Roinn A Match Report
In what was a lively affair James Stephens and Graigue Ballycallan played out pulsating match in the inaugural Duggan Steel U-13 Roinn A County Final at Bennetsbridge which saw The Kilmanagh men gain revenge for the replayed league final defeat.
Sean Casey got the Village off to a flyer when he caught a side line to turn and point after seconds play.
Jeff Neary responded with a point for the league finalists before Stephen Manogue & Aaron McEvoy conveyed a free a piece.
Sean McGrath pulled off a super save from a penalty which saw Graigue work the ball all the way to Ryan Corcoran who duly pointed.
The response from James Stephens came in the 17th minute with a Minogue before Ballycallan again responded with a McEvoy free to level four a piece.
Sean Casey benefited from a Ed McDermott knockdown and the wing forward sent the white flag waving. Corcoran again showed a bit of panache to point.
McEvoy put Graigue Ballycallan two in front for the first time in the dying embers of the half when he put over a free to leave it Graigue Ballycallan 0-6 to 0-4 James Stephens.
James Stephens got the second half off to a flyer when Sean Casey’s long range shot landed up in the back of the net prior to Billy Wall adding to this with a super point.
Ryan Corcoran responded with a pointed free for Ballycallan. It was Corcoran who was the catalyst for the men in blue and white to go back in front in the 40th minute when he scored a fine goal. Corcoran tagged on a point from a free soon after.
James Stephens got their first score in 14 minutes when Manogue pointed a free in what was proving to be a see saw bout but McEvoy hit back with a pointed free of his own.
Oisin Bateman got his first point of the afternoon to cut the defecit to two with 8 to go but Corcoran fired over a free soon after which he quickly followed with a pointed ’65.
The men from the village were not going to lie down & in a twinkling of an eye Minogue had them back in it when he goaled with a rasper of a shot.
As the game entered the last minute or so Neary fired over a point to put Ballycallan two ahead.
Despite the valiant efforts of James Stephens it was not meant to be their day.
Graigue Ballycallan 1-12 2-7 James Stephens
Scorers: Graigue Ballycallan: Ryan Corcoran (1-6, 0-4 frees) Aaron McEvoy (0-4 frees), Jeff Neary (0-2).
James Stephens: Stephen Minogue (1-3, 0-3 frees) Sean Casey (1-2), Oisin Bateman & Billy Wall (0-1 each).
James Stephens: Daniel Power , Sean deely, Noah Manogue, Bill Whelan, Ed Lauhoff ,Sean Bergin, Jack Noonan, Billy wall, Ruairi harrisson, Sean casey ,Jacob Breslin, Oisin Bateman (c), Stephen Manogue, Ed mc dermott, Callum Dooley.
Subs: Billy McDermott for Dooley.
Sean McGrath, Dean O’Brien, Sean Roberts, Ben Young, Ryan Cody, Billy O’Neill, Pat Purcell, James Casey, Jeff Neary, Elliot Teehan, Aaron McEvoy, Martin Brennan, Jake O’Brien, Ryan Corcoran, Tony Butler.
Ref : Paul Cahill
Roinn C Match Report
St Patrick’s 1-11 2-13 Graignamanagh
The U-13 Duggan Steel Roinn C Final saw a novel pairing as Graignamanagh and St Patrick’s clashed in Paulstown on Sunday morning.
This was a great advertisement for Hurling and there was very little between the sides where at one stage it looked like it could end up a draw.
Sean Hamilton got Graig off to a flying start with a pointed free which was soon followed by a Charlie Kielthy point from far out on the left wing.
St Patrick’s were level by the 10th minute with pointed frees from Christian Connick and Sean Brennan.
Ivan Bolger got his name on the score sheet when he fired over from 45metres to put the men from the south in front a lead they would only relinquish once more.
This was quickly followed by a pointed free from Hamilton and another fine individual point from Kielthy.
Connick & Sean Brennan had it back to the minimum when they grabbed a point a piece.
The half’s defining score landed in the 21st minute when Hamilton stood over a 30 metre free and he duly dispatched a powerful shot to the roof of the net.
Both sides exchanged a couple of points each in the run up to half time to leave Graignamanagh 1-7 to 0-6 to the good.
It was all level by the 41st minute with 3 different freetakers for St Patrick’s through Connick (two), Brennan & Conor Phelan.
Hamilton showed he was as accurate on the frees with a point before a speculative ball from Ivan Bolger somehow landed in the back of the net. Further points from Hamilton and Kielthy put the Southeners 6 in front with Connick briefly lifted the siege with a pointed free.
At this stage St Patrick’s looked like getting a goal but each chance they missed was punished by points from Kielthy and Hamilton who were the star turns in a highly competitive and entertaining game.
St Patrick’s: Tadgh Phelan, Ruairi Farrell, Niall Kavanagh, Michael Glennon, Mark Doheny, Thomas Love, Christopher Delaney, Shane Culleton, Tara Biletskyy, Christian Connick, Sean Brennan, Conor Phelan, Marc Hogan, Oisin Troy, Oran Waters.
Sub: Marc Bergin for Waters.
Graignamanagh: Bill O’Shea, Martin Barron, Danny Kennedy, Jack Brown, Keelan Gahan, Conor Hamilton, Eoghan Stafford, Ivan Bolger, Charlie Kielthy, Steven Kinsella, Sean Hamilton, Conor Byrne, Colin Bolger, Mike Hoban, Cian O’Shea.
Ref: Owen Kenny