County Bord na nOg
In the u-12 football finals at Holycross, there were great wins for South sides Fr Sheehys and Clonmel Og and MKickhams from the West while West Tipperaray created history at the weekend with a first ever win in the Peader Cummins hurling tournament. The previous weekend Ballyporeen beat Burgess in the Group 3 football final.
In the Group 4 final between Fr.Sheehys and Clonoulty Rossmore, the South champions were ahead by a single point 0-4 to 1-0 by the 14th minute.
Clonoulty responded with a serious attack on goal which yielded a point to put the sides level. Fr Sheehys replied with two more points bringing their total to six and from a neutral observer viewpoint they should have been more productive on the score sheet as they were enjoying the best of the possession.
As the interval whistle was about to sound another sound came, that of the Clonoulty cheers with the Sheehys net shaking once again for the west side’s second goal and their chance to edge in front to put the interval score Clonoulty Rossmore 2-1 Fr.Sheehys 0-6.
However fr Sheehys took their chances in the second half to run out 1-10 to 2-3 winners.
Chairman Joe Kennedy presented the trophy to a jubilant captain Shane O’Gorman and acknowledged the sporting manner in which this close encounter was contested. He thanked all associated with the Holycross club for their attention to detail re hosting the games and thanked the referee and his officials for their services.
Fr. Sheehys - Alex Spense, Denis McCraith, David Murphy, Conor Flynn 0-1, Nathan Coffey, Robert Maher 0-7, Cormac Flynn, Dean Sullivan 0-1, Kyle Morrissey 1-1, Kieron Connolly, Shane O’Gorman Captain; Zac Lynch, Gavin English .
The Group 2 final between Clonmel Og and Cappawhite went off simultaneously but did not serve up the level of football excitement as prevailed in the other game.
Clonmel Og were far superior to their western rivals and amassed a total of 3-7 while conceding just a single point to put the interval score at 3-7 to 0-1.
In the second half a total of four goals were scored, two apiece with Cappawhite outscoring on the points with two point to one.
However Clonmel Og had inflicted too much damage on their opponents in the first half for Cappawhite to get any real ambition about the final outcome with victory going to the South representatives on final score line Clonmel Og 5-8 Cappawhite 2-3.
The final contest of the evening on was the Group 1 final with Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams pitched against Durlas Og
Aaron Browne got the opening point after three minutes to open the Kickhams account. Durlas Og were on the attack with Owen Purcell and Paddy Creedon but their efforts failed to yield their desired result with the Kickhams defence holding up. Durlas Og backline came under pressure from the sixth minute mark. Aaron Browne was on target once again for the Kickhams, this time with the game’s first goal to put his side 1-1 to no score ahead. Moments later another Kickhams point put them 1-2 ahead. Durlas Og however failed to convert the opportunities that came their way with about five chances going amiss. Durlas Og’s first score came from Joe Dwan.
In the second half Kickhams were on the attack as Eddie Daly had his attempt come off the post for what appeared a certain green flag.
A pointed thirty metre free put Knockavilla further ahead on the ninth minute. Paddy Creedon got Durlas Og’s second point to put the score at 2-4 to 0-2. Joe Dwan got a Durlas Og goal but was quickly responded to by a Devon Ryan point for Knockavilla. Aaron Ryan hit two more Kickham points to a single Thurles reply for a 2-7 to 1-3 win.
Before presenting the cup to winning captain Eddie Daly, chairman Joe Kennedy thanked all the teams for serving up good displays of football. He also complimented the three referees and their officials for a job well done.
Kickhams - Jack Ryan, Daniel Ryan, Conor Farrell, Lorcan Carr, Hugo Bourke, Joe Fitzgerald, Eddie Daly (Captain), Aaron Browne, Declan Ryan, Jack Ryan, Devon Ryan, Ben Ryan
Mentors: Paddy Fitzgerald, Fergal Horgan and Christy Ryan.
Historic first title for superb West Tipp
Peadar Cummins U 14 Inter divisional hurling tournament
West Tipp chasing their first win in the event met North Tipp in the semi-final at Borrisoleigh.
Right from the start the west was awake taking the lead with the opening points. On the tenth minute captain Ciaran Breen got what was to prove to the only goal of the contest to put the West in a commanding lead 1-5 to 0-3. Five minutes later Shane Ryan extended their margin with another point. The north reduced their deficit with a point by Jason Gilmartin but was quickly cancelled out with a pointed free from another Shane Ryan conversion to put the interval score at West Tipp 1-7 North Tipp 0-4.
Four minutes into the second half the west extended their tally by two points 1-9 to 0-4. The west were now in overdrive proving their superiority in all areas of the pitch conceding a single point by Jake Morris while adding a further six points and in the end clinched their right to contest the final on a finishing score West Tipp 1-15 North Tipp 0-5
The other semi final took place in The Ragg with the Mid proving much too strong for the south leaving the pitch at the interval on a score Mid Tipp 3-4 South Tipp 1-2.
In the second period the Mid extended their tally by eight points while conceding only a single point to qualify for the final on a score of Mid Tipp 3-12 South Tipp 1-3.
In the Shield final, North Tipp beat South Tipp 6-8 to 2-1.
In the cup final he mid opened with a point from Jake Kelly. Cathal Bourke was equipping himself well for the west making raids into the mid goal area as was Nathan Murphy Crowe. Shane Ryan had the west followers rejoicing with a point on the eighth minute to level proceedings. Two minutes later it was goal time as west man Kieran Breen played the captain’s role with a brilliant goal. From the resulting puck out Jake Kelly laid on a well placed pass to scoring maestro Darragh Woods which had the west net shaking to put the score reading 1-1 each. Shane Ryan pointed a 65 to put the west in front. Then trouble came to the west with their captain Kieran Breen leaving the action with an injury. The west had another Shane Ryan point which was responded to by a Darragh Woods pointed free. During the remaining minutes it was scores galore. Michael Purcell goaled for the mid which brought the sides on level terms. Right on half time another Shane Ryan point put the west ahead by a point.
The west scored first on resuming courtesy of their scoring king Shane Ryan. Holycross man Edward O’Gorman was clearing his line in the mid defence cutting some threats off. Eventually the west penetrated the mid rearguard rattling the net in the fifth minute with a Jordan Hayes goal. Points from Cathal Bourke, Ross Bonner, Robbie Quirke and Shane Ryan followed while keeping a clear defensive sheet to put the score reading 2-11 to 2-3 by the eighth minute.
Cashel King Cormacs man Ross Bonner had a third goal for the west. Points from Shane Ryan and Robbie Quirke followed when Robbie Quirke struck the net for west goal number four to put the score at 4-13 to 2-3. Injured captain Kieran reappeared to the action in the closing stages.
Scoring supremo Shane Ryan from Galtee Rovers adding three more points, his tenth in all, to put the final score at West Tipp 4-16 Mid Tipp 2-3.
It was a momentous day for the west as they were the only division who had never tasted success at this level in the competition.
Full credit to them and their mentors for their achievement in such impressive fashion.
Their victory has meant that since 2010 a different division has won the title each year.
At the cup presentation Borrisleigh chairman Michael Carey welcome all four teams for their participation and briefly outlined the history of the tournament. Tipp senior hurling star Borrisleigh man Brendan Maher gave words of praise and encouragement, himself a former winning captain of the tournament in 2003, an presented the cup to winning captain Kieran Breen.
West Tipperary - Killian Hayde (Golden Kilfeackle), Jake Flannery (Galtee Rovers-St.Peacuns), Kieran Breen Captain (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Cormacs Maher (Arravale Rovers), Donnacha Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore), Niall Heffernan(Golden Kilfeackle),Stephen O’Brien, Conal Donovan (Arravale Rovers), Ciarain Quinn (Cashel King Cormacs), Nathan Murphy Crowe (Arravale Rovers), Jordan Hayes (Eire Og Annacarty-Donohill), Ross Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs), Cathal Bourke (Clonoulty Rossmore), Andy Byrnes (Golden Kilfeackle), Robbie Quirke (Cappawhite), Sean O’Connell (Rockwell Rovers), Aaron Ryan (Sean Treacys),Michael Feehan (Sean Treacys), Fergus Halligan( Arravale Rovers), Paul O’Heney (Emly), Conor Bradshaw (Eire Og Annacarty), Shane Ryan (Galtee Rovers-St.Peacuns), Jack Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Arnold O’Dwyer (Eire Og Annacarty)
Mentors: Eoin Kennedy (Galtee Rovers-St. Peacuns), Tom O’Donnell (Golden Kilfeackle), Kevin Halley (Rockwell Rovers).
The county semi finals of the U 14 Football championships are scheduled to take place on Saturday June 1. As the finals of three of the divisions took place on Monday May 27, the county semi finalists are unavailable at time of printing.