The under-14 Roinn A hurling championship final ended in a draw in Nowlan Park on Saturday. In what proved to be a seesaw battle, both sides probably earned the right to fight another day (Dicksboro 2-9, O’Loughlin’s 1-12).
O’Loughlin’s gained the early initiative when Robbie O’Driscoll helped himself to three points to Dicksboro’s two by the end of the first quarter. The Palmerstown outfit took over completely in the second quarter, with Edward Moylan shooting a great goal while Oisin Gough, Moylan and Alan Corcoran all pointed to put them six clear.
O’Driscoll led the comeback, grabbing two points in quick succession. A Sean Bolger minor left Dicksboro leading at half time by 1-6 to 0-6.
O’Loughlin Gaels came storming back in the second half and they deservedly grabbed a draw.
O’Loughlin Gaels - Ben Maher, Joseph Banville, Jay Leahy, Jordan Molloy, Peter Collins, Shane Mahony, Charlie Deegan, Tervine Wallace, Sean Bolger, Ronan Buckley, John Delaney, Robbie O’Driscoll, Owen McCormack, Adam Power, Owen Wall.
Dicksboro - Gavin Byrne, Eoghan Moylan, Cian Butler, David Ryan, Justin Cahill, Evan Carroll, Johnny Manogue, Chris Kavanagh, Liam Kennedy, Joe Sheehan, Oisin Gough, Alan Corcoran, Brian Cleere, Edward Moylan, Sean Boyd.
The B final proved to be equally exciting, with Ballyhale Shamrocks edging out Barrow Rangers by 3-9 to 1-11.
In the Roinn C Final there was heartache again for Tullogher Rosbercon, who lost the final for the second time since 2009. This time they were beaten by St Fiacres by 4-17 to 0-14.
In the Roinn A Shield final James Stephens ability to get goals proved to be the difference between them and Conahy Shamrocks as they won by 4-10 to 0-14.
In the Roinn D championship final at Urlingford on Saturday, Galmoy scored a comprehensive 4-14 to 0-2 win over Fenians (Johnstown). Watched by a large crowd, Galmoy dominated and never allowed their opponents to get into the game.It was a day when all of the Galmoy players contributed well to the victory.
After a minute Galmoy’s top scorer Oisín Phelan, who lined out at full forward, had the sliotar in the net. Conor Drennan followed with a point from distance along with a Conor Grace point from a free following a foul on Phelan.
In their first attack the Fenians worked the sliotar in to Paul Warren, whose cracking shot was excellently saved by Billy Drennan.
The losers won a free two minutes later which Niall Carroll pointed.
Galmoy struck back and when Evan Morrissey’s shot on goal was parried by Fenians goalkeeper Aaron Okoroh,quickest to react was Dylan Grace who batted the ball to the net. But for some wonderful saves by Okoroh the game might well have been decided earlier.
Galmoy tagged on a few more points before Oisín Phelan careered through for his second goal. Niall Carroll pointed his second free in the 30th minute to leave the half time score: Galmoy 3-5, Fenians 0-2.
The Fenians rearranged their defence with Killian Cullinane moving to centre-back and Mark Hughes making the reverse journey. Team captain,Hughes made some good early clearances until Cathal Phelan was moved to full forward with telling effect.
It was a goal from the same Phelan that wrapped up the win although Johnstown continued to battle. Aaron Okoroh,Diarmuid Gorman and Mark Hughes led that resistance.
Galmoy’s two central defenders Jack Delaney and Brandan Phelan were unbeatable and proved the launchpad for an impressive victory. At midfield Conor Grace and Conor Drennan were well on top while Oisín Phelan scored freely up front with good assistance from Sean Phelan and Patrick Doyle.
Galmoy - Billy Drennan, Ryan Murphy, Jack Delaney, Ned Lavelle, Colm Smith,Brandan Phelan, capt (0-2,f), Conor Kelly, Conor Grace (0-3, frees), Conor Drennan (0-2), Patrick Doyle, Cathal Phelan(1-2), Sean Phelan, Dylan Grace (1-1), Oisín Phelan (2-3), Evan Morrissey(0-1).
Fenians - Aaron Okoroh, Jonathan Dermody, Killian Cullinane, Jordan Muldowney, Diarmuid Gorman, Mark Hughes(capt), Aaron Dermody, Evan Okoroh, Niall Carroll (0-2, frees), Bobby Tynan, Kyle Quinlan, Conor Holohan, Domonik Franczek, Paul Warren, Rhys Quinlan Phelan.
Referee - John McCormack(James Stephens)