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Joe O'Sullivan Bus and Cab Hire Mid Tipp Minor A Football Championship Semi Final - Moycarkey Borris 1-13 Na Sairsealaigh Óg 0-6

posted 6 May 2017, 14:52 by Michelle Donnelly
Moycarkey-Borris 1-13 Na Sairsealaigh Óg 0-6

Moycarkey-Borris produced a dominant last 20 minutes to earn a place in the Mid Minor A Football Final by virtue of a flattering 10 point victory over Na Sairsealaigh Óg in Littleton on Saturday evening.

In a low scoring first half, the Thurles side opened the scoring with a point from Kevin Bracken after five minutes. Anthony McKelvey and Max Hackett replied with points from play soon afterwards before Frank McKevitt brought his side level with a point from play. Shane Maher put Moycarkey in front heading in to the second quarter but in truth, it was Na Sairsealaigh Óg who were dominating possession at this stage. This pressure paid off in the 19th minute when the Thurles side won a penalty with David O’Donnell receiving a yellow card for the foul. Frank McKevitt took the spot kick which was well saved by Rhys Shelly. The rebound fell to the onrushing corner-forward Christopher Carew but somehow, Shelly managed to race across his goal to pull off another save and the danger was averted. Thurles had much of the possession for the remainder of the half but struggled to convert their chances and a Diarmuid Maher free in the 28th minute was the only other score of the first half as Moycarkey led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval.

The pattern of play in the early stages of the second half continued to see Na Sairsealaigh Óg dominate possession. Kevin Bracken reduced the deficit to a single score in the first minute of the half with a point from play with Moycarkey corner-forward James Dillon replying in kind two minutes later. Sarsfields dominance began to pay dividends as two pointed frees from Frank McKevitt brought the sides level. McKevitt also had a goal chance during this period only to see Rhys Shelly pull off a point blank save to keep his goal intact.

Moycarkey looked to take control of the game in the 40th minute when Anthony McKelvey won a penalty. The Moycarkey full-forward took the penalty himself only to see his shot go narrowly wide with the Thurles goalkeeper beaten. From the resultant kick-out, Na Sairsealaigh Óg worked the ball upfield and took the lead with a point from play by Aidan Butler.

The game looked set for a close finish but Moycarkey seemed to take falling behind in the game as a personal insult as the intensity in their play was raised instantly and to a level which Na Sairsealaigh Óg struggled to live with. With James Dillon operating to good effect in the full forward line, slowly but surely the scores became to come for the home side. It didn’t look that way initially as a good Moycarkey passing move ended with Diarmuid Maher only to see his punched effort hit the crossbar and away to safety. At the third quarter came to an end, James Dillon scored two quick points from play to put Moycarkey back in front by 0-7 to 0-6.

Max Hackett added another point from play in the 47th minute before Na Sairsealaigh Óg were reduced to 14 men when full-back Mikey Stakelum picked up his second yellow card. The momentum was well and truly with Moycarkey now and Thurles struggled to win possession around the middle third. Moycarkey added four points in a five minute spell courtesy of Diarmuid Maher (2), Max Hackett and James Dillon to stretch their lead out to seven points. Na Sairsealaigh Óg found themselves further restricted as their wing-back Seamus Doyle received his marching orders in the 55th minute.

There was still time for Moycarkey to finish with a flourish as James Dillon rounded off an excellent performance by scoring 1-1 in injury time to ensure Moycarkey qualified for the final by virtue of a 1-13 to 0-6 victory. Moycarkey-Borris will now play JK Brackens Óg in the final.

Moycarkey-Borris: Rhys Shelly; David O’Donnell, Kieran Kearney, Rory Darmody; Zach Jackson, Tom Ryan, Kevin Hayes; Bill Maher, Jack Hackett; Max Hackett (0-3), James Dillon (1-5), Shane Maher (0-1); Diarmuid Maher (0-2), Anthony McKelvey (0-2, 0-1 free), Mark Heffernan
Subs; Caolan O’Brien for Shane Maher (48m), Peter Melbourne for David O’Donnell (50m), Sean O’Meara for Max Hackett (55m)

Na Sairsealaigh Óg: Liam Power; Ben Murphy, Mikey Stakelum, Sean Barrett; Sean Butler, Michael Purcell, Seamus Doyle; William Creedon, Daniel Moloney; Kevin Bracken (0-2), Aidan Butler (0-1), Barry McGrath; Christopher Carew, Conor Murphy, Frank McKevitt (0-3, 0-2 frees)

Referee: Tom Loughnane