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County Bord na nOg - Weekly Notes

posted Sep 18, 2015, 2:53 AM by John Smith
The following County Bord na nOg notes were published in this weeks local newspapers:

Thiobraid Arann Coiste na Nog Scene

On Saturday last we held our penultimate  championship finals of the year with the staging of the U 14 Hurling finals in Boherlahan. The weather played a trick or two prior to the throw time of 11am. Dark cloud coupled with rain appeared to be the order of the day ahead, but surprisingly it all faded away to reveal some well appreciated sunshine accompanied   with the occasional breeze.

  The C final between north champions Portroe were up against west champ[ions Cashel King Cormacs  in the opening action of the day with referee Eddie Costello getting proceedings under way at the appointed time.

Portroe were first into attack mode with the Cashel keeper Ross Whelan being called upon for two brilliant saves inside the first nine minutes. He was being well assisted by defender Ethan Gayson Molloy on many occasions. During this Portroe had Captain Brian Keating, Ben O’Connor and Shane Keating in particular making things difficult for the Cashel defence.

The opening score came from a free on the tenth minute from Portroe’s   Peter Rainsford and from the puck out Sonny Dower had the Cashel men stunned with a cracker of a goal. During the next six minutes Portroe were enjoying supremacy courtesy of Brian Keating, James Ferris, Peter Rainsford, Sonny Dower and company, but saw many opportunities go a begging with some from placed balls. For Cashel only one opportunity presented but failed to register on the board. On the nineteenth minute goal number two for Portroe when Patrick Finn had the Cashel net rattled. For the remaining six minutes of the game Portroe added a further four points coming from Ban O’Connor, Shane Keating,Oisin O’Connor and Patrick Finn while holding a defensive clear sheet for a score reading of 2-05 to 0-00. Cashel were being under severe continuous threat but were well assisted by Eoghan Murphy, Ross Minogue.

After the restart Cashel went into attack but their shot went off target. Fabien Ryan was doing well for the west side and only for a great save by Portroe keeper a goal appeared certain. On the fifth minute the Cashel side were rewarded for their effort when Dylan Foley had the Port net shaking. Four minutes later Portroe replied with a point from James Ferris, which was again responded too by a point for Cashel by Eoghan Murphy to put the score reading Portroe 2-05 Cashel 1-01.Unfortunatelt for the west side no further additions were made to their tally while the north men added a further 2-02 with Patrick Finn accounting for 1-01, a goal from Peter Rainsford and a point from Sonny Dower for Portroe who bridged a five year gap in claiming the title.

In his presentation speech chairman Tom Dawson praised both teams and especially to Cashel despite being overpowered never gave up. He congratulated Portroe on their victory and prior to presenting the cup to victorious captain Brian Keating he thanked referee Eddie Costello, his officials and also all concerned in the host club Boherlahan Dualla.

Portroe victorious panel Adrian O’ Halleran ,   Niall Helebert ,  James Finn,  Sonny Dower  Brian Keating , Ben O’ Connor, Shane Keating,  James Ferris,  Sam Madden, John Moroney, Peter Rainsford, Patrick Finn, Robbie , Creamer ,Luke Creamer,Oisin O’Connor, Andrew Ferris, Evan Rainsford, Conor O’Riordan, Eoin Quinn, Mark Madden,Oisin Keating, Barry Conaughton.

Next on the program was the B contest between south champions Grangemockler Ballyneale and mid champions Gortnahoe Glengoole. Gortnahoe went into immediate attack which yielded a free and was pointed by Oisin Cleary. The Grangemockler response went wide but they were being well assisted by the efforts of Shane Corcoran, Mark O’Meara and Ben Comerford up front. Mark O’Meara was inch perfect with his free taking all day and during the first period  had accounted for six points from frees ,one from play  accompanied by one from play by Mikie Lyons from play to hold an interval lead of 0-08 to 0-04.Tom Brett was also keeping the pressure on the Gortnahoe defence . The entire defence line of the south men were proving very difficult for the mid boys to comprehend. Gortnahoe were being served well by captain

Brian Maher, Jack Atkinson, Oisin Cleary, Jack Doheny .Oisin Cleary pointed his second free with two points from play coming from Dillon Butler and Jack Doheny. From a neutral perspective the south men were able to get the upper hand of proceedings in almost all areas of the pitch and always looked very threatening when they went on the attack.

Upon the resumption it was the south side first on the attack but the opening addition to the score records came from Gortnahoe by point from Jack Doheny on the two minute mark. The Grange response was immediate with a point from Tom Brett. Both sides had opportunities going amiss. Great defence roles were being displayed by both outfits but on the fifteenth minute the Grange pressure yielded a goal and moments later they had another by Shane Corcoran to hold a very commanding lead 2-09 to 0-05.During the remaining five minutes  of the game both sides  added a point to their respective tallies.  Darragh Maher pointed a free for Gortnahoe and likewise Mark O’Meara for Grangemockler to clinch the title and bridge a four year gap for the south men on a concluding score line of Grangemockler Ballyneale 2-10 Gortnahoe Glengoole 0-06.

Prior to the presentation of the cup to the Grangemockler Ballyneale captain James Daly chairman Tom Dawson thanked both teams on a game of great hurling and commiserated with the mid men on going down. He congratulated Grangemockler Ballyneale on winning a hurling title to accompany their football one earlier in the year.

He acknowledged the service of referee Pat O’Mahoney and his officials and also host club Boherlahan Dualla

Victorious Grangemockler Ballyneale panel

.Brandon Brunnock ,Luke Sheehan ,Zach Ellis , Eimhin Hanrahan , Martin Murray,
 James Daly (Capt),Leon Kennedy,  Joey Lyons,  Mark O'Meara , Tom Brett , Shane Corcoran , Ben Comerford , Mikie Lyons, Conor Murphy , Sean Daly , Tommy O'Hanlon ,Jack Walsh , Jamie Walsh,.Paudie O' Shea, Darragh Lambe , Harley Joy, Luke Maguire
Mentors: Eamon Phelan , Liam Brett , Nigel Hanrahan ,Debbie Murphy, Jack Lyons.


The program was concluded with the A decider between two strong traditional urban clubs. Representing the mid was Durlas Og and from north it was Roscrea. . Fergal Horgan got the action under way with Durlas Og first showing their power of attack.Cathal Hayes, Joe Dwan and Cian Stakelum were on the prowl for the mid representatives. Roscrea keeper was forced into action on the minute after a great strike from Durlas Og Joe Dwan. Gavin Meagher the Roscrea fullback was holding his area very solidly. On the sixth minute Jack Lanigan pointed a free to put Durlas On the score board. Both sides were playing very tenaciously not giving an inch to their opponents coupled with missed chances that were becoming available.Eoin Purcell Paddy Creedon were showing very well around the mid field area for the Thurles team while Roscrea were backed up greatly by  Dylan Hogan, Jack Lee, Kevin Moore, Calin Byrne to mention but a few. Jack Lanigan pointed for Durlas on the fifteenth minute to put his side two points up. Four minutes later Dylan Hogan opened the Roscrea account and was quickly accompanied by another by Jack Lee to level affairs at two points apiece. Roscrea were now looking the more dominant side but scores were hard to come by. They took the lead with a pointed free from vice Captain James Synott on the twenty fifth minute. With the game now in injury time Eoin Purcell pointed for Durlas Og to level affairs but it was short-lived as James Synott pointed a .65 to put Roscrea one point up at the interteval 0-04 to 0-03. Eeventhough the score count was on the low scale it ad produced a very action packed opening period and spectators were eagerly waiting to see what the next chapter in this contest would produce.

When the action resumed the first opportunity went to Durlas Og going off the intended spot. Jack Lanigan repeated his opening performance in pointing a free for the opening score of the period.Eoin Purcell added another to put Durlas ahead once more. James Armstrong and Kieran Costello were being very active for Durlas on numerous occasions. On the fourth minute the Roscrea men were rattled with a goal from looping free dropped into the net. Roscrea responded when Jack Lee scored his second point to put the score reading Durlas Og 1-05 Roscrea 0-05. Both sides had .65s yielding nothing within the next moments of the game. Kevin Moore reduced the Roscrea deficit with a pointed free but this addition was neutralized by Durlas point from Joe Dwan with ten minutes gone and the score reading Durlas Og 1-06 Roscrea 0-06. Captain Cian Stakelum pointed for Durlas Og  and once again the Roscrea response was swift with a pointed free from James Synott for a score reading 1-07 to 0-07 in favour of the mid side.  As it was to transpire Roscrea were to make no further addition to the score record.

Similar to the opening period a stalemate regarding scoring occurred as both defenses’ were in top flight. Jack Lanigan pointed a Durlas free on the seventeenth minute. The Roscrea net was shaking with a second Durlas Og goal  on the twentieth minute. Within the closing five minutes Durlas Og closed off any threat with another Eoin Purcell point and a second Jack Lanigan goal which he followed up wit a point to put Durlas Og claiming the title on a concluding score reading Durlas Og 3-11 Roscrea 0-07. to accompany their back to back titles in 2005 & 2006..

Chairman Tom Dawson was full of praise to both teams on a splendid contest. He cited that the final score reading didn’t do justice to the quality and closeness of the game.. He thanked referee Fergal and his officials. He thanked all involved in the Boherlahan Dualla club for having everything in top condition here in Boherlaan.He te presented the John Flanagan Memorial Cup to winning Durlas Og captain Cian Stakelum.

Durlas Og victorious panel Darragh Stakelum,. David Mawe, Patrick Stakelum , Conor Stapleton, Jordan Fahey , Kieran Costello,  Cathal Hayes, Paddy Creedon ,     Eoin Purcell,  

 Oisin O Brien ,Cian Stakelum (Capt.) Joe Dwan , James Armstrong , Jack Lanigan,Dean Fanning , Sean Collins, Henry Fogarty,Conor Fogarty,Sean Madden,  DeanO’Halloran,Jack Kelly, Luke Fogarty,Aaron Mulcaire,Stephen Donovan,Eoghan Ryan, Luke Beresford

Mentors: Paddy Kenny, Aidan Ryan, Conor Lanigan,Jim Dwyer, Paul Ryan,Declan Costello, Ritchie Stapleton, Dara Purcell


 Results  Saturday September 12th      


Under 14 "A"

Durlas Og 3-11   v Roscrea 0-07 Referee Fergal Horgan

Under 14 "B"

Grangemockler/Ballyneale 2-10 Gortnahoe Glengoole 0-06 Referee Pat O’Mahoney

Under 14 "C"

Portroe 4-08 Cashel King   Cormack’s 1-01 Referee Eddie Costello