John Ryan Bus Hire U16C Mid Football Final
Durlas Og 'B' 3-04 Clonakenny 2-05
(Match Report by Joe Bracken, Mid Bord na nOg PRO)
Clonmore was the setting for an evenly contested U16C final last Tuesday night week, May 25th, where Durlas Og captured their first championship success outside of Peil and Féile this season, defeating Clonakenny by two points thanks in no small part to the brilliance of captain Patrick Brennan in goal who was the nemesis of every Clonakenny attack. A terrific save in the first half coupled with five more in the second half spared the blushes of his team who in reality were playing second fiddle to a more fluent Clonakenny side. Level apiece at half time 1-02 each, only three players had scored. Eoghan Barrett was first off the mark for Durlas Og with a goal on six minutes with Brendan O’Loughlin scoring both points. In reply John Joe Ryan led the Clonakenny attacked with determination scoring 1-02 from play. A brace of early second half goals from Brian Bourke for Durlas Og and another O’Loughlin point left Clonakenny with a mountain to climb. John O’Meara started the ascent with a pointed free and from then on he was singularly denied by Brennan in goal as he tried desperately to hit the net. John Joe Ryan and David Fogarty swapped points before O’Meara tapped over for Clonakenny to narrow the score. When William Costigan eventually found the Durlas Og net with a fine solo effort with three minutes remaining it left for a very tense closing end to the game. Brennan came to the rescue yet again with a save out for a ’45 and as the clock counted down Rody Quigley hit another Clonakenny wide before the full time whistle blew. Tadgh and Mary Ryan representing sponsor John Ryan Bus Hire were on hand with Mid Bord na nOg Chairman, Joe Kennedy, to present the cup to a relieved Durlas Og captain Patrick Brennan. The star of the game was no doubt Patrick Brennan with terrific saves throughout. Outfield Brendan O’Loughlin, Brian Bourke, Sean Murphy, Paddy Carroll and Jack O’Dwyer all impressed. Disappointment no doubt for Clonakenny who gave their all, John Joe Ryan was in sparkling form up front, John O’Meara for all his work won’t want to see Brennan in goal for a long time, William Costigan, Rody Quigley and Brendan Russell all tried hard too.
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