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Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Football Final - Loughmore-Castleiney 1-13 Moycarkey-Borris 1-2

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Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Football Final

Loughmore Castleiney 1-13 Moycarkey Borris 1-2

By Cathal Ryan

A floodlit Templetuohy played host to the Mid Tipperary Under 21 A Football Final where Loughmore Castleiney overcame the challenge of Moycarkey Borris in impressive fashion to claim the honours. The early stages were played at a frantic pace, however Loughmore showed greater potency in attack on 16 minutes they grabbed a firm grip of the game with an exceptional goal from right half forward John McGrath. Fetching a long cross field delivery the deceptive forward collected the ball just inside the 21 yard line right of the goal. McGrath then took on two defenders jinking expertly inside both before firing left footed just inside the near post. Moycarkey were now up against it and were finding it very difficult to create scoring opportunities but just moments later they were handed a lifeline when Gary O Connell won a penalty after being hauled to the ground as he attempted to turn close to goal. Captain Rory Ryan stood up to take the penalty and struck it with great conviction straight down the middle just under the crossbar.

This hope didn’t last too long as a flurry of Loughmore points followed and carved a path to the Mid crown for the men in green and red. Loughmore will be delighted with their performance and will head into the county series of the competition in confident fashion as their team possesses great pace and scoring power in attack along with a stubborn nature in defence and they will be a tough proposition for any opponent. Moycarkey will be disappointed they didn’t carve out as many scores as some of their play deserved but will be quick to acknowledge the better team on the night won despite their gritty and determined attempts that were on display until the final whistle.

In a fast paced start it took less than a minute of play before Loughmore started the scoreboard ticking with a fine left footed attempt from crafty corner forward Liam McGrath. After a succession of shots off target from both sides Noel McGrath stepped up to double the lead with a fine catch and left footed attempt directly from a Moycarkey kickout. Cian Hennessy flicked over another moments later, before picking up a knock that would cut his evening short. The goals then followed at the mid way stage of the first half and it was Loughmore who finished the half much the stronger with a point each from John, Noel and Tomas McGrath to leave the half time score 1-6 to 1-0.

Moycarkey began the second period with more attacking threat and registered their first point through a Kieran Morris free. Waves of attacks kept coming from Loughmore however and two points in a minute was the response one from Tomas McGrath and the second from Aidan McGrath after a superb attacking run from centre back. Morris added another for Moycarkey with a fine left footed kick but from here on Loughmore took control and added further scores leading to a comprehensive victory as captain Aidan McGrath picked up the divisional silverware.


Loughmore Castleiney: Thomas Quinn; Kevin Johnson, Willie Eviston, Paddy Moynihan; Darragh Butler, Aidan McGrath (0-1), Lorcan Egan; Noel McGrath (0-3), John Meagher; John McGrath (1-2), Eamonn Connolly, Joseph Nyland; Tomas McGrath (0-2), Cian Hennessy (0-1), Liam McGrath (0-3, 2F).
Subs: Brian McGrath (0-1) for C. Hennessy (28), Pairic Egan for J. McGrath (55), Noel O Connell for J. Nyland (57), Craig Cleary for T. McGrath (60), Richard Maher for T. Quinn (60).

Moycarkey Borris: John Shortall; Joe O Sullivan, Peter Kinane, James Bourke; Niall O Sullivan, Pat Molloy, John Bergin; Mossy Bracken, Rory Ryan (1-0 pen); Jamie Barry, Kieran Morris (0-2, 1F), James Power; Pat Ralph, Michael Roche, Gary O Connell.
Subs: Michael Cussen for J. Power (h/t), Donie Bergin for G. O Connell (33), David Maher for J. Barry (48), Stephen Kirwan for J. Bergin (53).

Referee: Kevin Butler (Drom & Inch)