Bo­her­bue boost

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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.

Pic­ture John Tar­rant

Bo­her­bue cel­e­brate their vic­tory in the E Tar­rant & Sons Duhal­low JAFC fi­nal.

Pic­ture John Tar­rant

Daniel Buck­ley thrilled to cap­tain Bo­her­bue who re­tained the E Tar­rant & Sons Duhal­low JAFC ti­tle.

Pic­ture John Tar­rant

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.

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