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For the first time, Drom­tar­riffe are the Cork County U21C foot­ball cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing vic­tory over St Kevin’s.

Drom­tar­riffe 1-14 St Kevin’s 2-8

FOR the first time, Drom­tar­riffe are the Cork County U21C foot­ball cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing vic­tory over St Kevin’s at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

It was a right good game of foot­ball, with both sides go­ing at each other ham­mer and tongs. It might not have been a clas­sic, but it was en­ter­tain­ing.

Drom­tar­riffe looked to have one hand on the cup with 20 min­utes re­main­ing, lead­ing 1-9 to 0-5, but St Kevin’s scored 2-3 in six min­utes, to lead 2-8 to 1-9.

In­spired by Cork mi­nor foot­baller Evan Mur­phy, Drom­tar­riffe fin­ished the bet­ter to pre­vail. Heavy down­pours be­fore throw in, made un­der­foot con­di­tions very slip­pery, while there was also a gale-force wind blow­ing down the pitch.

Drom­tar­riffe were aided by the wind in the first 30 min­utes, but it was St Kevin’s, an un­der­age com­bi­na­tion of Bal­ly­clough and Deel Rovers, who raised two white flags in­side six min­utes. Timmy Hen­nessey and Damien Buck­ley with the points.

Drom­tar­riffe took a stran­gle­hold of the con­test, as they hit 1-3 in a five minute spell. Mark Lynes with the goal, a rasper of a shot into the roof of the net, fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent team move. 1-3 to 0-2 af­ter the first quar­ter.

St Kevin’s re­sponded well to the set­back, and kicked three of the fi­nal five points of the half.

Brian Mur­phy with all three points. Evan Mur­phy and Conor Cremin reg­is­tered the win­ners scores.

Drom­tar­riffe led 1-5 to 0-5 at the break, but it could have been very dif­fer­ent. Goal­keeper Mark Den­nehy was quick off his line to deny Damien Buck­ley a goal. Drom­tar­riffe dom­i­nated the open­ing ten min­utes af­ter half-time, as they scored four white flags on the trot. Evan Mur­phy (2), Conor O’ Cal­laghan and Lynes with the points. 1-9 to 0-5.

St Kevin’s were on the ropes and needed in­spi­ra­tion. Adam Fin­negan, Shane Buck­ley, Damien Buck­ley and Brian Mur­phy all stepped up, as they roared back into con­tention. The Bal­ly­clough/Deel Rovers out­fit scored 1-3 in four min­utes, to re­duce the lead to just a sin­gle point.

Damien Buck­ley with the three points, while Shane Buck­ley was quick­est to re­act af­ter the ball came back off the cross­bar, to fin­ish neatly to the net. We had a game on our hands with 15 min­utes re­main­ing, and if the bat­tle couldn’t get more ex­cit­ing, fans were on the edge of their seats, when Brian Mur­phy raised a green flag from close range for St Kevin’s, fol­low­ing a Damien Buck­ley long range de­liv­ery into Mur­phy, 2-8 to 1-9. St Kevin’s had their tails up and could sense vic­tory.

They could have got a third goal in as many min­utes, but Damien Buck­ley’s shot was hit straight at the goal- keeper. It proved costly, as Drom­tar­riffe pun­ished their op­po­si­tion, with an ex­hi­bi­tion of shoot­ing in the fi­nal ten min­utes.

Shane McSweeney and Conor O’ Cal­laghan lev­elled the game, and the win­ners were to score three fur­ther points. Eanna Mur­nagh, Jack Buck­ley and cap­tain Michael Healy dis­sected the posts, as they led by three points, 114 to 2-8. St Kevin’s threw the kitchen sink at their op­po­nents in the fi­nal few min­utes, with two great goal chances.

Timmy Hen­nessey and Damien Buck­ley both had a sight of goal, but their well struck shots nar­rowly shaved the out­side of the goal posts.

Drom­tar­riffe held on for the win. The fi­nal whis­tle sounded, spark­ing wild cel­e­bra­tions from the vic­to­ri­ous camp.

Pic­ture: Ed­die O’Hare

Drom­tar­riffe de­feated St. Kevins in the Cork County U21 C FC fi­nal to win the Mick Dolan cup at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

Pic­ture: Ed­die O’Hare

The Drom­tar­riffe who de­feated St Kevins in the Cork County un­der 21 C FC fi­nal to win the Mick Dolan cup at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

Pic­ture: Ed­die O’Hare

Drom­tar­riffe cap­tain Michael Healy raises the Mick Dolan cup, with Mick Dolan Jnr and Ger Lane, chair­man Cork Ccounty Board at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

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