Coppinger Féile Peil
4-06 Durlas Óg 1-01
In bitter and harsh conditions, a storming opening
quarter by Moycarkey-Borris laid the foundations of a famous victory ground out
by teamwork and a fine combination of skill against Durlas Óg in their home
ground of Littleton last Sunday, as they became the initial winners of the new
cup kindly sponsored by Jimmy Coppiner for Féile Peil.
From the throw-in the Moycarkey lads laid all their attacking cards on the
table as their forward aces dictated the play, in turn giving Durlas Óg no time
to settle as they trumped their hand. Philip Ryan and Jack Hackett were highly
influential throughout and excellent interplay between the pair led to
Moycarkey’s first two points from Jack Fallon and Shane Maher. Rory Darmody was
not going to be outdone either as his lobbing ball in was just out of reach of
the Durlas Óg net minder as he raised his sides first green flag in the second
Michael Purcell led the first charge for Durlas Óg but his long free in was
parried out as the Moycarkey defence snuffed out the attack. As the ball was
cleared down field it was Hackett who took possession and after good endeavour
fed Anthony McKelvey who made no mistake from close in to find the net and put
his side in a dominating position.
Then after a spell of solid work from both sides, the ‘Borris brigade of Michael Murphy and Fallon combined to set up
Rhys Shelly who dinked in from the corner to snatch a point a little over
midway through the half.
Mikie Stakelum trying hard for Durlas Óg made fine progress when gaining
possession in the middle of the park and his good through ball found Daniel
Moloney who pointed with more than a quarter of the half remaining. Fallon
though had other ideas and kicked over a sweet point following a good solo
attack. His partner in midfield Philip Ryan also having a superb half was equal
to the task and he in turn set up Shelly who lost his marker bearing in on goal
to get Moycarkey’s third of the half. However, Durlas Óg with Patrick Moloney
and Adam Hickey starting to cause problems fed the ball across to Daniel
Moloney whose high ball in from the right touch line found the net to leave it
3-04 to 1-01 at the break.
Starting the second half with more urgency in their play and nothing to lose
Durlas Óg took the game to Moycarkey which resulted in a free for the Thurles
lads. However, Stakelum was to see his attempt at the posts drop short and the
danger was averted. No such problems at the other end as Hackett pointed from
in front of the posts. Darmody added a point to his earlier goal as he was made
to work hard for it midway through the half.
Though Durlas Óg fought gamely though Purcell, Stakelum and Patrick Moloney the
result was never in doubt from early on and when McKelvey netted for the second
time, referee Sean Everard called time on the first final of the year as it
went the way of Moycarkey-Borris.
A fine day at the office then for a well
drilled Moycarkey-Borris side who will take beating in the county stages of the
competition. Durlas Óg will be first up to support them in that role and will
have no complaints as they were beaten by the better team on the day.
Mid Bórd na nÓg chairman, Joe O’Sullivan in presenting the new cup to Caolan
O’Brien, captain of Moycarkey-Borris, once again reminded all gathered and
thanked Jimmy Coppinger for his generous sponsorship of the new cup for Féile
Peil, replacing the shield which Jimmy has sponsored this illustrious
competition with for the past twenty years.
Moycarkey-Borris;:PJ Tunstall, David
O’Donnell, Kieran Dunne, Philip O’Sullivan, Kieran Kearney, Caolan O’Brien (C),
Donal Fitzpatrick, Philip Ryan, Jack Fallon 02, Michael Murphy, Jack Hackett
01, Shane Maher 01, Rhys Shelly 1-01, Anthony McKelvy 2-00, Rory Darmody 1-01,
Subs; Sean O’Meara, Declan Ryan, Michael Maher, John Kirwan, Diarmuid Maher,
Durlas Óg: Liam Power, Anthony
Cooney, Evan Moore, Seamie Doyle, Patrick Moloney, Michael Purcell, Conor
O’Hagan, William Creedon, Adam Derby, Mikie Stakelum, Adam Hickey, Daniel
Moloney 1-01, Kieran Moloney, Christopher Carew, Aiden Butler, Subs; Jack
Bambrick, Patrick Bowden, Jack Croke, Rory Fogarty, Shane Dunne, Conor Murphy,
(Match Report by Joe Bracken, Mid Bord na nOg PRO)