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Match Report - Mid Under 14 hurling final


Spain Family Mid Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Final 

Durlas Óg……………....1-8 Drom/Inch........................ 1-4

Durlas Óg retained the Mid Under 14 ‘A’ hurling title (sponsored by the Spain Family) following a hard earned win over Drom-Inch in a highly entertaining final at Templetuohy on Saturday. The Thurles boys led by two points at the interval and despite a gallant effort from Drom-Inch in the second half they couldn’t get back on level terms and two late Durlas Óg points sealed victory.

This match was very keenly contested and Durlas Óg played with the advantage of the fresh breeze in the first half. The first score of the game was in the 4th minute when Durlas Óg wing forward Rory Purcell pointed from play and we had to wait another five minutes for the next score. It was another Durlas Óg point with Faoilain Linnane getting his name on the scoresheet. A feature of the opening exchanges was the tight marking of the Drom backs and also their hooking and blocking was first class. Durlas Óg increased their lead in the 12th minute when full forward Luke Kelly fielded a high ball on the edge of the square and he struck an unstoppable shot past Stevie Nolan in the Drom goal to give his team a 1-2 to nil lead. It now looked that Durlas Óg was going to pull away from their opponents but Drom-Inch had other ideas. Brendan Larkin opened their account when he pointed a free and in the 17th minute Paul Kennedy found himself in space some 30 metres from the Durlas Óg goal and he soloed to the 14 metre line before hitting the back of the Durlas Óg net to leave the minimum between the teams. The last score of the first half was a pointed free by Durlas Óg’s Sean Butler to give his team a 1-3 to 1-1 lead at the interval.

It was all to play for in the second half. Durlas Óg got off to the better start and two Sean Butler pointed frees increased their lead to four points by the 10th minute of the half. Drom responded with three points (two from frees) from full forward Brendan Larkin with Billy McCarthy pointing for Durlas Óg to leave two points between the teams with ten minutes remaining. Drom went in search of further scores and the Durlas Óg defence had to pull out all the stops to keep their lines intact. Their centre back Paul Sammon was outstanding in these closing minutes and he cleared many a dangerous situation. Durlas Óg finished strongly with points from Faoilain Linnane and Daragh Coffey from a ‘65’ to keep the cup in Durlas Óg for another year.

Durlas Óg will be pleased with this result as they had to withstand a formidable challenge from Drom-Inch. Their central defenders, Thomas Skehan at full back and Paul Sammon at centre back were very prominent with Mark Conway and Seamie Hanafin also impressing. Faoilain Linnane was always dangerous at centre forward while Luke Kelly and Billy McCarthy had notable performances.

Drom-Inch who were Under 12 ‘B’ champions two years ago gave a great display and really put it up to the holders. They were well served by defenders, Robert Long, Emmet Moloney and Kevin Hassett. Paul Kennedy did an amount of hurling at midfield and took his goal well while Brendan Larkin who was their top scorer with four points and Michael Connors were best of their attack.

Teams and scorers:

Durlas Óg : Willie Tierney; Mark Conway, Thomas Skehan, Jack Derby; Daragh Coffey (0-1), Paul Sammon, Seamie Hanafin; Billy McCarthy (0-1), Cathal Moloney; Rory Purcell (0-1), Faoilain Linnane (0-2), Shane Lanigan Ryan; Sean Butler (0-3), Luke Kelly (1-0), Adam Garrett. Sub: Bill Darcy.

Drom-Inch: Stevie Nolan; Robert Long, Emmett Moloney, Colm Kinane; Kevin Hassett, Kevin Ahearne, Jamie Bergin; Thomas Nolan, Paul Kennedy (1-0); Michael Connors, Tomas O’Meara, Rory Kinane; Ciaran Thorpe, Brendan Larkin (0-4), Pauric Campion. Subs: Paul Bergin, Conor O’Meara.

Referee : Martin Ryan (Moyne-Templetuohy).