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Borris-Ileigh V Nenagh League Final

Sunday evening last, 23rd of June, saw Borris appear in a junior final for the first time in many, many years.  Nenagh stood in the way of Borris capturing the north league title and with good form shown by both sides thus far it looked like it was going to be a tight game throughout. A late injury forced Jack Bourke out of this final so Gerry Treacy donned the goalie jersey, with an otherwise full choice of players to pick from. Nenagh started the game brighter finding scores somewhat easier as they settled a lot quicker than the Borris men. Brendan Kenny and two Cathal Bourke frees kept Borris in contention with the score standing at five points to three at the 15 minute mark. It was from here that Nenagh would push on and establish a vital lead. They notched on three more points while Borris failed to hoist the white flag in the closing period of the half. Indeed, the gap could have been much wider at half time had it not been for the very quick reflexes of keeper Gerry Treacy in the 24th minute who denied the Nenagh number 14 from close range. The half time score read Nenagh 0-08 Borris 0-03. Whatever was said in the dressing room proved a tonic to Borris as they raced out of the traps, showing the work rate and aggression that had lacked in the first half and pushing Nenagh to the pin of their collar. Half time substitute Noel Kent had a great goal chance in the opening minute but the Nengh rearguard could not be breached. Again three minutes later, Kent raced through the much worried Nenagh defence to hand off to Kieren Maher but once again the Nenagh net failed to rattle. Borris found scores easier to come by through the sticks of Cathal Bourke, Aidan Cowan and Mark Bourke but Nenagh kept plugging away and although the deficit was reduced they were still managing to keep Borris at arm’s length. With the game in the balance with 13 minutes to go Borris can thank their keeper for keeping their interest in the game until the final whistle as he made another fine save from close range.  The crowd thought the ball had gone in off the keepers hurley but thankfully it went around the wide side of the post. Thomas Fahy reduced the gap to two with four minutes remaining but that is how the game would see out. Two late points from either side saw the game finish at Nenagh 0-13 Borris 0-11. Delight for Nenagh but the wait for a junior title goes on for Borris. Borris will rue 16 wides, along with a very slow start. On another day the result may have been reversed but for now attention turns to championship.

Team:

Gerry Treacy, Martin Treacy, Matt Vahey, Patrick Tynan, Liam Ryan, Angelo Walsh, Thomas Fahy, Seamus Burke, Maurice Ryan, Matthew Stapleton(captain), Brendan Kenny, Mark Bourke, Kieran Maher, Cathal Bourke, Jack Hogan.

Subs- Noel Kent for Jack Hogan(HT). Aidan Cowan for Maurice Ryan(HT). Danny Ryan for Kieran Maher (53rd)

Scores: Cathal Bourke 0-06(5 frees), Brendan Kenny, Aidan Cowan, Mark Bourke, Thomas Fahy, Danny Ryan 0-01