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MacLochlainn Roadmarkings Mid SHC - Drom & Inch 2-12 Moycarkey-Borris 0-14

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MacLochlainn Roadmarkings Mid SHC

Moycarkey Push Drom All The Way 

Report by Michael Dundon for the Tipperary Star web site

Drom-Inch 2-12; Moycarkey-Borris 0-14

County champions, Drom-Inch hadn’t things all their own way but still fully justified their favourites tag when defeating Moycarkey-Borris in the MacLochlainn Roadmarkings Mid senior hurling championship at Templemore on Sunday last.

In a well-fought contest, Drom made the running all the way, and always looked likely winners, but Moycarkey’s young side rose to the challenge with gusto and their supporters went away happy with the spirit and quality of their performance.

Essentially, a goal for Drom-Inch in each half was the difference between the teams. Drom got two goals and looked the more likely to get another as Moycarkey had to rely heavily on the free-taking of Kieran Morris for scores and Drom goalkeeper Damian Young scarcely got a ball to block all afternoon.

Drom were without injured countyman, James Woodlock, and honeymooning forward, Seamus Butler, but they had the resources to cope with the situation, with newcomer Jamie Moloney having a fine outing at midfield. Seamus Callinan took his place in attack, as his recovery from injury continues, a boost for them. Moycarkey were without the injured Pat Molloy and Phil Kelly, absences which were felt as the county champions, and last year’s beaten divisional finalists, quickly settled into their game with three unanswered points in the opening seven minutes, two particularly fine efforts from David Butler.

Moycarkey must have been fearing the worst at that stage but the team responded in the best possible fashion, Kieran Morris(2) and David Sheppard pointing to level by the 15th minute. Drom got a big boost in the 18th minute when the ball broke kindly for David Collins, who instantly dispatched it to the net to put his side in the driving seat once more, and there they stayed to the end.

Over the next ten minutes the teams shared six point with Moycarkey showing no sign of wilting in the face of the champions superior teamwork and slickness. As half-time approached, Kevin Butler and Seamus Callinan points extended Drom’s advantage. In injury time Moycarkey might have had a goal but Ailbe Power’s shot did not trouble Damian Young too serioursly while at the other end, Kevin Butler’s rapser for Drom was well-saved by Moycarkey goalie John Kelly.

Drom were ahead 1-8 to 0-7 at the interval but it was still anybody’s game. An early Morris point was cancelled by Callanan’s riposte but in the 10th minute Drom struck again, as Michael Long eluded his marker to whip home a fine goal which gave them a seven point lead and seemingly uncatchable.

Drawing on their great championship tradition, Moycarkey were not about to collapse . Two Morris points had them chasing again but then Damian Young landed a huge effort from well inside his own half to steady the winners’ nerves. Callanan and sub Anthony Healy swapped points before David Butler restored the seven points advantage for Drom.

Still Moycarkey kept after them. Brian Moran pointed in the 27th minute; Kieran Morris in the 28th, and David Sheppard in the 30th but time was against them and Drom were not really taxed to hold on for a victory that was not seriously under threat.

A good start to the campaign for Drom-Inch who can look forward to better things, particularly with the return of their two key men, Woodlock and Butler. They were clearly the better side and will benefit from this outing as they shape up to face Sarsfields in the next round. Last year’s county success has done wonders for their confidence and they will be in the frame again this year when silver wear is being decided.

Michael Butler and Eamon Buckley were on top of their game in defence. Jamie Moloney had a grand debut at midfield ,while Johnny Ryan came into his own in the second half. Seamus Callanan, though a little “ring-rusty”, and David Butler posed the biggest threat in attack.

Moycarkey-Borris will take encouragement from this showing but their next outing is against Loughmore-Castleiney, to be followed by a clash with Sarsfields, making it difficult to see where championship-saving points are going to come from. Manager T J Connolly and his selectors have opted for a youthful approach and it may take time for their charges to reach the level required to compete in senior ranks. The return of Pat Molloy and Phil Kelly will increase their options but Eamon Flanagan, Rory Ryan, David Sheppard, James Power,Paul Dempsey, goalie John Kelly and subs Brian Moran and Anthony Healy could be happy with their day’s work.

Drom-Inch – Damian Young(0-1); Paul Stapleton, Michael Butler, Mike Costelloe; Liam Ryan, Eamon Buckley, James Ryan; Jamie Moloney, Johnny Ryan (0-2); David Collins(1-0), Pat Lupton, David Butler(0-3); Kevin Butler(0-1), Michael Long(1-0), Seamus Callinan (0-5);

Moycarkey-Borris – John Kelly; James Bourke, James Power, David Morris; Paul Dempsey, Eamon Flanagan, Kevin Moran; Patrick Carey, Rory Ryan; Kieran Morris(0-9), Robert Doran, Ailbe Power; Pat Ralph(0-1), David Sheppard(0-2), John Bergin; Subs- Ciaran Clohessy for Bergin; Brian Moran(0-1) for Carey; Anthony Healy(0-1) for A Power.

Ref- John Butler, Upperchurch