MID TIPPERARY BORD NA nÓGDURLAS ÓG AND BRACKENS ENDS ALL SQUARE
Durlas Óg ……………………….. 2-2
J.K. Brackens ……………. ……..1-5
Durlas Óg and J.K. Brackens will have to meet again following their exciting draw in John J. Ronayne Ltd. Mid Under 12 ‘A’ football final at Templetuohy on Friday. On a miserable night, both sides produced a marvellous contest, with some outstanding individual performances and excellent scores, and a draw was a fair result. Brackens got the better of the opening exchanges and led by two points early on. Durlas Óg came more into the game and thanks to two goals went into a five point lead. Brackens finished the first half strongly, holding their opponents scoreless and scoring 1-2 themselves to leave the teams level at the break. Scores were hard earned in the second half with the defences on top and both sides scored one point each. The persistent rain in the first half made it difficult for both teams but Brackens made the better start and kicked two points through Dylan Moloney and Colin O’Riordan as Durlas Óg struggled to come to grips with the pace of the game. Graham Maher finally got Durlas Óg off the mark with a great goal in the 10th minute following good work by Conor Lanigan and Tom Tierney and as the Thurles side settled, they extended their lead with Tierney kicking a point and then corner forward, Sean Butler following a pass from Conor Lanigan scored a cracking goal to give Durlas Óg a 2-1 to 0-2 lead with five minutes of the half remaining. Brackens got back into the game with Colin O’Riordan dominating at midfield and Dylan Moloney very prominent at full forward. They were rewarded when Brian Roche got in behind the Thurles defence to field a high ball and he expertly finished to the net. O’Riordan and Moloney kicked points to leave the teams level at the interval. Dylan Moloney pointed inside 30 seconds of the restart to give Brackens the lead. The exchanges were keen, with play swinging from end to end. Kevin Dunne was becoming hugely influential at midfield for Durlas Óg and they equalised with seven minutes remaining when centre forward, Conor Lanigan kicked an excellent point. Brackens upped the ante and they were on top in the closing stages of this hugely entertaining game. It was backs to the wall stuff for Durlas Óg and their defence ably led by Brian Hanrahan, Jack O’Connell and goalie, Patrick Brennan held the Brackens scoreless to bring the final to a replay. The replay was fixed for Wednesday evening.
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Referee : Hugh Coughlan (Moyne-Templetuohy)
MID TIPPERARY BORD NA nÓGDURLAS ÓG EDGE OUT BRACKENS IN THRILLER
Durlas Óg ……………………….. 1-4
J.K. Brackens …………….. ……..0-3
Durlas Óg won the John J. Ronayne Ltd. Mid Under 12 ‘A’ football title for the first time since 1993 when they defeated J.K. Brackens in a thrilling final replay at Kickham Park on Wednesday. The drawn match was very exciting but this replay was even better with the standard of football of the highest order between two exceptionally skilful and well matched teams.
Like the drawn match very little separated the sides all through with the scores level on three occasion. The Durlas Óg goal was scored in the final moments of the game to seal victory against a Brackens team who gave it everything right up to the full time whistle.
The winners had many outstanding displays none more so that Brian Hanrahan who was outstanding at full back with wing back, Billy McCarthy being most impressive and he cut off many a Brackens attack. Their midfield and forwards moved the ball with speed and accuracy and in corner forward, Tom Tierney they had a real star. Tierney was top marksman scoring 1-3 and he always looked dangerous when in possession.
Brackens played with the breeze in the first half but it was Durlas Óg that opened the scoring with a Tom Tierney free in the 2nd minute. Brackens got into their stride with Colin O’Riordan excelling in the middle of the field and he kicked two points to put his team ahead. Despite much possession the Brackens couldn’t extend their lead. They will certainly regret having hit nine wides in the opening half but credit must also go to the well marshalled Thurles defence.
Conor Lanigan had Durlas Óg level after 30 seconds of the second half and they took the lead when Tom Tierney converted a free after Sean Butler was fouled when through on goal. Brackens inspired by Colin O’Riordan, Dylan Moloney and Michael Greed took the game to Durlas Óg. They got their reward when following a period of sustained pressure Greed was through on goal but his rasping shot went inches over the bar for the equalising point. There was at least eight minutes still to play and the tempo increased with both teams going in search of the winning score. It was Durlas Óg who took the lead when after a good exchange of passes Tom Tierney split the posts to score his third point of the match. The game was far from over and Brackens came again and camped in the Durlas Óg half of the field. There was no way through the Thurles defence and with time almost up Durlas Óg broke from defence and in a brilliant move Tom Tierney was on hand on the edge of the square and his powerful shot found the back of the net to seal victory for his team mates. There was no way back for Brackens and the full time whistle sounded moments later.
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Referee : Jimmy Sweeney (Loughmore-Castleiney)