Spillane stars as Fethard win Junior ‘B’ football crown

Fethard and Cahir served up an excellent game of fast flowing football in the Mulcahy Construction JFC ‘B’ Final played in ideal conditions in Ned Hall Park on Sunday with Fethard winning 1-13 to 2-8.

Fethard and Cahir served up an excellent game of fast flowing football in the Mulcahy Construction JFC ‘B’ Final played in ideal conditions in Ned Hall Park on Sunday with Fethard winning 1-13 to 2-8.

There a great spread of youth and experience on both sides with Fethard’s craft more to the fore when in the last five minutes they added on 3 points to one for Cahir with PJ Aherne accepting the O’Shea Cup from South Board Secretary Noel Byrne. The man of the match award sponsored by John Quirke Jewellers went to Fethard veteran Miceal Spillane.

The game was only two minutes old when Cahir pointed a free by Steven Flannery. In the 4th minute Fethard’s Martin Coen pointed a free from an acute angle with the same player adding a point from play in the 7th minute.

The wind was favouring Cahir in the opening half but Fethard added on another point from play by Miceal Spillane. In the 17th minute Spillane cut in from the sideline on one of his many runs that had the Cahir defence tested and he found the inrushing Eugene Walsh with a well placed pass and he made no mistake in finding the Cahir net for the first goal of the day - Fethard 1-3 to 0-1 up.

Cahir then seemed to take over in the middle of the field and running at the Fethard defence who had no answer to the big men who seemed to be able to score at will, hitting 2-5 without reply - in the 18th minute by Steven Flannery, in the 23rd minute by Aiden Casey, in the 25th minute by Gerald O’ Gorman, the first goal in the 25th minute from a penalty taken by Steven Flannery and the second in stoppage time, fisted a dropping ball into the square by Eoghan Quinlan with the final point of the half from play by John Sheehy to leave the half time score Cahir 2-5 Fetrhard 1-3,

After the interval Fethard introduced Michael Quinlan and Ciaran O’Connell replacing the injured Ian Kendrick in defence and with all the experience started a comeback with Eugene Walsh scoring two points from play in as many minutes.

Cahir introduced Oisin Moloney with Fethard bringing in Dion Butler. Fethard continued to dominate with points from a Cathal Hurley free, Miceal Spillane from play and Martin Coen another point from a free in the 43rd minute to leave the score level at 2-5 to 1-8.

Cahir introduced Mark Costigan and in the 46th minute Aiden Casey put them ahead with a well taken point, Conor Holland put them two up with a well taken free in the 48th minute with Fethard fighting back with points in the 52nd and 53rd minute by Willie Morriseey after an excellent run and Cathal Hurley from play to bring the sides level again.

Martin Coen put Fethard back in front with a great point in the 57th minute and when Fethard introduced Johnny Neville and Cahir Paul Tuohy, Fethard combined for the two best scores of the day by Cathal Hurley, the first 45m out near the touchline and the second from the middle of the field, both out of his hands, to clinch Fethard’s victory, with the final and consolation score for Cahir well into injury time by Steven Flannery.