Cill na Ma­tra and Drom­tar­iffe a tasty draw

The Corkman - - SPORT -

THE meet­ing of Cill na Mar­tra and Drom­tar­iffe emerged the plum tie in the open­ing round to the Tom Cree­don Cup at a for­mal launch hosted by Mac­room GAA.

Six­teen Premier in­ter­me­di­ate and in­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball teams are en­tered, in­ter­est­ingly, two sides that dom­i­nated the pop­u­lar tour­na­ment in the past three years, Beál Athan Ghaorthaidh (win­ners 2016/18) and New­mar­ket (2017 vic­tors) are not in­volved this sea­son.

No ques­tion sur­round­ing the top of the bill is the meet­ing of 2018 County IFC win­ners Cill na Mar­tra and reign­ing County JAFC hold­ers Drom­tar­iffe. For Cill na Mar­tra, there were lit­tle ar­gu­ments about who went home with the brag­ging rights with an em­phatic vic­tory over Mid Cork neigh­bours Aghab­ul­logue in the County IFC Fi­nal.

In do­ing so, the Gaeltacht side de­liv­ered a highly im­pres­sive per­for­mance to claim their first county ti­tle in the grade, hav­ing come up short against Car­ri­ga­line in the 2009 de­cider.

With a promis­ing side emerg­ing drawn from a suc­cess­ful Un­der 21 side cou­pled with Divi­sion 1 League in­volve­ment, Cill na Mar­tra con­verted grow­ing con­fi­dence into a se­ries of im­pres­sive wins en route.

Mean­while, Drom­tar­iffe com­pleted a me­te­oric rise to promi­nence cul­mi­nat­ing on a County JAFC tri­umph and com­ing ever so close to adding a Mun­ster ti­tle. A pos­i­tive run in last sea­son’s Duhal­low JAFC saw Drom­tar­iffe come up short to hold­ers Bo­her­bue, they got back on track to end the in­ter­ests of Charleville, St Michaels, Ive­leary and Kil­macabea to se­cure a dra­matic county ti­tle.

The meet­ing of Knock­na­gree and Rockchapel re­vives a meet­ing from last spring, IFC babes Knock­na­gree con­jured up a late win­ning point from sharp­shooter An­thony O’Con­nor to over­come their neigh­bours by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

As it tran­spired, the Mun­ster and All-Ire­land JAFC king­pins were given the most search­ing ex­am­i­na­tion by a fired up Rockchapel and while Knock­na­gree took their time about, they seized the op­por­tu­ni­ties at the lat­ter end of both halves to land four points with­out re­ply to land vic­tory.

Else­where, County Premier IFC run­ners-up St. Michaels face quar­ter-fi­nal­ists Naomh Abán; Aghada, re­graded from se­nior level face Nemo Rangers se­cond team and hosts Mac­room wel­come Mill­street.

In the pres­ence of Coard Board Vice-chair­man, Marc Shee­han and Tom Cree­don Ju­nior, Mac­room club chair­man Joe Car­roll spoke of the mem­ory of Tom Cree­don se­nior whose life was cut short by a tragic ac­ci­dent in the prime of his play­ing ca­reer.

“Tom stood out as a ded­i­cated and strong player, strik­ing up con­sis­tent per­for­mances and an in­te­gral part of Cork teams dur­ing the 1970s and early 80s. Thank­fully, Tom Cree­don’s name is still alive, Mac­room hon­our­ing him, no doubt the stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion will be as good as Tom’s con­sis­tency for club and county,” said Joe.

“He was an in­spi­ra­tion to a gen­er­a­tion of foot­ballers in club and county, his tal­ents sur­fac­ing on play­ing mi­nor with Cork and pro­gress­ing to the se­nior side.”

First round draw:

(A) Kin­sale v St.Vin­cents; (B) Knock­na­gree v Rockchapel; (C) Naomh Aban v St. Michaels; (D) Mill­street v Mac­room; (E) Glan­mire v Glenville; (F) Aghada v Nemo Rangers; (G) Bal­ly­desmond v Balli­nora; (H) Drom­tar­iffe v Cill Na Mar­tra

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