Tipp u-14 footballers hit top form to win Jim Power tournament

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Last Saturday was a busy day for our under age football teams with all three sides in action, Tipperary U14s (A and B) taking part in the Jim Power Tournament in Waterford, Tipp U15s in Milstreet, County Cork for the Humphrey Kelleher Memorial Tournament and our U16s in Limerick to defend their Munster championship title.

Despite their best efforts, Tipp’s U15 and U16 footballers both failed in their bid to land the silverware while down in Dungarvan, Tipperary U14s ran out clear cut winners of the Jim Power tournament.

Tipp U16 Footballers began the defence of their Munster title in Knocklong with an opening round game against Cork (1) and despite starting slowly turned the tables around to finish deserving winners, 0-11 to 0-7

Leading by seven points to four at the break with three pointed frees by Josh Keane, two points by Michael Meagher and one each by Tom Kirwan and Dylan Moloney, Tipp clearly the better side went on to add four second half points through Josh Keane (2), Brian Healy and Paul Shanahan with one each for a four point win and a place in the Semi Final.

Next up it was Kerry South in the semi final and with Tipp stamping their authority from the start with the midfield pairing Colin Riordan and Josh Keane in complete control, Tipp enjoyed a lot of possession and made it pay off with a six points to one lead at the interval with two each by Colin Riordan and Brian Healy and one a piece by Tom Kirwan and Josh Keane.

Kerry South with the aid of the strong breeze made a bigger impact in the second half putting an extra five points on the scoreboard but Tipp weathered the storm and added a further four points through Tom Kirwan (3) and Brian Healy (1) for a four point margin win to gain a place in the Munster Final., 0-10 to 0-6

In the Munster Final at Limericks Gaelic Grounds on Sunday last Cork (2) provided the opposition and while we produced snatches of good football we were never able to come to terms with a more slick Cork side who finished winners with seven points to spare, 1-9 to 0-5. For Tipp, Paul O’Leary, Ross Mulcahy, Dan Finnerty, Eoin Keogh, Colin Riordan, Josh Keane, Tom Kirwan, Brian Healy, James Feehan and Michael Connelly all stood out throughout the championship.

Tipp U16 Squad. Paul O’Leary (Nenagh Eire Og), Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rvs), James Feehan (Killenaule), Dan Finnerty (Ballina), Eoin Keogh (Kilsheelan/Kilcash), Michael Meagher (Grangemockler), Michael Connelly (Clonmel Comms), Colin Riordan (J.K.Brackens), Josh Keane (Golden/Kilfeacle), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch/Drombane), Liam Casey (Cahir), Fionnan O’Sullivan (Ballyporeen), David Finnane (Galtee Rvs), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan), Brian Healy (Fethard), John Smyth (Kilsheelan), Ger Barlow (Golden/Kilfeacle), Keelan Hickey (Cahir), Aidan Hanley (Ballina), Dylan Moloney (J.K.Brackens), Padraic Lourham (Clonmel Comms.), Dion Butler (Fethard), Luke Boland (Moyle Rvs), Ben Kilkenny (Ballina).

Estended panel, Brian Kennedy (J.K.Brackens), John Joe Ryan (Clonakenny), James Kinane (Arravale Rvs), Ian Flannery (Cahir), Shane Crowley (Clonmel Comms.), Jason Ryan (Ardfinnan).

Team Management, Jim O’Meara (Grangemockler), Peter Halley (Ardfinnan), Liam Gleeson (Eire Og Annacarty), James Farrelly (J.K.Brackens), David O’Connor (Borrisleigh)

In the Jim Power Tournament, Tipps U14 Footballers were in unstoppable form from start to finish scoring fifteen goals and forty points while conceding only fourteen points over the four games on the way to collecting the trophy.

Having done a lot of work and played a number of challenge games prior to the tournament, it paid rich dividends with centre back Danny Owens (Moyle Rvs) playing a captain’s part and along with Emmett Moloney, Adam Fitzgerald, Michael Morrissey, Liam Fahey, Stephen Quirke, Conor Clancy and Caolan Hennessy all finding the target with regularity, the end result was never in doubt.

With convincing wins against Clare, both Cork teams and Kerry South in the Final, Tipp were deserving winners of the Jim Power tournament.

U14 Results (Tipp A Team)

1st Round, Tipp 6-5 Clare 0-4; Qt Final, Tipp 3-10 Cork (1) 0-0; Semi Final, Tipp 1-8 Cork (2) 0-5; Jim Power Final, Tipp 5-17 Kerry South 0-5

Tipp U14A Squad, Charlie Manton, Fethard, Ross Peters, Clonmel Comms., Tommy Lowry, Arravale Rvs, Danny Owens, Moyle Rvs, Bill Johnston, Moyle Rvs, Joedy Sheehan, Fethard, Jamie Moriarty, Gortnahoe/Glengoole, Cathal Mahoney, St. Patricks, Jack Skeehan, Holycross/Ballycahill, Emmett Moloney, Drom/Inch, Jamie Bergin, Drom/Inch, Bill Floyd, Ballina, Liam Fahey, Rockwell Rvs, Conor Clancy, St. Patricks, Liam Powell, Clonmel Comms, Stephen Quirke, Moyle Rvs, Jordan Moloney, J.K.Brackens, Sean Moloney, Moyne Templetuohy, Adam Fitzgerald, Fethard, Michael Morrissey, Clonmel Comms, Mike Hogan, Ballybacon/Grange, Caolan Hennessey, Cappawhite, Jack Kennedy, Clonmel Comms.

Team Management, Tommy Sheehan (Fethard), Sean Hennessy (Cappawhite), Kieran Healy (Moyne/Templetuohy), Tommy Morrissey (Clonmel Comms), Tommy Ryan (Kildangan)

Tipperary U14B Squad, Tommy Morrissey, J.K.Brackens, Ian McNamara, Nenagh Eire Og, Cathal Moriarty, Clonoulty/Rossmore, Colm Kinane, Drom-Inch, Morgan Irwin, Moyle Rvs, Adam Kennedy, Cashel KC, Enda Heffernan, Clonoulty/Rossmore, Ciaran Thorpe, Drom Inch, David Mulcahy, Ballylooby/Castlegrace, Kevin Keohe, Kilsheelan Kilcash, Craig O’Connell, Rockwell Rvs, Mikey Connors, Drom Inch, David Roberts, Moyle Rvs, Robert Byrne, Portroe, Shane Power, Galtee Rvs, Padraig O’Carroll, Kickhams, Michael Ryan, Clonoulty/Rossmore, Karl Collins, Gortnahoe Glengoole, Michael O’Reilly, Clonmel Comms.,Owen Cleary, Rockwell Rvs, Tadgh Fitzgerald, Moyle Rvs, Dara Egan, Galtee Rvs, Ben King, Ballina, Billy Donnellan, Portroe, Patrick Deegan, Sean Treacys.

Tipp’s U15 Footballers travelled to Milstreet for the Humphrey Kelleher Memorial Tournament as defending champions and having came up against some very tough opposition on the way had to finally settle for the runners up spot to Limerick in the Shield final.

In their opening game against North Kerry and with the terrible weather conditions hampering any good football, Tipp had Kerry on the rack notably in the second half but were unable to press home their advantage but for poor decision making in front of goal coupled with a number of good saves by the Kerry goalkeeper, Kerry went on to win by 0-8 to 0-4.

Tipp went into the Shield competition and went on to defeat Waterford by the minimum margin, 0-9 to 1-5. While the game finished tight, Tipp dominated the first half going into a four point lead only to be pulled back near the end by a well taken Waterford goal.

Tipp held out with some big displays from, goalie Jake McDonald, full back Paul Maher, Anthony Leahy, Tommy Anglim, Shane Lonergan and James Morgan.

The exertions of the two previous games caught up with Tipp in the Shield final against Limerick and with a number of injuries picked up on the way, all militated against a Tipp victory, losing 3-8 to 0-6.

The concession of two late second half goals killed off any chance of a Tipp revival as Limerick went on to emerge winners with eleven points to spare.

Paudie White, Faolann Linnane, Paul Maher, Anthony Leahy, James Morgan, Pheilim O’Hagan and Jake McDonald all stood out for Tipp.

Tipp U15 Squad, Jake McDonald, Clonmel Comms, Paul Maher, Kilsheelan, Faolan Linnane, Durlas Og, Liam Ryan, Clonmel Comms, Stephen Kelly, Clonmel Comms, Ross Dennehy, Clonmel Comms, James Morgan, Ballylooby/Castlegrace, Padraig White, Clonmel Comms, Shane Lonergan, Moyle Rvs, Joey Doyle, Clonmel Comms, Luke Kelly, Durlas Og, Kyle Walsh, Fethard, Richie Gunne, Clonmel Comms, Mattie Stakelum, Holycross/Ballycahill, Phelim O’Hagan, Ballina, Tommy Anglim, Fethard, Paul Kennedy, Drom/Inch, Eric Walsh, Clonmel Comms, Brendan Larkin, Drom/Inch, Colm O’Shaughnessy, Ardfinnan, Michael Nugent, Clonmel Comms, Brian Noris, Moyle Rvs, Jamie Collins, Ballina, Anthony Leahy, Lattin/Cullen, Ronan Heffernan, Clonoulty/Rossmore, James Shine, Ardfinnan, Seanie O’Halloran, Golden/Kilfeacle, Pearce Murphy, Ballylooby/Castlegrace, James Cummins, Cashel KC, Brian McAuliffe, Newport, Jack Brady, Ballina.

U15 Team Management, Myles Devitt (Sean Treacys, Brian White (Clonmel Comms), Tommy Anglim (Fethard), Jim Mullin (Drom/Inch).