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Match Report - County Feile na nGael Final

posted Jan 5, 2011, 4:03 AM by Unknown user

Durlas Óg......................... 2-10 Toomevara ............................1-0

Durlas Óg retained the County Feile na nGael title following a convincing win over Toomevara at sun drenched The Ragg on Saturday. The first half was very close with Durlas Óg holding a slender one point lead at the interval. The Thurles boys turned on the style in the second half and gave a powerful display to run out most deserving winners in the end.

The opening score of the game came in the 2nd minute with a Rory Purcell point for Durlas Óg and after a dominant opening five minutes Sean Butler added another point after good work by full forward Luke Kelly. Toomevara settled and came more into the game with some great hurling been played by both teams. Toome had a number of attacks but couldn’t find a way through a solid Durlas Óg defence in which the central partnership of Thomas Skehan and Paul Sammon were outstanding. Sean Butler and Shane Lanigan Ryan added points for Durlas Óg to give them a 0-4 to nil lead by the 15th minute. Toome then had a chance when they were awarded a 21 metre free but Paul Ryan’s effort for goal was saved and cleared by the Durlas Óg rearguard. However Toomevara’s persistent pressure paid off when in the 18th minute full forward Daniel Burke found the back of the net after the Durlas Óg defence failed to clear their lines. This was to be the last score of the half and the scoreboard read Durlas Óg 0-4 Toomevara 1-0 at the interval.

Durlas Óg were quickly into their stride in the second half and Sean Butler pointed after 30 seconds and this was followed by another from Luke Kelly. Butler who was causing many problems for the Toome defence scored a delightful goal in the 3rd minute after a long clearance out of defence by Darragh Coffey. Faolain Linnane added a point to give Durlas Óg a commanding 1-7 to 1-0 lead after ten minutes of the second half. Toome upped their game and with Mark Grace and Liam Fogarty driving them on from the back, Jim Shanahan was coming more into the game at midfield while Paul Ryan was always dangerous in their attack. However the Durlas Óg defence was not found wanting and their six backs and goalie held their lines intact. The Thurles boys finished strongly with points from Adam Garrett and Rory Purcell and when wing forward, Purcell saw his long delivery from 50 metres go all the way to the Toome net the cup was on its way to Thurles. Shane Lanigan Ryan completed the scoring with a Durlas Óg point in the dying moments of the game.

This was a convincing win in the end for an impressive Durlas Óg team. They are a very evenly balanced team with great strength in the key central positions. Thomas Skehan, Paul Sammon and Seamie Hanafin were always prominent in an excellent defence. Billy McCarthy and Cathal Moloney combined well at midfield. All their six forwards got on the scoresheet with the displays of Sean Butler and Faolain Linnane being particularly noteworthy. Durlas Óg are the kingpins of this competition in recent years and Saturday’s win was their fourth in the last six years. They will now represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Feile na nGael final in Clare on 18th/19th/20th June.

Toomevara who had injuries going into the final and were forced to lineout without some key players gave a spirited performance and battled to the very end. They were well served by Mark Grace, Kieran Flannery, Liam Fogarty, Jim Shanahan, Paul Ryan and Daniel Burke.

Teams & Scorers:

Durlas Óg : Sean Dwan; Mark Conway, Thomas Skehan, Jack Carroll; Seamie Hanafin, Paul Sammon, Darragh Coffey; Cathal Moloney, Billy McCarthy; Rory Purcell (1-2), Faolain Linnane (0-1), Shane Lanigan Ryan (0-2); Sean Butler (1-3), Luke Kelly (0-1), Adam Garrett (0-1). Subs: Aaron McCormack, Willie Tierney, Thomas Fogarty, Jack McDonnell.

Toomevara : Josh McCarthy; Liam Ryan, Mark Grace, Kieran Flaherty; Michael Brislane, Liam Fogarty, Daniel O’Meara; Jim Shanahan, Willie Coffey; Jack Delaney, Paul Ryan, Niall Farrell; Padraic Ryan, Daniel Burke (1-0), Eoin Grace. Subs: Brian Grace, Sean Flaherty.

Referee : Michael Duffy (Arravale Rovers).