Golden/Kilfeacle are McGrath Oil West U21B Football champions for 2016 following victory over Clonoulty/Rossmore in New Inn on Wednesday night last.
The game was played in cool dry conditions which saw Golden take their fifth title in the grade.
It was a lively start by both sides but scores were hard to come by in the opening quarter. Both sides would create chances as the game progressed with both clocking up wides. Golden opened the scoring after four minutes with a point from Keith Landy. Clonoulty tied up the game through a point from Dillon Quirke but this was almost immediately cancelled out at the other end by Seanie O’Halloran to restore Golden's advantage at the midway point of the half.
Further points from O’Halloran and Landy saw Golden/K edge further ahead. Indeed Ger Mockler had to be at his best in the Clonoulty goal to deny a certain goal. Clonoulty kept in touch with points from Enda Heffernan (play and free) but further points from Andy Byrnes, Ethan Rodgers and Seanie O’Halloran saw Golden go in at the interval 0-7 to 0-3 ahead.
Andy Byrnes pointed for Golden/Kilfeacle almost immediately from the throw which saw an immediate reply from Dillon Quirke, before Clonoulty/Rossmore were dealt a huge blow when they were reduced to 14 men. Johnaton Wade pointed for Golden/Kilfeacle to leave them 0-9 to 0-4 ahead 10 minutes into the second half. Clonoulty/Rossmore rallied and points from Owen Ryan and Enda Heffernan saw the gap brought down to three points. With a quarter of the game remaining Golden/K were awarded a penalty which was dispatched to the net by Josh Keane. Declan O’Dwyer replied with a point from play but the extra man was now starting to tell. Sean O’Halloran and Josh Keane (2) added further points before Johnaton Wade goaled with just a minute of time left. Cathal Bourke pointed in injury time but it was mere consolation as Golden/Kilfeacle ran out comfortable winners.
Best for Golden/Kilfeacle were Ethan Rodgers, Josh Keane and Seanie O’Halloran.
Best for Clonoulty/Rossmore were Ronan Heffernan, Dillon Quirke and Enda Heffernan.
Golden/Kilfeacle: Killian Hayde, Robbie Wade, Cian O’Connell, Thomas Wade, Ethan Rodgers(0-1), Shane O’Connell, David Wade, Niall Heffernan, Joshua Keane (Capt)(1-2,(0-1f), Daniel Currivan, Keith Landy(0-2), Seanie O’Halloran(0-5,(0-1f)), Johnaton Wade(1-1), Niall Fogarty, Andy Byrnes(0-2).
Subs Used: Matthew O’Keefee, Robbie Wade.
Clonoulty/Rossmore: Gerard Mockler, Aidan Loughman, David Egan, Tomas Ryan, Dylan Kennedy, Ronan Heffernan, Odhran Quirke, Owen Ryan(0-1), Dillon Quirke(0-2), Cathal Bourke(0-1), Enda Heffernan(0-3,(0-1f)), Denis Murphy, James Hammersley, Michael Ryan, Gary Donnelly
Subs Used: Declan O’Dwyer(0-1), Anthony Maher, Nicky Mockler, Aidan Carroll
Referee: John McCormack (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams).
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