2015 WEST CORK JUNIOR A HURLING FINAL REPORT
Clonakilty took on Diarmuid O Mathunas in the West Cork final on Sunday, September 6th in Enniskeane. Conditions were perfect for good hurling with not a puff of wind and a dry sod on a well prepared pitch. The favourable weather conditions helped to swell the crowd and there was a great buzz of expectation as the teams lined out for what was expected to be a closely contested game, with some experts even prediciting a draw as a likely outcome. In the event, all of the pre-match predictions were completely wrong. Even the most optimistic Clon supporters could not not have anticipated what was to unfold. Clon played into the dressing-room goal and dominated possession from the throw-in. In fact a full five minutes had elapsed before the ball went beyond the dominant Clon half-back line. The spectators could scarcely believe the complete dominance exerted by Clon over a strangely subdued Mathunas side who seemed totally out of sorts and lacking in their traditional spirit. Despite their dominance, Clon took almost six minutes to open the scoring, courtesy of a Sean White pointed free. The outstanding David Lowney then burst forward and floated over a lovely point from play and Thomas Clancy, who was causing havoc every time he gained possession, added a fine point from play. The inevitable goal then arrived in the fourteenth minute when the powerful Timmy Anglin found the net from close range. Lowney added another lovely point from play and at the end of the first quarter Clon led by 1-04 to no score. Mathunas finally opened their account after 16 minutes with a poi nt from a “65 and they followed with a point from play a minute later. Shortly after his introduction, Sean Mc Evoy pointed from play and started to torment the Matghunas defence with his strong running and quick play. Points from a free and play helped to briefly give the Castletownkenneigh side some hope but Clancy had two fine points from play on either side of a Sean White point from a free. It was 1-08 to 0-04 as the teams retired for the break and the supporters tried to come to grips with a strange first half where Clon had been the dominant side.When White added a point from a free two minutes after the break it was really lookind bleak for Mathunas. Though they did get one point back from play after five minutes it was all Clon after that and the game was really over as a contest. McEvoy and Clancy pointed from play and Timmy Anglin goaled to leave Mathunas with a mountain to climb. Things got worse for them before they had time to do anything to rescue the situation as the lethal McEvoy added another goal and the game was now totally out of reach. White added another point from play before Mathunas lifted the siege with a point from a free. It was only a temporary reprieve as Thomas Clancy added another goal in the 19th minute. The game fizzled out after that with Clon able to afford the luxury of taking off some of their stronger players with an eye to the following week's county campaign. The sides added two points apiece in the closing minutes as many neutrals in the large crowd started to drift towards the exits. There were great scenes of joy when very capable and impartial referee, Ian Mc Carthy of Bandon blew the final whistle. The famed “Flyer Nyhan” Cup was then presented to excellent Clon captain, Alan Murphy amid tremendous scenes of celebration by Clon players and supporters. The award for man-of-the-match went to Timmy Anglin, though, in truth, it could have gone to any one of a dozen Clon players. On this occasion it could truthfully be said that this was a real team performance, with every player able to feel proud of his contribution, though special ,mention has to be made of the five minors on the side, Mark White, David Lowney, Tiarnan O Connell, and substitutes, Sean Mc Evoy and Liam O Donovan. Mention should also be made of the extraordinary veteran, Jimmy Forristal, a man who has soldiered in good and bad times for over twenty years in the cause of Clonakilty hurling. Almost half of his teamates on Sunday evening had not even been born when he first donned the Clon jersey at junior level!
Scorers for Clonakilty; Thomas Clancy 1-04, Timmy Anglin 2-00, Sean Mc Evoy 1-02, Sean White 0-04 (0-02 f), David Lowney 0-02 and Cian O'Donovan 0-02 (0-01f)
Team; Mark White, Ciaran Crowley, Patrick O'Sullivan, Jimmy Forristal, David Lowney, James O'Brien, Denis Murphy, Alan Murphy(C), David O'Regan, Sean White, Timmy Anglin, Cian O'Donovan,Pa O'Regan, Thomas Clancy and Tiarnan O'Connell. Subs used; Sean Mc Evoy for Pa O'Regan (15),Eoin Ryan (Bal) for O'Connell (38), Mark Sheehy for Ciaran Crowley (46), John Paul Forristal for Sean White (51) and Liam O'Donovan for David O'Regan (58). Others on the panel were; Brian Daly, Eoin P. Ryan, Gavin Lehane, Duncan Lehane, Ross Mannix, Tony Anglin, Eamonn Downey, David Walsh, Eoin O'Neill, Zack Harrington, Eoin Deasy, Martin Scally and Colm Crowley. Selectore were; Seamus O'Brien, Charlie Vaughan, Brian Daly and Mike Harrington.
Team Sponsor; Clonakilty Blackpudding Company