(Mid Bord na nOg Match Report)
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Premier U12 Hurling Group 3
Thurles Gaels 3-05 Durlas Óg 'B' 3-02
In what was the first derby final of the year, Thurles Gaels claimed their inaugural hurling title after a three point victory over the Durlas Óg second team in the Murphy Office Supplies sponsored group three final on Premier 12’s day in the Ragg.
Playing into the wind early Gaels intensity resulted with Ronan McGuire rattling the net in the second minute. His collaborator in attack and captain Lauren McCormack pointed straight away to cement the Gaels lead. Durlas Óg responded swiftly and Sean Collins was unlucky not to have hit the target as his ground pull went narrowly outside the post. He was on target soon after when he deftly doubled on a sweet ball in over the bar to open the Durlas Óg account. It was all Durlas Óg pressure now and Collins struck wide again with the posts at his mercy. Arthur Geronimo did point however to narrow the margin midway through the half. The next five minutes saw four wides and two sixty fives for Durlas Óg such was their pressure. That pressure had by then gained reward when Ben Murphy gave a lovely hand pass to Peter Wall who duly netted to put Durlas Óg a point ahead with six minutes of the half remaining. Gaels though had other ideas and as they circled the wagons McGuire and Thomas Grimes came out of the posse to notch up late points to put Gaels ahead by one at the break, 1-03 to 1-02.
Chris Munroe started the second half well for Thurles Gaels as they cranked up the gears, where Durlas Óg had goalie Aaron Mulcaire to thank as he pulled off a fine save from Alan Heaney. Durlas Óg stood up manfully and took the game to Gaels and were justly rewarded when Joe Dwan found the net in the sixth minute to put them back in front. That was the sting in the tail Gaels needed as they set about their task with gusto, with McGuire and McCormack now pulling the strings again. Munroe should have pointed when fed by McCormack to narrow the gap to one soon after, but he did make amends with an excellent point from midfield on twelve minutes. McGuire then netted his second having been fed by McCormack as Gaels turned the screw. He then hit a point before his attempt at a hat trick was smartly blocked by Mulcaire, but as the ball spilled Jack Murphy was following up and made no mistake in hitting the net.
In a frantic finish both sides threw everything into it to claim the title. With two minutes on the clock remaining Joe Dwan got his second goal for Durlas Óg striking off his left from close play in the Gaels goalmouth. With a goal between them Durlas Óg surged on again, it was batten down the hatches time for Thurles Gaels who had the whiff of victory in their nostrils. And as the Durlas Óg tide swept forward in search of parity Chris Buckley kept the Gaels heads above water as he pulled off a great stop from Rory Fogarty in the dying moments to earn a famous victory for Thurles Gaels.
As mentioned already, this Gaels victory was built on great work by chief architects on the day Ronan McGuire and Lauren McCormack with Chris Munroe and Joey Dee supplying sterling assistance.
Durlas Óg tried extremely hard and never gave up the battle with Ben Murphy, Arthur Geronimo, Joe Dwan and Sean Collins all prominent with many others playing fine supporting roles.
It was Lauren McCormack then who received the cup from Joe O’Sullivan, Mid Bórd na nÓg Chairman to ecstatic joy from Thurles Gaels supporters.
Gaels: Chris Buckley, Joey Dee, Paudie O’Gorman,
Dylan Molumby, Shane
Ronan McGuire 2-02 (01f), Lauren McCormack (C) 01, Chris
0-1, Jack Murphy 1-00, Brian
Alan Heaney, Dominic
Thomas Grimes 0-1, Ayrton Ryan-Casey, Mark Murphy, Luke Brearton, Conor
Butler, Zoe Lanphier.
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