THE winning sequence for Dromtarriffe in 2018 continued in Mallow on Saturday, this time in the Munster club championship.
This is their third Junior A Football Championship win in Mallow this season.
After winning the Divisional JAHC title for the first time ever and losing the JAFC final to Boherbue it marked a great season for this rural club.
James McAuliffe, manager of the football side, felt it was a great year to date for all involved.
“We are now starting on another journey and taking just one step at the time,” McAuliffe said.
“In our Cork County final, we conceded two goals to Kilmacabea and trailed by five points entering the last 12 minutes.
“We introduced Darren O’Connor and his two goals proved vital as we won out by a single point.
“We have a very good committed bunch of players.”
Team coach Kieran Creed (Clondroichead) spoke of the youthful side that Dromtarriffe have at the moment.
“There were games when all our backs were U21 players,” Creed said.
“We have two minors on the starting side, Conor O’Callaghan and Tomas Howard with Killian O’Sullivan, who has come on in some games also a minor.
“Darren O’Connor has come on in a number of our games and has proved his worth with some great goals. We will look forward to the semi-final against the Waterford champions.”
Noel O’Sullivan, who has been club secretary for 25 years feels that the present squad are as good as he ever saw within the club.
“At the moment we have a very young panel,” O’Sullivan said. “The average age of our side is about 21 which should be good for the future.
“This present panel of players are totally committed and relaxed before any game.
“After losing the Duhallow final we got together and decided we would go out in the county and take every game as it came.
“We first overcame Charleville and then defeated St Michael’s.
“The county semi-final against Iveleary was very close we didn’t lead till near the end, we eventually won by two points.
“The county final was again very tough, we were hit for two early goals.
“Our youth and fitness got us through, we never panicked and Darren O’Connor’s two goals, the first within a minute of he being on the field led us to victory by a single point.”