter Mulhair, Pearse Richardson, Micheal Ryan; Donagh Leahy, Shane Leahy (0-1), Tony Byrnes (0-1); Ciarán Lowry, Emmet Fitzpatrick; Paddy Dalton (0-2), James Hogan (0-9)(0-7f), Darragh Coughlan (0-1); John Lowry (0-2), Diarmuid O’Donnell (1-0), James Kinane (0-2). Subs: Gary O’Callaghan for Diarmuid O’Donnell, Eoghan Lonergan for James Kinane, Ted Lowry for Ciaran Lowry, Ciarán Lowry for Peter Mulhair

Cashel King Cormacs: Eoin Quirke; Niall Anglim, Cathal Minogue, Shane Murphy; Paddy Morrissey, Jonathan Grogan, Simon Delaney; Gearóid Slattery(0-2f), Andrew Wallace; Eoin Ryan, Seamus Reade (1-3)(0-2f), Michael McDermott; Robert Anglim(0-1), Dylan Fitzell, Brian Quinlan. Subs: James Cummins for Eoghan Ryan, Mel Fitzgerald for Andrew Wallace, Michael K O’Dwyer for Dylan Fitzelle, Adrian O’Dwyer for Robert Anglim, Thomas Grogan fror Shane Murphy.

Referee: Tom Dawson