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Spain Family U14A Mid Tipperary Hurling Final - Moycarkey-Borris 4-7 Durlas Og 2-8

posted 24 Aug 2014, 13:25 by Ed Donnelly
Spain Family U14A Mid Tipperary Hurling Final

Moycarkey-Borris 4-07 Durlas Óg 2-08

The great rivalry between Moycarkey-Borris and Durlas Óg produced another cracking encounter in the Spain Family final in Littleton last Saturday afternoon. In a match where there was very little between the sides on the score board all through, pushing on in the last four minutes Moycarkey found the all important scores to break the hearts of a superb Durlas Óg side who battled hard from one to fifteen in an effort to retain their crown. Not to be for them on the day though, as the all conquering Moycarkey-Borris side of twenty fourteen marched onto another title thanks to the brilliance in particular of Jack Fallon and scoring exploits of Darren Flood.

Playing with the stiff wind Moycarkey were first on the board courtesy of Flood who pointed from play. However, the Durlas Óg lads worked the ball downfield and while Joe Dwan seemed to shoot for a point his shot sailed beneath the crossbar to ignite the Durlas Óg fire, and ignite it it did. Determined and industrious in their play the Durlas lads went about their task with purpose and really pressurised the Moycarkey backline. Fred Crowley was flying at wing forward while Dwan and Seán Butler were coping well in midfield, with Dwan soon putting his side in front with a point. Within a minute Fallon who was now motoring strong, took off on a fine solo across the park to create the space to open his account with a point. While not firing on all cylinders Moycarkey weathered the Durlas Óg storm and put pressure on the Durlas backs. Then in the twelfth minute Kyle Shelly, out on the wing, fired a ball in around the square and as the Durlas Óg backs failed to deal with it properly, the ball broke out to Flood who unleashed a shot to the net, his side back in front.

Remarkably that would be the last score of the half for Moycarkey as Durlas Óg gained the upper hand in this fascinating tie. Four wides for the ‘Borris lads was interrupted midway by a smashing team point from Crowley for Durlas Óg as both Dwan and Cian Stakelum combined, with Stakelum setting up Crowley for the score to tie up the match. In defence Dylan Costello was outstanding for Durlas clearing ball after ball with Barry McGrath and Kieran Costello contributing well too. Into the final minute Eoin Purcell was fouled inside the twenty metre line with Jack Lanigan making no mistake with the placed ball, Durlas Óg in front by the slenderest of margins at the break 1-03 to 1-02.

Whatever the Moycarkey mentors said at half time it had immediate effect and worked wonders for their side in the second half. Fallon again levelled affairs in the opening minute from a free and two minutes later he sliced his way through the Durlas defence setting up Flood for goal number two. Durlas Óg seemed to energise themselves off these scores and straight away they did likewise, Lanigan first with another twenty metre free and then Cian Stakelum goaled in a crowded goalmouth as Lanigan’s shot on target came back off the cross bar. It was frantic stuff indeed with the tempo now reaching fever pitch on the field, amidst a cauldron of noise emanating from the stand. Both keepers had to be at the very best to hold their line for the next quarter, with Kevin Bracken in the Durlas Óg goal the busier of the two. First at the opposite end Rhys Shelly made double saves from Kieran Moloney and then Purcell as he manfully held his line. Back down the field again Moycarkey laid siege on the Durlas line as Bracken made double quick saves also.

Fallon and Lanigan traded points in a now evenly balanced showpiece. Bracken again kept his side in it but was powerless to stop Flood who broke in from the right to score his hat trick in the sixteenth minute. Lanigan again from a placed ball left one between them as the action grew in intensity.

The next passage of ball was terrific from both sides with Rory Darmody and Max Hackett equally motoring nicely up to this finally exploding into life and feeding Fallon in particular who was sublime in his play. Butler, Crowley, Rory Fogarty and Conor Murphy were upping their performance also as Durlas Óg once again carried the game to Moycarkey. Fogarty it was then who squared up the tie with five minutes left on the clock.
But the Durlas lads couldn’t contain Fallon and Flood as these two tormentors would prove to be their downfall in the final minutess. Fallon added to his tally with a pointed free, while his next two points were simply outstanding, the second of which he scored from out on the right hand side of the pitch. However in between those two points there was a matter of another goal from Flood as he scored his fourth to put his side in a commanding position.

Durlas Óg never gave up and charged down field in an effort to save the game. A point from Dwan was to be their only solace as Moycarkey-Borris emerged triumphant when referee Tom McGrath called time on an tremendous final.

Another fine display from Moycarkey-Borris sees them hold possession of all U14 Mid titles in both codes for this year while it was heartbreak for the Durlas Óg lads who left everything out on the pitch and though winning in many positions it was Flood and Fallon who were their main nemesis on the day.

With Seán Spain representing the Spain Family, championship sponsor, also on hand, Mid Coiste na nÓg Chairman, Joe O’Sullivan presented the cup to winning captain Rory Darmody on a memorable day for the red and gold of Moycarkey-Borris.

Moycarkey-Borris; Rhys Shelly, Peter Melbourne, Tom Ryan, Conor Cummins, Kevin Hayes, Rory Darmody (C), Max Hackett, Jack Fallon 0-6 (0-2f), Zach Jackson, John Kirwan, Bill Maher, James Dillon, Eamonn Martin, Darren Flood 4-1, Rhys Shelly.

Durlas Óg; Kevin Bracken, Paddy Stakelum, Jack Lanigan 04f, Kieran Costello, Ben Murphy (C), Barry McGrath, Dylan Costello, Joe Dwan 1-02, Seán Butler, Kieran Moloney, Conor Murphy, Fred Crowley 01, Rory Fogarty 01, Eoin Purcell, Cian Stakelum 1-00, Subs; Aaron Mulcaire, Jordan Fahey, Shane Stapleton, Cillian Donaghy, Seán Collins, Luke Beresford, David Mawe, Dylan O'Shaughnessy, Stephen Dorney, Cathal Hayes, Jack O'Dwyer, Jamie Donovan, Brian Long, Eoghan Ryan, Seán Madden, Dean O'Halloran, Kieran Murphy, Arthur Geronimo, Peter Wall.

Referee; Tom McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)