Cahir’s U12 squad brought to an end a hugely successful year with a great win over Moyle Rovers in the South division 1 final last Sunday morning.
From the start the Cahir lads got stuck into the match. This was epitomised by the work of the Kelly brothers, Eoghan and Thomas who gave everything to the cause. On goal Eoghan Corbett batted and cleared a lot of ball. Liam Hickey and Kevin Grogan were very secure in the full back line. Stephen Grogan and Thomas Kelly in the half back line were dominant throughout the game. At midfield Dylan Fitzgearld and Eoin Kelly were on top form. Tiernan McLaughlin and Kenneth Cunningham were a handful, while the full forward line of Sean Murphy and the excellent Tommy Magner were a constant torn in the side of the Moyle Rovers defence. This was a really well contested game with as usual no quarter given or asked. Cahir were up 4-4 to 2-2 at half time.
After the break Moyle Rovers got a goal and a point, which made us all a little on edge. The Cahir lads fought back well and a goal from second half introduction, Jack Moloney and some well taken points gave us all a little relief. Ian Halpin was also introduced at half time and made some excellent saves. Credit also to Moyle Rovers they never gave up and were game right up to the final whistle
These lads well deserved their win as their dedication all year was top class. It was also great to see a stalwart of this team, Stephen Grogan go forward to collect the trophy on behalf of his team mates. It was also hard luck for Oisin O Suilleabhan who broke a bone on his wrist training the previous week, and no doubt would have played also. We wish Oisin a speedy recovery. There is a lot of hope for the future of the club when we see players like these lads coming up along through the ranks. Keep up the good work lads as it is bearing fruit.
We also must pay tribute to the work put in over the year by Regina Corbett, Tom Kelly, Andy Moloney, Jim Lynch and Maura Grogan who looked after all communications and lists during the year.
Hurling training will continue on Tuesday nights for the next couple of weeks and football on Thursday night.
South Junior B Hurling Champions
In Fethard on Sunday morning Cahir won the South Junior Hurling “B” Title with a surprise victory over Killenaule. An Eoin Donaghy and a brilliant save from David Purtill helped Cahir to a half-time lead of 1-4 to 0-6. Killenaule levelled early in the second half but Cahir responded well to go 4 points ahead. Killenaule reduced the lead to 3 points but the Cahir defence held firm in the closing stages to win by 1-9 to 0-9.
Team: David Purtill, Michael Tobin, Padraig Hyland, Oisin Moloney, Willie Reidy, Paddy O’Flaherty, Daniel Moloney, Tom O’Gorman (0-3), Gavin Berry, Liam Howard (0-2), James Hyland, Liam O’Gorman, Kieran Davis (0-1), Eoin Donaghy (1-3), Kieran O’Donnell. Sub Used: Robbie Costigan
Minor Hurling Championship
In the semi-final of the Minor Hurling Championship Cahir lost to Ballybacon/Grange by a point on Friday night in Clogheen. A Liam Casey goal helped Cahir to a half-time lead of 1-6 to 0-5.
In the second half Cahir defended well and held a one point 4 minutes in to injury time. However, Ballybacon/ Grange then scored two points to win by 1-11 to 1-10.
Team: Keelan Hickey, Gavin McCarthy, Oisin Moloney, Ryan O’Donnell, Brendan Donaghy, Conor Casey, Mikey O’Connor, Niall McKenna, Kieran Davis (0-1), Aaron Murphy, Eoin Donaghy (0-5), Liam Howard, Daire O’Brien (0-4), Liam Casey (1-0), Cormac Looby. Sub Used: James Walsh
South Intermediate Hurlign Final
A large crowd attended the Ballybacon/Grange V St. Marys Intermediate hurling final in Cahir on Sunday last. We thank all who helped make the day a huge success. Well done also to Denny Whelan and Martin Halpin and their helpers for having the pitch in such good condition. Congratulations to Andy Moloney (and his umpires) who did a fine job as referee and Daniel Moloney who was a linesman.
Our U16 squad went out at the semi-final stage of the hurling championship last week. It was a game that Cahir would say with reasonable justification they left behind them. Cahir were two points up at half-time and had held Ballbacon well but too many frees came against Cahir and were their undoing. 10 points from frees was too much to give away.