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Eamon Darmody & Sons Mid Tipperary Under 16A Hurling Final - Moycarkey Borris 5-25 Holycross Ballycahill 1-6

posted 3 Sep 2016, 13:05 by Michelle Donnelly   [ updated 6 Sep 2016, 01:19 ]
Moycarkey Borris are on the road to another County Final Semi Final this year after a comprehensive defeat over Holycross Ballycahill in the Eamon Darmody & Sons Mid Tipperary Under 16A Hurling Final on Saturday in Boherlahan.

An early goal from James Dillon set the defending Mid and County champions Moycarkey on the road and this was followed with points from Jack Fallon and John Kirwan (2) to Ben Slattery’s pointed free for Holycross after five minutes. The game continued at the same high pace and the scoreboard reflected this with further points from Darren Flood (4), John Kirwan and Jack Fallon to another pointed free from Ben Slattery Holycross, leaving the score line after twenty minutes Moycarkey Borris 1-9 Holycross Ballycahill 0-2. The point scoring for Moycarkey Borris was accurate and kept the scoreboard busy but the goals evaded them with three goals chances missed. This was corrected in the twenty third minute as Darren Flood raised the green flag for Moycarkey Borris. Another three unanswered points for Moycarkey Borris saw them go in at half time sixteen points the better of Holycross Ballycahill, Moycarkey Borris 2-12 Holycross Ballycahill 0-2.

Following an earlier fracas in the dying minutes of the first half Holycross Ballycahill returned to the field with fourteen players but they were not at the loss of this in the opening minute when Frank Hanafin opened their scoring as he netted the ball. Moycarkey Borris next score came from an impressive sideline ball taken by Jack Fallon which was directed between the posts. The next seven minutes saw both teams trade three points each. Moycarkey Borris hit another purple patch of scoring with three unanswered points before there was a swap of a point in the fiftieth minute. Substitute Aidan Scott raised the green flag for Moycarkey in the fifty third minute stretching the margin to twenty points. Jack Fallon and John Kirwan scored two more points before Max Hackett rattled the net for Moycarkey’s fourth goal. Moycarkey Borris scored three more points from Darren Flood (2) and Diarmuid Maher before the final score from Rhys Shelly whose long range free evaded the Holycross goalie for a fifth goal for Moycarkey Borris. Final score - Moycarkey Borris 5-25 Holycross Ballycahill 1-6.

Afterwards, Mid Tipperary Coiste na Nog Chairman Michael Bourke presented the cup to Moycarkey-Borris captain Jack Fallon in the presence of sponsor Eamon Darmody.

Moycarkey Borris team - Rhys Shelly; Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes; Rory Darmody, Zach Jackson, Bill Maher; Jack Fallon, Jack Morrissey; Kyle Shelly, John Kirwan, Max Hackett; Diarmuid Maher, Darren Flood, James Dillon.
Subs – Aidan Scott for Kyle Shelly (50th), Conor Cummins for Peter Melbourne (58th), Kyle Ryan for John Kirwan (58th)
Scorers - Darren Flood 1-10 (5 frees), Jack Fallon 0-6 (2 frees), John Kirwan 0-5, Max Hackett 1-1, Rhys Shelly 1-0 (free), James Dillon 1-0, Aidan Scott 1-0, Jack Morrissey 0-1, Kyle Shelly 0-1, Diarmuid Maher 0-1.

Holycross Ballycahill team – Cormac O’Connor; Luke Scally, Paddy McGrath, Seamus Stakelum; Jack Ryan, Eoin Morris (0-1, 1 free), Eamon Ryan; Mike Nally, Frank Hanafin (1-0); Ben Slattery (0-2, 2 frees), David Manning, Eanna Ryan; Pa O’Gorman, Colin Nolan (0-2, 2 frees), Dean O’Brien
Subs – Luke Galvin (0-1)

Referee: Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels)

By Morgan Lanigan

Eamon Darmody & Sons Sports Turf Care U16 ‘A’ Final
Moycarkey Borris 5.25
Holycross Ballycahill 1.07
Moycarkey Borris put together their best sixty minutes all year, sending a clear signal to any team looking to derail their County title ambitions.
In perfect conditions two narratives collided in Boherlahan last Saturday, rightly we got wrapped up in the story of how an unbeaten Holycross Ballycahill had improved from two years ago. Moycarkey Borris on the other hand hadn’t lived up to the weight of expectation, the heaviest burden of them all.
Momentum is key and often sways, it was clearly on Moycarkey’s side and never did it sway, James Dillon hit the net after picking a loose ball in the square quickly followed by a Jack Morrissey midfield free. Holycross got on with it and earned a free that was converted by Eanna Ryan. It was a mere speed bump as Moycarkey drove on. John Kirwan scored two of his total of five points from play, his third came after two Flood frees, Darren was enjoying the supply coming from Rory Darmody, Jack Fallon and Co, both Darren and Jack Morrissey got their first points from play as Moycarkey hit cruise control, 1.08 – 0.01 14mins gone. Holycross had their best spell earning another free which Eanna Ryan pointed. As with any team in a final they have spirit and determination. It just stuttered, never running smoothly all today, time & again attacks broke down or a free up field was awarded. Then a four minute spell to all but signal the end of the game came, Darren Flood pointed a free, a Morrissey ball in, Darren held off his man, one-on-one he didn’t miss, goal. Another gear was found as Darren, Jack Morrissey and a first point for Kyle Shelly finished the scoring. The final minute saw an unwarranted melee break out, the referee after consulting with his linesman rightly adjudged Eamon Ryan be given a red card. Two more yellow cards were given to the men in green, halftime, 2.12 - .02.

Holycross got the start they and their supporters needed, 1.01 to Borris’s .02 points. Frank Hanafin’s twenty-five metres strike hit the bottom left corner, goal. A Jack Morrissey side line ball from some fifty odd metres out were highlights. Holycross’s Eoin Morris pointed a free with Max Hackett getting his first point from play. Holycross continued to push on, scoring two of the next three, Luke Galvin and Colin Nolan free cancelled out Jack Morrissey’s free, 2.15 – 1.05. That would be as good as it got, Moycarkey's midfield pair added a point each, while Darren sent two frees over. John Kirwan got his fourth before sub Aidan Scott hit Moycarkey’s third goal, 3.20 – 1.05. They was no let up as Morrissey and John Kirwan got their last points. Max Hacketts direct runs at goal caused big problems all day, this time he got a goal. Darren Floods brace from play gave him an impressive total of 1.11. Before Diarmuid Maher got his name on the score sheet, point. Somewhere in all that two solitary points were filed in the Holycross collum. The scoring was brought to a finish with a goal, keeper Rhys Shelley from inside his own ‘45’ hit the free, the bounce of the ball was misjudged and ended up in the net, 5.25 – 1.07.
Holycross Ballycahill can put this loss behind them, their improvement from two years ago is something all teams should take heart from. Mike Nally, Jack Ryan, Eanna Ryan and sub Luke Chan all played play. Their opponents Moycarkey Borris were outstanding with no weak link, backs passing the ball, good forward movement. Tom Ryan, Zach Jackson, and Rory Darmody impressed in the backs. The two Jack’s, Fallon & Morrissey were dominant, while John Kirwans five from play was dwarfed by Darren Floods takky and all round play. Chairman Martin Bourke, secretary Catherine Dunne and sponsor Eamon Darmody presented the trophy to a proud Jack Fallon. Moycarkey will play the South Champions on October 1st. 
Moycarkey Borris Team: Rhys Shelly, Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes, Rory Darmody, Zach Jackson, Bill Maher, Jack Fallon, Jack Morrissey, Kyle Shelly, John Kirwan, Max Hackett, Diarmuid Maher, Darren Flood, James Dillon. Subs on, Aidan Scott, Kyle Ryan, John Coffey, Conor Cummins, Brian O’Callaghan, Pauidi O’Gorman, Dylan Shaw, Bill Hackett, Shane Burke, Ciaran Kirwan. 
Holycross Ballycahill Team: Cormac O’Connor, Luke Scally, Paddy McGrath, Seamus Stakelum, Jack Ryan, Eoin Morris, Eamon Ryan, Mike Nally, Frank Hanafin, Ben Slattery, David Manning, Eanna Ryan, Pa O’Gorman, Colin Nolan, Dean O’Brien, Subs On – Luke Chan, Luke Galvin. Luke O’Shea, Stephen Quinlan, Ben Hennessy, Tom McGrath, Sam Quinlan, Jamie Lee Dwan.