Roscrea bridge 14 year gap to claim 32nd title

Thursday, 21 September 2017

ROSCREA won back the Ger Gavin North Tipperary Minor Hurling Championship for the first time in fourteen years to claim their 32nd title when they beat a game Toomevara side at Thomas MacDonagh Park, Cloughjordan last Saturday afternoon.

Roscrea ...1-19
Toomevara ...3-8


Playing with class and some style they were that bit too good for the opposition with players on top in almost every position with Jay Culleton, Colman Treacy, Owen Tynan, Luke Cashin and Jason Gilmartin leading the way, not forgetting their excellent goalkeeper in Graham Fahy who produced a string of saves in the second half especially a penalty from Robert Delaney which was deflected over the bar for a point. At the time Roscrea led 1-13 to 1-7 and if the goal went in, a three point margin would have tested Roscrea's resolve as the pendulum was swinging in Toome's favour at the time.

However, the save stood the test of time and the last quarter belonged to Roscrea in terms of their ability to take scores while Toomevara concentrated on going for goals but Fahy was steadfast and the title returned to Roscrea.

Scores were level three times in the opening eleven minutes with both sides taking turns at taking the lead. Liam Seacy, Luke Cashin and Daniel Ryan scored for Roscrea while Kenneth Ryan, Alan Ryan and Robert Delaney from a free responded for Toome. In the 13th minute, Luke Cashin put Roscrea ahead and the lead increased with further points by Conor Booth and Jason Gilmartin who displayed good hands in acquiring the score.

Meanwhile Toome's wide tally stepped up to five as against three for Roscrea but the Reds had the accuracy as Cashin from a free plus, Darragh and Owen Tynan increased the lead to six after 22 minutes.

Roscrea were on a roller coaster now and three minutes later they had the game's opening goal by Jason Gilmartin. And what a goal it was as the corner forward displayed great skill in taking his opportunity, coasting in from the left past two defenders.

Not ready to give up, Toomevara responded with three unanswered points beginning with a Delaney free with Kevin McCarthy pointing from play before Robert Delaney added another free.

By then play had reached added time but Roscrea had one more attack and it ended positively as Owen Tynan gained possession out under the covered stand and he directed over the black spot at the scoreboard end. Half time Roscrea 1-10 Toomevara 0-6.

Roscrea's dominance continued into the early stages of the second half with two Luke Cashin frees stretching the lead to nine.

However the next ten minutes would change the colour of the game as Toomevara began to make plans to cut the deficit. Toome were slowly coming to terms with Roscrea around the half backline where Jack Ryan had been influential. Kevin McCarthy was improving at midfield and the supply increased as Robert Delaney goaled from close in after meeting a rebound to a save by Graham Fahy who had denied Aidan White. A minute later Kevin McCarthy scored a point and in the 40th minute another attack yielded a penalty when Delaney won possession inside the large square and was hauled down. It was one on one with Delaney going for power but Fahy pushed the ball over the bar.

Two Liam Seacy points gave Roscrea some relief but Toomevara replied once again when Kenneth Ryan found the net in the 46th minute.

However, Toomevara would not score again until injury time. Meanwhile Roscrea picked up the pieces once again. Jay Culleton's long delivery dropped short of the Toome goal but Vladislav Bodrovs got the vital touch to steer the ball over the bar. A foul on Conor Booth led to Luke Cashin adding a free before Owen Tynan increased the lead to eight with as many minutes remaining.

While Roscrea were happy with their lead they had however some bother at the other end as Graham Fahy had to produce at least six good saves one after another as Toome laid siege on the Roscrea goal area and eventually they had to settle for a Jack Ryan goal after Delaney's close in free was saved.

At that stage the Roscrea following were rejoicing as fourteen years were bridged and Roscrea were North champions for the 32nd time.

ROSCREA: Graham Fahy; Fionn Ryan, Stephen Carey, Brian McCabe; Glenn Loughnane, Jay Culleton, Colman Treacy; Owen Tynan (0-3), Darragh Tynan (0-1); Daniel Ryan (0-1), Liam Seacy (0-3), Conor Booth (0-1); Luke Cashin (0-8, 0-7 frees), Vladislav Bodrovs (0-1), Jason Gilmartin (1-1). Subs: James Synnott (for Bodrovs, 55 mins); Jack Lee (for Cashin, 61 mins).

TOOMEVARA: Conor Grace; Darragh Spillane, Seamus Farrell, Thomas O'Farrell; Kevin Cleary, Jack Ryan (1-0), Stephen Frend; Kevin McCarthy (0-2), Alan Ryan (0-1); Aidan White, Anthony Maher, Kenneth Ryan (1-1); Michael Delaney, Robert Delaney (1-4, 0-3 frees, 0-1 penalty), Aidan White. Subs: Damien Bergin (for Seamus O'Farrell, 36 mins, inj); Ciaran Grace (for Aidan White, 40 mins); Ciaran Boyle (for Eamon White, 58 mins).

REFEREE: Pat Gibson (Kilruane MacDonaghs).


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