An outstanding display of point taking from Michael Quinlan forged the path to glory for Fethard in the County Junior B Football Final on Saturday evening last held in New Inn.
Amid sticky conditions the Fethard corner forward Quinlan was a constant threat, registering seven points all from play and in the process driving a wedge between the sides that Moycarkey simply could not dislodge.
As early as the second minute Quinlan gathered possession and swinging onto his left foot he accurately dispatched over the bar. The clinical corner forward continued to terrorise the defence, registering an additional three scores before the break, the pick of which was a left footed effort on the run from 35 yards out.
Once again in the second half he put the opposing defence to the sword clocking up three more scores in a magnificent individual display.
Moycarkey for their part were plucky and contested in all areas of the field throughout the match but they lacked anything like the same penetration in attack. Each score was hard earned with some solid displays in defence from Fethard.
The Mid champions were given a glimmer of hope nine minutes after the restart when marauding midfielder James Power was hauled down in the square and a penalty was awarded. Eolan McCarthy stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to the corner of the net to leave just three between the sides. However this only sparked Fethard into action as they drove home their advantage in the closing stages.
This victory will delight Fethard as they have a fine mixture of wily veterans and youthful exuberance decorated on this team and will no doubt aid in pushing their senior set up in the coming years.
As always they play an aesthetically pleasing brand of football that displays superb kicking and fielding ability. Moycarkey have had a great year in football having captured the Intermediate crown and visiting another County Final at this grade shows there is potential in the ranks for coming seasons.
The early stages of this contest were evenly balanced but Fethard picked off the opening scores with Willie Morrissey following up Michael Quinlan’s opener. Willie Dempsey was first to register for Moycarkey with a thump off his right boot ten minutes in. The Mid men suffered a blow losing centre forward Robert Doran in the early stages through injury and as Fethard continued to pile on the pressure they created gaps in the opposing defence that Quinlan and co exploited leaving the half time score 0-8 to 0-4.
The second period began in similar fashion with Moycarkey competing well but Fethard finding the gaps to finish any chance that came their way. The penalty provided Moycarkey with what proved to be a brief glimmer of hope as midfielder Cathal Hurley fired over three frees in as many minutes to dampen any hopes of a revival. As always Moycarkey competed to the final whistle but the superior footballers claimed the honours with captain PJ Aherne raising the cup on behalf of a deserving Fethard team.
Fethard: Paul Kenny; Peter Gough, Michael Moroney, Ian Kenrick; Frankie O’Donovan, Damien Byrne, Ronan Allen; PJ Aherne (capt), Cathal Hurley (0-5, 5F); Dean Tobin, Willie Morrissey (0-1), Brian Healy (0-2); Martin Coen, Michael Spillane, Michael Quinlan (0-7). Subs: Darren O’Meara (0-2) for M. Coen (30), Johnny Neville for PJ Aherne (53), Dion Butler for W. Morrissey (57), John Fitzgearld for D Byrne (60).
Moycarkey Borris: Timmy Ryan; Peter O Brien, Robert Clancy, Jamie Fanning (capt); Joseph O Sullivan (0-1), Kevin Moran, Rory O Regan; Ger Carey, James Power; Ailbe Power, Robert Doran, Willie Dempsey (0-1); Eolan McCarthy (1-2, 1-0 Pen, 0-2F), Peter Kinane (0-1), Aidan Maher. Subs: Gerry Maguire (0-1) for R. Doran (11), Kevin Maher for A. Maher (37); Cathal Ryan for A. Power (40); Gary O Connell for P. O Brien (47), Ciaran Maher for E. McCarthy (53).
Referee: Phil Ryan.