Better teamwork sees Pobal Uí Chaoimh reach U-21 'A' final with win over Blackwater
U-21 'A' Football
Pobal Uí Chaoimh 0-12
Blackwater Gaels 1-7
POBAL Uí Chaoimh pulled the rug from under the feet of a fancied Blackwater Gaels in a closely fought Duhallow U-21 A Football Championship semi-final at a chilly Meelin on Saturday.
On doing so, the victors offered the greater teamwork and understanding against a Cullen and Lyre combination that failed to play up to their full potential. Apart from inaccurate shooting during the third quarter, the Knocknagree and Ballydesmond outfit performed with power, pace and no little intensity.
Off to a dream start, Pobal Uí Chaoimh availed of early points to the impressive Anthony O'Connor and Stephen Heelan. Blackwater Gaels got into their stride from the improving play of David Walsh, Kevin Tarrant and Keith McGeough.
From a productive build up involving Tomás O'Keeffe and Séan Fleming, full forward Aaron Nolan netted in a melee. Still Pobal Uí Chaoimh remained eager and enterprising and with Anthony O'Connor ever accurate from frees, it allowed his side dictate the game.
Coming up to the break, Gaels fought back and points to O'Keeffe and McGeough cut the leeway 0-8 to 1-4 at the break. Again, Pobal took up the running for the restart, stand out performances at midfield by Padraig Collins and Seán Cronin, well supported in defence by Garry O'Connor, Karl Daly and Daniel Murphy.
At times, Pobal's game wasn't helped by poor shooting yet Cronin and John J Daly did bisect the uprights. Gaels replied on a lone O'Keeffe pointed free yet Pobal appeared to be in the driving seat after the accurate O'Connor posted a pair of white flags.
Blackwater Gaels failed to surrender and a late assault saw Nolan point a '45' before substitute Eoin Murphy blasted over from close range.
POBAL Uí CHAOIMH: P Doyle; D Leader, S Daly, G O'Connor; C Karney, K Daly, D Murphy; S Cronin 0-2, P Collins; C White, A O'Connor 0-6 (4f), S O'Connor 0-1; J F Daly 0-1, S Heelan 0-2, K Barry.
BLACKWATER GAELS: F O'Connor; S Twomey, D Twomey, D Murphy; B O'Connell, D Walsh, D McAulliffe; K Tarrant, K McGeough 0-1f; J Sexton, S Fleming, T Murphy; G Twomey, A Nolan 1-1 (0-1'45), T O'Keeffe 0-4 (3f). Subs. C O'Keeffe for Sexton, E Buckley for Murphy, E Murphy 0-1 for G Twomey, P Fleming for Buckley, P Cremin for D Twomey.
Referee: D O'Leary (Kiskeam)