The U13 A1 Duggan Steel Final between Young Irelands and Dunnamaggin was played Saturday, in a sunny, but chilly Clara where the old adage goals win matches rang through as Young Irelands came from behind to defeat Dunnamaggin.
These teams had met already back in August, and Young Irelands narrowly edged the Dunna' side that Friday evening.
However, Dunnamaggin re-jigged their team for today's final, with some pivotal changes to their centre back and full forward line.
Referee, John McCormack threw in the ball at 5pm as the sun began to set city side, behind the Dunnamaggin goal. The first quarter was a dogged affair, with little scores but much tackling and tussling! Jamie Tallon opened the scoring for Dunnamaggin with a free, followed within two minutes with a point from Tim Doherty. Young Irelands couldn't find the target and at the first water break were still scoreless.
The second quarter saw Tim Doherty add another point to his tally, before Young Irelands put themselves on the scoreboard with a point from Thomas Langton. The Gowran boys were tainted with wides, scoring eleven wife's on the first half. But, near half time, Thomas Langton dropped a ball into the full forward line and Billy O'Keeffe lifted the sliotar and struck it into the net - goal! Dunnamaggin added a fourth point for Dunnamaggin before the half time whistle to leave it all square Young Irelands 1-1 Dunnamaggin 0 - 4.
The second half was a low - scoring affair again, a lot of wides and missed opportunities for both sides . Thomas Langton pointed two frees for Gowran while Ciarán Hickey scored a point for Dunnamaggin in the third quarter. Dunnamaggin had a few close chances on the Gowran goal but the Young Ireland backs were not for passing and strong in defence.
In the final quarter, the Young Irelands' luck turned and a goal by Ben Drennan nudged the Gowran side ahead! Dunnamaggin dug deep and two points from frees for Tim Doherty narrowed the margin to two points with five minutes to go. Thomas Langton pointed a free for Gowran and in the dying minutes Billy O'Keeffe added a fifth point to give Young Irelands a four point lead at full time although one would fancy that these sides would run up a much higher scoring affair once they would have the use of the bigger goal posts at U-15 level.
Galmoy/Windgap 3-9 Kilmacow 2-8
After trailing Kilmacow by six points at half time, 2-6 to 0-6, Galmoy Windgap were still trailing 2-7 to 0-9 at the second waterbreak in this U-13 Championship tie in Windgap on Sunday morning last. However ,it was in that final quarter where it all began to happen for the home side. Having hit all his side’s scores up to that, freetaker P J Delaney saw a free from midfield hop on the hard ground and skid in to the top of the Kilmacownet. Buoyed on by this stroke of luck and a classy point from Jack Egan, Galmoy/Windgap finshed like a train with two goals in quick succession from Tadhg Kennedy. Kilmacow had a big effort all through from their best player Daire Casey Power withgood support from Oisín Conway and Jamie Cass. Kilmacowdid have a late penalty saved by Ryan Whelan who had a great second half on goal for the hosts. Alex Culleton, Jack O Dwyer and Aidan O Shea were also impressive for Galmoy/Windgapwho now progress to meet Clara in Clara next weekend.
Galmoy/Windgap: Ryan Whelan,Alyn Hearne,AlexCulleton,Darragh Houlihan ,Jack O Dwyer,FionnLonergan,Conor Power, Padraig Egan,Aidan O Shea,TadhgKennedy(2-0),P J Delaney(1-8),Joe Moloney, Mikey Saunders, ,Sam Moloney,Jack Egan(0-1).
Sub: Shane Norris, Jack Murray & Shane Doyle
Kilmacow:Jack Hearne,Joe Murphy,Rian McDonald,DavidPhelan,Harry Morrissey,Daire Casey Power,Jack Doyle,AaronCass,Jamie Cass,Killian Flynn,Oisín Conway,Garret Foot,M J Murphy,Jack Walsh,Leo Norris.
Subs: Danny Murphy & Joe Murphy
Referee: Willie Kearney (Dunnamaggin)
The Roinn B league final was played on Saturday at MW Hire Dunmore and a very strong Tullogher Rosbercon came from behind to land the title 3-12 to 2-10 against a game Graigue Ballycallanside.
U13 Roinn B League Final 2020 Report
Tullogher Rosbercon 3-12
Graigue Ballycallan 2-10
A bright breezy day in MW Hire Dunmore, and it was Graigue Ballycallan who looked the more confident in the first few minutes. A wide in the first minute was quickly followed by a well worked point. The Graigue Ballycallan centre back combining with his centre forward for the opening score. Graigue Ballycallan got another 2 fine points, separated by a James Cummins point for the Southern lads. James then finished to the top corner to put his team in front.
Graigue Ballycallan were unlucky not to have a goal of their own. Cormac Neary adding 2 Graigue Ballycallan frees. Score at the first water break T/R 1-02 GBC 0-05.
Both teams showed serious effort in the 2nd quarter. James Cummins again scoring after a great link up play with full forward Dean Kinsella. Cormac Neary added another placed effort, before a superbly finished point by Ben McEvoy. The sides continued to trade scores finishing T/R 1-05 – GBC 0-08 at half time.
The 2nd half started well for Tullogher Rosbercon with Dean Kinsella finishing off the pass to the back of the net. Ben McEvoy answered quickly though, bursting through the opposition defence, and finishing low to the net.
Tullogher had to withstand a lot of pressure in the rest of the quarter, Graigue Ballycallan centre back Eoin Cahill and midfielder Tony Butler, who sat back a little against the wind and holding their defence solid.
A goal for Graigue Ballycallan full forward Martin Brennan left the score T/R 2-08 GBC 2-09 going into the final quarter.
Aidan Ging, the lively Graigue Ballycallan corner forward got a lovely point to start the last quarter.
Tullogher however finished stronger from there on, topped off by a goal from Michael Sidney.
Strong for the winners were captain James Cummins, Dean Kinsella, and Evan Fitzgerald at full back had a superb performance.
Graigue Ballycallan had their own strong performances coming from Eoin Cahill, Tony Butler, and free taker Cormac Neary.