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Super-sub Moran inspires Tralee CBS to classy victory

David Moran of Tralee CBS

Tralee CBS 2-10 Coláiste Chroíst Ri 1-6
By Brendan Larkin
HE may never scale the same heights as his father, Denis, but David Moran left a lasting impression yesterday.

Tralee CBS passed a rigorous test of character with flying colours during this Credit Union Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter final at Knocknagree.

Struggling to contain a lively Críost Rí side who had the strong wind in their favour in the first half, Tralee introduced young Moran after ten minutes for his first competitive match since last October and it was as if he had never been away.

Clearly a player of immense talent, Moran was on the end of a three-man move to finish the ball to the net with his first touch, and he repeated that feat nine minutes into the second half. There was only going to be one result after that.

Invariably, it's the scorers who get the headlines, but the performance of Tralee centre-back Adrian Greaney deserves special mention. Pitted against Críost Rí's best forward, Eric Hegarty, who had an excellent match, Greaney gave a flawless display, particularly towards the end as the Cork school made a determined effort to stay in the title race.

There is every chance these two could cross paths again as they are both county minors for the coming year. Others to make major contributions to the Green's success were full-back Liam Kissane, Barry Shanahan at wing-back, midfielders Stephen Browne and Liam Walsh, while Mark O'Sullivan's free taking was excellent. By their own admission, this was not one of Críost Rí's better teams, but what they may have lacked in terms of physical presence and skill, they more than made up for with tremendous commitment and, against another team, that might have seen them through.

Aided by the wind they made the better start, with Eric Hegarty prominent, and led 0-2 to nil after 10 minutes, but in that same period they kicked some bad wides which were to prove extremely costly.

Mark O'Sullivan's frees had Tralee level by the end of the first quarter, before David Moran's arrival lifted his colleagues to a higher level and, playing excellent football, Tralee scored 1-3 without reply to go in at the break 1-5 to 0-3 in front, and the signs were ominous for the Cork school.

Críost Rí coach Mick Evans kept his players in the dressingroom a lot longer than their opponents and when they emerged proceeded to take the game to their opponents.

Winning the throw-in, Críost Rí swept up field where Eric Hegarty was grounded going through and the same player buried his penalty high into the roof of the net.

Unfortunately for them it was only a temporary respite. Tralee, with Greaney majestic at centre-back and Stephen Browne and Liam O'Sullivan giving them a firm grip on midfield, came forward in waves and, when Moran found the net for a second time in the 40th minute to stretch his side's lead to 2-7 to 1-3, the Green were never going to be caught.

Credit to Críost Rí, they did put in a storming finish and substitute Colin O'Sullivan was only inches away from a goal, but a resolute Tralee defence held firm for a splendid victory.

Scorers: Tralee CBS: D. Moran 2-1; M. O'Sullivan 0-4 (frees); D. O'Callaghan 0-2 (0-1 free); BJ Walsh, L. O'Sullivan, B. Shanahan 0-1 each. Críost Ri: E. Hegarty 1-3 (1-0 pen., 0-2 frees); S. McCarthy (free), I. Madden, C. O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

TRALEE CBS: K. O'Shea; S. Brosnan, L. Kissane, B. Costello; B. Shanahan, A. Greaney, S. Higgins; S. Browne, L. O'Sullivan; D. Wallace, A. Kelly, S. Brennan; D. O'Callaghan, BJ Walsh, M. O'Sullivan.

Subs: D. Moran for Brennan; A. O'Donoghue for A. Kelly; A. Kelly for M. O'Sullivan.

Críost Rí: D. Haines; T. O'Co0nnor, D. Bracken, D. Murphy; I. Foley, P. Butler, A. Duggan; B. Corry, I. Madden; S. Martin, E. Hegarty, S. McCarthy; J. Sexton, B. Newman, P. O'Riordan.

Subs: C. O'Sullivan for Newman; K. O'Mahony for Duggan.

Referee: K. Walsh (Clare).

 

Super-sub Moran inspires Tralee CBS to classy victory

David Moran of Tralee CBS

Tralee CBS 2-10 Coláiste Chroíst Ri 1-6
By Brendan Larkin
HE may never scale the same heights as his father, Denis, but David Moran left a lasting impression yesterday.

Tralee CBS passed a rigorous test of character with flying colours during this Credit Union Corn Uí Mhuirí quarter final at Knocknagree.

Struggling to contain a lively Críost Rí side who had the strong wind in their favour in the first half, Tralee introduced young Moran after ten minutes for his first competitive match since last October and it was as if he had never been away.

Clearly a player of immense talent, Moran was on the end of a three-man move to finish the ball to the net with his first touch, and he repeated that feat nine minutes into the second half. There was only going to be one result after that.

Invariably, it's the scorers who get the headlines, but the performance of Tralee centre-back Adrian Greaney deserves special mention. Pitted against Críost Rí's best forward, Eric Hegarty, who had an excellent match, Greaney gave a flawless display, particularly towards the end as the Cork school made a determined effort to stay in the title race.

There is every chance these two could cross paths again as they are both county minors for the coming year. Others to make major contributions to the Green's success were full-back Liam Kissane, Barry Shanahan at wing-back, midfielders Stephen Browne and Liam Walsh, while Mark O'Sullivan's free taking was excellent. By their own admission, this was not one of Críost Rí's better teams, but what they may have lacked in terms of physical presence and skill, they more than made up for with tremendous commitment and, against another team, that might have seen them through.

Aided by the wind they made the better start, with Eric Hegarty prominent, and led 0-2 to nil after 10 minutes, but in that same period they kicked some bad wides which were to prove extremely costly.

Mark O'Sullivan's frees had Tralee level by the end of the first quarter, before David Moran's arrival lifted his colleagues to a higher level and, playing excellent football, Tralee scored 1-3 without reply to go in at the break 1-5 to 0-3 in front, and the signs were ominous for the Cork school.

Críost Rí coach Mick Evans kept his players in the dressingroom a lot longer than their opponents and when they emerged proceeded to take the game to their opponents.

Winning the throw-in, Críost Rí swept up field where Eric Hegarty was grounded going through and the same player buried his penalty high into the roof of the net.

Unfortunately for them it was only a temporary respite. Tralee, with Greaney majestic at centre-back and Stephen Browne and Liam O'Sullivan giving them a firm grip on midfield, came forward in waves and, when Moran found the net for a second time in the 40th minute to stretch his side's lead to 2-7 to 1-3, the Green were never going to be caught.

Credit to Críost Rí, they did put in a storming finish and substitute Colin O'Sullivan was only inches away from a goal, but a resolute Tralee defence held firm for a splendid victory.

Scorers: Tralee CBS: D. Moran 2-1; M. O'Sullivan 0-4 (frees); D. O'Callaghan 0-2 (0-1 free); BJ Walsh, L. O'Sullivan, B. Shanahan 0-1 each. Críost Ri: E. Hegarty 1-3 (1-0 pen., 0-2 frees); S. McCarthy (free), I. Madden, C. O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

TRALEE CBS: K. O'Shea; S. Brosnan, L. Kissane, B. Costello; B. Shanahan, A. Greaney, S. Higgins; S. Browne, L. O'Sullivan; D. Wallace, A. Kelly, S. Brennan; D. O'Callaghan, BJ Walsh, M. O'Sullivan.

Subs: D. Moran for Brennan; A. O'Donoghue for A. Kelly; A. Kelly for M. O'Sullivan.

Críost Rí: D. Haines; T. O'Co0nnor, D. Bracken, D. Murphy; I. Foley, P. Butler, A. Duggan; B. Corry, I. Madden; S. Martin, E. Hegarty, S. McCarthy; J. Sexton, B. Newman, P. O'Riordan.

Subs: C. O'Sullivan for Newman; K. O'Mahony for Duggan.

Referee: K. Walsh (Clare).