MID UNDER 12 'A' HURLING FINAL 2008

Mid Under 12 'A' Hurling Final
(Match Report by John Smith, Mid Bord na nOg PRO)

DURLAS ÓG TOPS IN LOW SCORING FINAL

Durlas Óg........................................0-5 
Loughmore-Castleiney ..................1-0

Durlas Óg defeated Loughmore-Castleiney in a low scoring Kevin Darmody Ltd. Mid Under 12 ‘A’ hurling final at Templetuohy on Saturday. Despite there being very few scores in the game both teams served up a thrilling encounter with the outcome in doubt up to the final whistle.

The first half produced one score, a Durlas Óg point. Loughmore who played with the breeze in the opening half missed a number of good scoring opportunities and they struck six wides. They took the game to Durlas Óg with Anthony Ryan, Brian McGrath and Bill O’Connell being particularly prominent. Credit must go to the Durlas Óg defence who more than capably dealt with everything Loughmore threw at them and in this regard full back Thomas Skehan was rock solid and he got in many relieving clearances. The only score of the half came in the 13th minute when Durlas Óg corner forward Colin Doyle pointed from an acute angle.

Durlas Óg were quickly into their stride in the second half and inside the opening ten minutes they scored four points. First Billy McCarthy pointed from play followed by two Sean Butler frees and then centre back Paul Sammon struck a great point from the middle of the field to leave five between the teams. Loughmore in typical fashion fought back and after much pressure they were rewarded when full forward Niamh Treacy’s ground stroke found the back of the net to set up a grandstand finish with eight minutes remaining. Loughmore went in search of further scores with Durlas Óg defending in numbers. Both teams had some scoring opportunities but there were no further scores and Durlas Óg held on to win the title for the first time since 2001.

Durlas Óg will be pleased with this hard earned victory. Their defence was excellent with Thomas Skehan and Paul Sammon commanding the central positions. Jack Derby and Rory Purcell did an amount of work at midfield while in attack Billy McCarthy, Sean Butler and Colin Doyle were always prominent.

Loughmore-Castleiney gave it their best and they will regret having missed some good scoring opportunities. They were well served by Kieran Maher, Anthony Ryan and Mark Butler in defence. Brian McGrath struck an amount of ball at centre field with Bill O’Connell and Niamh Treacy prominent in attack.

After the game Joe Kennedy, Mid Bord na nOg Chairman presented the cup to Durlas Og captain Paul Sammon. This year a new cup was presented for the Mid Under 12 ‘A’ hurling. The cup in memory of the late Pat Stakelum was presented to Mid Bord na nÓg by the Durlas Og and Holycross-Ballycahill clubs to honour a man that gave sterling service to both clubs. The late Pat was President of Durlas Óg at the time of his death earlier this year.

Teams and scorers:

Durlas Óg : Dean Burke; Jack Carroll, Thomas Skehan, Matthew Fogarty; Faolain Linnane, Paul Sammon (0-1), Mark Conway; Jack Derby, Rory Purcell; Aaron McCormack, Billy McCarthy (0-1), Seamie Hanafin; Colin Doyle (0-1), Sean Butler (0-2), Adam Garrett.

Loughmore-Castleiney : Liam Gleeson; Brendan Leahy, Kieran Maher, Mairead Eviston; Anthony Ryan, Shane Manton, Mark Butler; Brian McGrath, Edel Nyland; Robert O’Connell, Bill O’Connell, Peter Nyland; Diarmuid Meagher, Niamh Treacy (1-0), Darren Crowe.

Referee: Hugh Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy)