Cashel King Cormacs are West Tipperary under-21 B Football champions as a result of defeating Rockwell/Rosegreen in the final at Bansha by 1-5 to 0-5 on Saturday afternoon. The result wasn’t decided until the final whistle as the combination pressed strongly for the equalising goal during the final ten minutes.
Most of the first half belonged to Rockwell/Rosegreen as they moved with fluency all over the field and created big upset in the Cashel backline anytime they mounted an attack. Their superiority was reflected in the score after 18 minutes when they led by 0-5 to 0-1. Three of their points had come from frees and their most threatening forward, Aiden Barron, scored 2 points from play.
But then, strange as it may seem Rockwell/Rosegreen didn’t score again. Cashel came more into the game and with Dylan Fitzell and Simon Delaney making a bigger impact at centrefield, they got more ball into the combination’s half. However, they found it difficult to score as overplaying and excessive passing got them into constant trouble. They had a second point from Seamus Reade in the 28th minute and went in at half-time trailing by 0-5 to 0-2.
Rockwell/Rosegreen will look back on the game and wonder what happened after the opening eighteen minutes. During this period Eoin Byrnes and Killian Ryan were lording it at centrefield and Mikey Barron, Brian Shanahan and Aiden Barron were creating havoc in the Cashel backline. Later in the game especially during the final ten minutes they did have the opportunities to draw level but erratic shooting allowed good chances to be wasted.
After the game the Michael Crowley Memorial Cup was presented to the winning captain, Jonathan Grogan, by board chairman, Roger Kennedy. He congratulated the winners, thanked Galtee Rovers for the venue, McGrath Oil for sponsoring the championship and the referee and his officials for the management of the game. He wished Cashel King Cormacs the best of luck in the county semi-final against Clonmel Óg
Cashel King Cormacs: Gearóid Slattery, Donal Davern, Paddy Morrisey, Niall Anglim, Cathal Minogue, Jonathan Grogan (capt.) Niall Fitzgerald, Simon Delaney (0-1), Dylan Fitzell, Eoghan Ryan, Seamus Reade (0-2), Alan Coughlan, Robert Anglim, Owen Quirke, Billy Minogue. Subs: Michael McDermott (0-2) for Owen Quirke, Brian Quinlan (1-0) for Billy Minogue, Andy Wallace for Simon Delaney
Rockwell/Rosegreen: Brendan Lonergan, Daniel Hayde (Rosegreen), J. J. Cooney, Jack Moloney, Robbie O’Donnell, Stephen Boland, Eoin Sheedy, Eoin Byrnes, Killian Ryan (Rosegreen)0-2, Paddy Keating, Tony Kerwick (Rosegreen), Mikey Barron, Eoin Ryan, Brian Shanahan, Aiden Barron (0-3). Subs: T. J. Ryan for Tony Kerwick, Robert Breedy for Eoin Ryan, Michael Healy for Daniel Hayde.
Referee: Sean Bradshaw (Kickhams)