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County Junior Hurling Q-Final - Moycarkey-Borris 2-14 Moneygall 0-8

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Moneygall no match for impressive Moycarkey 

Moycarkey-Borris 2-14 Moneygall 0-8

Report by Kieran Mullarkey for the Nenagh Guardian newspaper

Moneygall completed a disappointing double for the North Tipperary representatives succumbing to Mid champion’s Moycarkey/Borris in the second of the County Junior ‘A’ Quarter finals on Saturday afternoon. The runners up in the North Division lined out without influential captain Stephen Maher and when full back Tadgh Kennedy limped off after barely two minutes the signs were ominous.

A physically stronger Moycarkey went about their business with little fuss. Robert Clancy on the edge of the square proved a willing target, cleverly using his height advantage over replacement full back Martin Deane. Willie Dempsey at centre forward was at the heart of Moycarkey’s best play and he had the opening point in the first minute and after he was fouled in the next play converted the free himself.

In a competitive opening Moneygall pulled a point back through a John Doughan free after Michael Kirwan was fouled and indeed Kirwan’s battle with Moycarkey’s Rory O’Regan was unrelenting. Moycarkey were shading the possession stakes and increased their lead to three with a huge point from Gary O’Connell and a tidy effort from the aforementioned O’Regan. They came close to the opening goal when Carey fielded a long delivery but flashed his shot outside John King’s right hand post. Moneygall pulled one back when Tom Toohey was on hand to point after Brian Teehan’s run but Jamie Fanning immediately replied with a good point for Moycarkey.

Despite their attack lacking a cutting edge Moneygall enjoyed a good spell on the quarter hour with Teehan, Toohey and Billy McCormack showing well whilst at the back Cathal Kennedy and Michael Kirwan began to assert themselves. A Donal Doughan free and a Brian Teehan point reduced the deficit to just one but that was as good as it would get. Moycarkey broke Moneygall momentum with the first goal of the contest. The towering Robert Clancy won Cathal Ryan’s high delivery before teeing up Daniel Kirby to apply the finish. The green flag could easily have been raised seconds later when Cathal Ryan’s block off goalkeeper John King’s clearance flew back over the keeper’s head but also, much to King’s relief, the crossbar.

A second Rory O’Regan point in the 25th minute opened up a seven-point gap but to their credit Moneygall dug deep to prevent the Mid champions drawing away. Michael Kirwan at wing back lead by example with a fine finish after a surging run before Donal Doughan added another tasty effort and had they been a bit more accurate could have cut the gap further.

Moycarkey’s Willie Dempsey ended the half as he began it with two consecutive points, one from play and a further free as frustrated Moneygall defenders were forced to foul to restrict their opponents. Behind by seven at the break Moneygall began the second half in determined fashion and landed the opening two scores to reduce Moycarkey’s lead to five. John Doughan converted a free and Paul O’Brien capitalised on a Stephen Kirwan error to grab his first score. 

Yet it was to prove a false dawn as O’Brien’s point in the fifth minute was Moneygall’s last of the game as the Moycarkey defence, in particular the half back line of Gerry Maguire, Pat Molloy and Gary O’Connell, overwhelmed their opponents. Moycarkey’s attack did n’t flow like it had in the first but it didn’t need to. Moneygall ill discipline, which saw six players on yellow cards, presented Willie Dempsey with two frees which he converted to restore their seven-point advantage. The impressive Rory O’Regan added a further point before Clancy, selfless as ever, set up Daniel Kirby to extend the lead to nine.

Moneygall introduced Damien Martin in the hope that his goalscoring form of late could inject some life into his side. However it was not to be but Martin was involved in Moneygall’s best chance of a goal, but John Doughan’s shot was well smothered by Moycarkey keeper James Doran. The contest had fizzled out with still a quarter of an hour remaining and a late goal by Robert Clancy was fitting reward for his performance and put a fairer reflection on the scoreboard.

Man of the Match: Willie Dempsey (Moycarkey/Borris) 

Scorers – Moycarkey: Willie Dempsey 0-6, 3 frees; Daniel Kirby 1-2; Rory O’Regan 0-3; Robert Clancy 1-0; Jamie Fanning, Gary O’Connell, Cathal Ryan 0-1 each

Moneygall: Donal Doughan 0-2, 1 free; John Doughan 0-2 frees; Tom Toohey, Michael Kirwan, Paul O’Brien, Brian Teehan 0-1 each.

Moycarkey/Borris: James Doran; Geoff Fallon, Stephen Kirwan, Conor Hayes; Gerry McGuire, Pat Molloy, Gary O’Connell; Ger Carey, Paudie Doran; Jamie Fanning, Willie Dempsey, Daniel Kirby; Cathal Ryan, Robert Clancy, Rory O’Regan. 
Subs: Michael Roche for Ryan; Peter Kinane for Carey; Peter O’Brien for O’Connell.

Moneygall: John King; Martin Deane, Tadgh Kennedy, Michael Hogan; David Gleeson, Cathal Kennedy, Michael Kirwan; John Doughan, Keith Maher; Michael Cahill, Tom Toohey, Brian Teehan; Billy McCormack, Donal Doughan, Paul O'Brien. 
Subs: Tony O’Connor for T Kennedy (inj); Dwayne Collison for O’Brien; Damien Martin for Maher; Chris Doughan for Cahill.

Referee: Sean Bradshaw (Knockavilla Kickhams)