By Mark Dunne PRO
Ballyhogue GAA Club was the venue for our Féile Na nGael 2017 journey. Friday evening saw the start to our wonderful weekend begin with a parade of all four teams take place from the hall in Bree down and around the hurling field led by a fantastic piper. Preparations were then fully underway as the teams prepared themselves for their first round of fixtures.
Moyne Templetuohy 1-05
Bannow Ballymitty 0-08
Hurling with the wind to their back Moyne Templetuohy began the game well, the first passage of play saw Gavin Ryan place a superb ball in front of Cormac Deegan who pulled first time only for the Bannow Ballymitty goal to pull of a terrfic save. Bannow pressed on and after 4 minutes were a point to the good. Kian Dunne worked well for Moyne’s first score but Bannow responded with one of their own. The next passage of play saw Gavin Ryan link up well with Jimmy Gleeson who levelled the game with half time fast approaching. Moyne Templetuohy weren’t finished yet, a long ball into the Bannow square saw Dee Campion rekindle his goal scoring abilities with a terrific finish to the net to Moyne Templetuohy a goal to the good. Cormac Deegan added two more before the break to see Moyne Templetuohy in front by 1-04 to 0-02.
The second half began similar to the first, a long ball to the square once again saw the Bannow goalie save well and unfortunately the resultant 65 dropped short. A few needless fouls saw Bannow Ballymitty storm backinto the game and after 6mins were just two points behind. A controversial 65m then saw Bannow reduce the gap to one. Cormac Deegan was once again denied by the Bannow goalie who pulled of save after save. Bannow eventually went a point up with time almost up but the never say die attitude of this team shone through and Cormac Deegan pointed at the death to draw the game, 1-05 to 0-08 points and both teams relieed to get their first points on the board.
Moyne Templetuohy 1-03
Park Ratheniska Timahoe 4-03
Laois opposition were next on the radar in the second game of the evening. Playing with the aid of breeze Moyne Templetuohy sought for their first victory of the weekend. Timahoe though started strong and their full forward had them two points to the good after 4mins. Jimmy Gleeson worked hard and his direct approach saw him fouled and Cormac Deegan converted. Timahoe’s physical strength was a problem for our lads. John Shaw, Danny Moore, Brian Campion and Aaron Mcloughlin worked hard to fend of the threat but after 14mins Timahoe got a goal that they were desperately seeking. Cathal Guilfoyle worked hard though and took on the Timahoe defence where he was fouled and older brother Éanna duly converted to leave a goal between the teams at the break, 1-02 to 0-02.
Second half was always going to be difficult playing against the breeze, and Timahoe went for the direct route. Long balls into the Moyne Templetuohy defence caused problems but Patrick Collier pulled of a terrific save only to see the rebound effort trickle past him. Timahoe’s goal scoring threat became obvious and they quickly put two more in the back of the net to leave the score 4-02 to 0-02 after 5mins. An uphill battle was now on the cards and Jimmy Gleeson in a terrific individual run cut through the Timahoe defence and shot low to the net, 4-03 to 1-02 the score board read with 7mins still to play. Unfortunately the aforementioned Jimmy Gleeson was injured soon after along with Gavin Ryan and Éanna Guilfoyle who also picked up knocks during the half. David Doyle, Bill Brolan, Adam Jones, Tadhg Fogarty and Conor O’Sullivan tried hard but it was not to be. Final whistle went with the score reading 4-03 to 1-03. A tough game that saw two or three of our players pick up injuries that they would now carry further into the competition.
Following the round 2 game we were treated to tea and light refreshments which were served in the local hall. Our lads then got to meet their host families with whom they were staying with for the the furation of the competition. On behalf of the Moyne Templetuohy GAA Club we would like to express our sincere thanks to the host families for the hospitality and kindness they showed our players and mentors over the weekend.
Moyne Templetuohy 0-02
Final game of the group pitted Moyne Templetuohy agaisnt their host club Ballyhogue on warm conditions on Saturday morning. Playing against the breeze Ballyhogue launched the first attack in search of their first score but Aaron McLoughlin had other thoughts as he superbly blocked down the the Ballyhogue forward and won himself a free out. First blood to Moyne Templetuohy. Despite some tremendous defending by the likes of David Doyle, Tomás Collier, and Danny Moore Balyhogue gotin front and never looked back. In a four minute spell they blew our lads out of the water who were reeling from the previous days game where injuries had rattled the team. Despite this they worked hard and through the likes of Éanna Guilfoyle, Jake Bowe and Dee Campion searched desperately for scores but they were not to come. Half time Moyne Templetuohy 0-00 Ballyhogue 2-05
New goalkeeper Jimmy Gleeson pulled of the save of the tournament early in the second half when he dived quickly to his left to keep out a well hit shot. The next play saw a long ball reach young Cathal Guilfoyle who placed it neatly into the path of David Doyle who scored for Moyne Templetuohy’s first score of the day. Similar to the first half Ballyhogue hit a purple patch where they once again went on the offensive. Gavin Ryan pointed in the last minute of the game to leave the final score reading Moyne Templetuohy 0-02 Ballyhogue 3-09. With three games now played in the group and with one point on the board we qualified for the Shield Quarter Final which would take place later that day against Éire Óg of Tyrone.
Immediately after the round 3 game both clubs made presentations to each other thanking them for their efforts thus far. Ballyhogue Chairman thanked all at the Moyne Templetuohy GAA Club for what they had done for them and for the kind generous gift that they were presented with. Johnny Gleeson then addressed the crowd and thanked the Ballyhogue GAA Club for the kind hospitality they were shown thus far. He also thanked the host families for the hospitality and thanked the Ballyhogue Club for the kind gift they presented us with.
Shield Quarter Final
Moyne Templetouhy 2-11
Éire Óg Tyrone 0-03
Quarter Final time and Moyne Templetuohy took to the field with high expectations in hand. Playing with the wind in the first hand Moyne Templetuohy were quick out of the blocks. With less than a minute on the clock Gavin Ryan pointed for his first of the day. Moyne then attacked again and an Éanna Guilfoyle free dropped short but the quick thinking Gavin Ryan was first on hand and pointed for his second. Moyne Templetuohy now on top kept pressing with Gavin Ryan, Éanna Guilfoyle, David Doyle and Cathal Guilfoyle all adding points before the break to leave the score half time Moyne Templetuohy 0-09 Éire Óg 0-02
Now playing against the breeze, Moyne Templetuohy would have been expected to retreat into defensive mode but this did not occur. Patrick Collier who was now outfield worked hard along with Conor Duffe, Jake Bowe and Adam Jones to put the game to bed. Éanna pointed a free early into the second half and Moyne never looked back. With Dee Campion and Kian Dunne worked hard inside to make space for Gavin Ryan eventually saw him fouled in the square. The resulting penalty was neatly scored by Guilfoyle. Ryan though wanted one of hos own though and this came thanks to his hardworking brother Liam and young Deegan in midfield who got the ball to Gavin and he quickly put the match to bed. Final score read Moyne Templetuohy 2-11 Éire Óg 0-03. A shield Semi Final was now on the cards against Wolfe Tones Óg of Longford which would take place early Sunday Morning in the shadows of Netwatch Cullen Park Carlow.
Shield Semi Final
Moyne Templetuohy 1-03
Wolfe Tones Óg 3-01
On perfect conditions for hurling Moyne Templetuohy began this semi final with high hopes of a final appearance. Both teams fought desperately for the first score of the day. Moyne’s Kian Dunne presented with the best chance but dropped just short. An early opportunity from a placed ball saw Éanna score to give Moyne a narrow advantage with 5mins gone. Wolfe Tones then awarded a free saw it drop short and eventually into the back of the Moyne Templetuohy net. However this did not deter the Moyne Templetuohy spirit. as Cathal Guilfoyle. Gavin Ryan and Kian Dunne fought hard to find scores. However similar to their first goal Wolfe Tones bagged a second just before half time to give them a 2-00 to 0-01 lead at the break.
Although it was only 10.30 in the morning the warm conditions made it difficult to hurl. A half time swap saw Jimmy Gleeson return to his outfield position and Patrick Collier to the goals. A quick counter attack saw Gavin Ryan pass to Cathal Guilfoyle who sot for goal but the Wolfe Tones goalie was quick to react and saved well for a 65 which Éanna duly converted. Substitute Jake Bowe then got onto ball and laid it of to Cathal Guilfoyle who some how found Cormac Deegan who finished to the net. One point in it. Game on! Éanna Guilfoyle and Jimmy Gleeson worked hard and saw Éanna point a free with 6mins to go to level the game. Now with their tails up Moyne Templetuohy looked to go for the win, but a Wolfe Tones point put them back in the driving seat. And at the death they scored a goal that would see them go through to this years Division 10 Shield Final. A heart stopping game that had it all but it just wasn’t to be.
On behalf of the Moyne Templetuohy Juvenile Club we would like to thank firstly Tom Hassett, Tom Guilfoyle and John Coughlan who managed this team, to the parents who travelled over the last few day our thanks to you. To Johnny Gleeson who helped co-ordinate the weekend on the ground in Wexford and finally to the Ballyhogue GAA Club who were fantastic hosts and we look forward to meeting you again soon. Lastly to Tom Butler who kindly sponsored socks, shorts and tracksuits for the trip to Wexford we thank you very much for your kindness.
By Mark Dunne PRO