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Dungarvan Colleges 2-21 (27) Our Lady’s Templemore 1-11 (14) – Giveitfong’s view

(originally posted by Giveitfong on boards.ie)

A powerful second half performance saw Dungarvan Colleges capturing their second Harty Cup in succession at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary today. There was no indication at half time that Dungarvan would dominate proceedings they way they did in the second half. The score at that stage was 0-8 apiece after a highly competitive 30 minutes and indeed, if Templemore had not missed two good goal chances they would have been in the driving seat at the restart.

However, it was the defending champions who raised their game big time after the change of ends to blow their opponents away. With wing backs Tadhg Bourke and captain Tom Devine thundering into the game and corner forward Darragh Lyons coming out as a very effective third midfielder, Dungarvan gained total control around the middle of the park and proceeded the send a stream of high-quality ball into a forward line which showed some marvellous skill in putting Templemore to the sword. Good midfield possession also created overlaps which were well used by the hard-working Dungarvan lads who as a result forced the opposition rearguard to breaking point.

The game was played on a cold but beautifully sunny day on a generally very good pitch apart from the deep sand in the goal areas. Templemore appeared to have first advantage of a swirling breeze but it was Dungarvan who made the better start, moving smoothly into an early three-point lead. Templemore then settled and got back to parity before another surge by Dungarvan saw them moving three points ahead again. However, the Tipperary lads showed their mettle to come back strongly to bring the scores to parity at the short whistle.

Templemore will no doubt rue two goal chances which went abegging during the half. The first of these saw one of their corner forwards getting his stick to the ball ahead of his marker and the advancing Dungarvan goalie only for the ball to bounce harmlessly across an empty goalmouth and just outside the far post. Their second missed goal chance came when one of their forwards came in along the right-hand end line only to see his shot go the wrong side of the post.

Dungarvan notched the first two points of the second half and then hammered the first major nail in the Templemore coffin. Midfielder Colin Dunford, who was having a superb game until forced off with injury midway through the second half, made a great run through the middle of the Templemore defence before delivering an excellent hand pass into Ryan Donnelly in front of the goal. Donnelly turned and drove an unstoppable shot to the back of the opposition net.

Dungarvan subsequently played some sublime hurling, and it is not an exaggeration to say that they produced some skills and scores today as good as I have ever seen on a hurling pitch. They matched this with work rate and physical input, repeatedly hustling their opponents when in possession and digging the ball out of the frequent scrums which developed.

The second, and essentially the final nail in the Templemore coffin, came with Dungarvan’s second goal, again delivered by Ryan Donnelly with ten minutes to go. He fielded a lovely ball in from the right wing and although his first attempt at a shot was hooked, he followed up to force the ball over the line. Templemore did get a consolation goal in the closing minutes from a deflected shot through a crowded goalmouth, although even then Dungarvan goalie Laurence Power, who performed excellently right through, was unlucky not to keep the ball out. Shortly afterwards the final whistle sounded and Tom Devine was presented with the Harty Cup to the delight of the big group of supporters present.

This was all-round a great team performance by Dungarvan Colleges, and their mentors deserve great credit for the spirit, skill and organisation they have instilled in their charges. Their fullback line of Kealon Looby, Brian Looby and Michael Cronin defended stoutly throughout, particularly in the first half when they came under a lot of pressure. Wing backs Tadhg Bourke and Tom Devine were relatively quiet in the first half, but once they struck top form after the change of ends it was curtains for Templemore. These are two gifted hurlers with great ability to win ball, make space and use it well. Bourke also made a major contribution on the scoreboard, landing three marvellous long-range points from frees. Between them, centre back Kevin Daly held the middle well throughout.
In midfield, young Cormac Curran added to his growing reputation with another powerful and hardworking effort, while beside him Colin Dunford was a candidate for man of the match with three super points from play and several assists, including the lead-up to the vital first goal. Unfortunately he shipped a nasty shoulder injury midway through the second half. Hopefully we will see him back before the end of the campaign.

At right wing forward Christy Breathnach had a fairly anonymous first half, but thriving on the improved supply after the change of ends, rowed in with three lovely points. Michael Harney at centre forward made a key contribution early in the game winning ball repeatedly under Templemore’s long wind-assisted puckouts and worked hard all through. Big Seamus Keating at left half forward won any amount of possession and drove at the Templemore rearguard time and again. If he had more confidence in himself he could become a substantial scoring threat.

In the full forward line, the recently injured Ryan Donnelly showed that he had benefited greatly from an otherwise frustrating outing in the previous week’s B final. He was much sharper on his occasion and his final tally of 2-1 was crucial to his side’s victory. Darragh Lyons landed an excellent early point but did his best work as a receiver and processor of ball in the midfield area in the second half. Patrick Curran was not as productive as the previous week, but his tally of 0-8 (three from play) still left him as the team’s top scorer and another contender for man of the match. His ability to get on the end of crossfield balls into the corners in the second half was a joy to behold. One point, when he killed the ball on his hurley near the end line and ghosted past his marker to split the posts over this shoulder was worth the admission price alone.

Dungarvan Colleges: Laurence Power (Abbeyside); Kealon Looby (St. Oliver’s/Ballinameela); Brian Looby (Abbeyside); Michael Cronin (Ardmore); Tadhg Bourke (Clashmore) (0-3, frees); Kevin Daly (Dungarvan); Tom Devine (Modeligo) (Captain); Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers) (0-1); Colin Dunford (Colligan) (0-3); Christy Breathnach (An Rinn) (0-3); Michael Harney (Ballydurn) (0-1); Seamus Keating (Ardmore); Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan) (0-1); Ryan Donnelly (Dungarvan) (2-1); Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) (0-8, five frees). Substitute David Gartland (Ardmore) for Dunford and a flurry of subs towards the end.

Coláistí na nDéise 2-14 (20) Nenagh CBS 1-10 (13) – Giveitfong’s view

(originally posted by Giveitfong on boards.ie)

Coláistí na nDéise (CnD) made history when seeing off a strong Nenagh CBS challenge to capture the Harty Cup for the first time in Cashel today. A combination of Dungarvan CBS and St. Augustine’s of Abbeyside, CnD are a very talented and well-balanced team which was full value for their win in front of a very large attendance.

The game was played on a reasonable (if slightly short) pitch, in overcast but otherwise good conditions, with a strongish diagonal wind which favoured CnD in the first half. CnD got off to a super start when corner forward finished to the net at the end of a good passing movement in the opening minutes, and five minutes later, his older brother and man-of-the-match Cathal confidently smashed a 20-metre free to the back of the net to put CnD very much in the driving seat.

With Colin Dunford in midfield and Michael Harney at centre forward winning possession time and again, CnD began piling on the points, mainly via Cathal Curran frees as the pressurised Nenagh defence committed foul after foul. After about 20 minutes Nenagh managed to lift the siege and gain territorial dominance for a period, but they found it very difficult to make any impression on a watertight CnD defence in which left half back Tadhg Burke was magnificent from start to finish. On the one occasion Nenagh did get through for a shot on goal, CnD goalie Eoin Kearns brought off a super save. CnD regained the initiative in the closing minutes of the half, and a flurry of points saw them going in at half time leading 2-10 to 0-5.

With wind assistance, Nenagh enjoyed the bulk of second half possession but were ill-advised in seeking to score goals right from the restart, sending a stream of balls, many from scorable frees, into the CnD goal area without fruit. Meanwhile, CnD continued to look dangerous on the break, and actually outscored Nenagh in the third quarter. Cathal Curran was desperately unlucky not to put the game out of Nenagh’s reach when he got on the end of a long delivery but his flick past the goalkeeper agonisingly went the wrong side of the goalpost.

Nenagh finally got some points on the board in the final quarter, but their search for a goal was repeatedly frustrated by the CnD defence’s combination of skill and resilience. When they finally got the ball into the net in the dying moments, it was little more than a consolation score.

CnD now go on to an All-Ireland semi-final against the Leinster final losers (St Kieran’s College or Kilkenny CBS) on March 17. They will have long-term injury victim Kevin Sheehan (who made a brief appearance as a late substitute today) and Kevin Daly (out today due to suspension) available for that fixture. Nenagh CBS remain in the All-Ireland competition in which they play the Ulster champions in a qualifying game.

Coláistí na nDéise: Eoin Kearns (St Mary’s); Kealon Looby (St Oliver’s); Tom Tobin (St Mary’s); Seán O’Donovan (Modeligo); Evan Collins (Abbeyside); Tom Devine (Modeligo); Tadhg Burke (Clashmore); Colin Dunford (Colligan) (0-1); Cormac Curran (Brickeys) (0-2, one free); Cathal Curran (Dungarvan) (1-9, 1-6 frees); Michael Harney (Bunmahon); Ryan Donnelly (Dungarvan); Michael Kiely (St. Mary’s); Kieran Power (Kilrossanty); Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) (1-2). Substitutes: Kevin Sheehan (St Mary’s), Eamon Crotty (Abbeyside).[/Quote]

Cóláistí na nDéise 2-14 (20) De La Salle 1-8 (11) – Giveitfong’s view

For the second game in a row, Cóláistí na nDéise (CnD) had to overcome the handicap of having a player sent off before the game started to carve out a marvellous victory over De La Salle (DLS) in the Harty Cup semi-final in Fraher Field today.

There was disarray before the beginning of the game when, first of all, referee Cathal McAllister took ages to get a sliotar to start the game and then had his attention drawn by the umpires at the town goal. Following consultation, McAllister showed the CnD full forward Kevin Daly a straight red card, followed by a yellow for DLS full back Paul Coughlan, which was to prove significant.

The rain which had been falling since early morning continued throughout the game, and in the circumstances the skill showed by both sides was commendable. There was also a stiff breeze blowing towards the town goal and CnD were definitely fortunate to have its assistance in the first half, as it would have been a big ask if they had to chase a substantial lead in the second half in these conditions.

As in their previous game, CnD (made up of the Augustinian and Christian Brothers schools in Dungarvan) made light of their numerical disadvantage by getting stuck in from the off, working their socks off, and displaying a super first touch throughout the field. Their defenders were adept at stopping their opponents from getting possession and were impressively physical against what was a bigger DLS team.

CND got the tonic of an early goal when Cathal Curran’s free was knocked down in the goalmouth for corner forward Michael Kiely to finish to the net. Once they got their eye in, the CND forwards – especially Cathal Curran – began to build up their points tally and they got a real boost halfway through the half when centre forward Michael Harney struck a marvellous goal from all of thirty yards.

At the other end DLS found it impossible to get on the scoreboard despite having plenty of chances. Their shooting for points into the wind went all awry and they also spurned a couple of clear goal chances. They finally got a shot on goal just before the interval but CnD goalie Eoin Kearns made a great save. Overall DLS hit eight first half wides to CnD’s four.

CnD’s cause got a further boost just before half time when the DLS full back Paul Coughlan got a second yellow card for a hurley throw which at least had the intended effect of putting off a CnD forward who had got through for a shot on goal. Cathal Curran knocked over the resultant free to send CnD in at half time leading 2-9 to no score.

DLS needed a good start to the second half but it was CnD who stretched their lead with another excellent Curran effort. DLS then gradually took over as CnD tired and began to control midfield. The points finally started to flow but the excellent CnD defence yielded few openings for the goal DLS desperately needed. DLS lacked leadership with no one prepared to run at the CnD defence whereas, playing against the wind, CnD repeatedly carried the ball out of defence and generally used it well, playing to the wings for the speedy Curran brothers to run on to.

DLS did get a bit of a lifeline when Austin Gleeson’s shot from a forty-yard free found the net off Eoin Kearns’s hurley with 15 minutes to go. However, they were unable to follow up and were it not for some over-elaboration on the part of the CnD forwards and a couple of missed frees from Cathal Curran, CnD would have won even more convincingly than the final scoreline of Coláistí na Déise 2-14 De La Salle 1-8 (CnD’s last point wasn’t registered on the score board).

Leading the way for a CnD team which played well throughout the field was Cathal Curran, five of whose seven points came from play. The unrelated Cormac Curran, a late call-up in midfield, also had a mighty game, including three points from play. Right half back Tadhg Burke and centre back Tom Devine were also to the fore. Austin Gleeson was DLS’s main man. Their starting fifteen only scored one point from play. They got four second half points via substitutes, with Adam Farrell (I think) getting two or three of them.

A feature of the CnD team was the fact that only one of the players was from Abbeyside with four from Dungarvan (all of them forwards). The rest were from intermediate and junior rural clubs, and their skill levels are a great tribute to the work being done at juvenile level in the west of the county. On the basis of this display, and with Kieran Power expected to be back for the final, they must have a good chance of going all the way.

Coláistí na nDéise: Eoin Kearns (St Mary’s), Evan Collins (Abbeyside), Tom Tobin (St Mary’s), Seán O’Donovan (Modeligo), Tadhg Bourke (Clashmore), Tom Devine (St. Patrick’s), Kealan Looby (St Oliver’s), Colin Dunford (Colligan) (0-1), Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers) (0-3), Cathal Curran (Dungarvan) (0-7, 0-2 frees), Michael Harney (Bonmahon) (1-0); Ryan Donnelly (Dungarvan), Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) (0-2), Kevin Daly (Dungarvan), Michael Kiely (St Mary’s) (1-1). Sub: John Gartland (Ardmore) for Michael Kiely (inj).

De La Salle: Mark Sheridan (Erin’s Own), Billy O’Keeffe (Ballygunner), Paul Coughlan (Ballygunner), Kevin Walsh (Piltown), Adam O’Sullivan (De La Salle), Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion) (1-3, all frees), Sam O’Neill (Erin’s Own), Chris Breheny (Butlerstown), Shane McNulty (De La Salle), Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank), Barry O’Sullivan (Ballygunner) (0-1), Tom Mullally (Ballygunner), Dessie Hutchinson (Ballygunner), Pat Flynn (De La Salle), Darragh Flynn (Erin’s Own). De La Salle brought on a number of substitutes (who scored four points between them) but apparently their numbers were not correct.

De La Salle Waterford, All-Ireland Champions 2008

Another game, another title for De La Salle. Remember when winning the Harty Cup was a scarcely conceivable target for Waterford hurling? Going forward, you cling to the truth that a) 13 of the 15 players are from Waterford, and b) all the evidence suggests they fear no one, twice coming out on the right side of one point games in the All-Ireland final against our betters in Kilkenny and Tipperary respectively.

And yet, it is important to celebrate it for what it is now: a Waterford team of any stripe winning a senior hurling All-Ireland. Even if none of this team graduate to the inter-county senior ranks, they have done us all proud and should be able to enjoy the plaudits without being pressurised into being the next Great White Hope of Waterford hurling.

Back-to-back Munster titles

Has it ever happened before that a Waterford team has retained a Munster title? It’s happened now, with De La Salle retaining the Harty Cup, beating Thurles CBS in the final by 1-11 to 0-7. WIT winning the Fitzgibbon Cup is nice, but that’s not really a ‘Waterford’ team. No doubt there a few North Waterfordians (aka South Kilkenny) in the De La Salle team, but it’ll mostly be Waterford players on the team. When you factor in the Tony Forristal success last year, it doesn’t seem unreasonable (if perhaps overly optimistic) to speculate that we are seeing a generation who picked up their hurleys when we hit the big time in 1998 coming of age.