Quirke powers Rovers to county league title

Jeddy Walsh

Jeddy Walsh

County Minor Football League Division 1

MOYLE ROVERS 3-8

GOLDEN/KILFEACLE 0-2

Moyle Rovers captured the County Minor Football League Division 1 title on Sunday morning last at New Inn with a comprehensive 3-8 to 0-2 win over Golden/Kilfeacle.

Powered on by star performances from the midfield combination of county minors Philip Quirke and Ross Mulcahy the Powerstown/Lisronagh side were always in control in running up a 15 points winning margin in the end.

The opening score came in the third minute when Philip Quirke, the outstanding player on the pitch, sent over a free.

Moyle Rovers were enjoying a lot of the early possession but it wasn’t until the 12th minute when the first goal arrived that they truly began to assert their superiority. In the build-up to the goal Stephen Quirke and Ross Mulcahy combined to set up Dominic Walsh to neatly slot home.

Philip Quirke stretched the lead to five points with a long range point from play in the 14th minute after a lay-off from Ian McGrath.

Golden/Kilfeacle had their only score of the first period when wing-forward Darren Moloney kicked a good point from 30 metres out.

It was just a brief respite for the West side as from then to half-time Rovers took complete control with two frees from Philip Quirke bookmarking two goals to kill off the match as a contest.

The first of these goals was a scored by Andrew Hill after great work through the centre from Rian Boland. The other green flag was raised by Danny Owens after the Quirke brothers combined to set up the chance.

Half-time score 3-4 to 0-1.

In the second half Golden/Kilfeacle fought for and won a lot more possession than they had in the opening half hour. Daniel Currivan and Alan Wade were working tirelessly in the middle of the park and both Shane O’Connell and Patrick O’Connell were doing well at centre-back and centre-forward respectively.

We had to wait until nine minutes of the second period for the first score when once more Philip Quirke fielded magnificently and sent Rian Boland on his way to raise a white flag.

Golden’s Daniel Currivan was then fouled and kicked over the resultant free in the 13th minute.

Philip Quirke, lording it in the centre, set up the next two points for Rovers. In the 15th minute a long punt into the square was fisted over by Padraig Keating with his back to goal. In the 21st minute Philip Quirke, standing over a 45, saw Dominic Walsh free and Walsh obliged by kicking the point.

The final score of the game had a nice touch to it. Team captain Kevin O’Donnell who worked honestly over the hour as he always does in the sky blue jersey, was fouled going through. He in turn converted the free, and the honour of lifting the cup, coincidentally on the day he celebrated his 18th birthday was his to enjoy.

Besides those already mentioned in the green jerseys, Niall Fogarty, Ethan Roders, JJ. Burns, Keith Landy and the Wades had their good moments.

For the winners it was very much a forwards day for the most part, but the defence dealt well with almost everything that came their way. Luke Boland was commanding in his full-back role and Rian Boland was very active as a link man throughout. Aidan Butler, Patrick Morrissey, Conor Tobin and Christopher Mulcahy also played a big part in a memorable victory.

Moyle Rovers: Eoin O’Connor, Aidan Butler, Luke Boland, Patrick Morrissey, Conor Tobin, Rian Boland (0-1), Christopher Mulcahy, Philip Quirke (0-4, 0-3F), Ross Mulcahy, Kevin O’Donnell (capt) (0-1), Dominic Walsh (1-1), Ian McGrath, Andrew Hill (1-0), Stephen Quirke, Danny Owens (1-0).

Subs: Padraig Keating (0-1) and Tommy Long for Stephen Quirke and Danny Owens (both at half-time).

Golden/Kilfeacle: Niall Fogarty, Ethan Rodgers, J.J. Burns, Keith Landy, David Wade, Shane O’Connell, Conor Ryan, Daniel Currivan (0-1F), Alan Wade, Evan Hayde, Patrick O’Connell, Darren Moloney (0-1), Tomas Wade, Dale Collins, Thomas O’Halloran.

Subs: Neil Morrissey for T. O’Halloran; T. O’Halloran for E. Hayde.

Referee: Paddy Russell (Emly).