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Match Report - Premier Under 12 Mini Hurling League Final

posted Aug 15, 2013, 7:44 AM by Unknown user
Match Report by Joe Bracken, Mid Bord na nOg P.R.O.
 

Centenary Co-Op
Premier Mini League Hurling Group 1

Durlas Óg 1-07 Moycarkey-Borris 1-07
         
            

The Premier 12 group 1 final certainly lived up to it’s billing as two superbly talented sides Durlas Óg and Moycarkey-Borris played honest and passionate hurling in a thrilling contest at the Ragg last Saturday afternoon. The God’s in heaven even watched to see as the clouds broke and glorious warm sunshine matched the heat of battle in this enthralling final. As both sides couldn’t be separated and with no extra time to be played a replay was a fair result as neither side deserved to lose.
Durlas Óg had the first chance to open proceedings but Jack Lanigan failed to convert his free. No such problem though for Moycarkey as Kyle Shelly saw his free split the posts in the third minute. As both sides traded wides Lanigan got off the mark with a fine point from out on the right. Shelly though was up for this one and was to the fore at midfield as he too scored from play. He soon turned provider with a fine ball in which found John Coffey, a late call up for the holiday bound Jack Morrissey, on the edge of the square, Coffey making no mistake in finding the net, Moycarkey on top. The Durlas response was swift as Eoin Purcell pointed leaving only the goal between them.
Both sets of backs too were in flying form with Peter Melbourne and Darren Flood prominent for Moycarkey and Paddy Creedon excelling for Durlas Óg assisted by Joe Dwan.
What may have turned out to be a game changer saw Kyle Shelly pick up a knee injury. Showing blistering form so far in the game the Moycarkey selectors got him to swap places with Lewis Kearney in goal so as to retain his influence, plus the fact as he has shown before he is just as ably suited to goal as outfield.
On with the game Lanigan got his target back in sight as he pointed from a free and when the menacing James Armstrong pointed from play it left one between the sides with three minutes of the half remaining. Finishing out the stronger inaccuracy from Durlas Óg, shooting three wides, saw them go in at the break one in arrears, 1-02 to 04 in favour of Moycarkey-Borris.
Parity was restored immediately upon the restart as Lanigan hit over a super point from play. Darren Flood then broke into life as the half time break done him the power of good. His sweet strike from a free saw the ‘Borris lads edge back in front. Not for long though as Purcell added his second in this ding dong tussle. Two sixty fives from Flood and a Max Hackett point had Moycarkey three clear as they tightened their grip on the game. Cian Stakelum then had a super chance at levelling the game but his goal bound shot was blocked by the feet of Shelly, though in fairness Shelly didn’t know much about it. With the game on a knife edge, a fine ball in from Sean Collins for Durlas Óg was caught by Purcell. His resultant strike saw his shot rocket to the net, level again with three to play. The Moycarkey wave surged forward in unison as they went in sight of victory. A free the reward for their toils, Flood making no mistake, one ahead two to play. In a pulsating finish Durlas Óg went to the depths of their hurling soul in one last drive urged on by their support. The ball made its way to Armstrong who fired over the equaliser to tie it up and force a replay after a titanic struggle.
As both sides came to the stand to hear replay details the large crowd present rose in thunderous appreciation to two marvellous teams after witnessing a terrific spectacle. Replay scheduled for the same venue two days later.

Durlas Óg; Dara Stakelum, Paddy Creedon, Conor Stapleton, Sean Collins, Paddy Stakelum, Kieran Costello, Joe Dwan (Capt), Cian Stakelum, Eoin Purcell 1-02, Jack Lanigan 03 (01f), Jordan Fahey, James Armstrong 02, Jack O’Dwyer.

Moycarkey-Borris; Lewis Kearney, Brian O’Callaghan, John Coffey 1-00, Peter Melbourne, Darren Flood (Capt) 04 (02f, 02’65), Kevin Hayes, Michael O’Donnell, Kyle Shelly 02 (01f), Max Hackett 01, Andrew Alexander, Owen Sheridan, Kyle Ryan, Liam McDonagh.

Referee: Kevin Jordan – Thurles Gaels

 

 

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