Carrick Davins beat Ballylooby-Castlegrace 3-8 to 2-7 in the South Tipperary minor football championship ‘C’ final.
Davins who looked bigger and stronger than their opponents dominated the early exchanges but it was a point from a free from the excellent William Dunne that opened the scoring for Ballylooby.
Danny O’Regan then scored a goal and a point for the Davins to put them in front with 10 minutes played. Dunne added two more points from placed balls to keep Ballylooby in touch 0-3 to 1-1 before Davins introduced Scott Murphy who helped his side gain the upper hand throughout the game.
Danny O’Regan added another free from the left in the 18th minute. At this stage Ballylooby were playing the ball into the open spaces and it paid off in the 20th minute when James Morgan gathered possession and fed Dunne who shot to the net to leave the Carrick side shocked. Curtis Walsh added a free before half time to leave the score at 1-4 to 1-3
The second half started off with the Carrick side dominating the proceedings especially at midfield and this was reflected on the scoreboard. They took the lead for the first time when J Moroney smashed the ball to the net from a tight angle after Curtis Walsh had pointed to put them on level terms a moment earlier. Walsh got their third goal of the game after a missplaced pass in the Ballylooby defence let him in to side foot the ball to the net after 20 minutes leaving them leading by 8 points on a score of 1-4 to 3-6.
Ballylooby kept trying hard at this stage and Dunne gave them some hope when he kicked his fifth point of the game after some nice work by Eamon Gleeson. Davins then conceded a 45 after James Morgan’s shot was blocked down and Dunne floated this ball to the back of the Davins net to the despair of the Carrick goalkeeper who just couldn’t reach it as it went in.
Ballylooby now had the upper hand as they were back to within 4 points and had all the play as Eamon Gleeson scored a great point to keep them on the front foot and reduced the margin to a goal. It was here that the Davins got two crucial scores, the first a point from Walsh and the second from the impressive Danny O’Regan to put the game out of the reach of the Ballylooby lads.
Barry Cooney got the final score of the game as Ballylooby went in search of the much needed goal they needed to tie the game. On the final whistle the Davins celebrated a fine victory but were taken all the way by a much younger lighter team in what was a great game of football for all there to support their respective teams.
South Board chairman Joe Brennan presented the cup to the winning captain Danny O’Regan in front of the large Davins squad and supporters who had travelled from Carrick.
Best on the night for the victors were Curtis Walsh, Josh Moroney, Scott Murphy and Danny O’Regan while the losing
Carrick Davins - Joe Crowe, Cian Murphy, Daryl Walsh, Dillion Sheppard, Mark O’Dwyer, John Ryan, Darragh Foley, Adam Foran, Jake Power, Danny O’Regan, Trevor Murphy, Josh Moroney, Curtis Walsh, Subs Stephen Moroney, Scott Murphy Dean Power, Dean Murphy, Billy Roche, Raymond Cooke, Adan Keyes
Ballylooby team were best served by David O’Halloran, Eamon Gleeson, Paddy Kenneally and William Dunne
Ballylooby/Castlegrace - Shane Flannery, Shane Whelan, John Fennessy, David O’Halloran, Mikie Burke, Ruairi Joyce, Eamon Gleeson(0-01), Sean Lonergan, Barry Cooney(0-01) Pierce Murphy, Paddy Kenneally, James Morgan, William Dunne(2-05). Subs - Cristopher Burke, Robert Fitzgerald, David Murphy
Ref Gerry Ryan