Fer­gal Óg gain re­venge

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Fer­gal Og 2-9, New­cas­tle 09: Fer­gal Og got sweet re­venge for their cham­pi­onship fi­nal de­feat at Ark­low on Sun­day last when they an­nexed the Ju­nior hurl­ing league ti­tle with a six points win over keen ri­vals New­cas­tle to take the Don O’Gor­man Cup.

Just two weeks ear­lier they had been beaten by New­cas­tle in the A cham­pi­onship in a dra­matic fi­nale to the fi­nal.

Ever since the for­mer Se­nior play­ers from St. Pa­trick’s di­vided their hurl­ing al­le­giance be­tween New­cas­tle and Fer­gal Og, there has been scarcely a puck of a slio­thar be­tween the clubs all year.

The Don Gor­man Cup was to be awarded to the team that topped the league sec­tion of the cham­pi­onship but then it was found that a fi­nal had to be played as both teams fin­ished level on 19 points each.

The league game be­tween the sides ended in a draw while the cham­pi­onship fi­nal two weeks ago was only de­cided by Ta O’Brien goal for New­cas­tle in the clos­ing min­utes.

At Ark­low on Sun­day, there was again lit­tle or noth­ing be­tween the teams who were level on six oc­ca­sions be­fore play en­tered its decisive phase in the clos­ing ten min­utes.

New­cas­tle had taken a three­p­oint ad­van­tage at that stage with three unan­swered points by John Dee O’Brien (free), Paddy Ka­vanagh and Michael O’Brien and looked as if they were go­ing to re­peat their cham­pi­onship win over their north­ern ri­vals.

This time Fer­gal Og had time to re­group and rally in a game that saw the lead change hands sev­eral times over the pre­vi­ous 50 min­utes.

Fer­gal Og’s dan­ger­man Andy O’Brien had again moved out­field from the full-for­ward po­si­tion as he had done in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal and he was rev­el­ling in this new found free­dom.

Into the last ten min­utes Andy was jink­ing and slic­ing his way through the New­cas­tle de­fence on a mazy solo run when he was fouled 35 to 40 me­tres out and to the right of the New­cas­tle goal.

O’Brien stepped up to the free with men­ac­ing in­tent and blasted the slio­thar to the net through a pha­lanx of New­cas­tle de­fend­ers to put the sides level for a sev­enth and last time in this match of ebb and flow hurl­ing.

The ini­tia­tive was back with Fer­gal Og and they were de­ter­mined not to let it slip a sec­ond time.

Goalie Thomas Cowan made a num­ber of cru­cial saves and he was fronted by a solid full-back line in Frankie Cowan, Jim Con­nors and lit­tle, lion-hearted Paddy O’Brien.

Ed­die Kelly was fre­quently catch­ing the eye in the half line; John Con­nors was star­ring, while Robert Ma­son was shin­ning in at­tack along with Andy O’Brien, their bright­est at­tack­ing star.

Paddy Fisher, Jim O’Brien and John Con­nors slot­ted over vi­tal points and with five min­utes left then were ahead 1-9 to 0-9.

New­cas­tle were to suf­fer an­other blow mo­ments later when Ta O’Brien, the scorer of the winning goal for Cas­tle two weeks ago, was straight-red card for an off the ball in­ci­dent with his brother Andy.

Fer­gal Og pressed ahead and in the first minute of in­jury-time. Robert Ma­son floated a shot from the left wing which took a wicked de­flec­tion off a New­cas- tle de­fender and ended up in the net.

With this in­sur­ance score in in­jury-time, Fer­gal Og had reached the promised land, though New­cas­tle fought to the bit­ter end, forc­ing Cowan to make a vi­tal save at the ex­pense of a ‘65’ which yielded noth­ing for hap­less New­cas­tle.

New­cas­tle drew first blood in this match with mid­fielder JP Kelly land­ing the open­ing point af­ter five min­utes and from there to half time the sides were level on five oc­ca­sions (0-5 each at the break), with the lead chang­ing hands on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

Min­utes be­fore the break, John O’Brien had a chance of a goal for New­cas­tle but he kicked the slio­thar wide from the edge of the square.

JP Kelly, Gerry Con­nors, Ciarán Doyle, John Dee O’Brien were lead­ing the charge for New­cas­tle as they opened up a three point gap in the open­ing twenty min­utes of the sec­ond­half, only to be out­flanked and out-ma­noeu­vred by highly mo­ti­vated Fer­gal Og in the clos­ing phase.

This was the first piece of adult sil­ver­ware for Fer­gal Og who had only taken up the hurl­ing game in re­cent years and it was a suc­cess that their per­se­ver­ance richly de­served.

Scor­ers for Fer­gal Og: Andy O’Brien (1-4), Robert Ma­son (11), John Con­nors (0-2), Paddy Fisher, and Jim O’Brien ( 0-1 each).

New­cas­tle scor­ers: JP Kelly (0-2), Mick O’Brien (0-2), John Dee O’Brien (0-2), Gerry Con­nors, Ciarán Doyle and Paddy Ka­vanagh (0-1 each).

Fer­gal Og: Thomas Cowan, Frankie Cowan, Jim Con­nors, Paddy O’Brien, Ed­die Kelly, Michael Con­nors, Alan Hughes, John Con­nors, Karl Lacey, Paddy Fisher, Jim O’Brien, Robert Ma­son, Ge­orge O’Brien, Andy O’Brien, Barry Cowan. Subs: Karl Brady for K. Lacey, Gary O’Neill for A. Hughes.

New­cas­tle: Craig But­ler, Dean Franey, De­nis Ta O’Brien, Stephen Byrne, David Kearns, Gerry Con­nors, Andy O’Brien, Ciaran Doyle, JP Kelly, Gra­ham O’Brien, John Dee O’Brien, Paddy Ka­vanagh, Michael O’Brien, John O’Brien, JP O’Brien.

Og, win­ners of the Don O’Gor­man Memo­rial Cup.

Fer­gal Og's cap­tain Alan Hughes re­ceives the cup from Mick Ha­gan.

New­cas­tle's Stephen Byrne and Fer­gal Og's Frankie Cana­van com­pete for pos­ses­sion.

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