Pat Grant, Chairman Western GAA Board presents the Intermediate Hurling Cup to An Rinn’s Joint Captains, Ray O’Ceallaigh and Donnie Breathnach. Included is Paddy Joe Ryan, Comeragh Oil, Sponsors. Photo: Sean Byrne//Deise Sport.
Comeragh Oil I.H.C. Final –
An Rinn 0-23, Cappoquin 3-11
With the issue decided long before the 60th minute of this Western Intermediate Hurling decider two goals in time added on by Cappoquin were never going to make any difference or take from what was a very impressive performance by a well drilled An Rinn side that will go on to bid for a first county title in this grade since 2013.
This was a game dominated by the Gaeltacht men from the start with midfielder and former county senior panellist Donie Breathnach turning in a master class in midfield and account for ten of his side’s points, four of which came from open play. In that regard he was well supported by his fellow county footballer Fergal O’Cuirin at corner forward who kept the Cappoquin defence at full stretch over the hour reeling off five points from play.
With both players on song An Rinn led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half time with all of the Cappoquin scores coming from placed balls by Shane O’Rourke. In deed it was not until the 40th minute that Cappoquin scored from play and again it was from the stick of O’Rourke who continued to be his side’s only threat in attack.
An Rinn were leading comfortably by 0-20 to 0-11 when Tommy McCarthy scored what was a consolation goal for Cappoquin in the 57th minute. An Rinn went on to score three further points before late goals by Keith Landers and Paul Murray gave the scoreboard a flattering look.
Scorers: An Rinn – Donie Breathnach 0-10 (5Fs,1’65’), Fergal O’Cuirin 0-5, Padraig O’Murchadha and Bili Breathnach 0-3 each, Fergal O’Ceallaigh and Aodhgan Mac Gearalilt 0-1 each.
Cappoquin – Shane O’Rourke 0-9 (7Fs), Keith Landers, Tommy McCarthy and Paul Murray 1-0 each, Aaron O’Sullivan 0-2.
AN RINN – Donie O’Murchadha, Conor O’Cuirin, Darach O’Cathasaigh, Liam O’Corraoin, Noel O’Murchadha, Ray O’Ceallaigh, Shane O’Cuirin, Ferdia O’hAodha, Donie Breathnach, Tadhg O’hUllachain, Cian O’Concubhair,Aodhan Mac Gearailt, Fergal O’Cuirin, Christy Breathnach, Liam O’Lonain. Subs – Bili Breathnach, Padraig O’Murchadha, Fergal O’Ceallaigh.
CAPPOQUIN – Darren Curren, Pat Morrissey Colm Looby, Matt Noonan, Timmy Looby, Paul Murray, David Cahillane, Shane Murray, Andy Molumby, Keith Landers, Shane O’Rourke, Aaron O’Sullivan, Jack Mangan, Killian O’Sullivan, Tommy McCarthy. Sub – Shane Coughlan.
Referee: Thomas Walsh (Modeligo).
The Local Bar J.H.C. Final
Ardmore 3-11, St. Marys1-15
In the earlier Junior ‘A’ hurling decider Ardmore came with a late surge to seize the title having played second fiddle to a fine St Marys side for almost the whole hour. The Tourneena side did all the hurling in the first half but fell behind after a deflected goal by Kieran Conway from a free by Seamus Prendergast and another by John Gartland and set up by Prendergast gave Ardmore a fortunate 2-4 to 1-6 lead. St. Marys hit back however with points from earlier goal scorer Eoin Kearns to go in at halftime with a 1-8 to 2-4 lead.
In the second half the Tourneena side continued to dominate the play and had moved into a 1-11 to 2-4 lead when Ardmore’s county minor James Flavin soloed right through a slack Marys defence to bury the ball in the net against the run of play. That score lifted Ardmore and they had the better of things going into the closing stages, outscoring their opponents by seven points to four with substitute Stephen Keating contributing two points from play though the sides were level on two further occasions. The issue was decided by late points from Stephen Keating and Seamus Prendergast from play.
Scorers:- Ardmore – James Flavin1-2, John Gartland 1-2, Seamus Prendergast 0-4 (3Fs), Kieran Conway 1-0, Stephen Keating 0-2, David Gartland 0-1
St. Marys – Eoin Kearns 1-11 (0-10Fs), Kevin Sheehan 0-3, Kieran Barron 0-1.
ARDMORE – Jack Walsh, Niall Hennessy, Declan Prendergast, Daniel Power, Gavin Williams, Wayne Hennessy,Richie Hennessy, Kenny Murphy, Seamus Keating, John Gartland, David Gartland, James Flavin, Seamus Prendergast, Kieran Conway. Subs – Eoin Conway, John O’Brien, Stephen Leating.
ST MARYS – J. P. Fitzpatrick, Dermot Tobin, Denis Coffey,Sean Fitzpatrick, Gearoid Hallinan, Brendan McGrourty,Tom Tobin, Eoin Barron, Kevin Sheehan, Jack Skehan, Eoin Kearns, Jason Sheehan, Mike Kearns, Kieran Barron. Subs – Colin Tobin, Killian Tobin.
Pat Grant, Chairman Western GAA Board presents the Junior A Hurling Cup to Ardmore’s Captain, Declan Prendergast. Included is Helena Byrne, The Local Bar, Sponsors.
Photo Sean Byrne//Deise Sport