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County Under 14 'A' Hurling Final 2015

DURLAS ÓG………………..  3-11      ROSCREA................................ 0-7

Durlas Og recorded a magnificent county double when they defeated Roscrea in the County Under 14 ‘A’ hurling final at Boherlahan on Saturday. Having won the county football final in June the Thurles boys wrote themselves into the Durlas Og history books by becoming the first team from the club since 1991 to record a county football and hurling double.

This victory was not as easy as the scoreline would suggest.  The first half was very close and Roscrea held a one point interval lead.  Midway through the second half Durlas Og held a three points advantage.  Durlas Og finished very strongly outscoring their opponents by 2-4 to nil in the final twelve minutes of the second half.

Durlas Og were dominant in the early stages of the first half and by the 14th minute they had two Jack Lanigan points on the scoreboard.  They had a number of goal scoring opportunities but the Roscrea goalie brought off some top class saves.  Roscrea opened their account with a point in the 17th minute and this was followed by another point to level the match.  They took the lead with a point before Eoin Purcell struck a delightful point to leave the score at 0-3 each as half time approached.  Roscrea pointed in injury time to lead by the minimum at the break.   Darragh Stakelum deserves special mention as he had to be most vigilant in the first half and brought off some outstanding saves in the concluding stages of the half. 

Like the first half it was Durlas Og who were first on the scoreboard in the second half.  Jack Lanigan opened the scoring with a point from a free and this was followed by an Eoin Purcell point from play.  The Thurles boys got a massive boost in the 4th minute when a Jack Lanigan ‘65’ went all the way to the net to leave the scoreboard reading Durlas Og 1-5 Roscrea 0-4. Roscrea fought back and scored two points to narrow the gap. Joe Dwan who was now causing problems for the Roscrea defence struck a point.  The same player was to be denied goals on three occasions in the second half when the Roscrea goalie pulled off fantastic saves. Cian Stakelum scored a Durlas Og point and this was quickly cancelled out by a similar Roscrea score. This was to be Roscrea’s last score of the half.  Like the first half the Durlas Og goalie Darragh Stakelum was called on to bring off some great saves and all the backs defended heroically especially in the closing minutes when Roscrea went in search of goals. Durlas Og added points from Eoin Purcell and Jack Lanigan (free) before James Armstrong struck to the back of the net.  Eoin Purcell pointed again and Jack Lanigan completed the scoring with a rasping ‘21’ metre free to the net followed by a point from play before Fergal Horgan blew the full time whistle.

As already mentioned Darragh Stakelum was outstanding in goals.  His backs gave him excellent support with David Mawe, Patrick Stakelum and Conor Stapleton rock solid in the full back line.  Ciaran Costelloe was commanding at centre back and he was ably assisted by wing backs Jordan Fahy and Cathal Hayes. Paddy Creedon was strong and dominant at midfield where is partner Eoin Purcell was most industrious and scored four points from play.  Cian Stakelum led the attack well from centre forward while Joe Dwan was a constant threat with his running at the Roscrea defence.  Jack Lanigan finished as top scorer with 2-5 and once again his free taking was of the highest standard. James Armstrong despite picking up an injury in the early stages of the match was always a danger and he took his goal very well.  Oisin O’Brien, Dean Fanning and the substitutes used Sean Collins, Aaron Mulcaire, Jack Kelly and Luke Fogarty all played their part in this win.

This victory was achieved by a group of skilful and dedicated players.  They have given us many memorable moments throughout the season and winning county titles in both football and hurling is a tremendous achievement. Congratulations and well done.

Thanks to their mentors Paddy Kenny, Aidan Ryan, Conor Lanigan, Jim Dwyer, Paul Ryan, Richie Stapleton, Declan Costello and Dara Purcell.  They can be very proud of their players.

Team and scorers: Darragh Stakelum; David Mawe, Patrick Stakelum, Conor Stapleton; Jordan Fahy, Ciaran Costello, Cathal Hayes; Paddy Creedon, Eoin Purcell (0-4); Oisin O’Brien, Cian Stakleum (0-1), Joe Dwan (0-1); James Armstrong (1-0), Jack Lanigan (2-5), Dean Fanning.  Subs used: Sean Collins, Aaron Mulcaire, Jack Kelly, Luke Fogarty.  The other panel members were Henry Fogarty, Conor Fogarty, Sean Madden, Dean O’Halloran, Stephen Donovan, Eoghan Ryan, Luke Beresford.