Fethard ‘Golden Oldies’ put on a tremendous display of fast free flowing football in New Inn on Saturday evening, November 24, to win the County Junior B Football Title, Fethard 0-17 to Moycarkey Borris 1-6, for the second time – the last been in 1998 – with two players involved on both occasions P.J. Aherne and Philly Prout.
This was Fethard Blues their first adult county football championship title since 2001, a span of 11 years.
Credit must go to all concerned for a tremendous occasion before a large attendance on a very cold evening leading at the short whistle by 0-8 to 0-4, with a great team effort from Paul Kenny in goal with Peter Gough, Michael Moroney and Ian Kenrick holding their lines all through. The half back line was held together by Damien Byrne flanked by Frankie Donovan and Ronan Allen, setting up many of the attacks up field. With youth and experience and a nice balance in the middle of the field, Cathal Hurley kicked five great points from frees and P.J. Aherne did the heavy work, on the half forward line Dean Tobin and Brian Healy 0-2 came in to their own in the 3rd Quarter with Willie Morrissey doing what he does best, winning the ball and taking on the defence and scoring a point from play. Substitute Darren O’Meara scored two points from play in the final 10 minutes while the full forward line was magic all the way through the game, with Michael Quinlan picking off seven points, four in the 1st half and three in the second, all provided from play.
Micheál Spillane, the ever-reliable provider of most scores, won every ball while Martin Coen in the other corner struggled with injury and had to leave the fray early in the second half. Johnny Neville came on for a period in the latter stages of the game and also John Fitzgerald.
On a night when both young and old all stuck to their task and played simple effective football that was a pleasure to watch, this results means that Fethard in 2013 will be graded senior football, and Junior A Football in the South Championship.
Team was: Paul Kenny, Peter Gough, Michael Moroney, Ian Kenrick, Frankie Donovan, Damien Byrne, Ronan Allen, P.J. Aherne (captain), Cathal Hurley 0- 5F, Dean Tobin, Willie Morrissey 0-1, Brian Healy 0-2, Martin Coen, Micheál Spillane, Michael Quinlan 0-7. Subs used: Darren O’Meara 0-2, Johnny Neville and John Fitzgerald. Other subs: Dion Butler, Willie Morgan, Ger Gorey, Ciaran O’Connell, Eugene Walsh and Philly Prout. Back room management: Paul Fitzgerald, Brendan Brett, Jimmy O’Shea and Pat Sheehan.