In the U/14A competition (sponsored by the McCarthy Family), Ardfinnan, Cahir Moyle Rovers, Carrick Swans and Clonmel Commercials competed, though Carrick Swans withdrew half way through. Even though Commercials were the superior team through the league stages it was a matter of score difference at the end to decide the Semi Final pairings. In the end it was Clonmel Commercials V Ardfinnan and Moyle Rovers V Cahir. The Semi Finals finished with certain winners in Commercials and Moyle Rovers who then met in the final in Newcastle. Moyle Rovers began strongly, bringing the game to Commercials in the first half. However, once Commercials starting scoring there was no holding back and they had a decisive victory on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-5.
The U/14B competition (sponsored by Kevin O’Leary Motors) had eight teams competing: Ballingarry, Ballylooby-Fr.Sheehy’s, Clerihan, Clonmel Og, Grangemockler, Killenaule, Mullinahone and Newcastle-Ballyoreen. Sadly Clonmel Og and Mullinahone felt it best to withdraw from the competition after playing a few matches which left six teams competing. A very close competition followed with Grangemockler, Newcastle-Ballyporeen and Clerihan playing with all their might to gain top position on the table, followed closely by Ballingarry and Killenaule. Ballylooby-Fr.Sheehy’s struggled to win in this competition but as true sportsmen they completed every fixture put their way and had the reward of a win over Clonmel Og. In the Semi Finals Killenaule won well over Grangemockler and Clerihan had the better of Newcastle-Ballyporeen in an exciting and hotly contested game in Ballylooby. Killenaule and Clerihan met in the Final in Clonmel Sportsfield.
Killenaule, showing strength and skill from the off, left Clerihan slightly shell shocked and they had to basically ‘wake up’ and get into the game. They did however respond very positively and once they got their scoring boots on there was no stopping them. Killenaule made a determined effort but they could not hold their opponents and won by 5-8 to Killenaule’s 1-5.
The U/14C (sponsored by Michael O’Dwyer Fencing) was competed for initially by Cahir, Clonmel Commercials second team, Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Moyle Rovers second team St Patrick’s, Fethard and Carrick Davins. Unfortunately for both Carrick Davins and Fethard, due to not being able to field a 13 a side team, had to withdraw from the football competition from the start. Moyle Rovers, after giving two walkovers, were also out of the competition, leaving four Clubs competing for a position on the league table.
From the beginning Kilsheelan Kilcash showed that they were by far the superior team in this competition, scoring well in the two victories and losing by two points in their game against St. Patrick’s. The remaining three teams scoreline were more equal in standard. At the end of the league stage, St. Patrick’s and Kilsheelan-Kilcash were on equal points on the table but St Patrick’s went top of the table as they had won the head to head in the earlier stages. Clonmel Commercials came in third followed by Cahir. In the Semi Finals St. Patrick’s met Cahir where St Patrick’s came out the winners scoring 3-13 to Cahir’s well deserved 4-0. The other Semi Final was Kilsheelan-Kilcash V Clonmel Commercials where Kilsheelan won by 6-13 to 2-0. The Final was a rematch between Kilsheelan-Kilcash and St Patrick’s in Cahir. Kilsheelan-Kilcash were strong throughout the field though St. Patrick’s got some great scores in, when they managed to get through the Kilsheelan defence. Kilsheelan reversed the earlier result in the league stages to win the title by 5-12 to 4-3 and so end the U/14 South Football and we wish the teams well in the County series.