Tuesday 12 December 2017

Memery rides to the rescue for Crosshaven

All-Ireland Junior Cup final

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CROSSHAVEN were in need of a hero in second-half injury-time on Saturday and it came in the unlikely figure of 34-year-old second-row substitute Paul Memery.

With the match level at nine-all, Crosshaven gave one last push and Monivea's Willie Parker stuck a hand out and knocked the ball out of scrum-half Darren Blade's hand. Referee Mark Patton showed the lock a yellow card and awarded a penalty to the left of the posts.

With out-half Liam Delaney off injured and full-back Cian McGovern getting treatment, it was Memery who put himself forward and he stayed cool to deliver a first ever All-Ireland junior crown for the east Cork sailing village.

There was time for Darren O'Keeffe to ice the cake, picking up his own chip to go over in the corner. Memery sliced the touchline conversion horribly, but there had been no mistake a minute earlier and that was all that mattered.

"I play GAA and stuff like that, so I like to see myself as a little bit of a kicker," he said. "It was a hard kick to miss. I'm just delighted to bring the Cup down to Crosshaven."

CROSSHAVEN -- C McGovern; B Rogers, R O'Connor, A Lane, D O'Keeffe; L Delaney (R Savage 42), P Cogan; B Murphy (D Murphy 54), R Moffler, J Grey; M O'Connell, D O'Shea (P Memery 58); M Buckley, R Barry, E Ring.

MONIVEA -- S Fahy; R O'Connor, D Prior, K Higgins, G Divilly; G O'Connor, D Blade; C Divilly, B Ryan, G Fitzmaurice (F Farrell 45); C Kindregan, B Murphy (W Parker h-t); P Fitzmaurice (D Madden 58), K Concarn, E Rooney.

REF -- M Patton (IRFU).

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