Liam Casey stars as Cahir capture county title

Cahir turned on the style to win the County u-21 FC ‘B’ title with a 0-15 to 1-6 win over Lorrha-Dorrha at Borrisoleigh on Saturday.

Cahir turned on the style to win the County u-21 FC ‘B’ title with a 0-15 to 1-6 win over Lorrha-Dorrha at Borrisoleigh on Saturday.

Having overcome mid champions, Upperchurch Drombane following a replay, Cahir went into the tie with the favourites tag draped firmly around their neck.

However, with a stiff breeze at their backs and playing into the dressing room end, Lorrha took the game to their illustrious opponents with a sweeping opening attack culminating in a fine Eoin McIntyre point.

Lorrha started both halves brightly but as either half wore on the South champions gained in stature and dominated for long periods. Midfielder Liam Casey was a tower or strength for them and it was he who fired Cahir to the front with a sublime eighth minute point.

Cormac Houlihan responded for Lorrha but with Cahir enforcing a sweeper system they soon gained a strong foothold in the game.

The closing fifteen minutes of the half saw Cahir dominate entirely, firing six points without reply with Liam Casey, Dean Lonergan (2), Niall McKenna (2) and Cormac Looby all on target for the South champions.

Cahir led by 0-9 to 0-3 as the interval approached but Lorrha continued to battle hard and were rewarded with the game’s only goal from Niall O’Meara right on the cusp of half-time.

Lorrha trailed by 1-3 to 0-9 at the break but emerged determined to peg back the deficit. And peg it back they did. Within seconds of the throw-in Cormac Houlihan curled over a placed ball before Daniel Smith cut the deficit to just a solitary point.

Cahir awoke from their slumber once more though with Dean Lonergan curling over a beautiful left footed free but Lorrha responded with what proved their final score, a 38th minute Cormac Houlihan free.

For the closing twenty minutes Cahir dominated proceedings, cutting off the supply to Lorrha’s attack and crowding the midfield area. Even when their midfielder, Niall McKenna was dismissed after picking up a black card following an earlier yellow, Lorrha struggled to gain any foothold.

Tactically, Cahir displayed that little bit more nous despite being numerically disadvantaged. They continued to crowd midfield and hit Lorrha on the break and with the absence of a man to man marking system Lorrha appeared to flounder.

Cahir continued to turn the screw as the clock wound down with points from Dean Lonergan and Liam Casey.

Lorrha battled hard to bag a late goal but were denied time and time again before Cahir’s Mikey O’Connor floated an injury time point to copper-fasten a deserved victory for the south champions.

Man of the Match: Liam Casey.

Cahir: Rares Stocia, Liam Howard, Brendan Donaghy, Keelan Looby; Conor Casey, Dean Lonergan (0-5 (0-4f), James Walsh; Liam Casey (0-4 (0-1f), Niall McKenna (0-2; Aaron Murphy (0-1; Eoghann Quinlan; Mikey O’Connor (0-1) Cormac Looby (0-1, Ian Flannery, Brian McKenna (0-1).

Subs: Oisin Moloney for Walsh (53 min); Darragh Howard for Quinan (60 min); Ryan Murphy for A. Murphy (60+1 min).

Lorrha-Dorrha: Patrick Reddan, John O’Meara; Eoin Cleary, Neil Houlihan; Aaron Hogan, Eoin Cleary, Conor Hogan; Brian Hogan, Michael Kennedy; C. Houlihan (0-4 (0-3f), Niall O’Meara (1-0); Eoin McIntyre (0-1); Christopher Fogarty, Daniel Smith (0-1), Dylan Bouchier.

Subs: Denis O’Meara for Kennedy (51min); Tony Needham for Bouchier (51 min, 6).

Referee: Jonathan Cullen (Loughmore/Castleiney).