Cup final reports by Bill Hayes
U-12 CUP FINAL; .......................Cian McNamara excels for the Reds
Charleville 7 Castle Utd 0
Castle are one of the younger clubs in the league and have made great progress at all levels in a couple of years but the magic faded on Saturday as Charleville were irrepressible in this final. Charleville had the necessary finesse in front of goal, stroking the ball about and were 3-0 up in the first half with crisp finishes from Cian McNamara, potentially the most accomplished striker in the league. An early Cian shot was saved by John O'Reilly but when Cian got on the end of a Mike Kelleher cross the power of his shot beat John O'Reilly's best efforts at preventing the goal. Castle had their moments too in these
early exchanges, Jimmy Quilty working back and linking forward, Sean O'Neill and Patrick O'Donovan from the U-11 side are players for the future, clever in possession and movement. Frankie Barrington found Cian McNamara after 17 minutes and Cian finished clinically. Joe Kavanagh and Cian McNamara demonstrate fluency beyond their years for Charleville and are a joy to watch. Cillian Cagney lofted the ball over the top and Cian won the race to notch his hattrick and 3-0 at the break for Charleville. Early in the second half Jack Kilcommins intercepted, linked with Joe Kavanagh who released Cian again for his fourth goal. Cian McNamara fed Frankie Barrington who slotted home goal five but despite this John O'Reilly continued to make some fine saves for Castle and the Gilligan boys Declan and Aidan were always eager and determined in their defense. Cian McNamara struck the crossbar with a free 20 minutes into this half and Ryan O'Callaghan headed the rebound over as Charleville continued their relentless asault, Mike Kelliher added another goal and with time running out, substitute and twin brother Liam Kelliher completed the scoring, finishing off a centre from the left expertly. Darragh Ryan was called upon to save well from Jimmy Quilty to protect the clean sheet late on. Charleville completed the double with 11 wins and one draw from their 12 games played.
Castle Utd; John O'Reilly, Gavin Ryan, Declan Gilligan, Jake McGiff, Aidan Gilligan, Ciaran Considine, Fergal O'Conner, Jimmy Quilty, Patrick O'Donovan, Sean O'Neill, Sean Lyons, James Quinn, Conor O'Leary,
Sean O'Sullivan and Tomas Power.
Charleville; Darragh Ryan, Matthew Howard, James Horgan, Jack Kilcommins (capt), Cillian Cagney, Joe Kavanagh, Frankie Barrington, Mike Kelliher, Joey Herbert, Cian McNamara, Conor Reynolds, Jack Lynch, Conor Carroll, Ruari Manning, Cian Ryan, Liam Kelliher and Ryan O'Callaghan............................
...........U-13 BOYS CUP FINAL. ...."................; Charleville 2 Galbally 0 aet
This game was in its final moments of second half extra time when Charleville's Jason Collins took a speculative shot from well out on the left and with a combination of skidding on the wet surface and a low blinding sun it evaded all to break the deadlock. It was an injustice to the efforts of a gallant Galbally who had equaled their more illustrious opponents throughout for commitment and some of their players were inconsolable afterwards, devastated for having glory pilfered in such a cruel way. Nonetheless, the game did look like going to the lottery of penalties and Cian McNamara did pop up to dink up and over the conclusive goal through the finger tips of Keane Baker in the final minute.
Cody Cunningham got the first shot in which was saved by Charleville's David O'Riordan and as the play countered a penalty was awarded at the other end but Keane Baker made a flying save to his left to keep
out Frankie Herr's spot kick. A Galbally corner was headed clear by Leon Brazzil and Shane Hanrahan and Peter Morrissey defended a number of Charleville corners diligently. On the break Eoin O'Mahoney and
Michael O'Dea raided through the middle but Michael O'Donnell came to the rescue. Jason Collins also forced a Charleville corner, Galbally's Cody Cunningham was often deployed to shore up his defense but was
always prepared to carry the ball into midfield. Frankie Herr was taking a grip in Charleville's midfield and Cian McNamara was just wide on the stroke of half time.
Daniel O'Connell broke up an early Galbally attack after the resumption and Daniel's reading and anticipation was first class throughout. Jorge Gustavo had a fine shot well saved by Keane Baker, Eoin O'Mahoney ran through twice but the breakthrough was elusive and Joe Kavanagh, Jorge Gustavo and Michael O'Flynn were beginning to string passes together and create space in the final third of the field for Charleville. Frankie Herr had a drive from the left shim the woodwork, Kyle O'Connor marshalled Eoin O'Mahoney well in Eoin's forward forays. Jason Collins got a shot on target with 15 minutes remaining for the visitors. Galbally had some shots late in the game but the Charleville defense was resolute and Joshua Dineen whipped over two corners but had to charge back to prevent the counter attack.
In extra time, Daniel O'Connell was at his best covering beside Leon Brazzil, Ben Herlihy patrolled the left as he did all day for Charleville. Keane Baker held a Joe Kavanagh cross confidently. Ben Carey, Aidan Carew and Jordan Dineen tried hard for Galbally's cause and then Jason Collins intervened for the decisive strike, doubled by Cian McNamara with just one minute remaining, ending in both elation and deflation for
the respective teams. However, all players contributed well to an enthralling and fiercely competitive encounter.
Charleville; David O'Riordan, Ben Herlihy (capt), Kyle O'Connor, Daniel O'Connell, Leon Brazzil, Frankie Herr, Jason Collins, Joe Kavanagh, Jorge Gustavo, Cian McNamara, Michael O'Flynn, Jamie O'Regan, Darragh O'Flynn, Sean O'Connell, Josh O'Rioedan, Jake Twohill, Owen O'Connell and Tiernan McCarthy.
Galbally; Keane Baker, Michael O'Donnell, Shane Hanrahan, Peter Morrissey, Joshua Dineen, Aidan Carew, Ben Carey (capt), Cody Cunningham, Michael O'Dea, Eoin O'Mahoney, Jordan Dineen, Conor Cullen,
Robert Sampson and Michael Elliott.......................
U-12 GRADED CUP FINAL-"....."..................................
Kilmallock 2 Rathkeale 3 Mark Hogan sparkles in victory for the Sky blues
This was the most exciting game of the finals held in Gortboy on Saturday last with Rathkeale taking a two goal lead, Kilmallock making a valiant comeback to send the game to extra time. Rathkeale had a shot rebound from a post early on and a clearance from Jim Mulcaire and Mark Hogan opened the scoring. Enda Sheedy was the first to charge at the Rathkeale defense and Sean Hamm had a shot saved by Dylan Byrnes the visitors custodian and Eoin Sheerin saved from Patrick Johnson at the other end. Sean Hamm sent in a cross but there was no contact in the centre and Jim Mulcaire had a shot on target save by Eoin Sheerin. Mark Hogan crossed after 15 minutes, Patrick Johnson controlled but was bustled off by TJ Hanley. The industrious Derek Sheedy made a jinking run for the Hoops and Evan Barry was covering and
clearing his lines for Rathkeale. But Mark Hogan gained possession about 20 yards out and exploded a left foot drive in to the right hand corner for a classy strike. Nearing half time, Kevin Sheedy broke
through to test Dylan Byrnes. Dylan had to make two early saves in the second half from Derek Sheedy but it was Enda Sheedy, ever willing to take on defenders who put Kilmallock back in the game. Mark
Hogan got through and brought a great save from Eoin Sheerin. Sean Hamm was defending well for Kilmallock and Rathkeale put on their reserves but Enda Sheedy equalized and the game was on a knife edge
entering extra time. It was end to end action in extra time and it took man of the match Mark Hogan, who regularly produced flashes of skill and composure on the ball, who latched onto a rebound to drive home
Rathkeale's third and complete his hattrick and try as they did Kilmallock were unable to conjure another equalizer. Elliott Roche, Paudie Mulcaire, Michael Brennan, Adam Hickey and substitute Lee Wilmott shone for the Sky Blues, Oisin Enright, Eoin Enright, Colm Hayes, Derek Sheedy and Enda Sheedy were best for Kilmallock. There was huge disappointment for Kilmallock who battled back gallantly from a two goal deficit but Rathkeale can thank their number seven for rescuing the day.
Kilmallock; Eoin Sheerin, Oisin Enright, TJ Hanley, Colm Hayes, Enda Sheedy, Derek Sheedy, Sean Hamm (capt), Kevin Sheedy, Eoin Enright, Tadhg Hanley, Daniel Carey, Daniel Heffernan, Roger Cleary and
Rathkeale; Dylan Byrnes, Alan Hickey, Danny Dwane, Michael Brennan (capt), Paudie Mulcaire, Evan Barry, Mark Hogan, Elliott Roche, Patrick Johnson, Jim Mulcaire, Sean Mulcahy, Brian Coleman, Ryan
U-14 CUP FINAL- ....................NED SHEAHAN MEMORIAL CUP. ..............Holycross 1 Charleville 3 aet
Evan Hudner settled early, as a captain should, to marshall the Charleville defense confidently; Luke Dolye hit an early shot which did not worry Holycross keeper Paudraig Mulcahy unduly. Pauraic O'Shea was extremely busy in the Charleville goal, first saving from Gearoid O'Leary and later was off his line promptly to save at the feet of Gerry Quaid and again blocked down Sean O'Leary on the 18 yard line. Cameron O'Flynn had a shot easily held by Paidraig Mulcahy after 25 minutes and Charleville were lucky not to concede in a melee with Gerry Quaid and Gearoid O'Leary raiding through the middle for Holycross. Jason Collins crossed but Cameron O Flynn's effort was over the top for Charleville. Danny O'Leary, on a foray from the back, eluding would be tackles, put Holycross in front 5 minutes after the resumption with a well placed shot from 12 yards but shortly after Luke Doyle was adjudged to have been brought down in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Unusually, Pauraic O'Shea the Charleville netminder, was given the responsibility and he thundered his penalty through the middle. Robbie Breen tackled well throughout at left back and Darragh Hogan did trojan work in the centre for Holycross. Luke Doyle got in behind the Holycross defense but the advancing Padraig Mulcahy put him off and he drove narrowly wide. Both sides had their chances in ordinary time to win this final but extra time was required, the first half did not produce a break through but Charlie Baker and Luke Doyle, who were mesmeric in the Reds attack, scored for Charleville as the Holycross boys tired, the second was conceded as the 'Cross went all out for parity. David Mulqueen and Danny O'Leary formed a powerful partnership in the centre of the 'Cross defense, Kevin Bonar and Ethan Butler showed flashes of invention in their attack. Tom Griffin, Danny Kelliher and Eamon O'Sullivan were also prominent for the winners. The Holycross management were proud of their players having stepped up to premier football this season and competed honourly and with great credit throughout the league and cup campaigns
Charleville; Pauric O'Shea, William Carroll, Christian Quirke, Eamon O'Sullivan, Tom Griffin, Jason Collins, Evan Hudner (capt), Danny Kelliher, Charlie Baker, Cameron O'Flynn, Luke Doyle, Adam Barrett.
Cathal Barrington and Frankie Herr
Holycross; Padraig Mulcahy, Adam O'Dwyer, Robbie Breen, Danny O'Leary, David Mulqueen, Darragh Hogan, Sean O'Leary, Gearoid O'Leary, Gerry Quaid, Kevin Power (capt), Ethan Butler, Ross O'Brien Maye,
Brian Dooley, James O'Neill and Craig Finn"..................................
U-16 CUP FINAL; ................................................PAT O'NEILL CUP Herbertstown 4 Cappamore 0
Herbertstown maintain their status;
Cappamore have made great progress under Darran O'Shea this season and the scoreline represents a 15 minute Herbertstown blitz early in the second half. In the first half Cappamore were assured, defending well and deep and Harry Ryan repelled his former colleagues throughout saving from Patrick McDonagh and Conor O'Grady early on. Dave Hannon headed wide a Conor O'Grady corner midway through. Vinny Ryan was Cappamore's most potent forward threat, shooting wide earlier after bursting into the area, later Vinny crossed when a shot at goal looked the better option. Kevin Ryan was holding his own in Cappamore's midfield, displaying expert touch and vision and Andrew Kennedy and Jason Fitzgibbon were also prominent in this first half. But Herbertstown were determined to assert their authority after the resumption and Matthew O'Dea side footed in the opener after 10 minutes. Harry Ryan saved a Dave Hannon thunderbolt shortly after but Dave was not to be denied powering into the box to wallop home a second goal. Muiris Rowesome was searing down the line now and Eoghan Cregan volleyed in one of his crosses brilliantly which was equally brilliantly saved by Harry Ryan. Dave Hannon sliced through with intricate footwork for goal three and Patrick McDonagh found himself facing Harry Ryan after a trademark mazy run and buried the rebound that came back off the keeper. To their credit Cappamore never gave up, Andrew Kennedy got shots on target, Conor Roche added energy to their attack and Jack Minahan continued to defend doggedly. However, Ryan Mawdsley's tackling was of the usual high standards, Rory Hannon revelled in the air, Fionn Murphy was abrasive in midfield and when Mike O'Grady sent on his reserves, the Herbertstown team was not weakened which testified to their strength in depth
Cappamore; Harry Ryan, Ben Leonard, Tyler O'Brien, Jack Minahan, Luke Brosnan, Ben Cusack, Andrew Kennedy, James Thompson, Jason Fitzgibbon, Kevin Ryan, Vinny Ryan, Gavin Ryan, Killian Lyons,
Jordan Ryan and Conor Roche
Herbertstown; Sean Fitzgearald, Mikey O'Grady, Simon McSweeney, Ryan Mawdsley, Rory Hannon, Fionn Murphy, Matthew O'Dea, Conor O'Grady, Patrick McDonagh, Dave Hannon, Muiris Rowesome,
Eoghan Cregan, Conor Phipps, Sean McCarthy, Patrick Rodahan, Daniel Hurley..........................
U-11 CUP FINAL. ........................................ Murroe 0 Charleville 2
Two great goals from Steven Walsh and Mikey Kelliher separated these sides in a most entertaining game. Nathan O'Shea was best for Murroe ably supported by Jay Ryan, Mikey Kelly and substitute Killian
Quaid. Charleville's Tiernan Hanley was man of the match and other stellar performers for the Reds were keeper Liam Kelliher, Mikey Kelliher and captain Cian Ryan
Murroe; Aaron Roulston, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Richoff Boevi, Nathan O'Shea, Mark Nichlos, Killian O'Shea, Ryan O'Keeffe, Jay Ryan, Mikey Kelly, Alex Considine, Colin Hackett, Euan Sheridan, Killian Quaid,
Liam Quaid and Jack O'Sullivan.
Charleville; Liam Kelliher, John O'Flynn, Mark Buckley, Adam Horan, Mickey Kelliher, Tiernan Hanley, Stephen Walsh, Jake Quirke, Cian Ryan, Jack Baker, Seanie Herr, Daniel O'Keeffe and Ollie O'Neill