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Match Report - Mid Under 12 Premier Football League Group 1 Final

posted May 4, 2013, 8:30 AM by Unknown user
Match Report by Joe Bracken (Mid Bord na nOg PRO)
 

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Premier 12 Football Group 1

 Durlas Óg 1-08 Moycarkey-Borris 3-01

The last match in Templetuohy pitted Durlas Óg and Moycarkey-Borris against each other in the Group 1 encounter on Premier 12 Super Sunday. Into the wind Moycarkey played with Max Hackett very noticeable early on. But all his good effort was to come to nought as James Armstrong opened the Durlas Óg account with a point in the third minutes. Hackett kicked wide before the hard working Kyle Shelly got Moycarkey’s only score of the half, a point on seven minutes. By this time Eoin Purcell was having a blinder for Durlas Óg and was extremely impressive throughout. He put his side back in front with a free coming up to midway in the half but his next point was a peach of a score, a great individual effort. Dominant at this stage Durlas Óg gave the Moycarkey lads no chance to settle as Joe Dwan, Cian Stakelum and Paddy Creedon all split the posts in quick succession to confirm control on the board. With time just up in the half captain Kieran Costello also found the target to leave it 07 to 01, not too high a challenge for Moycarkey-Borris to climb considering the elements. However, the element of surprise was not factored into as Peter Wall sprung from the bench at the break had the Moycarkey net shaking in the opening minute as another half time replacement Daragh Stakelum found Eoin Purcell in the clear who in turn set up Wall for the half’s opening score. Creedon and Daragh Stakelum then combined but Owen Byrne in the Moycarkey goal was equal to the challenge and made a good stop as they tried to lob him.

The ball was worked down field and when it eventually found its way to Darren Flood he made no mistake hitting the right hand side of the net giving the keeper no chance, the Moycarkey revival was on. Both Flood and Kevin Hayes had found their mission now and led the ‘Borris boys from midfield. It was Hayes then who found John Coffey in space bearing down on the Durlas Óg goal as his shot lobbed under the cross bar putting three between them with plenty of time on the clock. Purcell though was having none of it as he soaked up the ball and worked hard to engineer a point putting four between them again.

With space at a premium both sides tightened up as they sought out the vital scores. Intense Moycarkey pressure from Coffey in the Durlas Óg goalmouth allowed Liam McDonagh to punch the ball to the net with five minutes on the clock. It was back to the wall stuff for Durlas Óg now as Moycarkey had the scent of victory in their nostrils. But batten down the hatches the Durlas Óg backs did with aplomb, led by Jack Lanigan  and Creedon as they kicked the ball everywhere and anywhere away from their goal. Side-line balls, a forty five were all sacrificed in preventing the elusive score Moycarkey-Borris worked hard for to send the game into extra time or to even steal a victory. In the end however it wasn’t to be for the red and gold as Durlas Óg held on for the narrowest of victories in another tension filled climax in Templetuohy.

Seamus Hanafin, sponsor, presented the medals to both sets of players before presenting the cup to winning Durlas Óg captain Kieran Costello, with Bórd Secretary and Chairman, Sally Young and Joe O’Sullivan also in attendance.

Durlas Óg; Jack O’Dwyer, Conor Stapleton, Jack Lanigan, Kieran Costello (C), Paddy Creedon, Joe Dwan, Cian Stakelum, Eoin Purcell, Patrick Stakelum, Jordan Fahy, James Armstrong
, Peter Wall, Daragh Stakelum, Seán Collins.

Moycarkey-Borris;
Owen Byrne, Michael O’Donnell, Peter Melbourne, Max Hackett, Brian O’Callaghan (C), Jack Morrissey, Andrew Alexander, Darren Flood, Kevin Hayes, Kyle Shelly, Liam McDonagh, Owen Sheridan, John Coffey.

Referee: Martin Ryan (Moyne-Templetuohy).

 

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