Historic success for Cashel’s Junior B footballers

Cashel KC 0-7 Rockwell Rovers 0-6

Cashel KC 0-7 Rockwell Rovers 0-6

The place to be was New Inn last Friday night when Cashel’s Junior B footballers pulled off a masterstroke defeating ‘red hot favourites’ Rockwell Rovers to claim a first ever West Junior “B” football title in New Inn.

To put this victory into some perspective both sides met in round one in Leahy Park in May and Cashel suffered a heavy defeat 2-24 to 0-4 so this turnaround was inspirational.

From the throw in the team were focussed and when Kevin O’Sullivan opened the scoring with a point Cashel signalled their intent. The football was flowing end to end with no quarter given. Rockwell soon levelled but Martin Hickey operating at top of the left soon restored Cashel’s advantage with a point from a difficult angle. A Rockwell free pegged Cashel back before Alan Coughlan coolly slotted a free from close range.

Shortly after Gavin Manton received a pass in space and hared towards the Rockwell goal, to see his dipping shot just clear the crossbar for another point 0-4 to 0-2. The lads certainly had the bit between their teeth and were playing with fire in their bellies. A point late in half from Rockwell made it a one-point game at half time with Cashel having already ripped up the script, 0-4 0-3.

The halftime mood was encouraging but Rockwell had other ideas kicking two unanswered points early in the half to take the lead for the first time in the game. But this Cashel team had other ideas and a Martin Hickey “peach” from distance brought Cashel level once again, five points apiece, as the lads rolled the sleeves up and went in search of glory and history. The Cashel crowd too sensed something was on the cards and played their part on the line. The Cashel defence at this stage were totally on top and playing like their lives depended on it.

The closing ten minutes were tense and Cashel were awarded a free 30 metres from goal. Up stepped Gavin Manton and cool as a breeze handed Cashel a one-point lead 0-6 to 0-5. The onslaught was inevitable and it came but Cashel stood strong. With four minutes on the clock Cashel were awarded a 45 metre free. Kevin O’Sullivan grabbed the football made his way to the 45 metre line placed it, steadied himself and no bother to him sent it all the way over the black spot much to his team mates and supporters delight.

Rockwell regrouped and piled pressure on Cashel’s defence but their route to goal was firmly closed in their faces by a ‘tigerish’ Cashel defensive unit. Sustained pressure yielded a solitary point as referee Tom Dawson brought the game to an end with Cashel in possession and on the attack.

The emotions of joy at the final whistle were overwhelming and deserved, this squad of players and management made the trip to New Inn with a gameplan and it paid off. Robert White in goal played a captain’s part, Shane Murphy, Brian Minogue, Niall Fitzgerald, Niall Anglim, John Darmody, Paul Hoare and Gavin Browne refused to be beaten, the concession of six points, three from play, speaks volumes for their outstanding efforts. Midfield generals Michael Ryan and Cathal Minogue, the engine room of the team, never took a step backwards while Brian Quinlan’s introduction was hugely significant. The forward unit, a mixture of youth and experience chased and harried all night. Gavin Manton, Jason Connolly, Alan Coughlan, Kevin O’Sullivan, Liam Barron and Martin Hickey worked their socks off all night, using possession intelligently and more importantly racking up the scores that mattered in the finish. Subs, Noel Frewen and Adrian O’Dwyer, Billy Minogue played their parts in both this win the semi final victory over Eire Og.

And so Cashel’s football adventure goes from strength to strength, with county honours now the focus point the sky’s the limit, a massive well done to all the players, supporters and to the selectors of Ger Slattery and Donie O’Donoghue for their part in this success. All attention now turns to Boharlahan on Saturday when our intermediates tackle Upperchurch in the County Semi final we would encourage all Cashel supporters to get behind the team as you have done thus far.

Team: Robert White (Capt), Niall Fitzgerald, Brian Minogue, Shane Murphy, John Darmody, Paul Hoare, Gavin Browne, Cathal Minogue, Michael Ryan, Gavin Manton (0-2), Jason Connolly, Alan Coughlan (0-1), Kevin O’Sullivan (0-2), Liam Barron, Martin Hickey (0-2). Subs: Niall Anglim for Niall Fitzgerald, Brian Quinlan for Michael Ryan, Noel Frewen for Liam Barron, Adrian O’Dwyer for Martin Hickey,.

County Intermediate Football Quarter Final

Cashel KC 0-8 Ballyporeen 0-5

The clash was a difficult assignment for our intermediates but once again they demonstrated that they are more than a match for anyone. Victory now means Cashel meet Upperchurch Drombane for a place in the County Final. A keenly contested opening half, which yielded points from Philip Taylor, TJ Connolly and William Fitzell, Cashel were well in this game level three points each at halftime. The second half saw Cashel dominate for large periods with their running game causing Ballyporeen endless problems. Second half points from Michael McDermott, Gearoid Slattery (45), Lee Burke, Eddie Walsh and Michael Coleman was enough to seal a totally deserved victory. Denis Fitzgerald, Michael Doyle and Christopher Ryan can now plot a semi final next Saturday when they meet Upperchurch. On the evidence of this win, Cashel will take all the beating playing a lovely brand of football so far in the championships. Cashel had a fine team performance with Lee Burke, Dylan Fitzell, TJ Connolly and Michael Coleman always to the fore. Well-done lads and carry it onto Boharlahan on Saturday. Team: G Slattery (0-1), P Morrissey, David Delahunty, T Hewitt, S Delaney, J Grogan, L Burke (0-1), TJ Connolly (0-1), D Fitzelle, M Coleman, (0-1), A Cummins, P Taylor (0-1), E Walsh (0-1), Wm Fitzell (0-1), M McDermott (0-1). Subs R Anglim for M McDermott, E Ryan for Wm Fitzell.

West U21 A Hurling

Cashel KC 2-12 Clonoulty 1-17

A rousing final quarter from Cashel just failed to catch Clonoulty in an entertaining opening round of the West U21 A Hurling at a sunny Golden last Saturday. Trailing 1-10 to 0-5 at the break Cashel seemed totally out of this game but a Simon Delaney quickly followed by an Alan Coughlan goal had Clonoulty wobbling in the final stages of this clash. Given that the format is not knockout the team will take plenty of encouragement from this game into their matches with Kickams and Arravale where they will hope to nail down a semi final spot. There’s certainly plenty of room for optimism. Team: O Quirke, C Minogue, P Morrissey, S Murphy, A Cummins, MK O’Dwyer, F Ryan, J Grogan (0-8), N Fitzgerald, G Slattery (0-1), S Delaney (1-2), A Coughlan (1-1), R Anglim, E Ryan, A O’Dwyer. Subs: Thomas Grogan for A O’Dwyer.

U13s County Champions

Our U13 hurlers set down a marker for next year as they won the inaugural running of the County U13 hurling tournament run over the last couple of weekends. This Cashel side had already won the Garda Cup in the West and last Saturday morning defeated a strong Moycarkey side in the County Final at Leahy Park.

Cashel had made light work of Drom & Inch, Carrick Swans and Boherlahan in the Group stages beating all three comprehensively. They also eased to a 19-point victory in the Semi Final against south opposition in Ballingarry. However it was the final and Moycarkey who were to provide this team with its sternest test. Cashel had to draw on all their skill, fight and resilience to see off Moycarkey by a single point.

This victory will give the team great confidence as they head into the U14 West Championship next year and with both U12 teams winning west titles this year, the future looks very bright for Cashel King Cormacs in the years ahead.

Fixtures

County Intermediate Football Semi Final: Cashel KC Vs Upperchurch in Boharlahan, Saturday, October 13, 4pm.

West Junior B Hurling Semi Final: Cashel KC Vs Golden, Tuesday, October 16, 8pm in Clonoulty.