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Wolfe Tones confirm U14 hurling dominance

posted 22 Jun 2011, 03:05 by Padraig MacCormaic

Clare Under 14 A Hurling Final

Wolfe Tones              6-09

Clarecastle              1-04


Wolfe Tones confirmed their dominance at under 14 hurling level when they deservingly completed a Feile and Championship double. The result was never in doubt especially as Jack Cunningham hit form again with 3-3 to secure the glorious double.

A blistering start by Wolfe Tones saw 1-2 on the scoreboard after eight minutes from Dean Devanney, Darragh McMahon and a disputed Brian Conway goal. Conor Ryan got Clarecastle off the mark but Wolfe Tones responded swiftly courtesy of Dean Devanney’s second score. Jack Murphy claimed the Magpies second point before disaster struck when Jack Cunningham scored 1-1 inside two minutes to open up a 2-4 to 0-2 half time lead.

Great build up play from Darren Crowe led to Conor Ryan scoring Clarecastle’s only goal of the game following points from Crowe and Cian Pettigrew. With 29 minutes action Cian Pettigrew set up Cunningham for his second goal to send Wolfe Tones 8pts clear.

At the interval the Feile champions held a comfortable 3-5 to 1-3 lead, the Magpies needed early scores to position themselves for a challenge in the final quarter.

After four minutes they managed a point from a free after smart build up play from Darren Crowe. This shook the Tones who replied with a goal from Brian O’Connor after Cian Pettigrew’s effort was well saved by Jake Kearney in the Clarecastle goal.

Seven minutes lapsed before the next salvo of scores. Jack Cunningham added 1-1, he was set up for the goal by Aaron Shanagher as Wolfe Tones stretched their lead to 15 points entering the final quarter and were also clocking up the wides for good measure.

Clarecastle tried as hard as one could expect with changes in personnel and positions but they failed to make any inroads as Shannon dominated the final third of the pitch.

The last goal of the hour came from Aaron Shanagher with five minutes remaining. Best for Wolfe Tones were Shanagher, Kevin Justice, Jack Cunningham, Cian Collopy, Dean Devanney, Cian Pettigrew, Darragh McMahon, Sean Costello and Brian O’Connor.

Clarecastle had good performances from Paul Dolan, Ronan Garvey, Kevin Hartigan, Ruairi Crimmins, Conor Ryan and Jake Kearney. After the game chairman of Bord na nÓg Iomaint Martin Reynolds presented the Under 14A championship trophy to Wolfe Tones captain Kevin Justice. Earlier in the year the chairman presented the Feile cup to the Wolfe Tones captain. Wolfe Tones will be hosted by Clarinbridge in Feile na nGael later in the month.

WOLFE TONES: Cian Collopy, Michael Hayes, Daniel Clair, Ross O’Connor, Robbie Meaney, Kevin Justice, Sean Costello, Darragh McMahon(0-1), Dean Devanney (0-2), Evan O’Gorman, Aaron Shanagher (1-1), Cian Pettigrew (0-2), Brian Conway (1-0), Jack Cunningham (3-3), Brian O’Connor (1-0). Subs: Conor Ferns for Conway, Shane Nihill for O’Connor, Eoghan Gough for O’Gorman,

CLARECASTLE: Jake Kearney, Kevin Hartigan, Darragh Crimmins, Fiachra Cooney, Josh Kelly, Paul Dolan, Hayden Starr, Ronan Garvey, Kevin Mulcair, Darren Crowe (0-2), Adam Cassidy, Ruairi Crimmins, Conor Ryan (1-1), Jack Murphy (0-1), Stephen Barry. Subs: Jack Hayes for Kelly Jordon Banes for Ryan, Mark McAuliffe for Barry, O’Hara for Murphy,

REFEREE: Neil O’Brien (O’Callaghans Mills).