Minor A Final – Moyle Rovers 2-8 Brian Borus 1-3
Duneske, Cahir was the venue for the Minor A Championship between Brian Borus and Moyle Rovers on Sunday last. These two teams had met before in the round games with Moyle Rovers having the upper hand but still supporters were looking forward to an entertaining Final.
As the whistle blew for the start of the game the heavens opened but this did not deter Moyle Rovers as Sarah Everard within the first minute pointed while Brian Borus, Fiona Burke registered their first point in the sixth minute. Everena Everard netted the ball for Moyle Rovers in the seventh minute and spectators may have thought they were in for a great game but conditions for the game deteriorated as the heavy rain continued. Neither team managed to score again until the fifteenth and sixteenth minute when Sarah Everard would add two more points (one from a free) to Moyle Rovers score line. Both teams battled hard in the last quarter but Brian Borus, Caoimhe Condon would have the final point of the half to go in at half time Moyle Rovers 1-3 Brian Borus 0-2.
During the break the rain passed over and the second half of the game was played under sunshine, again points were traded by both teams in the first five minutes. For the next fifteen minutes Brian Borus increased their dominance and held Moyle Rovers scoreless but a Sarah Everard point in the fiftieth minute re-established Moyle Rovers and they pushed on with points from Jenny Everard, Roisin McGrath and Caroline Quirke. Try as they might, scores evaded Brian Borus until, in the sixty third minute Helena Walsh raised the green flag for them bringing them to a five point margin. Jenny Everard capitalised from the kick out with a goal for Moyle Rovers to finish the game with eight points to spare. Moyle Rovers 2-8 Brian Borus 1-3
Moyle Rovers had the upper hand on Brian Borus throughout the game Kirsty Crotty Ryan guarded her posts well, making some excellent saves on the rare occasions that Brian Borus penetrated Moyle Rovers defence. Tipperary Ladies Football Chairman Tommie Campbell presented the William Walshe Cup to Caroline Quirke, Moyle Rovers Captain.
Minor B Final – Clonmel Commercials 5-9 Cappawhite 2-11
Clonmel Commercials were crowned County Minor B Ladies Football Champions following their seven point winning margin over a gallant Cappawhite team in Bansha on Saturday. These two teams had already met in the earlier rounds of this Championship playing out a thrilling draw. Saturday’s Final was no different with very little separating the teams throughout an entertaining game that was somewhat disrupted by a number of stoppages for injuries in both halves.
Commercials were first to open the scoring despite playing against a fresh breeze and with less than two minutes played had scored a goal and a point from Siobhain Murchan and Saoirse McGeever before Cappawhite got into their stride. Once Cappawhite settled however they put some nice passages together and narrowed the gap to two points with two converted frees from Blathnaid Cummins and Sinead Buckley. Commercials Siobhan Murchan then struck for her second goal but Cappawhite to their credit replied almost immediately with two of their own from Sinead Buckley and Jean Kelly. For the next ten minutes Cappawhite were on top making better use of possession opening up a three point lead before Commercials Sarah Ryan (point) and Zoe Farrell (goal) once more gave Commercials the lead. Cappawhite’s Kelly sisters, Elaine (Captain) from midfield and Jean in the half forward line combined beautifully with Jean adding two fine points to once more level the game. The final score of the first half, another Sinead Buckley point from a free left Cappawhite with a one point half time lead, 2-7 to 3-3.
Commercials struck for the first point of the second half which was almost immediately cancelled out by what was probably the point of the day from Commercials Sarah Ryan playing at corner forward. Commercials in-form Zoe Farrell then struck for a well taken goal and Commercials once more assumed the lead, a lead they would hold from here on. Cappawhite’s Jean Kelly was playing well and added two nice points from play narrowing the gap. Commercials Dara Walsh (Captain) was now dominating the game more from midfield and was available again and again for her hard working backs linking up well with the Commercials forwards. Zoe Farrell and Sarah Ryan added two further points for Commercials with Kelly for Cappawhite scoring what would be for them their last score of the day with a point in the sixteenth minute. Another top class Sarah Ryan point from distance put Commercials two up and try as they might Cappawhite could not get the scores they now required. Still, Commercials brought the game to Cappawhite and in the dying minutes of the game hit the post from play and shortly afterwards had a close in free saved on the line. It was not to be their day. An Aisling Deely goal with three minutes remaining sealed the victory for Commercials before another Ryan point from a free made certain of victory for the Clonmel team, 5-9 to 2-11.
This was a tough encounter between two well matched sides but on the day the Commercials forwards played better as an outfit with four of the starting forwards contributing from play. Cappawhite were dependant mainly on Sinead Buckley and Jean Kelly for their scores. Commercials larger panel told in the end when legs got tired and subs were required.
Tipperary Ladies Football Secretary and 2014 Under 16 All-Ireland winning manager Siobhan Condon presented the cup to Commercial’s team Captain, Dara Walsh complimenting them on their win. Having watched the game she said she was impressed with the players on display and looked forward to a bright future for Tipperary Ladies Football with this talent coming through.
Minor C Final – Moycarkey Borris 2-11 Arravale Rovers 0-6
Arravale Rovers and Moycarkey Borris met on Saturday last in Galtee Rovers GAA Club, Bansha under the winter sun for the Tipperary Ladies Football Minor C Final. The game started at a slow pace with the play flowing from end to end until the fifteenth minute when Maria Kinane, Moycarkey Borris registered the first point of the game. Moycarkey Borris’s Maria Lanigan netted the ball shortly after before Kathryn Connolly scored another point. In the twentieth minute Louise Dalton, Arravale Rovers registered their first and only point of the half. Moycarkey Borris continued to add a further five points to go in at half time Moycarkey Borris 1-7 Arravale Rovers 0-1.
The second half recommenced and in the fifth minute Laura Gleeson raised the green flag for Moycarkey-Borris. Arravale Rovers’s Sarah Duggan and Michelle McLaughlin responded with two points to their score line. Saoirse O’Meara, Moycarkey Borris added the next point to their score line and the final quarter of the game saw both teams traded three points before Moycarkey Borris ran out winners on a score line of Moycarkey Borris 2-11 Arravale Rovers 0-6.
TG4 LADIES FOOTBALL ALL STAR AWARDS
Well done to Aishling Moloney who was presented with her Munster Young Player of the Year Award at the TG4 Ladies Football All Star Awards was held on Saturday last in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin. The 2014 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Finalists, Cork and Dublin collected ten awards between them, Armagh got two while Down, Monaghan and Laois got an All Star each. Aishling had a very successful year with both schools and U16 and Minor County teams and we look forward to supporting her playing football again next year.
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