ST LACHTAIN’S (Freshford) finished off the under-age season in style when they saw off the challenge of neighbours Tullaroan in the under-16 hurling Roinn B league final at dry but cold Clara on Saturday, winning by 1-8 to 0-9.
Lachtain’s gained a measure of revenge for when these sides met in the championship semi-final and Tullaroan were the winners before going on to beat Conahy Shamrocks in the final.
While the game was low scoring, it produced a cracking contest played in a very competitive and sporting manner. Tom Walsh got the losers off the mark when he converted a free after three minutes, but two minutes later Ross Walsh replied with an opportunist goal after being put through by John Bowden.
By the 12th minute Shane Walsh had the game all square after he shot a brace of pointed frees. John Dooley edged Tullaroan ahead with a fine point. John Quinn tied up the game when he raised the white flag. Two minutes later Eamonn Hennessy edged the winners ahead when he pointed, but Tullaroan finished the half with three unanswered points by Shane Walsh and Tom Walsh from frees and Jim Moore from play to leave the half-time score: Tullaroan 0-7, St Lachtain’s 1-2.
Within five minutes of the restart the sides were level for the fourth time after Darren Brennan and Cillian Hughes pointed. With the assistance of the fresh breeze the Freshford side began to gain the upperhand. Darren Brennan pointed a free and the hard working John Bowden landed two good points with 12 minutes remaining to give their side a lead of three.
Shane Walsh pointed two frees to keep his side in touch before Ross Walsh replied with a point to close the scoring. In the dying minutes Tullaroan exerted strong pressure to gain parity, but the Lachtain’s defence defended well and held on for a deserved victory.
Bord-na-nOg treasurer, Joe Pyke presented the cup to winning captain Darren Quinn, who was following in the footsteps of his father, Jacko, who captained St Lachtain’s when they won the 1966 under-16 county championship final.
A minute’s silence was observed before the game as a mark of respect to the late Philip O’Brien, Rathmoyle who was laid to rest on Saturday. Philip was father of John O’Brien, a member of the St Lachtain’s minor panel who won the minor league final earlier this year.
Scorers: St Lachtain’s - Ross Walsh (1-1); John Bowden (0-2); Darren Brennan (0-2, frees); Killian Hughes, John Quinn, Eamonn Hennessy (0-1 each). Tullaroan - Shane Walsh (0-5, four frees); Tom Walsh (0-2, frees); John Dooley, Jim Moore (0-1 each).
St Lachtain’s - John Campion, Harry Burke, Darren Quinn, David Cleere, Daniel Rafter, Paul White, Shane Dawson, Darren Brennan, Cillian Hughes, Ben Lyng, Eamonn Hennessy, John Bowden, John Quinn, Liam Maher, Ross Walsh. Sub - Patrick Maher.
Tullaroan - Dylan Simpson, Sean Cuddihy, Diarmuid Doheny, Martin Keoghan, Tommy Walsh, Jack Keoghan, Bob Cuddihy, Jason O’Riordan, Kieran Lanigan, John Walsh, Bill Cuddihy, Jim Moore, Liam Teehan, Shane Walsh, John Dooley. Sub - Bill Gaffney.
Referee - Sean Brennan (James Stephens).