There have been some magnificent finals over the years and the DF3 boys 11-a-side decider will rank among the very best. It had everything: 10 goals, superb individual performances and extra-time before the issue was finally settled in Canovee’s favour.
Michael O’Sullivan was the scoring hero of this enthralling final which went to 10 minutes extra-time. Operating at corner forward, Michael finished with an impressive 4-2 tally as Canovee came from 10 points down to fashion a thrilling victory.
Firmount had wind advantage in the first-half and made maximum use of it to storm into a 3-3 to 1-2 half-time lead with goals from the impressive Don O’Hanlon, Barry Crowley and an own goal by Derry O’Riordan.
The second half developed into a thrilling contest as Canovee, playing superb football, hit back with a vengeance. Goals came thick and fast, and the Carrigadrohid side, superbly led by Derry O’Riordan and Daniel O’Sullivan, took the lead when Michael O’Sullivan slipped home his fourth goal. Stephen O’Connor’s late point sent the game to extra time.
In the opening period, Firmount again made the early running, Stephen O’Connor goaling for a lead they held to the interval. However, Canovee finished the stronger and after the talented Stephen Kelleher tied the game for only the second time with a goal, points by Daniel O’Sullivan and James Moynihan gave Canovee victory.
: Canovee: M. O’Sullivan 4-2; S. Kelleher 1-3; D. O’Sullivan 0-3; J. Moynihan 0-1.Firmount: D. O’Hanlon 1-3; S. O’Connor 1-2 (0-2 frees); D. O’Riordan (og), B. Crowley, S. Forde 1-0 each; S. Lucey, C. Buckley 0-1 each.
: C. O’Carroll; D. O’Riordan, M. Dunne, C. Murphy, A. Moynihan, S. Kelleher, D. O’Sullivan, J. Moynihan, O. Kinsella, M. O’Sullivan, A. Murphy.
D. Buckley; D. O’Leary, A. Horgan, S. O’Connor, C. Buckley,. C. Horgan, B. Crowley, S. Lucey, T. Hartnett, D. O’Hanlon, S. Forde. Sub. C. O’Connell for Hartnett.
: C. Lyons (St. Anthonys).
A magnificent performance by Aileen Buckley powered Firmount to victory in the DFG3 Final. Aileen showed skill beyond her years, scoring 1-3, and looked a player for the future.
Firmount did well to be on level terms at half-time after Canovee, through the excellence of Claire Byrne, looked likely winners after she banged home a goal in the opening minute.
With wind advantage in the second-half Firmount used the long ball to great effect and when Aileen Buckley knocked over two points, they were well on their way. However, Canovee refused to give up and while they threw everything at Firmount, they held firm, principally due to the brilliance of Michelle Dilworth and Aisling Sexton.
: Firmount: A Buckley 1-3 (0-2 frees); E. Daly 0-1. Canovee: C. Byrne 1-1; L. McCarthy 0-2 (0-1 free).
: D. Vaughan; D. O’Leary, C. Sisk, N. Dilworth, R. Long, A. Sexton, A. Buckley, E. Daly, K. Twomey, N. Crowley, E. O’Connell..
: J. Cassidy; A. Buckley, D. Ahern, R. McCarthy, C. Murphy, L. McCarthy, L. Byrne, J. Moynihan, A. Kelleher, E. Lyons, C. Byrne.
: C. Lyons (St. Anthony’s).
FULL-FORWARD Breda Desmond was the Laragh hero, scoring five goals as the Bandon girls cruised to victory in the DGF4 Final.
With wind advantage, the East Cork girls made the early running and led after a minute when Karla Tate McCann had a point, but the craftier Laragh girls hit back strongly and Breda Desmond began her goal rush with her first in the 10th minute, and further majors by Desmond and Ciara Hurley had them 3-1 to 0-2 in front at the break.
Despite playing into the wind in the second half, there was never any hint that Ballycotton would pull down that eight-point lead and three further goals by Breda Desmond and a fourth by Claire Duggan gave the West Cork girls a well deserved victory.
: Laragh: B. Desmond 5-0; D. Duggan 1-1; C. Hurley 1-0. Ballycotton: KT McCann 0-2 (0-1 free); K. O’Neill 1-0.
: A. Ryan; A. McCarthy, F. Kelly, A. O’Sullivan, K. McCarthy, C. Hurley, C. Duggan, C. O’Leary, L. Smith, B. Desmond, F. Murphy.
: R. Lehane; R. Quinton, L. Catinot, N. Cronin, A. Flynn, KT McCann, E. Clifford, M. Lynch, K. O’Neill, E. O’Shea, O. Casey. Subs. Used: S. O’Keeffe, M. Tattan.
: M. Harrington (Carrigaline).
THE boys made it a great double for the Laragh school when they had a point to spare over Clogheen. It looked as if they would win the game with something to spare after Gregory Bowdren’s goal helped them to a 1-2 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes.
However Clogheen weathered the early storm and, with Eoin Dennehy showing marvellous skill up front, they hit back strongly with goals by Gavin Forde and Dennehy to lead 2-2 to 1-2 at half-time.
Only some magnificent keeping by Clogheen’s Damien O’Sullivan prevented them from falling behind early in the second-half. Superbly led by Barry Collins at midfield, the Bandon school laid siege and drew level with a Ronan Sheehan goal and a point by Collins. It was fitting that Barry Collins should have the final say when he landed the winning point.
: Laragh: R. Sheehan 1-1; B. Collins 0-3 (0-1 free); G. Bowdren 1-0. Clogheen: E. Dennehy 1-2 (0-2 frees); G. Ford 1-0; C. McCarthy 0-1.
: S. McSweeney; K. Desmond, C. Hourihane, P. O’Brien, R. Sheehan, J. Meade; G. Crowley, B. Collins, D. Ellis, G. Bowdren, C. Harrington.
: D. O’Sullivan; J. Riordan, S. Nevin, C. McCarthy, P. O’Regan, M. O’Gorman; K. O’Regan, A. Brady, J. Fallon, E. Dennehy, G. Ford. Subs used; P. O’Herlihy, C. O’Mahony.
: M. Harrington (Carrigaline).