Garda Cup U/16 Hurling: The game between the Mid and North proved to be a cracker. Right from the off both teams played with such intensity that had spectators glued to the action and there was never only the slimmest of margins separating the sides. It was the North who rattled the net on two occasions in quick succession At the interval the North held the advantage on a score line of 3-6 to 1-11. On the resumption it was a repeat of the first half performance from both contestants with scores being traded consistently to leave the proceedings all square on a score of North 4-12 Mid 2-18.
In the first two minutes of extra time the North found the net once again and also added two points to their tally while their Mid opponents added two points to leave the interval score reading 5-14 to 2-20. At the restart the North added two points without reply to clinch their right to contest the final on a score line of 5-16 to 2-20.
North: Daryl Ryan (Roscrea); Donnacha Quinn (Nenagh Eire Og), Cathal Kennedy (Toomevara), David Sweeney (Kildangan); Jamie Lewis (Lorrha), Jason Ryan (Toomevara), Austin Tierney (Shannon Rovers 0-2); Cillian Gleeson (Nenagh Eire Og, Capt, 0-2), Aidan Moloney (Newport 1-1); Sam Conlon (Roscrea), Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og 0-7 frees), Joey Knight (Portroe 1-2); Kevin Mulcahy (Ballinahinch), Mark McCarthy (Toomevara 1-0), James Mackey (Nenagh Eire Og 1-1). SUB: Aidan Boyle (Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-1) for Knight; Kevin Mulcahy (1-0).
Mid: Robert Larkin (Moyne-Templetuohy); Kieran O'Dwyer (Holycross-Ballycahill), Jack Linnane Durlas Og), Caley Maher (Durlas Óg); Brian Kennedy (JK Brackens), Ronan Maher (Durlas Óg), Ray Nally (Holycross-Ballycahill); Rory Regan (Moycarkey/Borris 0-3), Kevin Dunne (Durlas Óg); Conor Lanigan (Holycross-Ballycahill 0-14, 13 frees), Colin O'Riordan (JK Brackens 1-2), Dylan Moloney (JK Brackens); Jamie Woods (Holycross/Ballycahill 0-1), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch/Drombane 1-0), John Joe Ryan (Clonakenny).
The West v South contested the second semifinal. This game produced two goals and two disallowed one all in relation to the west who enjoyed the upper hand. At the final whistle the west gained a spot in the final on a score of West 2-7 South 0-8. In the cup final it was to be a miserable experience for the West who found themselves in a different league. The North held complete control in all areas of the pitch which resulted with a demolition of their opponents. At the final whistle the North were champions on a score of North 3-15 West 0-4.
North: Daryl Ryan (Roscrea); Cian Rigney (Roscrea), Cathal Kennedy (Toomevara), David Sweeney (Kildangan); Jamie Lewis (Lorrha), Jason Ryan (Toomevara), Austin Tierney (Shannon Rovers); Cillian Gleeson (Nenagh Éire Óg, Capt, 0-1), Aidan Moloney (Newport 1-0); Sam Conlon (Roscrea 0-2), Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg, 0-3, 2 frees), Aidan Boyle (Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-3); Joey Knight (Portroe 1-0), Mark McCarthy (Toomevara 0-5), James Mackey (Nenagh Éire Óg 0-1). SUBS: Eanna McLoughney (Shannon Rovers) for Ryan (inj); Christopher Fogarty (Lorrha) for Mackey (inj); Kevin Mulcahy (Ballinahinch) for Moloney; Aidan Hanley (Ballina) for Gleeson; Ryan Tuohy (Silvermines) for Conlon.
West: Jonathon Walsh; Andrew O'Brien, Killian Farrell, Denis Murphy; James Cummins, Tom Fox, Killian Loughman; Sean Ryan (0-1), Gerard Barlow; Ronan Heffernan, Joshua Keane (0-3), Eoin Ryan; Sean O' Halloran, James Casey, Patrick Hennessy.
At the presentation chairman Sean Creamer welcomed Garda Jimmy Burke who presented the trophy to the winning captain Killian Gleeson. Sean Creamer thanked the Holycross/Ballycahill club for providing their facilities and also for the refreshments which were truly appreciated. He acknowledged the referees Michael Duffy, John Butler, Kieran Delaney and Michael Hassett.
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