Arravale Rovers retained the West Tipperary under-21 football championship A title when they defeated Golden-Kilfeacle by 2-10 to 1-7 in the final in ideal conditions at Bansha on Saturday afternoon. The final result does not do sufficient justice to the losers challenge. They were very much in the game until the final ten minutes.
Arravale had impressive performers all over the field but Cathal Donovan, Shane Leahy, Niall O’Donovan, Brian Lowry and James Hogan were particularly impressive.
Patrick Ryan had a fine game at full-back for Golden and others to impress were Aidan O’Connell, Matthew Ryan, Liam Nagle, Josh Keane and Stephen Ryan.
After the game the J. J. Kennealy Cup was presented to the winning captain, Peter Mulhair, by board chairman, Roger Kennedy, who wished Arravale all the best against the South champions in the county semi-final.
Arravale Rovers: Brian Kissane, Cathal Donovan, Killian Ryan, Micheal Ryan, Ger Mulhair (capt.), Shane Leahy (0-1), Tony Byrnes, Donough Leahy (0-2), Sean O’Meara, Brian Lowry (1-4), Niall Donovan, Sean Kilcoyne, Johnny Lowry, James Hogan (1-2), Ciaran Lowry (0-1). Subs: Morgan O’Brien for John Lowry, Diarmuid O’Donnell for Sean Kilcoyne, Pearse Richardson for Michael Ryan, Fintan Ryan for Cathal Donovan.
Golden-Kilfeacle: Malachy Scott, J. J. Byrnes, Patrick Ryan, Christopher Ryan, James O’Connell, Aidan O’Connell, Matthew Ryan, Gerard Barlow, Kevin Moloney, Joshua Keane (1-4), Stephen Ryan (0-1), Sean Ryan (S) (0-1), Sean Hayes, Thomas Byrnes, Liam Nagle (0-1). Subs: Ciaran Butler Hallissey for James O’Connell, Alan Wade for Kevin Moloney.
Referee: Oisín Ryan (Cashel King Cormacs)