Holders Boherbue stood firm to earn a slender but deserved victory over a tenacious Dromtariffe in a scrappy JAFC final replay.
HOLDERS Boherbue stood firm to earn a slender but deserved victory over a tenacious Dromtariffe in a scrappy E Tarrant & Sons Skoda Dealers Duhallow JAFC final replay that failed to measure up to expectations at Ballydesmond.
Space and possession were always difficult to come yet over the hour, Boherbue enjoyed the greater share of the ball. Still the reigning champions diced with danger, they could afford the luxury of registering 15 wides compared to just two for near neighbours Dromtariffe.
Having operated second fiddle to Dromtariffe in a thriller to the drawn game three days previously, Boherbue held the upperhand in the possession stakes and dug deep to carve out their 5th outright title to a dour contest where every single score was hard earned.
With defences on top, neither side settled to a battle of attrition in a scoreless opening quarter. Indeed the huge attendance were forced to wait to the 19th minute to see who would blink first to break the deadlock with Daniel O’Keeffe nailing a Dromtariffe point.
Boherbue pressed but lamented poor shooting, relying on Jerry O’Connor pointed frees to get on the scoreboard. On the break, Dromtariffe looked sharper through the involvement of Seán Howard, Seamus O’Sullivan, Conor O’Callaghan and Evan Murphy to hold a narrow 0-3 to 0-2 lead at the end of a mediocre opening half.
Boherbue emerged a more forceful side on the restart, Niall Murphy, Daniel Buckley and Kevin Cremin led the defensive resistance with Billy O’Gorman and Bryan Murphy ever alert and industrious in the centre. Though a James Casey point squared up the contest, Boherbue’s shooting problems continued with a litany of wides.
At either end, goal chances were few and far between, the best opportunity fell to Boherbue’s David O’Connor only to be thwarted by Dromtariffe ’keeper Dan Mann. After the sides swopped points to leave the contest at 0-4 apiece well inside the closing quarter, Boherbue did enjoy some productive passage of play with C J O’Sullivan, Kevin Cremin and Daniel Moynihan stepping up from defence and midfield to demonstrate the art of point scoring.
Still Dromtariffe hung in, points to O’Keeffe and Killian O’Sullivan left the minimum between the sides. With close on six minutes of injury time, it was backs to the wall stuff during a tense closing before a relieved Boherbue heard the full time whistle.
Boherbue celebrate their victory in the E Tarrant & Sons Duhallow JAFC final.
Daniel Buckley thrilled to captain Boherbue who retained the E Tarrant & Sons Duhallow JAFC title.
Niall Murphy, Boherbue, receives the man of the match award from Connie Tarrant, E Tarrant & Sons, Skoda Dealers after the Duhallow JAFC final replay in Ballydesmond.