West Under 21A Hurling Final
Clonoulty Rossmore 2-18 Cashel King Cormacs 0-08
Clonoulty Rossmore completed four in a row of West Tipperary under 21A hurling championships, and their twentieth in total, when overcoming the challenge of Cashel at Dundrum on Sunday last. This was Clonoulty’s eight title since 2005.
Cashel were first to score when their scorer in chief, Jonathan Walsh, pointed from a placed ball in the opening minute. Sean Maher equalised from play a minute later. The game showed no particular pattern in the opening stages as Cashel took the game to their opponents but were unable to convert their good work to the scoreboard. The game turned in Clonoulty’s favour in the eleventh minute when full forward Paul Hayes got on to the end of a long delivery to score a fortuitous goal at the dressing room end to put them into a lead they would never relinquish. Gerry Ryan (C) and Paul Hayes tacked on points before Simon Delaney had Cashel’s second point after sixteen minutes. Clonoulty then upped the pace and with Mikey Ryan (W), Sean Maher and Conor Hammersley to the fore, they kept tagging on the points as the Cashel defence struggled to contain them. Jonathan Walsh tried to keep in touch and had three points from placed balls to leave the score at the break, Clonoulty 1-10, Cashel 0-05.
Cashel were first to score after the break when Jonathan Walsh pointed from open play. Sean Maher cancelled the score after four minutes and Paul Hayes had his second point two minutes later. Jonathan Walsh, from a free, pulled one back for Cashel. Conor Hammersley killed off the game after ten minutes when he goaled after good work by Sean Maher. Gerry Ryan (C) added another before Mikey Ryan (W) scored twice within a minute. Cashel’s reply was a point from a placed ball by Simon Delaney before Sean Maher and Stevie Quinn closed out this contest with points in the final minutes.
Clonoulty were best served by David Egan in goal, Enda Heffernan at full back and Ciaran Quirke, who gave a man of the match display at centre back, but it was in the forwards where they were most effective with Conor Hammersley, Sean Maher, Mikey Ryan (W) and Gerry Ryan (C) notching up some great scores. Cashel never gave up and Dylan Fitzelle and James Cummins tried hard in defence. Jonathan Walsh and Simon Delaney were the pick of an attack that never came to grips with the tight Clonoulty defence.
Clonoulty Rossmore: David Egan, Shaun Coffey, Enda Heffernan, Darren Corcoran, Ronan Heffernan, Ciaran Quirke, Shane Kinnane, Jimmy Maher, Denis Murphy, Conor Hammersley (1-4,2f), Sean Maher (0-4), Paddy Hennessy, Jerry Ryan (C) (0-2), Paul Hayes (1-2), Mikey Ryan (W) (0-5).Subs used; Stevie Quinn (0-1), James Ryan (W), Andrew Purcell.
Cashel K.C. Padraig Palmer, Pat Muldoon, Cormac Ryan, Paddy Morrissey, James Cummins, Dylan Fitzelle, Conor Devitt, Eoghan Ryan, Fionnain Ryan, Gearoid Slattery, Simon Delaney (0-2,1f), Jonathan Walsh (0-6,5f), Michael McDermott, James Maxwell, Shane Murphy. Subs used: Niall Fitzgerald.
West Under 21A Hurling Final