Dromtariffe 2-16 Mount Sion 0-10
DROMTARIFFE’S superior attacking power proved decisive to overcome a stubborn Mount Sion in the AIB Munster JAFC semi-final at Mallow on Saturday.
In doing so, the Cork champions negotiated another fence safely from a performance sufficient for this occasion.
A five star showing from Daniel O’Keeffe emerged the crucial difference between the sides, his predatory instincts offered a lesson in finishing to claim a 2-9 tally.
Far from a one-man showing, there was no disputing the merits of Dromtariffe’s triumph, recovering from an indifferent spell either side of the interval, they worked calmly and precisely to exude class to book a provincial final date against Beaufort.
Backed by the strong breeze Dromtariffe, without injured team captain Seamus O’Sullivan, controlled possession from the start, as O’Keeffe thumped over a pair of points from play. And though Mount Sion opened their account from a Stephen Roche flag, Dromtariffe drove forward in waves, O’Keeffe added his third point.
Indeed, Dromtariffe carved out the openings with increasing ease, Denis O’Donoughue took a return pass from Gearóid Murphy to present O’Keeffe with the simplest of tasks to net. A follow-up point by Evan Murphy stretched Dromtariffe’s position 1-4 to 0-1 by the 10th min.
The Waterford side recovered from an uncertain spell, an improvement became increasingly apparent. That was attributed to the influence of former Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson and Seán Glynn at midfield.
Points from Gleeson and Martin O’Neill offered the Decies men encouragement, Mount Sion well in the hunt to trail 1-6 to 0-4 at the interval. With O’Neill and Gleeson adding points on the restart, the Waterford hopefuls remained in with a major shout to create an upset.
Dromtariffe’s game had clearly lost some of its earlier gloss, being asked questions about their resolve and they proceeded to deliver the answers. The influence of Conor Cremin, Eanna Mernagh and Seán Howard became pronounced as did Conor O’Callaghan and Adam Buckley.
Elsewhere, O’Keeffe, supported by Evan Murphy did much to energise the Dromtariffe attacking game, confirmed in the 45th minute, a long delivery from wing back Brian O’Keeffe picked out his namesake Daniel, a precision finish for a goal pushed Dromtariffe into a commanding position.
Now Dromtariffe varied their game intelligently, cute and economical in possession, holding the ball up well, breaking forward in crisp passing moves that worked the ball into scoring positions for O’Callaghan, O’Keeffe and Murphy to tack on point. At the last whistle, an all round acceptance that the better team prevailed, Dromtariffe good enough to secure a passage to a Munster Final.
Scorers for Dromtariffe: D O’Keeffe 2-9 (0-3 f), E Murphy 0-4, S Collins, D O’Connor, C O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
Mount Sion: M O’Neill 0-4 (0-2 f), A Gleeson 0-3, I Galgey 0-2 (0-1 f), S Roche 0-1.
DROMTARIFFE: D Mann; C O’Mahony, C Cremin, S Howard; B O’Keeffe, J Murphy, T Howard; A Buckley, C O’Callaghan; E Murphy, D O’Donoghue, M O’Connor; G Murphy, S Collins, D O’Keeffe.
Subs: D O’Connor for D O’Donoughue (20 bc), E Mernagh for C O’Mahony (h-t), K O’Sullivan for G Murphy (h-t), M Lynes for M O’Connor (55), J Buckley for T Howard (59), C O’Callaghan for B O’Keeffe (60).
MOUNT SION: N Mackey; C Kennedy, P Penkert, C Savage; B Ryan, M Gaffney, D Power; A Gleeson, S Glynn; I O’Regan, M O’Neill, S Roche; R Roche, S Ryan, I Galgey.
Subs: S Elliot for C Savage (h-t), G Carroll for S Ryan (47), L Thornton for B Ryan (48 bc), M Power for C Kennedy (54).
Referee: B Griffin (Kerry).