Howard lets rip with 16 points for Dromtariffe hurlers in Duhallow final

Howard lets rip with 16 points for Dromtariffe hurlers in Duhallow final

Dromtariffe thrilled to land victory in the E Tarrant & Sons Skoda Dealer Duhallow JAHC Final in Kanturk. Picture: John Tarrant

Dromtariffe 0-30 Kilbrin 2-13 

DROMTARIFFE justified the tag of favourites despite the gritty challenge of Kilbrin to a largely one-sided E Tarrant & Sons Skoda Dealer Duhallow JAHC Final at Kanturk.

The superior hurling finesse of Dromtariffe told a the story, their balanced side had the better quality in their play and slicker teamwork. Indeed Dromtariffe’s greater craft and quicker striking emerged strongly in the opening half, displaying terrific composure and vastly superior teamwork to shoot 0-19 from all angles.

The writing was on the wall for Kilbrin, trailing by 12 points at the interval yet they hauled themselves right back into contention to trail by five with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. 

Facing a test of character, a calm Dromtariffe response proved effective to rattle off a further glut of points to ensure team captain Darren O’Connor accepted the John Joe Brosnan Memorial Cup for the second time in three seasons.

Kilbrin had jumped into an early lead courtesy of a Stephen O’Reilly pointed free only for Dromtariffe to settle quickly into their stride and hurl with great authority. 

The points flowed one way with Tomás Howard, Kevin Cremin, Mark O’Connor and Brandon Murphy helping assume a 0-10 to 0-2 advantage at the water break.

Kilbrin lost O’Reilly to injury and though Shane Crowley obliged with a score, they were operating second fiddle. Key for Dromtariffe was the defensive solidity of Michael O’Brien, Conor O’Callaghan and Jack Murphy with O’Connor and Cremin impressing at midfield in addition to the energetic probings of Man of the Match Howard, along with Evan and Brandon Murphy in attack.

Indeed, Dromtariffe turned the screw with free flow passages of hurling to put the scoreboard on regular operation and enjoy a 0-19 to 0-7 grip at the interval. For a time, matters continued on a similar vein, Dromtariffe points added by Jack Murphy and Howard.

Credit Kilbrin, they adjusted their side to offer a spirited challenge, helped by a Daniel O’Sullivan goal. That score acted as a major spur, Kilbrin pushed the new champions for a spell through the probings of Darren Daly, William Heffernan, Gareth Linehan and Shane Crowley.

Discovering a new lease of life, Kibrin attacked in droves, Crowley netted from a free and a Rory King point had the margin down to five. However Dromtariffe reset themselves and proceeded to tighten up during the closing 10 minutes.

And any lingering doubts were removed on late points from the Howard brothers, Evan Murphy and Cremin.

Dromtariffe captain Darren O'Connor thrilled to accept Duhallow JAHC Trophy from Joe Kearns, Chairman and Connie Tarrant, sposors. Picture: John Tarrant
Dromtariffe captain Darren O'Connor thrilled to accept Duhallow JAHC Trophy from Joe Kearns, Chairman and Connie Tarrant, sposors. Picture: John Tarrant

Scorers for Dromtariffe: T Howard 0-16 (0-6 f, 0-1 65), B Murphy 0-4, S Howard 0-3, E Murphy, K Cremin 0-2 each, M O’Connor, G O’Sullivan, J Murphy 0-1 each.

Kilbrin: S Crowley 1-8 (1-3 f, 0-1 65), S O’Reilly 0-3 (0-2 f), D O’Sullivan 1-0, N Field, R King 0-1 each.

DROMTARIFFE: D Cremin; R Daly, M O’Brien, D O’Connor; J Murphy, C O’Callaghan, M O’Gorman; M O’Connor, K Cremin; S Howard, T Howard, C Cremin; B Murphy, E Murphy; G O’Sullivan. 

Subs: D O’Keeffe for M O’Gorman (37), S Cremin for G O’Sullivan (55), D Dennehy for B Murphy (58).

KILBRIN: E O’Riordan; C Buttimer, M Buckley, M Field; C King, G Linehan, D Daly; David O’Sullivan, W Heffernan; N Field, E Sheahan, S O’Reilly; Daniel O’Sullivan, N O’Callaghan, S Crowley. 

Subs: R King for S O’Reilly (24 inj), T O’Reilly for David O’Sullivan (38).

Referee: E Walsh (Freemount).

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