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Moycarkey Borris GAA Club Notes, 18th September 2017

posted 19 Sep 2017, 11:57 by Michelle Donnelly
"Tipperary Water" Seamus O Riain Cup Relegation
Seamus O’Riain Cup Relegation - Moycarkey-Borris 1-22 Ballingarry 0-11

By Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris took a significant step in retaining their Senior status by putting in a dominant performance to see off the challenge of Ballingarry at a sunny Leahy Park Cashel on Sunday afternoon.

Both of these clubs had won their opening games by large margins and a close game was expected, in particular following a two-point victory by Ballingarry when the sides met in the County Senior Hurling League in June.

Ballingarry got off to the better start, taking a 0-2 to 0-1 lead inside five minutes, the scores coming from Ian Ivors (free) and Dylan Walsh with Moycarkey’s reply from a Kieran Morris pointed free. Moycarkey would add the next two points courtesy of two further Morris frees before the same player found Tom Hayes in space and the Moycarkey-Borris wing-forward’s shot beat James Logue in the Ballingarry goal to raise the green flag and put Moycarkey in front by four points. The teams traded pointed frees from Ian Ivors and Kieran Morris to leave Moycarkey in front by 1-4 to 0-3 heading in to the second quarter.

Boosted by the good start, Moycarkey went on to dominate the remainder of the opening half as points followed from Pat Carey, Kieran Morris (4), Phil Kelly and Paul Dempsey with a solitary reply courtesy of an Ian Ivors point from play for Ballingarry. The South club did manage to add two pointed frees from Adrian Cleere in first half injury time to leave Moycarkey in front by double-scores at the interval, 1-11 to 0-7.

Ballingarry needed a strong start to the second half but scores were at a premium in the third quarter as both teams cancelled each other out. Ballingarry added three points courtesy of Adrian Cleere and two pointed frees by Philip Ivors with Moycarkey adding three points from play by Kieran Morris (2) and Rory Ryan to leave the scores 1-14 to 0-10 heading in to the final 15 minutes.

As both clubs began to introduce substitutes, it was the Moycarkey-Borris bench which made the greater impact in the closing stages. Anthony McKelvey was introduced for Paul Dempsey and helped himself to three points in the closing stages while another substitute Pat Ralph also got on the scoresheet. Kieran Morris (2), Bill McCormack (free) and Pat Carey added further points for a rampant Moycarkey side in the final quarter and long before the finish, this game was over as a contest with Moycarkey-Borris winning by 14 points, 1-22 to 0-11.

Moycarkey-Borris will now play Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams in their final game in two weeks time needing to avoid a heavy defeat to preserve their Senior status for 2018.

Moycarkey-Borris: Bill McCormack (0-1 free); Chris McCullagh, James Power, Kevin Moran; Conor Hayes, David Morris, Pat Molloy; Rory Ryan (0-1), Phil Kelly (0-1); Niall Heffernan, Pat Carey (0-2), Tom Hayes (1-0); Kieran Morris (0-12, 0-8 frees), Paul Dempsey (0-1), Mossy Bracken

Subs: Niall O’Sullivan for Kevin Moran (h/t), Anthony McKelvey (0-3, 0-1 free) for Paul Dempsey (37th minute), Kieran Cummins for Rory Ryan (50th minute), Pat Ralph (0-1) for Phil Kelly (51st minute), Mattie Ryan for Niall Heffernan (55th minute)

Junior Championship
Tipperary Water County Junior “A” Hurling Championship Quarter-Final - Moycarkey-Borris 0-13 Skeheenarinky 0-10

By Ed Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris are through to the County Junior “A” Hurling Semi-Finals following a hard-earned victory over South Champions Skeheenarinky at a rain-sodden Cahir GAA grounds on Saturday afternoon.

Brian Moran opened the scoring for Moycarkey-Borris with a point from play in the opening minute but we would have to wait another 12 minutes before the next score, a pointed free from Brian Moran. Skeheenarinky got off the mark in the 14th minute with a pointed free by Fionan O’Sullivan. Points followed from John Bergin and Conor Sweeney (free) to leave the scoreline at 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Moycarkey-Borris after 20 minutes. Moycarkey-Borris were having the better of the general play at this stage and allied to a high work rate, the scores began to flow with Tony Flanagan, Brian Moran (free) and John Bergin (2) adding points. A solitary reply from Conor Sweeney (free) left the Mid side in control at the interval, 0-7 to 0-3.

The opening stages of the second half looked like it would more of the same as John Bergin and Jamie Costello scored points from play to put Moycarkey-Borris in front by 0-9 to 0-3. However, Skeheenarinky were not crowned South champions for no reason and they began to dominate at half-back and midfield to begin their comeback. A pointed free by Conor Sweeney was followed quickly by two points from play by Tommy and Conor Sweeney, the only scores from play for Skeheenarinky in the game. These scores were followed by three pointed frees by Conor Sweeney and after 47 minutes, the scores were level at 0-9 to 0-9 and all the momentum was with Skeheenarinky.

At this stage, Moycarkey-Borris began to empty the bench in an attempt to wrestle back control in match. Without exception, each of the substitutes contributed when introduced as Moycarkey had to win this game for a second time. At nine points apiece, the next score would be crucial and when substitute Micheal Cussen was fouled, Brian Moran pointed the free to put Moycarkey-Borris back in front after 50 minutes. After five minutes of end to end hurling but no scores, Anthony Healy won possession and after a long run scored a point from play. Two minutes later, substitute Joey Doran scored another Moycarkey point from play to give the Mid side a three-point advantage heading in to the closing stages.

In the 59th minute, Skeheenarinky won possession inside the 20 metre line and despite having an overlap where a goal chance looked likely, the referee blew for a free in which was pointed by Conor Sweeney to leave just two points between the sides. Skeheenarinky dropped a number of balls in to the danger area in the remaining moments but the Moycarkey-Borris defence along with substitute JJ Darmody managed to clear their lines and in the final action, substitute Rob Doran scored a point from play to leave the final score, 0-13 to 0-10.

Moycarkey-Borris ended the game with 7 different scorers from play with John Bergin in particular doing well at centre-forward scoring four. On the flip side, Skeheenarinky only scored 2 of their 10 points from play and in the end, that ultimately was the difference between the sides.

Moycarkey-Borris: David Ryan; Mikey Bergin, Aidan Maher, Timmy Ryan; Eric Fanning, Niall O’Sullivan, Rory O’Regan; Eoghan Hayes, Gerry McGuire; Jamie Costello (0-1), John Bergin (0-4), Brian Moran (0-4, 0-3 frees); Anthony Healy (0-1), Tony Flanagan (0-1), Ger Carey

Subs: Micheal Cussen for Hayes (blood – 3m-8m), Kevin O’Regan for McGuire (blood – 7m-8m), Micheal Cussen for Carey (41m), Joey Doran (0-1) for Costello (48m), Rob Doran (0-1) for Flanagan (52m), JJ Darmody for McGuire (56m)

Under 15 Team
Commiserations to Moycarkey Borris Under 15 team who were defeated by Boherlahan.

Under 11 Team
Commiserations to Moycarkey Borris Under 11 Group 4 team who were defeated by Thurles Gaels in the Mid Tipperary Under 11 Group 4 Shield.

Club Meeting
Moycarkey Borris GAA Club will hold a Senior Club meeting on Wednesday, September 20th at 8.30pm in the club rooms. All members welcome.

Buster Night Fundraiser
On Saturday, October 7th, Moycarkey Borris GAA Club will hold a fundraising buster night in Thurles Greyhound Stadium. All monies raised from the night will go the development fund. Tickets for the buster night are available from any club officer and everyone’s support will be greatly appreciated. Tickets are €10 and include admission to the Greyhound Stadium on the night.

Paddy Cooney Tournament
This tournament was postponed last year due to the pitch development in the club grounds. This tournament is for Under 10’s and we welcome clubs from other counties to compete in the club grounds in the memory of Paddy Cooney, who was a member of the club. The tournament will go ahead on Saturday, 7th October.

Moycarkey Borris Camogie and Ladies Football Club
Under 14

Commiserations to Moycarkey Borris Under 14 Ladies Football team who were defeated by Silvermines in the Tipperary Ladies Football Under 14 Championship. However, the team defeated Holycross in the same competition a few days later.

Under 10
Well done to the two Moycarkey Borris Under 10 Camogie teams who travelled to Holycross on Saturday and took part in a tournament where we played matches against Holycross, Borrisoleigh and Annacarty. We were beaten by a strong Holycross team in the final. Thanks to Holycross for the invitation.

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