Joe O’Sullivan Mini Bus Hire U16 Football Final
Thurles Gaels 0-09 Clonakenny 0-4
Two clubs quite familiar with each other in recent times served up a most sporting and competitive final in the Ragg last Saturday with the stronger finishing Thurles Gaels side eventually grinding down Clonakenny opposition to claim their first U16 crown in either football or hurling, amidst scenes of wild jubilation from the Gaels players.
While the opening half was low scoring it failed to reflect the amount of scoring chances from both sides, a topic Clonakenny may look back on in reflection, as their early dominance in play was not matched with points on the board. That being said Andy Mikelsons and Joe Hennessy were superb throughout for Gaels as time and again they repelled anything that came their way, with Mikelsons saving spectacularly on two occasions in the second half to deny Clonakenny. Hennessy likewise, solid all round, and yet would not be out of place in an Olympic ring as he punched ball clear at his ease all through the game.
Gaels fast out of the blocks took the game to Clonakenny and the open tempo of the game was set. Clonakenny settled though and methodically worked the numbers showing greater composure on the ball as they held the momentum. Stubborn resistance in the Gaels defence provided a free for Matthew O’Sullivan to open the scoring from the twenty metre line after four minutes. Clonakenny owned the next quarter but failed to show anything for their efforts. Having survived that dominance Gaels matched that Clonakenny effort with captain Dale Loughnane and Maris Baltins threatening in attack and were eventually awarded a twenty metre free also which Gaels danger man Baltins slotted over to level the scoring. O’Sullivan kicked over another twenty metre free for Clonakenny, this time from the left to restore his side’s lead, before Baltins also got his second and the first score from play with three minutes of the half remaining. A final push for Clonakenny before the break went out for a forty five, with the resultant placed ball thwarted yet again by Hennessy as he punched clear in customary fashion. Half time score 02 apiece.
It was Clonakenny then who continued the new half where they left off the old by laying siege on the Thurles Gaels goal, with Diarmuid Ryan and Thomas Nolan central to their play. As a result their first score from play came from the boot of Thomas Nolan who collected another punched Gaels clearance as he pointed from close range. A turning point in the match came soon after when O’Sullivan interlinked with Matthew Longe in front of the Gaels goal. With goal on his mind Longe’s excellent shot was superbly saved my Mikelsons as he held his line, though the breaking ball was tapped over by Liam Quigley to edge Clonakenny two ahead.
The lead didn’t last for long as Baltins pointed from a placed ball, before Seán O’Gorman scored the point of the match from well out the field having being fed by Colm Pearson. That score lifted Gaels as O’Gorman with Pearson and Anthony Walker starting to torment the Clonakenny defence. Gaels then went ahead for the first time through O’Gorman with a great individual point in the sixteenth minute. At the other end O’Sullivan combined with Eoin Fogarty but his effort was again cleared by Mikelsons. Hennessy again punched clear from O’Sullivan before O’Gorman set up his midfield partner Curtis Ryan to put Gaels two clear with eight minutes left. Hennessy cleared his lines again for Gaels before Loughnane eventually got a point his efforts rewarded, one score between them with three minutes on the clock.
Immediately Clonakenny worked the ball downfield but yet again Longe was denied by his nemesis Mikelsons who made another match winning save for Gaels. Baltins on the other hand got a superb second from play before Darren McGuire rounded off the scoring for Gaels with a point at the death, as referee Jonathan Cullen called time on a fine game of football.
Mid Bórd na nÓg Vice-Chairman, Willie Clohessy deputising for and in the company of Chairman Joe O’Sullivan sponsor of the championship, congratulated both teams on the fine sporting game and acknowledged the excellent exploits of our county minor football teams in the last three years and encouraged the players and clubs to keep up the great work on-going at the current time before he presented the cup to winning captain Dale Loughnane on behalf of Thurles Gaels.
Thurles Gaels; Andy Mikelsons, Joe Hennessy, Jamie Hackett, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Colm Pearson, Peter McNamara, Curtis Ryan 01, Seán O’Gorman 02, Darren McGuire 01, Anthony Walker, Maris Baltins 04 (02f), Dale Loughnane (C) 01, Aaron Callan, Subs; Dylan Dee, Adam Troy, Paul Murphy, John Brett, Gavin Gleeson, Brendan Callanan, Seán Connors, Danann O’Dwyer, Donogh Moore, John Shanahan, Kevin McLoughlin, Darragh Byrne.
Clonakenny; Thomas Costigan, Jack Casey, Eoin Nesbitt, Tommy Hennessy, Jordan Doyle, Alexie Harty, Delacy Byrne, Liam Quigley 01, Matthew O’Sullivan 02f, Eoin Fogarty (C), Diarmuid Ryan, Thomas Nolan 01, Matthew Longe, Subs; Conor Shanahan, Ben O’Carroll, Seán Maher.
Referee; Jonathan Cullen (Loughmore-Castleiney) Match Report by Joe Bracken, Mid PRO
18 May 2013
John Ryan Bus Hire U16C Hurling Final
Upperchurch-Drombane 4-26 Thurles Gaels 3-01
An extremely well drilled Upperchurch-Drombane unit captured their first title of the year when they overcame a game Thurles Gaels side in Kickham Park last Sunday. Though Gaels had the first attack at goal from Darragh Ryan, the ‘Church boys got immediately into their stride and made their intentions quite clear as they combined good movement with slick passing as they rattled off six points in five minutes to lay the foundations of this victory, a brace a piece from Jack Butler, TJ Butler and Niall Grant. The pick of these being Jack’s second, a smashing point from a tight angle just in from the right touchline.
The industrious Darragh Ryan opened Thurles Gaels account with a point on ten minutes before Loughlin Ryan pointed two frees to stretch the Upperchurch lead.
Gaels came right back into it then when Gary Dunne netted for the first time with a beautiful strike in full flow coming in from the right giving his side the boost they needed.
Not so thought Upperchurch where Jack Butler in particular was having an excellent game hitting over three more points out of five as his side went on the rampage. Their movement up front was causing severe problems for the Gaels defence where Joe Hennessy stood out in quelling the attacks. Following pressure in the Gaels goalmouth Brian Harty was sharpest as his ground strike found the Gaels net with seven minutes of the half remaining. As Upperchurch tacked on the points Thurles Gaels keeper Ronan Kennedy made a great save from Niall Grant before the final score of the half saw Michael Lavery score a second goal for Upperchurch-Drombane when his lobbing ball found its way to the net, half time score 2-17 to 1-01.
Upperchurch-Drombane opened the second half with another two points before Gary Dunne got his second goal for Thurles Gaels as he expertly let fly on an incoming ball which bounced up beautifully for him giving Gavin Ryan no chance in the ‘Church goal. Two more points followed for the ‘Church before Dunne who this time showed his strength, prevailed as he shouldered Ryan, who had advanced from his goal, out of possession and finished to the net for his hat-trick. While Joe Hennessy had a storming second half at centre back for Thurles Gaels, Upperchurch-Drombane continued to add on the scores with Ronan Gleeson getting his sides third goal with thirteen minutes of the half remaining. The last score of the game was similar to the first half when a long ball in from Niall Grant bounced oddly and deceived Kennedy to score Upperchurch’s fourth goal. Referee PJ Nolan soon after called time to the delight of the Upperchurch-Drombane side, where they had many stars on show, with Niall Grant, the Butler brothers Jack and TJ, Loughlin Ryan and Conor Ryan among others to shine.
Thurles Gaels tried hard and with stars like Joe Hennessy, Gary Dunne, Darragh Ryan, Peter McNamara and Ronan Kennedy they have a bright future ahead of them.
Mid Bórd na nÓg PRO Joe Bracken presented the cup to winning captain Gavin Ryan with Mid Bórd Secretary, Sally Young representing sponsor John Ryan also on hand.
Upperchurch-Drombane; Gavin Ryan (C), Ronan Gleeson 1-00, Conor Ryan 04, Patrick Lavery, Toby Clancy 01, Patrick Bourke, Dean Carey, Niall Grant 1-08, Michael Lavery 1-00, Loughlin Ryan 04 (03f), TJ Butler 03, Jack Butler 05, Brian Harty 1-00, Subs (all used) Darragh Brennan 01, Cathal Purcell, Callum Murray, Patrick Buckley, Eanna Ryan, Denis Ryan.
Thurles Gaels; Ronan Kennedy, John Brett, Brendan Callanan, Darren McGuire (C), Joe Hennessy, Peter McNamara, Jake Moore, Darragh Ryan 01, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Sean O’Gorman, Gavin Gleeson, Jack Hickey, Gary Dunne 3-00, Subs (Used) Sean Connors, Colin Shaughnessy, Adam Troy.
Doran Oil U16C Mid Hurling Final
Durlas Og 4-06 Thurles Gaels 2-07
Honours in the U16C local derby final went the way of Durlas Og after they defeated Thurles Gaels last Wednesday night. In what was an even and good spirited enough encounter, the game unfortunately was marred by an incident just before half time which resulted in the dismissal of two Thurles Gael players and one player from Durlas Og. At that stage Durlas Og were six points ahead, thanks primarily to a hat trick of goals from Jack O’Dwyer who netted in the 8th, 25th and 26th minutes with his third the pick of the crop – a fine drive in from the right hand side. Michael Wade scored both of the Durlas Og first half points. In comparison, Thurles Gaels having opened the scoring through Jason Grimes shot eight first half wides which would have had them ahead at the break if all had been converted. As it was points from Cormac Lanigan and a Padraig Russell free were their other first half contributions.
It was Grimes again who opened the second half scoring with a point seven minutes into the second half. Russell found the net for Gaels after a fine solo effort on eleven minutes to reduce the margin.
Points from Shane McCormack and Kacper Wysocki who spectacularly doubled his over pushed Durlas Og further ahead again. Jake Moore was having an outstanding game in goal for Thurles Gaels and almost single handed kept his team in the match. He was caught out however when a speculative shot from Brendan O’Loughlin with ten minutes left found its way to the net. Desperate to get back on terms Gaels surged forward and found the net through Jason Grimes. In the remaining minutes both sides traded a brace of points apiece to leave Durlas Og emerge as victors.
An U16C double then for Durlas Og as Mid Bord na nOg Chairman, Joe Kennedy presented the cup to Jack O’Dwyer on behalf of Durlas Og with Seamus Doran, of Doran Oil Ltd sponsor also in attendance.
Jack O’Dwyer turned in a man of the match performance with his first half hat trick for Durlas Og, with Michael Wade, Paddy Carroll, and Kacper Wysocki when introduced all effective. For Thurles Gaels Jake Moore was certainly their star player, with Jason Grimes and Padraig Russell a constant threat throughout.
Durlas Og; Conor Cassidy, Tony O’Brien, Brian Hanrahan, Daniel Taylor, Shane McCormack (0-01), Brian Ryan, Paddy Carroll (0-01f), Brendan O’Loughlin (1-00), Stephen Ryan, Jack O’Connell, Jack O’Dwyer (3-00), Sean Murphy, Michael Wade (0-02), Subs; Tommy Barrett, Kacper Wysocki (0-02), Eoin Barrett, Sean Fitzgibbon.
Thurles Gaels; Jake Moore, Jack Quinlan, Aaron Hennessy, Gary English, Jamie Ferncombe (0-01), Edmund Hayes, Cormac Lanigan (0-02), Gary Dunne, Dylan McKay, Padraig Russell (1-02, 01f), Jason Grimes (1-02), Gary O’Brien, Jack O’Dwyer, Subs; Liam Meaney, Evan O’Gorman, Jamie Buckley.
Referee; Eamon Clohessy – Moycarkey/Borris.