The Bridge House West
Tipperary Minor A Football
The Bridge House minor football championship A final, played at Sean Treacy Park on Tuesday of last week, was blighted by a nasty melee about midway through the second half involving about twenty players. Starting off with some harmless enough pushing and shoving it soon descended into a display of unexpected viciousness, which necessitated one Aherlow-Lattin-Cullen player being removed to hospital after the game. When tempers cooled referee, Michael Duffy, issued straight reds to Golden-Kilfeacle number 14, Brian Roche, and, after consultation with his umpires, to Golden-Kilfeacle number 3 and captain, J. J. Burns, and Aherlow-Lattin-Cullen number 9, Cormac O’Donoghue.
Following the melee the game petered out as a contest even though Golden-Kilfeacle tried hard to reduce a big deficit, scoring 1-4 in the process. This was offset somewhat in the end by 1-1 to the winners for a final scoreline of 3-9 to 1-7.
Aherlow/Lattin-Cullen had the breeze in the first-half and they dominated the game through some delightful passing movements and a great ability to find their men. They were powerful in defence and outstanding going forward. This coupled with good freetaking by Tommy Frewen gave them a lead of 2-8 to 0-2 at half-time.
The goals were scored in the first and the twenty-seventh minutes. In the opening minute Darren Neville lofted in a high ball into the Golden-Kilfeacle goals. It appeared to be going over the bar but dropped over the keeper’s head for the best possible start for the combination. The second goal came from a sizzling shot by Tommy Frewen from about twenty metres out. Golden didn’t appear on the scoreboard until the twenty-eighth minutes when Seanie O’Halloran pointed a free. He had a second three minutes later.
Golden had the breeze in the second-half but had only one point scored by the time the melee took place. They added 1-4 between then and the end, the goal scored in the twenty-seventh minute by Brian McLoughlin, who had been introduced as a replacement. Aherlow-Lattin-Cullen failed to score until the final minutes when they got 1-1, the goal coming from Anthony Leahy
After the game the O’Dwyer Cup was presented to winning captain, Tommy Frewen, by board chairman, Roger Kennedy.
Golden-Kilfeacle were five minutes late coming on to the field at the start of the game and didn’t appear in the second-half for eight minutes after Aherlow-Lattin-Cullen had taken the field. Golden were short three or four key players for the game.
Aherlow-Lattin-Cullen: Eoin O’Connell, Liam Cunningham. John Moloney (A), David Cooney, Sean Cunningham, Ed O’Meara (A) Anthony Leahy (0-1), Mark Russell, Cormac O’Donoghue, Darren Neville (1-1), Thomas O’Donoghue (0-1), Thomas Ivory (A) (0-2), Jamie Franks, Tommy Frewen (A) capt. (1-5), Shane Ryan. Subs: John Valance (A) for Darren Neville, Stephen Moloney for Jamie Franks.
Golden-Kilfeacle: Niall Fogarty, Eyhan Rogers, J.J. Burns (capt.) Alan Wade, Darren Moloney, Shane O’Connell (0-1), David Wade, Daniel Currivan, Joshua Keane (0-1), Keith Landy, Brian Roche, Patrick O’Connell, Dale Collins, Seanie O’Halloran (0-5), Evan Hayde. Subs: Killian Farrell for Dale Collins, Brian McLoughlin (1-0) for Evan Hayde.
Referee: Michael Duffy (Arravale Rovers).
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.