Éire Óg were left heartbroken at Cloughjordan on Wednesday evening when a heroic effort from the Blues fell agonizingly short against a terrific Roscrea team in the U14A north final.
North Tipperary Under-14A
Hurling Championship Final
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-8 Roscrea 1-10
Éire Óg were left heartbroken at MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan on Wednesday evening when a heroic effort from the Blues fell agonizingly short against a terrific Roscrea team in a hard-fought under-14A north Tipperary hurling final.
Éire Óg arrived in Cloughjordan chasing a 12th under-14A divisional title, but were cast in the role of underdogs having lost (0-7 to 4-16) against Roscrea during the group phase of this year’s competition. The Blues, however, seized the initiative, worked tirelessly and only came undone when a late scoring surge from Roscrea denied the Blues a famous win. Indeed, the Éire Óg lads were a credit to themselves, their families and everyone associated with the preparation of this team.
The Blues started in positive fashion with points from Killian Malone (free), Conor McCarthy and Barry Coffey helping Éire Óg into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 11th minute. A fluke goal in the 12th minute handed Roscrea the lead while a pointed free left Éire Óg trailing 0-3 to 1-2 by the 13th minute.
Conor McCarthy was misfortunate to see a goal chance fly narrowly wide in the 14th minute, but Éire Óg shook off that disappointment when Jake Morris landed a huge free from his own 65-yard line in the 15th minute. Then, seven minutes later, Jake Morris converted a ’65 to level it up (0-5 to 1-2).
To their credit Roscrea closed out the opening half in positive fashion with two late points handing them a 1-4 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Within four minutes of the second half Éire Óg were level thanks to a Killian Malone free and a terrific point from Barry Coffey – 0-7 to 1-4.
Roscrea converted a free and a ’65 to scoot into a 1-6 to 0-7 lead with fifteen minutes to play.
Five minutes later Éire Óg conjured a goal-scoring opportunity when Conor Bonnar won Evan Murphy’s long-range free; Bonnar fired in a rasping shot, but the Roscrea ‘keeper pulled off a great save.
A Killian Malone point with six minutes to play narrowed the gap to a single point (0-8 to 1-6), but Roscrea responded with a point of their own before the Roscrea ‘keeper saved brilliantly once more, this time from the raiding Conor McCarthy.
Sadly, Éire Óg, who were hurling into the wind, struggled thereafter and Roscrea closed out the game with three further points.
The Nenagh Éire Óg under-14A team was managed by David Minogue, Michael Hallinan and Donie O’Brien – the club would like to thank the management team for their work this year.
It is also worth noting that this group of players won the north Tipperary under-14A football title this year.
Congratulations to Roscrea who bridged a nineteen-year gap on Wednesday evening – Roscrea last won the under-14A title in 1994.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Scott O’Brien, Fiachra Starr, Evan Murphy, Ethan O’Brien, Conor Bonnar, Jake Morris (captain, 0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65), Mark Carey, Peter Folen, Mark O’Farrell, Barry Coffey (0-2), Killian Malone (0-3, 0-2 frees), Daniel O’Donovan, Daniel Molamphy, Conor McCarthy (0-1), Seánie McTiernan. Subs: (3rd) Fiachra Carey for Daniel O’Donovan, (HT) Conor Hennessy for Mark Carey. Panel members: Aaron White, Shane Flynn, Seán Shanahan, Steve Hallinan, Cian O’Brien, Alan Manning, Luke Carroll, Dylan Carey, Conor Sullivan, Seán Phelan, Albert Purcell.
Referee: Tommy Ryan (Kildangan).
2013 Under-14A Hurling Results
North Final: Nenagh Éire Óg 0-8 Roscrea 1-10
Semi-Final: Nenagh Éire Óg 3-9 Toomevara 2-9
Quarter-Final: Nenagh Éire Óg 2-9 Kildangan 2-7
Nenagh Éire Óg 0-7 Roscrea 4-16
Nenagh Éire Óg 2-11 Kildangan 1-6
Nenagh Éire Óg 2-5 Kilruane MacDonagh’s 2-5
Nenagh Éire Óg 3-6 Toomevara 5-12
Nenagh Éire Óg 2-11 Borrisokane 1-7
Féile na nGael Quarter-Final
Nenagh Éire Óg 1-4 Toomevara 2-5
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