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Match Report - Mid Under 14 'A' Hurling Final

posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:37 AM by Unknown user
Match Report by Joe Bracken, Mid Bord na nOg PRO
Drom-Inch 4-15 Durlas Óg 1-05

Drombane was the setting as Drom-Inch completed the U14A / Féile double when they defeated a gallant Durlas Óg in this years final. Though having a shaky opening Drom-Inch once they kicked into gear dominated throughout and with a solid core right up the middle were able to quell everything Durlas Óg fired at them.
Thomas Fogarty opened the scoring for Durlas Óg with a point inside thirty seconds, alas though only one of three for his side in the first half. On the other hand a scoring blitz from four to eight minutes saw Drom-Inch take control with the impressive Thomas Nolan hitting 1-02 out of 1-04, his goal a super strike from just inside the twenty metre line following a high-quality pick up. His accomplice in menace was Stevie Nolan who also fired 1-04 in the first half. His goal came courtesy of Jamie Bergin, who having an immense game launched a long ball out of defence which Stevie latched on to on his way to hitting the net.
Michael Wade had a delightful steal from a Drom defender as he added a Durlas Óg point with Conor Stakelum being the other Durlas Óg scorer. Drom saved their best points ‘till towards the end of the half when Bergin had a surging solo run from mid field which he duly pointed and also a splendid strike from Thomas Nolan just on half time, leaving it 2-08 to 03 at the break.
Durlas Óg started again very positive in the second half but were unable to break down an outstanding Drom defence where towering performances by Emmet Moloney and Jamie Bergin, among others, as they fielded ball after ball were the catalyst of a Drom-Inch ascendancy. After hitting five wides, normal service was resumed for Drom as Thomas Nolan fired over a brace of opening points. The pick of Drom’s second half points was another top class effort by Jamie Bergin in a replica of his first half strike. Bill Darcy was doing his best for Durlas Óg contributing 1-03 from frees to try and arrest the tide against his side, with Cathal Moloney and Jamie Curtis also trying hard. Darcy’s goal was a terrific score from a twenty metre free.
Though the result was never in doubt from a long way out, Drom never let down their guard and they finished off the game with two goals, one each from Michael Connors and Kevin Hassett, inside the last five minutes.
Drom-Inch now go on to meet North opposition in the county semi-final with a good head of steam built up.
There were terrific performances all over the park for Drom-Inch with all the aforementioned players shining out, helped admirably by Ciarán Thorpe and Paul Bergin to name just two.
Fitting then that dual title holder of twenty ten Durlas Óg should hand over their crown to Drom-Inch and will be first to wish their opponents best wishes going forward. For them Cathal Moloney had a fine game, with Rory Purcell, Jamie Curtis, Thomas Fogarty, Bill Darcy and Mark Purcell when introduced all trying hard.
Joe Kennedy, Mid Bord na nOg Chairman, with Sean Spain representing Spain Family sponsors also on hand, presented the cup to winning captain Emmett Moloney to the delight of his team mates and supporters.
Drom-Inch; Eoin Collins, Colm Kinane, Emmett Moloney (C), Ciarán Thorpe, Pauric Campion, Jamie Bergin 02, Conor O’Meara, Kevin Hassett 1-00, Paul Bergin, Thomas Nolan 1-06, Michael Connors 1-00, Aidan O’Meara 01, Paul Hennessy, Robert Kennedy, Stevie Nolan 1-06 (01’65, 03f), Subs; Shane Ryan, Michael Clohessy, Andy Purcell, Mark O’Brien, Glynn Stewart, Ben Aherne, Liam Dempsey.
Durlas Óg; Sean Dwan, Conor Cassidy, Jack Carroll, Robbie Hanrahan, Jeff O’Reilly, Jamie Curtis, Jack Derby, Matthew Kelly, Cathal Moloney (C), Loran O’Toole, Thomas Fogarty 01, Bill Darcy (1-02f), Conor Stakelum 01, Rory Purcell, Michael Wade 01, Subs; Glenn Kerrigan, Mark Purcell, Keith O’Dwyer, Daniel Taylor, Harry Fitzgibbon, Brian Fallon.

Referee; Micheal Hassett (Moycarkey-Borris)