Carrick Davins U-16 team clinched their second county title of the year last Saturday when they defeated Upperchurch/Drombane by an impressive margin of 14 points.
This team had already won the U-16 South and County football titles and South hurling title and this victory in New Inn was the crowning glory to the season. The final score was 3-17 to 1-9.
The Davin team started the first half well with Luke Faulkner settling the nerves with an excellent point and Josh Moroney soon following up with a point of his own.
The game then started to get a bit scrappy and although the Davin players had a lot of the possession, they failed to take the scoring opportunities that came their way.
Eventually, they started to turn their efforts into scores with Trevor Murphy, James O Neill, Josh Moroney, Darragh Foley and Luke Faulkner all adding to the scoreboard.
Upperchurch/Drombane had their moments also in the first half but the Davins half back line of Michael Whelan, Billy Roche and Dylan Shepard dealt with everything that was thrown at them.
Just before half time Luke Faulkner drove the ball past the Upperchurch/Drombane goalie, Gavin Ryan. The Davins then added a further two points to their score from a free from Josh Moroney and a 65’ from Michael Whelan.
The half time score was Davins 1-9 ,Upperchurch/Drombane 0-4.
The Davin team began the second half expecting a battle from their opponents, who were playing with the wind at their backs.
Upperchurch/Drombane rallied early and scored a quick 1-1 to peg the Davins lead back to just four points.
But the Davin players did not falter and responded with four points from Josh Moroney, Raymond Cooke, James O Neill and Trevor Murphy.
From this point on, the team defended with all their might with Cian Murphy and Conor Mackey ably protecting the area in front of goal and goal keeper Edward Power dealing with every ball that came his way.
The Davins midfield began to work overtime with Ray Cooke along with Kurtis Walsh challenging every ball and the centre forward, Darragh Foley, running tirelessly to make the tackles only he can make.
The Davin players started to isolate the Upperchurch/Drombane defence and Luke Faulkner took full advantage adding another 2-1 to his score tally.
Luke’s third goal was his best score of the day. He chased the ball across the 21 yard line, taking a look at the target and unleashing a whizz banger from the ground into the top left hand corner.
Trevor Murphy, Josh Moroney and a Michael Whelan free were more than enough to give this wonderful team their second county title of the season as they finished victorious.
Luke Faulkner won the Tipperary Co. Board’s Man of the Match award, generously sponsored by Cllr Bobby Fitzgerald.
This was Luke’s third county medal of the year having also won the hurling title with the under-14s.
The Man of the Match award was the “icing on the cake” for this young, up and coming star.
Congratulations to all the team, mentors, trainers and supporters for what has been a wonderful journey for these young men.
The Davin U-16 dual county champions: Edward Power, Cian Murphy, Conor Mackey, Michael Whelan, Billy Roche, Dylan Shepard, Ray Cooke, Kurtis Walsh, Josh Moroney, Darragh Foley, Trevor Murphy, Luke Faulkner, James O’Neill, Brandon
O’Sullivan, Dean Power, Jamie Houlihan, Stephen Waters, Dean Furey, Liamie Butler, Danny O’Gorman, Stephen Butler, Andrew O Brien.
The Davin minors await their next county match date and venue so training will continue as usual.
All U-16s are still requested at the field to help the minors achieving their football/hurling double. Training times for U-16 and minors will be notified to players by text.
Coaching for U-6s and U-8s changes this week to Thursday evening. U-6s will train from 6pm to 7pm and U-8s will train from 7pm to 8pm.
Meanwhile, there Club’s lotto jackpot wasn’t won last week. Numbers drawn were 11,17, 20, 27.
There were three match 3 winners, who each received €70.
The Davin Club extend sympathy to the McGrath and Saville family of Treacy Park and England on the passing of Gwennie Saville. May she rest in peace.
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