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JK Brackens Retain Cahill Cup.
JK Brackens Retain Cahill Cup. PJ Leahy PRO Mid Board.
JK Brackens 1.15. Loughmore Castleiney 2.9.
This re arranged final of the Cahill Cup hurling competition played in Templemore last Saturday afternoon, brought the curtain down on all adult competitions in Mid Tipperary for 2008. It was to be played at the same venue two weeks ago, but due to the severe wet weather it had to be postponed until last Saturday.
While it was a dry but cold day, the pitch was in a reasonable condition, yet difficult for hurling, resulting in the referee having to throw in the ball on numerous occasions during the hour. From the start, Brackens made their intentions fairly clear, they were determined to retain the trophy which they won last year and bank the €1,500 prize money that went to the winners. Kevin Mulryan opened the scoring, a point from play in the first minute, Shane Scully added another from a free and Shane Bourke made it three for Brackens in five minutes with a lovely point from play. Paul Brennan had LoughmoreCastleiney’s opening score, a point from play in the sixth minute, Noel McGrath made it two when he pointed a free, to leave just one between the sides. A point by Shane Scully and two from Shane Bourke put four between the sides with a quarter of a hour gone, then a ball cleared out of the Loughmore defence was collected by Micheal Webster who took on the Brackens defence, passed to the unmarked Eddie Connolly, who smashed it to the net, to leave one point in it. Shane Scully pointed a free for Brackens and the game was level when Aidan McGrath and Martin Gleeson both pointed from play for Loughmore. Brackens came again, a fine Eamon Corcoran clearance from defence found its way to Kevin Mulryan he played it on to Shane Scully, who made no mistake and slotted it a past Johnny Gleeson in the Loughmore goals. Martin Gleeson who was having a good game at centre field received the ball from a quick puck out from the brother had a long range point, to narrow the gap to two. However three Shane Scully points, two from frees and one from play, and a point from a free by Noel McGrath just on half time, left it JK Brackens 1.10. Loughmore/Castleiney 1.6. at the break.
If the first half was a lively affair, the first quarter of the second half was more like a game of backs and forwards with the first score of the second half not coming until the seventh minute, a point from a free by Noel McGrath for Loughmore/Castleiney. A minute later Shane Scully did like wise for Brackens. Martin Gleeson had another fine point from play for Loughmore, but three Brackens points, Shane Scully, one from play another from a free and one from play by Shane Bourke appeared to put the game beyond their opponents, but they were not finished yet. As full time approached, a Ciaran McGrath lobbed-in ball was collected by Micheal Webster who somehow managed to finished it to the Brackens net, this was followed by a Noel McGrath point from play to leave two in it, deep in stoppage time. Brackens had the final say when Eoin Fitzpatrick scored a good point from an acute angle to extend their lead to three and when they cleared from a sixty five yards free, the final whistle sounded and Brackens retained the Cahill Cup.
Teams and Subs
JK Brackens. Darren Russell, Peter Bourke, Sean Collum, Paidie Bourke. Tommy Kennedy, Eamon Corcoran, Mervyn Bradish. Brendan Guider, Aidan Doyle. Lorcan Egan, Kevin Mulryan[0.1] Darren Owens. Shane Bourke[0.4], Shane Scully[1.9] and David Bourke [Capt]. Subs used, Peter Maher, Eoin Fitzpatrick[0.1] and Robbie Ingram
Loughmore/Castleiney. Johnny Gleeson, Alvie Stapleton[ Capt], Tom King, Garry Sweeney. Eoin Ryan, Ciaran McGrath, Johnny Campion. Paul Brennan[0.1], Martin Gleeson[0.3]. Noel McGrath[0.4], David McGrath, James Egan. Eddie Connolly[1.0], Micheal Webster[1.0] and Aidan McGrath[0.1]
Referee - Denis Curtis Thurles Sarsfields
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