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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.