Cashel progress in Senior A Football

Cashel progress in Senior A Football

Last Wednesday saw the clash of Cashel Community School and High School Clonmel in the semi-final of the McGowan Cup (U 19 Senior A Football) Cashel came into the tie as underdogs but overturned the odds to come away with an impressive victory on a scoreline of 4-13 to 2-5.

Cashel started brightly opening the scoring with a free from Cian Bargary and a score from play courtesy of Riain Quigley. The south Tipp side soon began to find their groove however and drew level by the end of the opening ten minutes. This was the last time the sides would be level as the Cashel side exploded into life scoring 3-5 without reply in the next twenty minutes. Two of Cashel’s inside line accounted for 3-3 of this total with the speed and composure of Quigley and Bargary proving too much for the beleaguered Clonmel backline. As well as having the quality to finish off the moves it was the work rate and hunger to support the man on the ball displayed by the Cashel team which stood out during this period of dominance. Many of these moves started in their own half-back line where strong running from dynamic wing-backs Jamie Duncan and Conor O’Dwyer saw them carve up the opposition. The half finished with a pointed free from Clonmel midfielder Ben Owens who continued to bring the fight to Cashel despite the score line.

The second half was a far more even contest with both sides trading early scores. Two from play from Clonmel which were cancelled out by a Quigley free and one from Cashel midfielder Brian Óg O’Dwyer. A team with as much quality as Clonmel were sure to mount a charge and goaled through inside forward Enda Dunphy. This lifted the hopes of the Clonmel players however this Cashel team once again showed their hunger and desire not to be outdone. They were tenacious in every tackle, a quality exemplified by Lorcan Carr at centre back who put in a ‘man of the match’ display. It was in this middle third of the second half that Cashel put the game to bed with points form Carr himself (1) as well as two more from the red hot Quigley and one from athletic midfielder Ferghail O’Donoghue. The game was ended as a contest with the arrival of goal number four for Cashel a superb team move finished to the net by centre forward Aaron Moloney. A late Clonmel goal could not take the gloss off this comprehensive victory for the Cashel side, the game finishing 4-13 to 2-5.

While this result may not have been expected it was clear to see for those in attendance how it came about. The drive, determination and discipline shown by the twenty players involved from Cashel was their biggest asset. Throughout the team it was this willingness to out-work Clonmel which proved the decisive factor. They now progress to a McGowan Cup final, a massive achievement for a team who have come from winning the B grade last year.

Team: Jack Currivan, David Sinclair, Mark Casey, John Marnane, Conor O’Dwyer, Lorcan Carr, Jamie Duncan, Brian Óg O’Dwyer, Fearghail O’Donoghue, Liam McGrath, Aaron Moloney, Jack O’Rourke, Cian Bargary, Riain Quigley, Aaron Browne. Subs used: Conor O’Brien for O’Rourke (40), Reuben Bourke for Browne (40), Kevin Cleary for Carr (50), Niall Quaid for Duncan (50), Páiric Brosnan for O’Dwyer (55). Also; Niall Hogan, Adam Ferncombe, Luke Kevin, Ben Ryan, Fergus English and Kevin Gayson Molloy.