Derry Gaels fin­ish with flour­ish to se­cure ti­tle

UN­DER-17 ‘A’ AND ‘B’ SHIELD FI­NALS

Wicklow People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE

DERRY GAELS TO­MA­CORK 5-7 2-13

Doyle and he drew the sides level with two wicked scores af­ter good work from mid­fielder Eoin Ka­vanagh on both oc­ca­sions.

Doyle added a free to give To­ma­cork the lead again, but John Toomey fired over a beauty off his left af­ter good work from Dy­lan Walsh and Dar­ragh Owens with 21 on the clock.

It was tit for tat over the next few min­utes with Toomey point­ing a free be­fore John Young ac­cepted a short free from John Doyle and popped the ball over the bar.

Liam O’Neill re­turned To­ma­cork to the lead, but Derry Gaels fin­ished the first half the stronger thanks to points from Adam Kee­gan (one fee) and John Toomey (free) to leave it read­ing 1-7 to 0-8 at the break.

A dire open­ing fire min­utes of the sec­ond half livened up con­sid­er­ably when the To­ma­cork man­age­ment switched john Doyle and Eoin Ka­vanagh. Doyle was in­volved in a move mo­ments later that re­sulted in James McGing fir­ing a high ball down on the Derry Gaels square and there was Eoin Ka­vanagh to catch and fire home to the back of the net.

This was a golden spell for To­ma­cork and it looked as though there would only be one win­ner when sub­sti­tute Shane Byrne pounced on a mis­take in the Derry Gales de­fence to lash home an­other goal three min­utes af­ter their first one.

Just prior to that goal, Derry Gaels had in­tro­duced Robert Doyle and Colm Walsh and these two lads were go­ing to make a telling con­tri­bu­tion to the cause within min­utes.

To­ma­cork in­cr­reased their ad­van­tage with two points, one from Owen Young and made from an Eoin Ka­vanagh run, the sec­ond from James McGing af­ter a ball from John Doyle and at 2-10 to 1-7 things were look­ing swell for To­ma­cork.

But back came Derry Gaels. Good play from Kee­gan set up Colm Walsh and he lashed home low and hard past Caoimhin Raw­son.

A wide apiece would fol­low be­fore Raw­son would save su­perbly from Euan Harper at the cost of a 45.

Up stepped Robert Doyle to fire in the 45 and it flew like a mis­sile to the top cor­ner of the To­ma­cork net to trans­form the land­scape of this game like an earth­quake, 2-10 to 3-7.

The To­ma­cork re­cov­ery be­gan in earnest. John Doyle from a free, a beast of a score from Owen Young and things were look­ing bet­ter for the To­ma­cork men.

But that vul­ner­a­bil­ity at the back was ex­posed again when Dy­lan Lynch ex­changed a one-two with the im­pres­sive Adam Kee­gan who had been tightly marked by Cor­mac Red­mond all game and blasted home to the back of the To­ma­cork net with 10 to go, 4-7 to 2-12.

Back came To­ma­cork but a John Doyle free dropped short. Derry Gaels swept up the field and Colm Walsh fairly stuck the ball in the back of the net with 30 on the clock.

James McGing re­duced the deficit to three points but To­ma­cork just couldn’t get the ball in to the dan­ger zone to grab that vi­tal equal­is­ing score and Gerry Cor­bett’s fi­nal whis­tle was greeted with pure de­light by the Derry Gaels play­ers and sup­port­ers.

Derry Gales cap­tain Dar­ragh Owens ac­cepted the ‘B’ Shield from Ka­tri­ona Byrne, sec­re­tary of Coiste na nÓg and he also ac­cepted the Wick­low Peo­ple spon­sored Man of the Match award for a fine per­for­mance from the mid­dle of the field.

– Derry Gaels: Dy­lan Lynch 2-0; Colm Walsh 2-0, Robert Doyle 1-0. Adam Kee­gan 0-4 (1f), John Toomey 0-3 (2f).

To­ma­cork: John Doyle 0-7 (4f), Eoin Ka­vanagh 1-0, Shane Byrne 1-0, Owen Young 0-2, James McGing 0-2, John Young 0-1, Liam O’Neill 0-1.

Scor­ers

Sean Camp­bell; Conor Byrne, Oisin Dunne, Shane Arthur; Mark Clancy, Dy­lan Walsh, Paraic Doyle; Dar­ragh Owens, Dy­lan Lynch; Euan Harper, John Toomey, James Doyle; Adam Kee­gan, Oisin Dil­lon, Dara O’Shea. Subs: 16. Robert Doyle, 17. Luke Brown, 18. Ben Stephen­son, 19. Colm Walsh.

Caoimhin Raw­son; Cor­mac Red­mond, Thomas Collins, Dy­lan Far­rell; Niall Byrne, Conor Wafer, Kieran O’Ke­effe; John Young, Eoin Ka­vanagh; James McGing, Owen Young, Liam O’Neill; Shay Guil­foyle, John Doyle, Ed­ward Smith. Subs: Shane Byrne, Dan Red­mond.

Gerry Cor­bett

Derry Gaels: To­ma­cork: Ref­eree:

The Rathnew team that de­feated Clara Gaels in the Un­der-17 ‘A’ Shield fi­nal in Bal­li­nakill.

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