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