Wednesday 19 June 2019

U-21 'A' championship is down to last three as five remain in 'B'

The Macroom Motors Under 21 Football Championships are still centre stage in Muskerry as three teams still remain in the 'A' championship and five remain at 'B' level. The 'B' championship has been particularly interesting and any of the remaining contenders could achieve the ultimate as all five have displayed potential in their outings to date.

Eleven teams entered the competition initially and at the outset Eire Og were very much the side fancied to garner the spoils. They were in action at the quarter final stage at Annahala on Sunday last and they were fortunate enough however, to finish on level terms with Kilmurry in a contest that went to extra time. Eire Og were physically the stronger side but Kilmurry, displaying excellent teamwork, were always in contention. The former got a significant boost in the 24th minute of the game when Darragh Lucey capitalised on a slip up in the opposing goalmouth and secured a major. As a consequence of same, Eire Og led at the interval on a 1-2 to 0-2 score-line.

The favourites were facing the second half on a high as a result of that major but Kilmurry performed well when the action resumed. There was exciting fare served up throughout the second moiety and the sides were all square at the end of the hour. The players consequently had to face another twenty minutes of action and the issue was in doubt throughout the extra time period. Eoin Clifford appeared to have snatched victory for Kilmurry when he registered his side's 12th point ninety seconds from the final whistle but there was one final effort in Eire Og.

A strong attack yielded a free and their leading performer, Daniel O'Connor, equalised from same. O'Connor was a powerful figure in the Eire Og line up and John Mullins also impressed for them. Adam Healy, Oisin McSweeney, Jonathan Buckley and Padraig Berhanu impressed for Kilmurry throughout the action. The reply is arranged for Sunday week and the winners will play Aghabullogue in one semi-final.

The second Under-21 'B' football championship semi-final will involve Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh (who had a resounding quarter final victory over Donoughmore last week) and Cill Na Martra. That attractive encounter is arranged for Annahala on Saturday next.

In the Macroom Motors Under-21 'A' Football Championship, Ballincollig are still in contention following their victory over Naomh Aban in the losers' group encounter at Cloughduv on Monday evening last. It is fair to say that Ballincollig were slightly the better side when they won by 0-13 to 0-9 but they were fortunate that their goalkeeper Ciaran Noonan was in top form. Ciaran's two superb saves early in the game were an inspiration to his colleagues. Ballincollig must now play Macroom on Saturday afternoon next in the semi-final to decide who will contest the final with the form team Inniscarra.

Muskerry GAA Fixtures

Saturday, March 7

Macroom Motors U-21 Football Championship Semi-final

Ballincollig v Macroom, 3pm (venue to be decided)

Macroom Motors U-21 'B' Football Championship

Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh v Cill Na Martra, 3pm in Annahala

Sunday, March 8

Junior Hurling League

Ballinora v Blarney, 12 pm

Cloughduv v Donoughmore, 12 pm