Monday 19 August 2019

Cavanagh keeps mighty Moy on upward curve

Moy 0-9 Rostrevor 0-8 - Ulster Club IFC Final

GAA star Sean Cavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
GAA star Sean Cavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

For a team that wallowed in virtual anonymity for some 35 years, Moy's name has dramatically gone up in lights, their pedigree enhanced by a two-pronged trophy capture within a matter of weeks.

If the annexing of the Tyrone title sparked unbridled joy, then yesterday's provincial crown has transported the team into a sporting heaven.

But joint manager Gavin McGilly believes that his players' feet will remain firmly on the ground as they focus on extending an unimagined championship odyssey.

"Maybe we made things a bit hard for ourselves in this game but we got over the line in the end and that's all that matters," said McGilly.

"These boys just don't know when they are beaten, and I know that from this week on, playing in the All-Ireland semi-final will be the only thing on their minds."

The loss of Conor Magee and James Rice to red cards between the 51st and 54th minutes torpedoed Rostrevor's chances of snatching the game out of the fire and allowed the Tyrone champions to write another chapter in their history.

The teams were deadlocked at 0-5 each at half-time, Sean Cavanagh having potted three points for Moy with Caolan Mooney an inspirational force for Rostrevor.

It was in the third quarter that Moy made their pitch for victory, Cavanagh joining Harry Loughran and Eunan Deeney in firing over points that thrust their side into a 0-8 to 0-5 lead.

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They may only have scored once more - a Declan Conroy point in the 47th minute - but Moy thwarted Rostrevor's gallant efforts to snatch victory.

Two points from frees by Mooney had helped sustain the Down team's challenge but the handicap of playing out the closing phase of the game while stripped of the services of Magee and Rice was to prove too much.

Scorers - Moy: S Cavanagh 0-4 (3fs); E Deeney, H Loughran 0-2 each; D Conroy 0-1. Rostrevor: C Mooney 0-4 (3fs); J Parr 0-2 (2f); Conor Magee, P Kane 0-1 each.

Moy - N Brady; P Mackle, T McNicholl, T Conlon; M Gribbin, N Conlon, E Deeney; C Cavanagh, T Loughran; D Conroy, H Loughran, A Currie; R Coleman, S Cavanagh, C Duffy. Subs: E Rafferty for Currie, D McKeown for Duffy (51), P Lavery for Conroy (52), K McQuaide (62), A Donaghy for T Conlon (62).

Rostrevor - J Parr; J Rice, D McElhinney, J Farrell; J Donaghy, Christopher Magee, J Connolly; N Farrell, Conor Magee; B Keenan, S Parr, D Magee; C Doyle, P Kane, C Mooney. Subs: J Fegan for Farrell (43), J Morgan for Doyle (45), C Gordon for D Magee (55), C Owens for C Magee (61).

Ref - N McKenna (Monaghan)

Gaels show no mercy to blow Senan's away

An Gaeltacht 3-21 St Senan's 0-8 - Munster Club IFC Final

Much like last year when it was also a Kerry/Limerick pairing in the final, An Gaeltacht showed little mercy to St Senan's in becoming the fourth consecutive Kerry side to win the Munster Intermediate Club Football title and the 10th from the Kingdom to do so in the last 11 years.

When Brian Ó Beaglaoich took a second bite at the cherry for the West Kerry side's first goal after barely two minutes, there appeared to be little doubt about where the game was headed.

An Gaeltacht joint-manager Conal Ó Cruadhlaoich was happy with his side's application throughout. "We were fantastic from beginning to end," he said.

Rob Ó Se scored An Gaeltacht's second goal nearing half-time as they led by 2-14 to 0-2 at the break. St Senan's manager Damien Fitzgibbon admitted that they had been ruthlessly put away. "We expected a bit more from our lads, which is the biggest disappointment," he said.

PJ Mac Laimh combined with Éanna Ó Conchúir and Tomas Ó Sé to palm home An Gaeltacht's third goal in the 47th minute. Dara Ó Sé with 0-9 (2f) was the star of their win as 11 different players managed to score.

Ian Ryan, James Naughton and Richard Hayes gave it their all for St Senan's in a losing battle. An All-Ireland semi-final with Moy awaits An Gaeltacht in January.

Scorers - An Gaeltacht: D Ó Sé 0-9 (2f), R Ó Sé, PJ Mac Laimh 1-1 each, B Ó Beaglaoich 1-0, É Ó Conchúir 0-4 (2f), S Ó Gairbhí, C Ó Muircheartaigh, S M Ó Conchúir (f), T Ó Sé, Peter P Sauerland and S Ó Bambaire 0-1 each. St Senans: I Ryan, R Hayes (f), S McSweeney (2f) 0-2 each, R Flaherty, A Kearns 0-1 each.

An Gaeltacht - T Mac an tSaoir; PP Sauerland, M Ó Sé, C Ó Luing; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Ó Sé, C Ó Muircheartaigh; R Ó Sé, S Ó Gairbhí; C Ó Coileáin, D Ó Sé, PJ Mac Láimh; T Ó Sé, É Ó Conchúir, S M Ó Conchúir. Subs: C MacGearailt for S M Ó Conchúir, S Ó Bambaire for M Ó Sé and G Mac an tSaoir for Ó Gairbhí (all H/T), C Ó Céilleachair for Ó Beaglaoich, C Ó Gairbhí for Sauerland and Ó Ó Sé for D Ó Sé (all 48).

St Senans - A Russell; D Conroy, J Bridgeman, D Finnerty; G Hanlon, I Ryan, R Flaherty; M Fitzgerald, S O'Connell; O Wallace, A Mulvihill, S McSweeney; J Naughton, C Mullane, R Hayes. Subs: D Woulfe for Hanlon (26), A Kearns for Wallace (30 +1), A Lane for Mulvihill and N Guiney for Conroy (both 48), K Kavanagh for Hayes (55) and D Fitzgerald for Finnerty (BC, 56).

Ref - D Murnane (Cork)

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