Courcey Rovers 3-16 Tracton 1-18
COURCEY Rovers retained their Good Fish Co South-East Junior A Hurling Championship title when a strong finish saw them edge out Tracton after a tremendous battle with a gallant Tracton Team.
Played yesterday at the recently renovated Shamrocks grounds in Shanbally, the first half was very even, with Tracton holding a slender 0-12 to 1-8 lead at the interval, Courcey’s goal coming from Terrance Collins.
Courcey’s went four points ahead by the three-quarter mark, but Tracton, with points from Gearoid Kingston, Kieran Lynch, and David Griffin trailed by the bare minimum after 53 minutes.
However, goals from Jack O’Reilly and Liam Collins in the closing five minutes knocked the stuffing out of Tracton, who were beaten by the time Kingston fired a rebound to the net in the 62nd minute.
Certainly, the scoreline was a little harsh on Tracton, who will look back on a shot from Sean Kiely that was heading to the corner of the net in the 53rd minutes, only for Courcey’s keeper Timmy Keating to pull off a superb save, while the loss of defender Kieran Corrigan to injury in the 27th minute was a big blow.
Equally as important to Courcey’s victory though, was the performance of man of the match Gavin Moloney. He hit 0-8, and his all-round performance was excellent, and he was ably assisted by Vincie Hurley, Liam and Terrance Collins and Brendan Ryan.
The sides were level at 0-3 each after 11 minutes, Moloney (2), and Stan Russel on the board for Courcey’s, with Kingston, Edser O’Callaghan, and Sean Kiely replying for Tracton.
Brendan Ryan put Courcey’s ahead with a well-taken point, before he was instrumental in setting up Collins, who batted to the net for the game’s opening goal in the 13th minute.
The goal galvanised Tracton, who hit six unanswered points from Griffin, Nunan, Kieran Lynch and Kingston as they led 0-9 to 1-4 after 20 minutes. Griffin hit two good points for Tracton as they opened a three-point lead before Moloney hit a couple of crucial frees to leave just a single point between the sides at the interval.
Griffin and Arron Lyons increased Tracton’s lead, before a run of points from Moloney (2), Ryan, Liam and Terrance Collins swung the game in Courceys' favour by the three-quarter stage, before the dramatic ending which left Courcey’s as deserving champions.
Scorers for Courcey Rovers: G Moloney 0-8 (0-6 f), L Collins 1-3, T Collins 1-1, J O’Reilly 1-0, B Ryan 0-2, D J Twomey 0-1, S Russell 0-1,
Tracton: D Griffin 0-6 (0-4 f), G Kingston 1-3, K Lynch 0-2, J Nunan 0-2, S Kiely 0-2, E O’Callaghan 0-2, A Lyons 0-1,
COURCEY ROVERS: T Keating; C Duggan, D Lordan, S Allen; C Ryan, V Hurley, L Collins; G Moloney, S Russell; T Collins, N Moloney, T Connery; J Collins, D Coghlan, B Ryan.
Subs: D J Twomey for N Moloney (24), W Jefferies for T Connery (h-t), J O’Reilly for D J Twomey (37 inj), R O’Donovan for J Collins (47).
TRACTON: K Lyons; E Kingston, F Kingston, J Fuohy; R Sinclair, B Lynch, K Corrigan; K Lynch, S Kiely; A Lyons, D O’Callaghan, E O’Callaghan; D Griffin, G Kingston, J Nunan.
Subs: D Kiely for K Corrigan (27 inj), S Nunan for J Fuohy (h/t), E Cogan for A Lyons (46).
Referee: Liam O’Riordan (Belgooly)