Arravale resist Eire Og revival to secure title

West MHC ‘B’ Final

West MHC ‘B’ Final

Arravale Rovers 3-6 Eire Óg 1-11

Arravale Rovers won the Bewleys minor hurling championship B final at Golden on Sunday afternoon by 3-6 to 1-11 but they had to hold off a determined rally by Eire Óg in the final quarter of the game before securing victory.

The winners had the better of the exchanges in the first half and led by 3-4 to 0-7 at the interval. Daragh Coughlan had their first goal early on after been put through by Seamus Kinane. Ger Halligan made no mistake with a penalty in the 17th minute to put daylight between the teams. A couple of minutes before the interval a shot from Ciarán Lowry, which appeared to be going over the bar, dropped into the net.

Eire Óg made a determined effort to reduce the deficit during the third quarter but scores were difficult to come by and it was only in the 24th minute, following Evan Heffernan’s goal that they came within sight of victory. However, Arravale fought tenaciously to hold on and they succeeded in achieving victory by the minimum of margins on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-11.

There were some great performances on both sides. Peter Mulhair was a tower of strength on the Arravale side and he was ably assisted by Ger Halligan, Ciarán Lowry, James Hogan, Johnny Lowry and Daragh Crowe.

Eire Óg also had their heroes, none more than Donal O’Dwyer, and others to impress were Jamie English in goal, Michael O’Brien, John Ryan, Cathal Coughlan and Michael Bradshaw.

Afterwards the Ted Lukeman cup was presented to the winning captain, Peter Mulhair, by board chairman, Roger Kennedy. A minute’s silence was observed before the game in honour of Paddy Corbett, Eire Óg Club President, who died on Thursday.

Arravale Rovers: Gary O’Callaghan, Tony Lowry, Pearse Richardson, Ted Lowry, Ger Halligan (1-0), Emmet Fitzpatrick, Tony Byrnes, Seamus Kinane, Peter Mulhair (capt.) 0-1, Ciarán Lowry (1-2), James Hogan (0-1), Daragh Coughlan (1-0), Eoin Lonergan, Johnny Lowry (0-21), Daragh Crowe. Subs: James Kinane for Eoin Lonergan, Conor Kissane for Seamus Kinane, Ray kelly for Daragh Crowe. Also: Paul O’Connor, Paul Jones, Andrew Cummins, Julian Links

Eire Óg: Jamie English, Gearóid Lukeman, Peter O’Dwyer, Michael O’Brien, John Ryan, Cathal Coughlan, Stephen Markus, Mike Fox, Michael Bradshaw (0-2), Donal O’Dwyer (capt.) 0-9, Josh Quinn, Sean Breen, Evan Heffernan (1-0), Tom Fox, Dinny Crosse.

Referee: Phil Ryan (Kickhams)