Clonakilty capture their 17th JAHC title with a four point win over St Mary's

Clonakilty capture their 17th JAHC title with a four point win over St Mary's

The Clonakilty Junior A hurling team celebrate their victory over St Mary's in the RCM Tarmacadam South-West Junior A Hurling Championship final at Ahiohill. Picture: Martin Walsh.

Clonakilty 2-17

St Mary's 0-19 

THE measure of who we are, is what we do with what we have.

Clonakilty extracted everything from that statement and their their panel of players in this Carbery JAHC decider. 

On a splendid newly laid out Ahiohill venue the winners collected their 17th title in this grade and did so with a sublime display against a never say die saint Mary's outfit who have yet to win the holy grail in this particular championship. 

It wasn’t for the want of trying in yesterday’s final where Clon’s goals, one in the opening minute and another in the 40th minute were crucial scores. 

Just as important was a string of superb save from Clon ‘keeper Mark White who denied Mary’s on at least three occasions but still managed to keep the best for last.

With just four points between the sides magnificent Mary’s captain Jason Collins stood over a penalty shot and hit it with force and accuracy. 

Clonakilty captain Mark White raises the Flyer Nyhan Cup after Clonakilty won the RCM Tarmacadam South-West Junior A Hurling Championship final defeating St Mary's at Ahiohill. Also included: Tommy Lyons (Carbery chairperson) and JJ McCarthy (RCM Tarmacadam). Picture: Martin Walsh.
Clonakilty captain Mark White raises the Flyer Nyhan Cup after Clonakilty won the RCM Tarmacadam South-West Junior A Hurling Championship final defeating St Mary's at Ahiohill. Also included: Tommy Lyons (Carbery chairperson) and JJ McCarthy (RCM Tarmacadam). Picture: Martin Walsh.

Despite it hopping just before it reached him White saved brilliantly to kill of a vibrant challenge in virtually the last piece of action in a gripping encounter. 

The game began with a bang when Cian O’Donovan finished off a three man move to rattle the loser’s net after just 30 seconds. 

Bloodied but unbowed the Saints went on the front foot from the puck-out and White was called on to make his first save of the day by diverting a goal bound effort out for a ’65.

Jason Collins converted it and with the Mary’s backs settling they slowly got to grips with the Clon attack where Tiernan O’Connell picked off a few fine scores from play while David Lowney was unerring from placed balls. 

Darren O’Donovan excelled in the loser’s half forward division as they slowly fought their way back with a point from substitute Brian Everard drawing them level approaching half time. 

Clon were to retire with a two point advantage after veteran Denis Murphy had moved to centre back to steady their defence where Niall Barret was outstanding. 

On the restart Clon re-opened their three point lead but with Darren O’Donovan showing the way Mary’s refused to wilt. 

However misfortune struck in the 40th minute when a long delivery from substitute Sean O’Donoghue wound up in their net off a defender’s helmet. 

Still the challengers refused to die and at the second water break just a goal separated the sides. 

In a pulsating finish Clon managed to stay just that little bit in front before Seán McEvoy brought the curtain down with the final point in a high scoring affair.

Scorers for Clon: D Lowney 0-8 (0-6 fs), C O’Donovan 1-2, T O’Connell 0-4, OG, S McEvoy 0-2, B White 0-1.

St Mary's: J Collins 0-15 (0-3 ‘65’s), 0-10 fs), D O’Donovan 0-2, B Everard, N Kelleher 0-1 each.

Clonakilty: M White; N Barrett, C Crowley, D O’Regan; E Deasy, J O’Brien, D Murphy; M Scally, D Lowney; E Ryan, T Clancy, T O’Connell; S McEvoy, T Anglin, C O’Donovan. 

Sub: S O’Donoghue for J O’Brien (inj 27).

St Mary's: G Harrington; J Hurley, P Daly, D Curtin; R Scannell, M O’Driscoll, R O’Connor; D Scannell, N Kelleher, F O’Driscoll, J Collis, B Everard; D O’Donovan, B McCarthy, B O’Mahony. 

Subs: C Everard for F O’Driscoll (29), A O’Driscoll for B McCarthy (46).

Referee; Michael O’Mahony, (Kilbrittain).

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