Under 21 football wins for Ardfinnan, Clonmel Og/Clerihan and Killenaule

South u-21 FC ‘A’ semi-final

South u-21 FC ‘A’ semi-final

Ardfinnan 0-14 Moyle Rovers 0-9

Ardfinnan qualified for the final of the O’Donoghue Motor Factors South Tipperary U21 championship with a five point victory over Moyle Rovers in the semi-final played in Ned Hall Park on Saturday last.

The heavy underfoot conditions and the drizzle that fell before the game mitigated against free flowing football but both sides served a full blooded contest with Ardfinnan just about deserving winners mainly due to a power-packed last 20 minutes when they hit seven unanswered points mainly through the unerring accuracy of Danny O’Regan from both play and frees.

For a Moyle Rovers side that dominated up to then, mainly through Phil Quirke, the lack of firepower proved costly with Liam Boland contributing eight of their nine points with all but two coming from placed balls .

Ardfinnan had an early goal chance but James Cahill in the Moyle Rovers saved well from Danny O’Regan at the expense of a fruitless 45. Gerry Cronin and an O’Regan free put Ardfinnan two up.

Liam Boland had Moyle Rovers opening score from a 45 after Ardfinnan’s Colin Nugent had saved well. The same player levelled matters with a free. Both forward lines were struggling for scores but O’Regan from play and a Billy Hewitt free put Ardfinnan two up after 15 minutes.

A Liam Boland free left the minimum between the sides. Then a fine Ardfinnan move saw Billy Hewitt clear on goal but his effort went outside the post. Boosted by this miss Moyle Rovers hit the next three points from two Liam Boland frees and a Craig Condon free to lead 6-4.

An O’Regan free left the minimum between the sides at half-time Moyle Rovers dominated the opening of the second half and two Boland points, one a free, increased their lead to three. Billy Hewitt replied with a free. Moyle Rovers then missed a great goal chance when wing back Luke Boland shot wide. O’Regan and Boland exchanged scores to leave Moyle Rovers 9-7 up after 10 minutes.

Ardfinnan now began to get a foothold around the middle as the influence of Philip Quirke began to wane and their defence got on top with Moyle Rovers danger man Liam Boland forced to forage deeper in search of possession.

With the winners now enjoying more possession, O’Regan began to give the Moyle Rovers full back line a torrid time and he added five points, from from frees, along with a Billy Hewitt free to leave the winners four ahead before centre back Michael O’Sullivan had the closing score.

Best for the winners were S Nagle, Jonathan Ryan, Oisin Flynn, Aaron Cowan, Billy Hewitt and Danny O’Regan.

Best for Moyle Rovers were Liam Boland, Philip Quirke, Aidan McGrath, Ross Mulcahy and Eoin O’Connor.

Ardfinnan: C Nugent, S Nagle, J Ryan, O Flynn, S Lambert, M O’Sullivan, D Bray, P Murphy, A Cowan, M Goonan, B Hewitt, G Cronin, D O’Regan, S Fagan, D O’Mahoney. Subs used: A Lonergan, C Lambert

Moyle Rovers: J Cahill, D Mulcahy, E O’Connor, M Delahunty, L Boland, R Mulcahy, R Clancy, P Quirke, C Condon, A McGrath, L Boland, S Lonergan, C Kenneally, P Keating, R Boland. Subs Used : B Norris, K O’Donnell.

Referee: Brian Tyrell

Conor Arrigan goal proves the difference for Clonmel Og/Clerihan

South u-21 FC ‘B’

Clonmel Óg/Clerihan 1-8

Mullinahone 0-8

From time to time one hears worries in GAA circles about the dropout of players from underage teams. Perhaps the organisation of their games has something to do with this. Last Sunday’s virtual quarter-final of the Hall Alarms South Tipp -21 B championship was a perfect example. This game eventually took place in Clonmel on Sunday last, in the worst of the recent weather with a lunch time throw in of 12.45pm. This time the appointed referee couldn’t officiate and the board secretary had to take the whistle to avoid another postponement. With such chopping and changing, it is no wonder that younger players become disillusioned and drop out of our games. A strain is also put on club officials and volunteers are becoming harder and harder to obtain.

Clonmel Og/Clerihan had first use of the elements. They got off to a great start with a Dean Kelleher point in their very first attack. In two minutes, Conor Arrigan had a goal and a minute later Arrigan pointed again. When Kelleher pointed a free in five minutes, ClonmelOg/Clerihan led 1-3 to nil and it looked as if Mullinahone would be submerged on the scoreboard if not on the field.

Steve O’Connell pointed in nine minutes to be followed by another Kelleher point. Tony Treacy pointed for Mullinahone in the 15th minute as the Clonmel Óg/Clerihan gale decreased. It was another 10 minutes before Kelleher pointed again from a free and Michael Lynch pointed after 29 minutes. Marc Ahearne saw yellow just before half time which saw the score Clonmel Og/Clerihan 1-7, Mullinahone C.J.K. O-1.

The second half saw Mullinahone having the use of the elements. Eddie Power pointed for Clonmel Óg/Clerihan as did Jamie Gahan for Mullinahone. Tony Treacy missed a goal chance which could have launched a Mullinahone comeback. In 10 minutes Graham Horan pointed for Mullinahone and Gary Cronin followed with another point. Luke Mullally pointed in 14 minutes, but the goal which would spark a revival never came though several chances were missed.

In 20 minutes Gary Cronin pointed a free to cut the gap to five points. Micheál Dunne, who had been on minor hurling duty for Tipp, had come on for Mullinahone. His introduction livened up the Mullinahone attack but even two late points from him wasn’t enough The last few minutes and added time were exciting as C.J.K. sought the goal which would send the game to extra time but it didn’t come. Final score ClonmelOg/Clerihan 1-8, Mullinahone C.J.K. 0-8.

Clonmel Og/Clerihan now go forward to a semi-final from which the winners will advance to meet Killenaule in the final. They probably deserved their win, but the Clonmel/Clerihan combination will worry that they only scored 0-3 in the last three quarters of the game. However, they showed spirit in recovering from a bit of a drubbing in their previous game.

Their best were Dean Kelleher, Dara Kearney, Dean Horton and Shane Murphy in goal who handled the wet ball well.

Mullinahone will be disappointed that they were not at full strength but manager Edwin O’Meara will feel that a little luck could have swung the game in their favour. Their best were Luke Mullally, Eoin Fennelly and sub Micheál Dunne.

Clonmel Óg/Clerihan: Shane Murphy, Brian Bates, Declan Bennett, Andrew O’Donnell, Dean Horton, Aaron Arrigan, Donal Walsh, Dara Kearney, Marc Ahearne, Michael Lynch, Steve O’Connell, Eddie Power, Conor Arrigan, Dean Kelleher, Shane Fehilly.

Mullinahone C.J.K. Joe Hogan, Edward Dunne, Richie Walsh, Stephen Quirke, David Walzer, Diarmuid O’Halloran, George Browning, Jamie Gahan, Eoin Fennelly, Cathal Horan, Luke Mullally, Tony Treacy, Sean Walzer, Gary Cronin, Chris O’Brien. Subs used: Michael Dunne, Graham Horan.

Referee: Séamas O Maoláin (An Runaí)

Killenaule put in storming finish to reach final

South u-21 FC ‘B’ semi-final

Killenaule 1-10 Grangemockler/Carrick Davins 2-5

In the first of the South Tipperary Hall Alarms U21 B Football semi-finals, Killenaule left it very late to secure victory and a place in the final having amassed a total of 12 wides over the hour to the opposition’s four.

From the start of the game Killenaule seemed to be in control but not able to put away scores with the combination side playing well and living on scraps. The irst score came from Daniel Guinan from 40m having lined out in the middle of the field with Joe O’Dwyer adding a second from a free in the 3rd minute.

The game was six minutes old before Grangemockler/Davins got off the mark with a point from a free by Jack O’Hanlon and he adeded another within two minutes. Robbie Blake for Killenaule had a point from play with Andrew Bolger in goal for Ggrangemockler/Davins bringing off two great saves in the opening quarter. We had to wait until the 20th minute for the next score a point to level from Grangeockler/Davins by Curtis Walsh , Killenaule edged ahead with a point from a free by Joe O’Dwyer and a point from play by James Doyle set up by Daniel Guinan. Then on a rare counter attacks Grangemockler/Davins were clinical in finishing to the net with a ball over the top collected by Kyle Walsh who made no mistake in scoring a goal on the stroke of half time. Joe O’Dwyer, the most industrious forward on view, brought the game level with a fine point from play to leave the half time score Grangemockler/Carrick Davins 1-3 Killenaule 0-6

After the interval Killenaule were shocked to see the combination side score a second goal by Jack O’Hanlon who took a free from 30m out that went over everyone into the net to go 2-3 to 0-6 up,

Killenaule who were still dominating the game picked off two points within two minutes from Joe O’Dwyer and Daniel Guinan. Killenaule introduced Adam O’Connell and Jack O’Connell and reshuffled the attack, O’Dwyer drawing the sides level at the end of the third quarter with a well taken point 0-9 to 2-3.

The final quarter saw the combination lift their game to score two excellent points in the 48th minute from Kyle Walsh and the 50th minute from Jack O’ Hanlon. They also introduced two subs Stephen Foley and Mark O’Dwyer and a shock certainly looked on the cards.

However Killenaule had one trump card left when they moved Daniel Guinan to full forward and brought Jack O’Connell to the middle of the field with both players combining well to provide the 1-1 scored in the final five minutes by James Doyle and a Daniel Guinan point to just shade it on the day and advance to the final.

Best for Killenaule were Aiden Leahy, James Feehan, man of the match Daniel Guinan, Joe O’Dwyer, James Doyle and Jack O’Connell while for a gallant Grangemockler/Carrick Davins, Andrew Bolger, Mark Roche, Colm McElliott, Stephen Moroney, Curtis Walsh, Jack O’Hanlon, Kyle Walsh, Tom Norton and John Croke were best.

Scorers, Killenaule, Joe O’Dwyer 0-5(3f) James Doyle 1-1, Daniel Guinan 0-3, Robbie Blake 0-1.

Scorers, Grangemockler/Carrick Davins, Jack O’Hanlon 1-3(1-2f), Kyle Walsh 1-1, Curtis Walsh 0-1.

Killenaule - Stephen Ryan, Eoin Butler, Aiden Leahy, Conor McGuire, Dominic Blake, James Feehan, Thomas Keaveney, Daniel Guinan, Jamie O’Connor, Mark Doyle, Joe O’Dwyer, Rory Loughman, James Doyle, Conor Van Dickenburg, Robbie Blake. Subs Used, Adam O’Connell, Jack O’Connell.

Grangemockler/Carrick Davins - Andrew Bolger (G), Daryl Walsh (D), Mark Roche(D), Aaron Donovan (G), Dean O’Hanlon(G), Colm McElliott(D), A O’Halloran(D), Andrew Foran(D), Stephen Moroney(D), Curtis Walsh(D), Tom Dineen(G), Tom Norton (G), Jack O’Hanlon(G), John Croke (D), Kyle Walsh (D). Subs Used - Mark O’Dwyer(D), Stephen Foley(D)

Referee - Seanie Lonergan (Moyle Rovers).