West Board chairman John O’Shea pictured presenting the West Tipperary Junior A Football Championship trophy to Cappawhite joint-captains Dessie Ryan and Eanna Heffernan.
Cappawhite claimed their first AIB Tipperary West Junior A Football Championship title since 2008 thanks to a convincing win over Emly in Solohead on Saturday evening. When the sides met in the group stages of the competition it was Emly who came out on top, but a far more clinical Cappawhite side turned the tables on this occasion.
AIB Tipperary West Tipperary Junior A
Football Championship Final
Cappawhite 5-10 Emly 1-2
Ciaran Ryan and Willie Barry finished with 2-2 apiece for the winners while the pitch in Solohead was in excellent condition although the drizzle tried its best to put a dampner on proceedings.
The opening exchanges were fairly even as both teams tried to find their feet in the game.
Joey Lonergan opened the scoring with a point from play after three minutes, but his side failed to build on this.
Four minutes later Jerry O’Neill pointed from a free to open the Cappawhite account. A minute later Willie Barry continued his good scoring form from last week’s minor hurling final when he scored the game’s opening goal following a mistake in the Emly defence.
Both sides had chances before Ciaran Ryan pointed from play to extend Cappawhite’s advantage.
The game was still a fairly even affair at this stage although Cappawhite were getting the better of the chances. Emly, to their credit, were attacking at every opportunity, but they struggled to break down the Cappawhite defence.
With eight minutes of the half remaining Cappawhite lead by four 1-2 to 0-1, but the remainder of the half was key to them winning the game as they out-scored their opponents 0-5 to 0-1 - points from Ciaran Ryan, Eoghan Ryan (two) and Willie Barry (two) to Shane Carroll’s point for Emly.
Cappawhite were ahead at the break 1-7 to 0-2 .
Any hope of an Emly comeback was put to bed fairly quickly in the second half. Tom Treacy pointed in the second minute and Ciaran Ryan added goal number two.
Cappawhite were creating plenty of chances and David Buckley got on the score sheet with a pointed '45 which was quickly followed by a point from Ger Ryan.
Cappawhite ahead on the three-quarter mark 2-10 to 0-2. Cappawhite pressed their foot on the gas in a three-minute period as the flood gates opened with three goals from Ciaran Ryan, Willie Barry and David Buckley.
Emly did rally somewhat in the closing stages and Michael O’Donnell hit a thunderbolt of a shot to the top corner, but it was too little too late.
Best for Cappawhite were Sean Ryan, David Buckley, John McGrath, Eoghan Ryan and Willie Barry and Ciaran Ryan. Best for Emly were Adrian O’Donoghue, Shane Carroll, James Purcell and Joey Lonergan.
Cappawhite - the West Tipperary junior A football champions.
Cappawhite: Declan Costello, John McGrath, Sean Ryan, Thomas Costello, David Buckley (1-1, 0-1 frees), Tom Treacy (0-1), Dessie Ryan, Eoghan Ryan (0-2), Donagh Heffernan, Colm O’Dwyer, Ross Dunne, Ciaran Ryan (2-2), Willie Barry (2-2), Jerry O’Neill (0-1 free), Kevin Mullins. Subs Used: Paddy Julian, Ger Ryan (0-1), Cian Ryan, Eanna Heffernan, Tommy Coughlan, Michael O’Neill.
Emly: Kevin McGrath, Declan Hennessy, Patrick McGrath, John Purcell, Donal Condon, Michael Ring, Sean McGrath, Adrian O’Donoghue, Chris Hennessy, Shane Carroll (0-1), James Purcell, Conor Burke, Eoin Buckley, Joey Lonergan (0-1), Conor Phibbs. Subs Used: Michael O’Donnell (1-0), Paul O’Heney, Michael Burke, John Hennessy, Andrew McGrath, Bob McInery.
Referee: Michael Duffy (Arravale Rovers).
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