Cappa qualify for final of 'Bridge parish league
02 February 2013
The stage is now set for the final of the Sixmilebridge parish hurling league after last Friday's round four games. In the first game it took a late goal to salvage a share of the spoils for Kilmurry against St. Finnachta's, which meant that regardless of the result in the second game St. Mary's and Cappa qualified for the final. The second match between the latter duo saw Cappa prevail by virtue of an impressive display.
The first match was played as a fourteen a side one due to Kilmurry missing a number of players missing due to work commitments and injuries. However, this did not take anything away from what was a well fought out tie which could have gone either way with both sides having their chances to win it. At half time it was the maroon clad Kilmurry that were ahead on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-5 with Brian Culbert grabbing the goal with Sam O'Sullivan unlucky not to grab one down the other end. St. Finnachta's fought back strongly in the second half with a goal from Thomas Liddy giving them the upper hand. Kilmurry player/manager Brian Culbert proved to be the saviour for his side as he added a second goal to claw back the lead before getting his hat trick to level matters with the last puck of the game, 3-5 to 1-11. The all important score came about after a twenty one metre free Kevin Fennessy was saved only for the sliotar to rebound out to Culbert. In addition to Culbert, Kilmurry had good displays from Brian Carey, Ed Skehan, Kevin Fennessy and Christy Griffin. For St. Finnachta's Kevin Phelan, Niall Gilligan, Pa Sheehan, Eoin Loughnane and Sam O'Sullivan all had their moments.
Kilmurry: Pa Freeman; Darragh McNamara, Brian Carey, Barry Donnellan; Ed Skehan, Tommy Morey (0-1), Kevin Fennessy; Christy Griffin (0-1), Brian Culbert (3-2); Barry Corbett,
Errol Tuohy (0-1), Paul Corbett; Seanie Murray, Liam Togher.
St. Finnachta's: Stephen Stewart; Jonathan Hayes, Kevin Phelan, Conor Murphy; Billy Maxwell, Niall Gilligan (0-4), David O'Meara; Anthony Liddane, Pa Sheehan (0-3); Eoin Loughnane (0-1), Sam O'Sullivan (0-1), Thomas Liddy (1-1); Dean McKenna, Stiofáin Fitzpatrick (0-1). Sub: Eoin O'Halloran.
In the eagerly awaited clash of the undefeated duo of Cappa and St. Mary's it was the former who took the spoils in what was also a well contested affair played at a good speed. As a result of this both will battle it out in two weeks time to decide what part of the parish the 2013 title will go to. The opening ten minutes of this tie saw both sides trade scores before Cappa started to get on top with Shane Golden, Ronan Mullane and Ronan Hayes grabbing some good scores as they led at the break by 0-8 to 0-5. An early Martin Conlon point reduced the lead on the resumption but this was as good as it got for his side as Cappa outscored them by 1-6 to 0-3 in the next ten minutes with Cathal O'Connor getting the goal. Both sides traded points as the game entered the closing stages with St. Mary's in need of a few goals. They did pull one back through Tadgh Keogh before Cappa had the final score of the game with Ronan Mullane pointing as they won on on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-9. The winners had excellent displays from Keith Walker, Conor Earley, Shane Golden, Cathal O'Connor and Ronan Hayes. For St. Mary's, Stephen Fleming, Tadgh Keogh, Cathal Walsh, Alex Morey and Jonathan Downes tried hard.
Cappa: Gerry O'Halloran; Mark Quinn, Keith Walker, Declan Murphy; Adrian Chaplin, Conor Earley, Evan McInerney; Ronan Mullane (0-3), Shane Golden (0-3); Cathal O'Connor (1-3), Ronan Hayes (0-3), Darragh O'Connor (0-2); Joe O'Halloran, Cyril Crowe, Eoin Flynn (0-3).
Subs: Aidan Hyland, Kieran Keating.
St. Mary's: Stephen Fleming; Daniel Collins, Tadgh Keogh (1-0), Cathal Walsh; Eanna Burns, Alex Morey (0-3), Sean Chaplin; Jonathan Downes, Donald Devanney; Conor Deasy (0-3), David Murphy, Martin Conlon (0-2); Caimin Barrett, Barry Deasy (0-1), Eoin Quinn. Sub: Conor Cahill.
The referee for both matches was Jack Chaplin. This Friday sees round five take place with St. Finnachta's and Cappa meeting at 7.30 PM and The Mountain meeting Kilmurry at 8.30 PM. For more information check out www.sixmilebridgegaa.com.