South u-21 FC ‘A’ Final
Ardfinnan proved much too strong for Ballyporeen in the South u-21 FC ‘A’ final Clonmel on Monday to win their 8th title in the grade and first since 1997.
Ballyporeen failed to reproduce the form that saw them shock Clonmel Commercials in the semi-final four days earlier.
Ardfinnan, who had already beaten Ballyporeen 1-13 to 0-4 in the first round of the championship, had good displays from from Colin Nugent in goal Jonathan Ryan, Aaron Cowan, Michael O’Sullivan, Darren Bray, Philip Murphy, Gerry Cronin, Billy Hewitt, Daniel O’Regan and James O’Mahony,
Michael Sweeneey, Booby Breedy, William English, John O’Callaghan and John Martin tried for Ballyporeen.
In the opening minute Shane Fagan pointed from play with Daniel O’Regan adding a second from play in less than a minute. In the 4th minute Ballyporeen were awarded a free from 20m out that Danny Barrett pointed out of his hands.
From the kick out Danny O’Regan was put through for a rasper of a kick that Mickey Sweeney got to save but this did not last long as Shane Fagan
pointed in the 11th minute and O’Regan from a free in the 15th minute to leave the score at the end of the quarter, Ardfinnan 0-5 Ballyporeen 0-1 ,
In the 18th minute we had an exchange of points from O’Regan, when Ardfinnan were awarded a free for a late challenge, with John O’Calllaghan scoring for Ballyporeen with a mighty kick from the middle of the field.
In the 28th minute Billy Hewitt made a terrific run of 40m to blast the ball past Mikey Sweeney who got his hand to the ball only to
see it hit the back of the net. James O’Mahony added a point from play almost immediately.
In the 29th minute Sweeney made a great save at the expense of a 45 with Aaron Cowan kicking a sweet point from the placed ball to leave the half time score Ardfinnan 1-8 Ballyporeen 0-2,
After the interval we were expecting a battle from Ballyporeen who did not find the same form that saw them win the semi final on Thursday last. Instead it was Ardfinnan who came out with all guns blazing that blew the opposition away when they added 1-2 without reply, the points from
placed balls by Billy Hewitt and the goal a gem from Daniel O’Regan when a great ball over the top of the defence fell straight into his hands and on the run made no mistake with the finish.
John O’Callaghan scored a point from play for Ballyporeen but in the 44th minute Billy Hewitt added a point from a free out of his hand with James O’Mahony getting his second point of the day from play to leave the score at the end of the third quarter Ardfinnan 2-12 Ballyporeen 0-3.
In the final quarter Ballyporeen failed to put anything on the score board with a few misses to their credit and it was Ardfinnan who tacked on six points, only one from a free by Billy Hewitt, with the same player scoring a good point from play, Daniel O’Regan scored three and was a constant thorn to the Ballyporeen defence with the sixth point from Gerry Cronin to complete the easiest of South titles for Ardfinnan on a score line Ardfinnan 2-18 Ballyporeen 0-3
The referee issued quite a number of yellow cards and one red in the last minute. Ardfinnan lined out without Tom Kirwan and he should be a big addition when they play the county semi final on Easter weekend.
Scorers, Ardfinnan, Daniel O’Regan 1-8(5f), Billy Hewitt 1-4(3f), Shane Fagan 0-2, James O Mahony 0-2, Aaron Cowan and Gerry Cronin 0-1 each, Ballyporeen, John O Callaghan 0-2, Danny Barrett 0-1(f),
Ardfinnan - Colin Nugent, Sean Nagle, Jonathan Ryan, Oisin O’Flynn, Aaron Cowan, Michael O’Sullivan, Darren Bray, Philip Murphy, Stephen Lambert, Gerry Cronin, Billy Hewitt, James O’Mahony, Daniel O’Regan Capt, Shane Fagan, Ml Goonan, Subs Used - Dean O’Mahony, Aaron Lonergan,
Christopher Lambert, Niall O Sullivan,
Ballyporeen - Michael Sweeney, Rian O’Callaghan, Bobby Breedy, Seamus O’Callaghan, Eoin Morrissey, William English, Shane Lynch, John O’Callaghan, John Martin, Niall Barrett, Tommy Sweeney, Anthony Crotty, John Carey, Danny Barrett, Noel Vaughan,
Referee - Seanie Lonergan (Moyle Rovers)
Clonmel Og/Clerihan meet Swan on Thursday
This Thursday, March 21 next sees the postponed second semi final of the Halls Alarm U21B Football Championship in New Inn at 7.30pm between Clonmel Og/Clerihan and Carrick Swan.
Champions Clonmel Og/Clerihan can call on Dean Kelleher, Daragh Kearney, Aaron and Conor Arrigan, Dean Horton, Leo Curtin and Shane Murphy but will be up against an impressive Carrick Swans tea with Lee Wall, Jamie Torpey, Mickey and Colin Loughman, Dale O’Mahony, Evan Hogan and of course Bill Walsh who should hold the sway in this close encounter.
The winners meet Killenaule in the final on Saturday 23 who have Joe O’Dwyer, James Feehan and Daniel Guinan to call on - a great game is in prospect in Monroe at 4pm with extra time if needed.
In the Sureprint Minor A Football Championship all last week fixtures were postponed and now go ahed on Satuday, all games at 2.30.
Commercials take on Moyle Rovers in Ned Hall Park while Ardfinnan play Kilsheelan Kilcash in Newcastle.
In the Minor B, Ballyporeen play Grangemockler in Clonmel while Ballyooby/Castlegrace play local rivals Fr Sheehys in Ardfinnan,
Admission to all Finals €10, Semi Finals is €8 with all other gamed €5