Mid Bord na nOg Match Report


Loughmore-Castleiney........................1-15 Durlas Óg ........................1-13

Loughmore-Castleiney defeated the holders Durlas Óg in a thrilling Mid Under 16 ‘A’ hurling final (kindly sponsored by Michael Lowry T.D.) at The Ragg on Sunday morning. Durlas Óg who were bidding for seven Mid Under 16 titles in a row made a determined effort to retain the title but in the end they had to give best to a Liam McGrath inspired Loughmore team. McGrath scored 1-11 of his side’s tally in a fantastic display of accuracy both from placed balls and from play.

It was a perfect day for hurling and the good sized attendance witnessed a tremendous contest between two very evenly matched teams that were level on five occasions over the sixty minutes. Loughmore got off to the perfect start with a Liam McGrath goal in the 3rd minute following a good run by John Meagher. Aidan McCormack replied with a Durlas Óg point but this was quickly cancelled out by a Liam McGrath point. Durlas Óg then struck five points in a row to lead by 0-6 to 1-1 by the end of the first quarter. McCormack (3), Mark Lanigan and Philip Purcell were their scorers. The Thurles side failed to score in the second quarter as Loughmore got on top at centre field through Liam Treacy and John McGrath with John Meagher impressing at centre back. Liam McGrath scored four points (3 frees) and Brian McGrath also pointed to leave the half time score Loughmore-Castleiney 1-7 Durlas Óg 0-6.

Durlas Óg made a number of positional switches at the break the most notable being the placing of Aidan McCormack at midfield and Philip Purcell at centre forward. McCormack and Liam McGrath exchanged pointed free. Purcell pointed for Durlas Óg and the same player hit a great first time strike to the net in the 34th minute following a Darragh Ronayne effort coming back off the post. The teams were now level at 1-8 each. Loughmore replied by scoring three unanswered points through Liam McGrath (2 frees) and Liam Treacy. Durlas Óg came back again with points from Ronayne (2), Mark Lanigan (free) and Aidan McCormack (‘65’) to a John McGrath Loughmore point to leave the teams level again at 1-12 each with ten minutes remaining. The closing stages were tense and exciting with both teams going in search of victory. Durlas Óg went in front when McCormack struck a fabulous long range point from his own ‘65’. Liam McGrath equalised with a Loughmore pointed free. There was still five minutes to be played. Loughmore took the lead with a great point from play by John McGrath and Liam McGrath followed up with a point from a free to leave two between the teams as the game entered injury time. Durlas Óg launched a number of attacks but Loughmore defended in numbers with their goalie Patrick Nolan bringing off a brilliant save from an Aidan McCormack piledriver. That was Durlas Óg’s last chance and the full time whistle sounded moments later.

Loughmore-Castleiney had many outstanding performances none more so than Liam McGrath who was their top marksman. Thomas McGrath and John Meagher were commanding in the centre of their defence. Liam Treacy did an amount of hurling at midfield. John McGrath both at midfield and in attack was also prominent while Patrick Nolan was a competent goalie.

Durlas Óg were well served by James Ryan, Patrick Dunne, Darragh Ronayne, Aidan McCormack, Philip Purcell and Mark Lanigan.

Team and scorers:

Loughmore-Castleiney : Patrick Nolan; Lorcan Egan, Thomas McGrath, Padraic Hennessy; Darragh Butler, John Meagher, Joseph Nyland;Liam McGrath (1-11); Liam Treacy (0-1), Aaron Sweeney, Brian McGrath (0-1), Padraic Egan; Craig Cleary, John McGrath (0-2), Kevin O’Connell. Substitutes: Joseph Hennessy, Thomas Maher, Eamon McGrath.

Durlas Óg : Mark Shannon; Mark Beresford, James Ryan, Paraic Crone; Michael O’Dwyer, Patrick Dunne, Sean Moroney; Darragh Ronayne (0-2), David Corbett; Shane Butler, Aidan McCormack (0-7), Philip Purcell (1-2); Christy Cleary, Jamie Stapleton, Mark Lanigan (0-2). Substitutes: Paraic Phelan, Dylan Bourke.

Referee: Willie Clohessy (Drom-Inch)