Lit­tle ex­pected to seper­ate Charleville from Duar­igle Gaels

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TAR­RANT

Charleville v Duar­igle Gaels

A LONG jour­ney for both sides is al­most com­plete with sil­ver­ware on of­fer for what’s ex­pected to be a com­pet­i­tive bat­tle. No sur­prise, Charleville en­ter the fray in a pos­i­tive frame of mind, a bril­liant sea­son gained many re­wards in­clud­ing a County Premier IHC ti­tle. In­deed that hurling side are pretty ver­sa­tile for the ma­jor­ity of the team were part of a his­toric break­through to re­gain a hold of the Avondhu JAFC ti­tle when de­feat­ing reign­ing hold­ers But­te­vant.

And ear­lier in the sea­son, Charleville ac­counted for Clyda Rovers to land the North Cork U-21 ‘B’ FC. Sub­se­quently, up to 12 play­ers from the U21 side con­trib­uted to Charleville ‘s di­vi­sional Ju­nior A Foot­ball tri­umph.

A bye al­lowed Charleville into a county U21 B semi fi­nal to over­come Mi­dle­ton by a seven point mar­gin ear­lier this week. Af­ter a few hec­tic few weeks in hurling, its ev­i­dent Charleville have great be­lief in them­selves.

Team­wise Jack Meade and Fin­barr Cag­ney are solid an­chors in de­fence, Jack Doyle and Jack Barry may be in line for places at mid­field with Jack Cal­laghan, James Kennedy, Dar­ren But­ler and All Star Hurler Dar­ragh Fitzgibbon ca­pa­ble of cre­at­ing an im­pact up front.

Duar­igle Gaels wrote a new name onto the Duhallow roll of hon­our af­ter over­com­ing Bo­her­bue in a thrilling de­cider. The Mill­street and Cullen com­bi­na­tion were forced to dig deep, rais­ing their per­for­mance level con­sid­er­ably af­ter a slug­gish open­ing 20 min­utes to come home six point win­ners.

Onto the county, Duar­igle fended away a stern test from Na Piar­saigh and a key burst of en­ergy bet­tered O’Dono­van Rossa to a grip­ping semi fi­nal that re­quired ex­tra time to de­ter­mine the out­come.

Cru­cially Duar­igle rose their ef­fi­ciency lev­els to heights the West Cork out­fit failed to reach with Shane Hickey and Dar­ren Kiely strong in de­fence. At mid­field Pa­trick Di­neen and Colin Walsh cre­ated an im­pres­sion as did Michael Twomey, Padraig Moyni­han and Neil Flahive in at­tack.

This game cer­tainly has the po­ten­tial to be a cracker be­tween Avondhu and Muserry sides, weather con­di­tions may im­pact. It won’t be a sur­prise ei­ther way to what­ever side might emerge but a nar­row vote goes to Duar­igle Gaels to shade a very close en­counter.

Ver­dict: Duar­igle Gaels

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