The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol football finals drew to a close and Bennetsbridge was the venue for the Corn na Tuaithe decider between Lisdowney and Mooncoin. There was plenty of good football produced by both sides to entertain the large crowd.
Lisdowney took the game to their opponents from the throw-in. Martin McEvoy opened the scoring with a fine point. Goals from Christian McInereney and Hugh Murphy saw them open up a seven point lead after five minutes.
Mooncoin were struggling. Lisdowney were playing some lovely football and their teamwork, passing and movement were all very impressive. Mooncoin were not playing badly, but they could not break down a strong opposing defence.
The losers eventually got off the mark with a point from Lee Tracey. Lisdowney responded with a beautiful point from Eoin Delaney after a passing movement involving six players. When the half time whistle sounded Lisdowney were in a strong position with a 2-4 to 0-1 lead. Mooncoin faced a huge task trying to close the gap.
Mooncoin resumed in determined mood. Lee Tracey pointed to give supporters some hope. Lisdowney replied straight away with two fine points from Martin McEvoy.
Mooncoin threw everything into a brave effort to close the gap but despite strong pressure, the Lisdowney defence held firm. The intense pressure earned Mooncoin a penalty when Padraig Murphy was taken down in the square. Lee Tracey’s effort was wide.
Sensing some danger, Lisdowney swiftly moved the ball towards the Mooncoin goal and Aidan Tallis buried it in the net. They added three more points through Martin McEvoy, Aidan Tallis and Eoin Kenny to drive further ahead.
Mooncoin refused to throw in the towel and went on the attack. The pressure earned them a 20 metre free. Lee Tracey belted the ball past an army of defenders. Lisdowney had the final score when Aidan Tallis found the net.
The Northerners were worthy winners. They played a beautiful brand of football which was a joy to watch. Mooncoin never gave up and they can be proud of their efforts.
Lisdowney - Michael McInereney, Jack Grace, Evan McEvoy, Eddie Cahill, Eoin Kenny (0-1), Luke Campion, Oisin Quirke, Eoin Delany (0-3), Dean Brophy (capt), Luke Moore, Martin McEvoy (0-5), Aidan Tallis (2-1), Hugh Murphy (1-0), Christian McInerney (1-0), Alan Dunphy, Killian Dunne, Luke Holohan, Jack O’Sullivan, Willie Cahill, Jonathon Queally, David Herlihy, Charlie Brennan, Harry Kennedy, Daire O’Sullivan, Kalum Muldowney, Richard McEvoy, Sam Walshe, Cosmo Walshe.
Mooncoin - Oisín Hennebry, Jack Conway, Aidan Doyle, Arron O’ Neill, Ryan Carroll, Darragh Murphy, Donnacha Hogan, Máirtín Gannon, Adam Croke, Dylan Harrington, Lee Tracey (Joint Captain,1-3), Daniel Cleary, James O’Keefe, James Delahunty (joint capt), Padraig Murphy, Luke Ramasawmy , James Aylward, Daniel Fewer-Ward, Michael Ryan, Shaun Sutton, Tadhg Byrne, Ben Skehan-McDonald, Sean Drennan, Sean O’Dwyer, Jack Ryan, Jack Brennan, Robbie Kearns.
Referee - Podge Butler.