Classy Clough­duv

Late burst seals the ti­tle for Clough­duv.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Barry O’Ma­hony

Clough­duv 1-22 Kilmichael 1-13

CLOUGH­DUV have been crowned Muskerry JAHC win­ners for the third time in four sea­sons fol­low­ing vic­tory over Kilmichael in the de­cider at Mac­room last night.

Huge credit must go to Kilmichael, ranked mas­sive un­der­dogs go­ing into the con­test, they gave it every­thing.

It was a scor­ing burst from the win­ners in the last quar­ter that put gloss on the per­for­mance. Dó­nal Cork­ery was ex­cel­lent in mid­field for Clough­duv and was named Man of the Match after the game. Five of the Clough­duv for­wards chipped in with scores, while the subs made the de­sired im­pact.

Kilmichael started the tie full of ag­gres­sion and pas­sion, and led after four min­utes 0-2 to 0-1. Kilmichael’s Peter Kelleher, who drove on his team su­perbly with two points.

Heavy showers be­fore throw in re­sulted in slip­pery un­der­foot con­di­tions and a greasy ball, but slowly but surely, Clough­duv ad­justed to the con­di­tions. The win­ners scored four of the next five points. The ac­cu­rate Mark Ver­ling with three frees, while the pacey Mark Walsh also slot­ted over an ef­fort, 0-5 to 0-3, after the first quar­ter.

Clough­duv were in con­trol at this junc­ture and looked to have the mea­sure of their op­po­si­tion. The win­ners led on by Mark Ver­ling raised four of the fi­nal six points of the half. Peter Kelleher was tor­ment­ing the Clough­duv de­fence with his pow­er­ful runs and was fouled twice, which he duly con­verted, 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

Clough­duv re­mained in the driv­ing seat on the re­sump­tion, with two quick points through Mark Walsh and Eoghan Clif­ford. Kilmichael were in no mood to buckle and led on by two great war­riors in de­fence, John O’Ma­hony and John O’Rior­dan, they started cre­at­ing chances. Peter Kelleher scored a free, and Shane Masters, un­usu­ally kick­ing the slio­tar over the bar from close range, de­spite a num­ber of de­fend­ers around him.

A Kilmichael goal would have made the pro­ceed­ings very in­ter­est­ing, but after Mark Ver­ling con­verted an­other placed ball, the win­ners net­ted a goal. A long ball sent into the Kilmichael box wasn’t cleared, and cap­tain Brian Ah­ern was on hand, to drill the ball into the net. 1-12 to 0-7 after 38 min­utes.

Hope

De­spite the blow, Kilmichael found a new lease of life. They scored four of the next six points to leave a glim­mer of hope go­ing into the last quar­ter, 1-14 to 0-11. The win­ners dipped into the bench, and the subs added pace and guile to the team.

Clough­duv opened up an unas­sail­able lead ap­proach­ing the fi­nal few min­utes, 1-20 to 0-12. A weary Kilmichael side, had no match for the vic­tors at this stage. Clough­duv’s 20th point, which was from Brian Ver­ling would have been a goal, if it wasn’t for a su­per save from Kilmichael goal­keeper Stephen O’Leary to tip it over the bar. There was some­thing for the de­feated sup­port­ers to cheer about. They saw their team score 1-1 ap­proach­ing in­jury time.

Peter Kelleher with the free, while sub Bren­dan Kelleher, was quick­est to re­act in a packed penalty box, to tap the ball home. Ul­ti­mately, the fi­nal say be­longed to the new cham­pi­ons, with the last two points. Also, Kilmichael net min­der Stephen O’Leary was alert again, to some­how save Eoghan Clif­ford’s well-struck shot. The fi­nal whis­tle sounded soon after.

A men­tion must also go to ref­eree Colm Ó Mochain, who man­aged the game ef­fi­ciently.

Scor­ers for Clough­duv: M Ver­ling 0-7 (0-4 f), B Ah­ern 1-1, K Walsh 0-3, K Walsh 0-3, E Clif­ford 0-2, S O’Con­nor 0-2, B Ver­ling 0-2, L Long 0-1, K Barry-Mur­phy 0-1.

Kilmichael: P Kelleher 0-10 (0-7 f), B Kelleher 1-0, A Kelly 0-1, C Cot­ter 0-1, S Masters 0-1.

CLOUGH­DUV: J Buck­ley, J Moyni­han, J McCarthy, A Mur­phy, A Cronin, A Ah­ern, L Long, D Cork­ery, S Cur­zon, K Walsh, M Walsh, B Ah­ern (c), J Ryan, M Ver­ling, E Clif­ford.

Subs: S O’Con­nor for J Ryan (47), L Kelleher for L Long (53), B Ver­ling for K Walsh (55), K Barry-Mur­phy for S Cur­zon (56), P Buck­ley for M Walsh (59).

KILMICHAEL: S O’Leary, L Hen­ningan, John O’Ma­hony, K O’Leary, S Fo­ley, J O’Rior­dan, K Kelleher, B Cot­ter (c), C Cot­ter, A Kelly, P Kelleher, T Tobin, M Masters, S Pren­dev­ille, S Masters. Subs: J McCarthy for T Tobin (41), B Kelleher for S Masters (56), James O’Ma­hony for B Cot­ter (61 inj). Ref­eree: Colm Ó Mochain (Cill na Mar­tra)

Pic­ture: Jim Cough­lan

Mark Walsh, Clough­duv, gets away from Si­mon Fo­ley and Adrian Kelly, Kilmichael, in the JAHC fi­nal in Mid Cork last night.

Pic­ture: Jim Cough­lan

Joe Ryan, Clough­duv, is chal­lenged by Luke Hen­ni­gan, Bren­dan Cot­ter and John O’Ma­hony, Kilmichael, at Mac­room last night.

Pic­ture: Jim Cough­lan

Brian O’Dono­van, MJK Oils, presents the Cup to Brian Ah­ern, Clough­duv cap­tain, after the win against, Kilmichael, also in­cluded are John Feeney, Sec­re­tary Muskerry Gaa Board and Gerard Kelleher, MJK Oils.

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