Macroom Motors U21 A Football Final- Kilmurry v Éire Óg

March 20, 2018

Muskerry U21 A Football Championship Semi-Final

Éire Óg: 1-9

Naomh Abán: 0-9


Éire Óg are through to the Muskerry U21 A football championship final, following a hard-fought victory over Naomh Abán at Cill na Martra on St Patrick’s Day.

The winners were aided by a strong wind in the opening 30 minutes, and registered the first two white flags, through the impressive Jack Murphy and an excellent Eoin O’ Shea effort. Naomh Abán’s wayward shooting didn’t help them in the first-half, but did get on the scoreboard after 14 minutes, as Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh pointed a free. The Ovens team scored two points on the bounce, Jack Murphy and Brian Hurley with the scores, 0-4 to 0-1 after 22 minutes.

Despite playing against a gale of a wind, Naomh Aban had the bulk of the possession and had a number of wides, but the Ballyvourney side reduced the deficit to a single point, following a brace of points from Ó Ceallaigh. Jason Twomey settled Éire Óg with a white flag, and a crucial score arrived on the stroke of half-time, as John Cooper buried the ball into the corner of the net. Murphy pushed Éire Óg’s lead out to six points, as they led 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.

Naomh Abán were now aided by the wind on the resumption, and started well with two white flags, through Conchúir Ó Murchú and Colm Ó Meachair. A brawl broke out between the two teams after 42 minutes, resulting in two straight reds, Ross McCarthy for Éire Óg and Dara Ó Loingsigh for Naomh Abán. The losers reduced the gap to just a goal with ten minutes remaining, as Piaras Ó Liatháin pointed, 1-6 to 0-6. The winners registered their first score of the new half, Colm O’ Callaghan bisecting the posts.

The teams traded points right to the end, as Éire Óg held on to run out narrow victors. Éire Óg will face Kilmurry or Ballincollig in the decider.

Scorers for Éire Óg: J Murphy 0-3 (0-1f), J Cooper 1-0, C O’ Callaghan 0-2, E O’ Shea 0-2 (0-1f), J Twomey 0-1, B Hurley 0-1.


Scorers for Naomh Abán: D Ó Ceallaigh 0-4 (0-3f), P Ó Liatháin 0-2 (0-1f), C Ó Meachair 0-1, C Ó Murchú 0-1, A Ó Luasa 0-1.


Éire Óg: C Kelly, P Twomey, D Twomey, C Sheehan, R McCarthy, C O’ Callaghan, J Kelleher, J Murphy, M Brady, J Cooper, J Twomey, D Kirwan, K O’ Riordan, E O’ Shea, B Hurley.


Subs: -


Naomh Abán: D Ó Meachair, D Ó Tuama, T Ó Riordain, M Ó Ceallachain, S Ó Murchú, D Ó Loingsigh, A Ó Cathain, C Ó Criodain, C Ó Murchú, C Ó Meachair, P Ó Liatháin, D Ó Laoire, A Ó Luasa, D Ó Ceallaigh, F Ó Loingsigh.

Subs: -


Referee: John Ryan (Macroom)

Muskerry U21 A Football Championship Semi-Final

Kilmurry: 1-17

Ballincollig: 2-5


Kilmurry have advanced to the Muskerry U21 A football championship final, following a comfortable victory over Ballincollig at a bitterly cold Coachford on Monday afternoon. This last-four encounter never caught fire, with Kilmurry, aided by a strong wind in the first-half, building up an unassailable lead that they would never relinquish.

Kilmurry kicked the first six-points of the game inside 16 minutes, with James O’ Mullane’s fine long-range effort, the pick of the bunch. Ballincollig were struggling to make inroads, but did register a white flag after 20 minutes, through Kevin Browne from an acute angle, 0-6 to 0-1. It would be Collig’s only score of the first-half.

Kilmurry tacked on seven further points in the remainder of the half, the impressive Sean Warren with three of those, as Kilmurry were in cruise control at half-time, 0-13 to 0-1.

The losers were now aided by a strong wind in the new half, and started off on the right note, Darren Murphy with a close range free. Any hopes of a comeback from Ballincollig were all but over, as Kilmurry scored 1-1 without reply. Liam Wall with the goal, as he calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net from close range, following a brilliant team move. Joe Ryan made no mistake from a placed ball, 1-14 to 0-2.

In a space of five minutes, Ballincollig scored 2-2, Luke Fahy scored a corker of a goal, following an inspirational run, and Jordan Murray piledriver nestled into the corner of the net, 1-14 to 2-4 after 43 minutes. Kilmurry were awarded a penalty, after Sean Warren was fouled, Ryan decided to take his point

Fenton Denny pointed, for Collig’s final score of the game, with ten minutes remaining. Kilmurry scored two late points from Sean Warren and Ryan.

Kilmurry will face Éire Óg in the decider this Saturday in Coachford, time yet to be decided.

Scorers for Kilmurry: J Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), S Warren 0-6 (0-1f), L Wall 1-2, James O’ Mullane 0-2, B Hinchion 0-1.


Scorers for Ballincollig: Darren Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), J Murray 1-0, L Fahy 1-0, K Browne 0-1, F Denny 0-1.


Kilmurry: E Curzon, John O’ Mullane, F Warren, W Ronan, K Kelleher, M Healy, James O’ Mullane, S Flanagan, L O’ Sullivan, B Hinchion, E Clifford, L Wall, E Carroll, J Ryan, S Warren.


Subs: G Fitton for E Curzon (Black-card, 40), D Linehan for S Flanagan (54).


Ballincollig: S Hogan, J Hoey, J Cotter, G O’ Donoghue, S Walsh, K Crowley, L Fahy, J O’ Connor, J Murray, F Denny, K Browne, D McCullagh, Daniel Murphy, E O’ Reilly, Darren Murphy.


Subs: O Dorgan for Daniel Murphy (37), D Dorgan for Darren Murphy (52), A Wills for D McCullagh (61, inj).


Referee: Dave Murnane (Macroom)

Match reports by Barry O'Mahony

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