COUNTY MINOR B FOOTBALL LEAGUE: FINAL - Pobal Uí Chaoimh 4-10 Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh 1-7
POBAL Uí Chaoimh ground out an impressive win over Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh in a well contested final in Macroom last Sunday.
At important stages, the Duhallow side offered the class and character to pull through in a performance embellished by excellent scores and exceptional individual performances. On doing so, Pobal Uí Chaoimh gathered compensation for a championship final defeat to Naomh Abán last month.
Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh weren't short of effort nor commitment, recovering well from an early eight point deficit to force parity. However, once Pobal Uí Chaoimh regained their composure, the major difference between the sides was to emerge in attack, the victors sharper, more inventive and parading personal capable of taking scoring opportunities.
Pobal Uí Chaoimh enjoyed a flyer of a start, Padraig Collins netting a first minute goal following good work by Eoin McSweeney. Setting a blistering pace, the Chaoimh boys continued to dominate, confirmed on points to McSweeney and Anthony O'Connor. And their hopes were considerably enhanced with a second goal, McSweeney centred for Andrew Sheehan to steer the ball into the net.
Trailing 2-2 to 0-0, Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh found their feet after Jake Inglis pointed a 10th minute free. Indeed, the Gaeltacht side threw off their anxieties with Frank O'Riordan, Inglis, Kevin Lynch, Ciarán Ó Nunáin and substitute Kieran Cotter fronting a terrific rally.
Points to Inglis and Cotter ate into the deficit, preceeding a goal from Inglis following good work by Cotter. Follow up points to John Quill and Diarmuid Thompson helped tie up rhe game and highlighte d a barrage of rewarding pressure from a gallant Gaeltacht outfit.
Pobal Uí Chaoimh did retrieve the situation and a Conor O'Mahony point gathered a narrow 2-4 to 16 interval advantage. Upon the restart, Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh pressed yet they failed to convert possession into scores.
However, there was no doubting that Pobal Uí Chaoimh occupied pole position after full forward Daniel Murphy netted his side's third goal after Chris White thumped a delivery off the upright. Strong and resolute at the back in the commanding play of Donal Leader and Gary O'Connor, Collins and Anthony O'Connor controlled matters in the centre for Pobal Uí Chaoimh. That allowed ample possession into attack, the pacey Chris White on hand to take a pass from Anthony O'Connor to fire home a neat goal.
Béal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh were restricted to a lone Noel O'Leary point for the second half to confirm that they lacked the balance and finesse of a stronger Pobal Uí Chaoimh combination that pushed on with well taken points from McSweeney and John F Daly.
Pobal Uí Chaoimh team captain Donal Leader accepted the county trophy from Rebel Óg representative Ed Warren much to the delight of Knocknagree and Ballydesmond supporters. POBAL UÍ CHAOIMH: P Doyle; K Leader, D Leader, C Lenihan; L Murphy, G O'Connor, A Cronin; P Collins 1-0, A O'Connor 0-4 (2f); A Sheehan 1-0, J F Daly 0-1, C White 1-0; C O'Mahony 0-1, D Murphy 10, E McSweeney 0-3. Subs. J Kearney for K Leader, D O'Connor for O'Mahony, B Twomey (0-1f) for Lenihan, J Brosnan for D Murphy. BEAL ATH'N GHAORTHAIDH: D Ó Ceallacháin; O Ó Creimín, M de Burca, D Seartan; Conchúir Ó Loinsigh, P O'Ríordáin, J Inglis 1-2 (0-2f); B Ó Sé, Caoimhín Ó Loinsigh; C Ó Luasa 0-1, N O'Laoire 01, C Ó Nunáin; D Mac Tomáis 0-1f, S Ó Coill 0-1, R Ó Coincheannainn. Subs: C Mac Coitír 0-1 for Ó Sé (inj), C Feldstein for Ó Luasa, B Ó Buachalla for Mac Coitír, S Críod for de Burca.
REFEREE: J Ryan (Macroom)