County Under 16 ‘A’ Hurling Final 2004

Durlas Óg…………. 4-16 Kilruane McDonaghs ………..1-5

Congratulations and well done to our under 16’s who gave a magnificent display against Kilruane McDonaghs in The Ragg on Saturday (6th November) to win the Under 16 ‘A’ title for the ninth time. The team played with great skill and determination throughout the match and went on to record a convincing victory.

Kilruane played with wind advantage in the first half but we started the stronger and points from Michael McGrath, Shane Meagher and Paddy Bourke had us 0-3 to 0-1 in front after seven minutes. In our next attack wing forward, Patrick Leahy, ran through the Kilruane defence and passed to Michael Gleeson who rattled the back of the net with an unstoppable shot. Kilruane replied with a goal in the 20th minute to leave two points between the sides. We finished the half the stronger and scored a further 1-3 to leave the half time score Durlas Óg 2-7 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-2, Conor Molony being our goal scorer.

Paddy Bourke had the ball in the Kilruane net inside 30 seconds of the restart and when the same player scored another goal in the 12th minute with a delightful flick the cup was on its way to Thurles for a record ninth time. Some excellent points in the closing stages from Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher (2) and Paddy Bourke (2) had the scoreboard reading Durlas Óg 4-16 Kilruane McDonaghs 1-5 when Paddy Russell sounded the full time whistle.

This was a truly remarkable victory for a physical strong and skilful Durlas Óg side. Scott Grey was a most confident goalkeeper all through and made one great save in the second half. The full back line of Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney and Liam Phelan were very solid and never gave their opponents time to settle on the ball. Wings backs Michael Cahill and Shane Maher showed some lovely touches with Michael Cahill scoring a brilliant point from 70 metres in the second half. Centre back and captain, David Morris led by example and got in some great clearances. The midfield pairing of John Joe Bourke and Padraic Maher were superb and they gave quality ball to the forwards. The half forward line of Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney and Patrick Leahy played with purpose and determination and they never allowed the Kilruane half- backs to dominate. The full forward line scored 3-10. Paddy Bourke gave the Kilruane defence a torrid time and finished as top scorer with a tally of 2-7. Full forward, Shane Meagher distribution of the ball was excellent and he scored two delightful points. Michael Gleeson who received a serious injury in the Mid final gave the side a tremendous boast when he was passed fit to play. He gave a remarkable display, contributing a goal and a point and he well deserved the great ovation he received when he left the field midway through the second half. Substitutes, Eoghan Dwyer, Michael Keane, Shane Dorney and Kevin O’Gorman all played their part when they came on. We must not forget the other panel members Bill McCormack, Ciaran O’Shea, Jamie Lennon, John Callanan, Peter Donnelly, David Collins, Brian Callanan, Rodney Mason, Sean Smith, Laurence Bourke, Bobby Stakelum, Conor Ryan and Darragh Stakelum.

David Morris received the cup from County Bord na nÓg Chairman, J.C. Ryan after the final whistle.

Our scorers were: Paddy Bourke 2-7, Michael Gleeson 1-1, Conor Moloney 1-0, Padraic Maher 0-3, Shane Meagher 0-2, Michael McGrath, Patrick Leahy, Michael Cahill 0-1 each.

The team lined out as follows: Scott Grey, Paul Connors, Stephen Dorney, Liam Phelan, Michael Cahill, David Morris, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Padraic Maher, Michael McGrath, Conor Moloney, Patrick Leahy, Michael Gleeson, Shane Meagher, Paddy Bourke.

Thanks to team mentors, Paddy Moore, John Dorney, Phil O’Halloran, John Cahill and Jim Dwyer for their great work throughout a long season.