Match Report: County U12B Football Semi Final

Moyne Templetuohy     1-06

Rockwell/Rosegreen      4-07

By Mark Dunne PRO

Semple Stadium may be the venue next Saturday night for the beginning of the Munster Football Championship but to all those present in Semple’s shadow of Pairc Na nÓg they were treated to a tremendous and spirited game of football.

Moyne Templetuohy registered the first score of the game courtesy of the boot of Finn Jones inside the first minute of the contest. Their terrific start continued when a well worked play beginning in defence with Amy Reddan who played a superb ball to Cathal Guilfoyle, then worked a lovely one-two with Eoin Sumner to find Finn Jones who finished superbly to the net, 1-01 to 0-00 after 3mins. Rockwell/Rosegreen responded well however with a score of their own. But a Moyne Templetuohy goal went a begging when Cathal Guilfoyle placed a lovely ball across the Rockwell goal, Kevin Ryan jumped highest and his fist nearly put the ball in the back of the net, but it wasn’t to be. Rockwell took confidence in this and within sixty seconds had two goals scored to leave the score reading 1-01 to 2-01 after 7mins. A lightning start to this one. With both teams vying for possession Amy Reddan and Adam Spillane provided cover and set up attacks with Cathal Guilfoyle, Mark Fox and Eoin Sumner getting on plenty of ball, but the final pass at times didn’t hit its target. With that said Finn Jones worked hard and had two more points to his name before the break, one from play and one from a set piece, with that deadly left foot of his. Score at the break 1-03 to 2-04, the game very much still in the melting pot.

With the wind and the famous hill of Dr. Morris on our side, Moyne Templetuohy started brightly and had the game back to one score thanks to the boot of Cathal Guilfoyle after 21mins. Moyne now looked dangerous with subs Jimmy Campion and Blathnaid Llyod fighting hard up front. Ben Moore pointed in the 26th minute to leave two between the teams. A decisive moment in this one came a minute later when a Rockwell/Rosegreen attack looked like a certain goal only for our own Sean Lyons to pull off a wonderful save. Rockwell though scored the next two to leave the score 1-05 to 2-06 with 10mins remaining. A pointed free from Finn Jones brought the game back to a goal but unfortunately it was the opposition who capitalised. Cathal Guilfoyle then attempted to get a goal back with a dazzling run through the Rockwell/Rosegreen only to be denied by a good save. With time running out Moyne Templetuohy gave it their all with Paul Maher, David Doyle and Finn Jones leading the charge, but it was not to be with Rockwell/Rosegreen scoring two late goals to leave the full-time score: Moyne Templetuohy 1-06 Rockwell/Rosegreen 4-07.

Moyne Templetuohy can be very proud of their efforts however and the score line does not reflect the hard work shown over the 40mins. All players from 1 to 14 can be very proud of themselves as they left it all on the field of play. Their attention will now turn to the hurling championship which will begin in the coming weeks. Our thanks to the management team of Brian Lyons, Kieran Healy, Tom Guilfoyle, Mindy Doyle and Tony Sumner for their hard work in getting the team here.

Team and scorers: Sean Lyons, Paul Maher, David Doyle, Adam Spillane, Amy Reddan, Eoin Sumner, Mark Fox, Cathal Guilfoyle (0-01 free), Finn Jones (1-02, 0-02 frees) Ben Moore (0-01), Kevin Ryan, Blathnaid Lloyd and Jimmy Campion.

Referee: Seamus Delaney (JK Brackens)

County U12B Football Semi Finalists