FOOTBALL COUNTY FINAL REPORTS
All schools are encouraged to email their county final team photo plus match report to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday 23rd November. This will see your report posted on our website and forwarded to sports editors of the different Tipperary Newspapers. Our County Finals take place at different venues throughout the county on Friday, November 18th.
TIPPERARY ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL REPORTER OF THE WEEK: Darragh O Brien, 6th Class, Ardfinnan N.S.
TERRIFIC TEMPLEMORE THROUGH TO COUNTY FINAL
The countdown has begun to an eagerly awaited Roinn A County Football Final in Clonmel next Friday, 18th November. This will be St. Colmcille’s third appearance in the ‘A’ final in four years and we will be hoping that it will be third time lucky having narrowly lost both previous finals.
One of those losses came in Templemore last November when St. Mary’s CBS, Clonmel won a cracking final by a mere two points. It was the hurt and pain of that loss that inspired St. Colmcille’s to seek revenge over the Clonmel team in the County Semi final in Cashel last Thursday. St. Mary’s started the brighter of the two teams and within thirty seconds of the throw-in, had the first score of the game, a well worked point and a statement of intent. Within minutes they had doubled their lead and St. Colmcille’s knew that this was going to be a tough day at the office. Coming off the back of two wins, over a fancied Scoil Ailbhe, St. Colmcille’s dug deep to haul themselves back into the game. Andrew Ormond got the show on the road with a confident kick from thirty five metres to open his account. Points followed from man-of-the-match Paddy Cadell and centre forward Michael Fogarty. Quick thinking from a free kick by Éanna McBride freed up some space as he powered forward from centre back to score a well deserved point. Four points to two and the many parents and supporters present from Templemore cheered with approval. After an exchange of frees, both teams took a well earned half-time break to rehydrate and talk tactics with Templemore holding a narrow lead of five points to three. St. Mary’s CBS owned the ball for the first seven minutes of the second half as they looked to stamp their authority on the game. Stoic defending from Ciarán Byrne, Ben Collins, Ruairi Mockler, Hugh Maher and an ever improving Shane Doyle just about managed to keep them at bay. This St. Colmcille’s team consists of players from third to sixth class and it was the two youngest boys on the field who helped St. Colmcille’s find their next two crucial scores. Conor Cadell fought bravely for a breaking ball, won a free and left it to his older brother Paddy to convert it superbly. The next cameo came from Diarmuid Delaney, who scored a well taken point from a difficult angle. Not to be outshone and in typical St. Mary’s spirit, the Clonmel team rallied to take the next two points and suddenly the game was back in the melting pot. Minutes remained and only two points separated the teams. Then came the vital score. A high ball was launched into the box by Edward Bergin which was fisted to the net by Michael Fogarty and suddenly the mountain looked too much to climb for a tiring St. Mary’s. Late chances fell to Ciarán Hoctor, Diarmuid Delaney and Aaron Fogarty but St. Colmcille’s had already done enough to secure a place in the coveted ‘Roinn A’ final next week. It could all have been very different had it not been for three vital saves from goalkeeper Kuba Beben, who had his best game between the posts to date. The opposition on Friday will be St. Peter’s and Paul’s, Clonmel who last played St. Colmcille’s in a county semi final three years ago. Let’s hope the boys in green can continue their remarkable run of results and bring home a title which had never been won by St. Colmcille’s before. I’m sure Mr. Doyle, Mr Kelly and Mr. Healy would settle for a one point win in what is sure to be a keenly contested final.
SILVER DELIGHT FOR ST.COLMCILLE’S UNDER 11 FOOTBALLERS
Early on Monday 14th November a 17 strong panel from St Colmcille’s headed to Cashel to contest the U11B1 Football competition. Expectations were high and the smell of wintergreen on the bus journey was a starter to the intriguing main course that lay in store. Contesting the County Championship were Cashel, Gaelscoil Durlas, Gaelscoil Cluain Meala, Grange and St. Colmcille’s Templemore. Each team played 4 games. After some titanic battles Cashel finished up as proud and deserving victors with 8 points from 4 games. St. Colmcille’s, Templemore finished as runners-up with 6 points and received silver medals. Templemore played outstandingly on the day. Darragh Mockler was solid as a rock between the sticks and brought off a fantastic save from a penalty against Grange. Ali Aissou and Stephen Cahill were strong and imposing and steam- rolled all opposing forwards. Niall Sheedy showed all the silky skills of the game and his younger brother Kevin covered the ground like ‘Roadrunner’. Adam Collins ably assisted the afore-mentioned backline and was frequently found sneaking forward for a score.Niall and Patrick Moloney were tenacious in their tackling throughout and put fear into all their challengers. James Corcoran was the playmaker in midfield and pulled the strings like Lionel Messi. He was suitably aided by the hard running Marco Quinlan. The mighty Eoin Quinn was also to the fore in the middle third and finished with a sizable tally behind his name. Up front Templemore had a lethal strike force led by Gavin Coleman and Jack Nevin. Cory Morrissey’s left peg was in serious form and he bagged 2 rockets against Gaelscoil Durlas. Mark Clavin weaved his way through defences with ease during the tournament and was Man of the Match in the Grange game. The biggest cheer to an enjoyable day came when Roberto Ianelli’s deft pass played in Patrick O’ Donoghue for a well taken winning point. A special thanks to Mr. Will Ryan and his companions from Cashel who organised the event to run like clockwork.
ARDFINNAN NS MAKE WELCOME RETURN TO THE TOP TABLE
Five teams gathered in Ardfinnan recently to play in an U11 football blitz. Boys and girls from Ballylooby, Lisronagh, Ballyporeen, Rosegreen and of course Ardfinnan played out a very enjoyable afternoon of football. The games were 8 a side and at half time the subs had to be introduced... which made things more inclusive and even more interesting!Congratulations to all the players involved for their efforts on the field. Some fine football was played and the rain held off, which added greatly to everyone's enjoyment. By the end of proceedings it was down to the game between hosts Ardfinnan and visitors Ballylooby to determine who would go through to the County Final. What an excellent, high-scoring game it was....with the maroons finishing stronger on a scoreline of 4-8 to 4-3.The Ballylooby panel, as always , were very well coached and full of determination on the day. The Ardfinnan panel were delighted with the win and since it's been a long time since the school U11s have been in a County final they hope to go one step further!
Panels included: Ballylooby: Patrich Doyle, Shane Crosse, Cathal O Gorman, Billy Gleeson, Seán Brennock, Jack O Shea, Michael Reidy,Patrick Morrissey,Billy Coffey and John Shine.
Ballyporeen : Eoin Fitzgerald,Adam Fitzgerald,Glen Ryan,Christopher English, Jordan O Shea, Riain Hennessey, Rowan English, Gearóid O Mahony, Adam English, Shona Lang, Lauren Hackett and Olivia English. Rosegreen: Christopher Geraghty, Cormac Freir,Eoin McSweeney, Tom Dowling, Andrew Moloney, Tom Tobin, Cian Hayde, Tadhg Vaughan, Dara Crimmins and Jack Ryan.
Lisronagh:Josh Power, Mark Sheehan, Harry Phelan,Aidan Lonergan, Brian O Sullivan, Conor Óg Ryan, Daragh Fenlon,Rory O Connor,Jack Channon and James Cronin. Ardfinnan : Brett Adams, Joseph Betts, Seán Óg Coughlan, Luke O Brien, Michael Walshe, Andrew Browne, Martin Condon, Conor Gallagher, Eoin Wyse, Cian O Leary, Rhys Byron and Cian O Mahoney. Many thanks to Derek O Mahony and Martin Doyle for refereeing all the games and to Paddy Noonan for preparing the pitches.
ARDFINNAN NS UNDER 13 CAMPAIGN UPDATE BY Darragh O Brien, 6th Class, Ardfinnan N.S.
On Monday the 3rd of October our under 13s played the first round of the football championship. Ardfinnan played Rathkeevin in Rathkeevin and the referee was Derek O Mahoney. At the start of the first half both sides started very well. Then Rathkeevin got four points followed by a goal. Near the end of the first half Darragh O Brien got a point from a free for Ardfinnan. Soon after the Rathkeevin goalkeeper pulled off a number of great saves. The half time score was Rathkeevin 1-4, Ardfinnan 0-1. The second half saw Ardfinnan lift their game. After scoring two points Ardfinnan were lifted by a brilliant goal from Conor Burke. We were just two points down… but Rathkeevin counter- attacked and they scored two quick goals and that finished off the game as a contest. Next week we play New Inn and hope to win! The Ardfinnan panel was : Darragh O Brien (C) , James Condon (C)),Alan Walsh, Darragh O Leary, John Condon, Oisin Ryan, Sean Doyle, Michael Cunningham, Conor Burke, Luke O Brien, Brett Adams, Conor Gallagher, Cian O Leary, Martin Condon, Joseph Betts, Mike Walsh, Ciaran Walsh, Emmet Cowan, Kasper Gronostajski.
CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL NATIONAL AWARDS 2011
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