The under-16A hurlers’ thrilling championship campaign came to heart-breaking end at Annacarty on Saturday afternoon when Éire Óg suffered a four-point defeat against a terrific Moycarkey-Borris team in the county final.
County Tipperary Under-16A
Hurling Championship Final
Nenagh Éire Óg 2-12
The sides traded frees initially before Éire Óg took the lead thanks to a Jake Morris point following great work from Fiachra Carey in the fourth minute (0-2 to 0-1). Moycarkey-Borris roared back into this contest, however, when firing five consecutive points to take a 0-6 to 0-2 lead with fourteen minutes played.
Éire Óg needed to respond and did so in the 15th minute in great style – centre-back Mark O’Farrell picked out Killian Malone at full-forward with a searching delivery and Malone beat the Moycarkey-Borris ‘keeper with a smart turn and shot (1-2 to 0-6).
Moycarkey-Borris surged into a four-point lead thanks to two converted frees and an effort from play – Éire Óg trailed 1-2 to 0-9 after nineteen minutes.
In the 21st minute Jake Morris set up Conor McCarthy for a point while in the 23rd a Jake Morris score from play closed the gap to two.
Moycarkey-Borris hit back with a point of their own before Conor Bonnar set up Killian Malone for a terrific point in the 28th minute to leave two between them (1-5 to 0-10).
Right on the half hour mark Éire Óg ‘keeper Scott O’Brien pulled off two excellent saves to deny the raiding Moycarkey-Borris forwards – the Mid champions added a point to their tally from a disputed free in the 31st minute.
Éire Óg mounted a great scoring surge in first half injury time. A left-handed Seán Shanahan point closed the gap to two before a combination of Seán Shanahan, Fiachra Carey and Killian Malone won a turnover at left wing-forward and Jake Morris raced through on goal before finishing from a tight angle.
Éire Óg retired at the interval nursing a 2-6 to 0-11 lead.
During the opening minute of the second half two Moycarkey-Borris points wrestled the lead away from Éire Óg. Conor McCarthy responded with a point to tie the game and when Killian Malone was fouled in the 33rd minute Jake Morris converted the placed ball and the Blues led 2-8 to 0-13.
Full credit to Moycarkey-Borris however – between the 36th and 49th minutes the Mid Tipperary champions hit 1-6 without reply to establish a 1-19 to 2-8 advantage; the key goal materialised in the 40th minute.
Despite being hit by such a whirlwind of scores it was heartening to see the Éire Óg lads grit their teeth. Indeed, Moycarkey-Borris were held scoreless for the remainder of this contest as Éire Óg desperately tried to mount a comeback.
A Conor McCarthy free in the 51st minute cut the Moycarkey-Borris lead to seven while Éire Óg created a goal chance in the 55th minute – unfortunately Seán Phelan was half-hooked with the goal in his sights and the Moycarkey ‘keeper made a telling save. Seconds later Moycarkey cleared off their lines following Conor McCarthy’s teasing delivery from the 65-yard line.
A brace of frees, which came courtesy of Jake Morris and Conor McCarthy, cut the Moycarkey-Borris lead to five before a Conor Bonnar point in the 61st minute reduced the deficit to four.
Although there had been a whole series of stoppages during this contest under two minutes of injury time was played and with that went Éire Óg’s chance of mounting a late charge.
The Nenagh Éire Óg club would like to congratulate Moycarkey-Borris on their success.
Everyone associated with the club is immensely proud of the manner in which this Nenagh Éire Óg group went about their business this year. The lads are a credit to the club, their town, their families and themselves. Our thanks also go to team mentors David Minogue, Noel Coffey & Eamon O’Brien.
Nenagh Éire Óg last won the County Tipperary under-16A hurling final in 1990 – the Blues have previously won this coveted title on five previous occasions: 1975, 1979, 1982, 1988 and 1990.
Nenagh Éire Óg’s 2015 under-16A hurling championship campaign featured round robin wins over Kilruane MacDonagh’s (4-8 to 2-12), Moneygall (3-22 to 0-10), Silvermines (5-19 to 2-16), Kildangan (6-18 to 1-6) and Borris-Ileigh (walkover). During the group phase of the competition the Blues drew with Toomevara (0-19 to 1-16), but lost to Roscrea (1-20 to 2-19). Éire Óg then faced Toomevara in a play-off to determine the final placings in the group and won that encounter 2-16 to 2-11. That result propelled Éire Óg into a semi-final contest against Toomevara – the Blues won that encounter on a 0-20 to 0-12 scoreline. In the final of the north Tipperary under-16A hurling championship Nenagh Éire Óg beat Roscrea 2-18 in 1-13. In the county under-16A semi-finals the Blues beat Moyle Rovers 0-23 to 0-13.
Nenagh Éire Óg: Scott O’Brien, Fiachra Starr, Evan Murphy, Peter Folan, Cian O’Farrell, Mark O’Farrell (captain), Ethan O’Brien, Daniel Molamphy, Conor Bonnar (0-1), Conor McCarthy (0-4, 0-2 frees), Jake Morris (1-5, 0-3 frees), Killian Malone (1-1), Seán Phelan, Seán Shanahan (0-1), Fiachra Carey. Subs: (39th) Dan O’Donovan for Daniel Molamphy.
Remaining Panel Members: Barry Coffey, Seán McTiernan, Cian O’Brien, Steven Hallinan, Mark Carey, Alan Manning, Shane Flynn, Alan Manning, Aaron Whyte, Conor Hennessy, Conor Sullivan, Liam Heffernan, Luke Carroll & Rory O’Donovan.
Mentors: David Minogue, Noel Coffey & Eamon O’Brien.
Referee: Noel Cosgrove.
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