County JAFC Match Reports   30/10/2015

County JAFC Quarter-Final:

Uibh Laoire 2-15
Urhan 1-10

A week after taking the Mid Cork title for the first time in 30 years, Uibh Laoire journeyed to Bantry to meet Beara champions Urhan and had a good start to their bid for county honours. Goals from Brian Cronin, one in each half and 0-9 from Cathal Vaughan were the basis of the win. Iveleary had the wind in the first half and led by 1-10 to 1-4 at half time. Urhan staged a rally on the restart and did succeed in narrowing the gap down to three points by the 50th minute but Brian Cronin's second goal at this stage killed off the Urhan rally and his side were in command to the finish. 

Uibh Laoire scorers: Brian Cronin 2-4 (0-2 f), Cathal Vaughan 0-9 (0-7 f), Sean Lehane and Barry O'Leary 0-1 each.

County JAFC Semi-Final:

Uibh Laoire 0-15
Ballyclough 2-09

There were times in the first half in this county semi final at Dromtariffe when it seemed that Uibh Laoire would be comfortable winners but it took a fine point from a an injury time Cathal Vaughan free to eventually gain them a draw and a second chance. The Iveleary men had led by 0-10 to 0-2 in the 23rd minute, Brian Cronin having kicked over six of their scores from play with wing backs Ger O'Riordan and Kevin Manning chipping in with one apiece as did Barry O'Leary and Shane Galvin. A goal for Ballyclough in the 25th minute was a set back for the Mid Cork side who disputed the judgement of the umpires as to whether the ball which struck the upright had in fact crossed the line before being cleared. The two county stars on duty, Colm O'Neill and Cathal Vaughan then pointed a free each and at half time Iveleary led by 0-11 to 1-3 but it should have been more considering their superiority and the strength of the wind which had aided them. It could also have been a lot less had not Jamie Cronin made an outstanding save from a point blank range shot deep in injury time. Iveleary had lost midfielder Sean O'Leary after 12 minutes through injury and his departure meant that Cathal Vaughan was confined to midfield duty to the detriment of the attack.

On the resumption Vaughan pointed a second free and when Ballyclough had a point, James M O'Leary had another for Iveleary in reply to maintain a six point advantage. Ballyclough now began to eat their way into the Iveleary lead, Colm O'Neill pointing a free, Jamie Cronin making another superb save before O'Neill pointed a '45' and a point from play then made it 0-13 to 1-7 in the 40th minute. The young and inexperienced Iveleary side were on the rack but young Finbarr McSweeney finished a move initiated by a memorable Cathal Vaughan fetch to give them some respite. Brian Cronin was now denied a goal by the Ballyclough keeper and the North Cork champions kicked over two points to cut the deficit to two points by the 50th minute. Ballyclough now got in for their second goal, a close range effort to take a one point lead and in the next ten tension-filled minutes neither side could manage a score. The game was in injury time when Barry Murphy was fouled and Cathal Vaughan stepped up to drill the resultant free straight and true over the bar to earn his side a draw after what was surely a major learning experience for the Uibh Laoire men.

Scorers for Uibh Laoire: B Cronin 0-6, C Vaughan 0-3 (f), S Galvin, B O'Leary, G O'Riordan, K Manning, Js M O'Leary and F McSweeney Jnr. 0-1 each.

Uibh Laoire: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy; Ger O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Barry O'Leary, Sean O'Leary: Shane Galvin, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Cathal Vaughan, Chris Óg Jones. 

Subs: Liam Kearney (12), James M O'Leary (h.t.), Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. (40).

County JAFC Semi-Final Replay:

Uibh Laoire 2-15
Ballyclough 0-07

Iveleary junior footballers are through to the county final and a decider with Bandon after the Mid Cork champions inflicted a heavy defeat on Ballyclough in the replay of their county semi final at Mourneabbey under lights. It was by any standard a fine performance and it should sent the Uibh Laoire men into the decider in good heart, confident in their ability to take a first county junior title for their club. Ballyclough were not at their best however and Bandon will be a different proposition in the final if they too reproduce the form they have shown to date and as they did in their demolition of Knocknagree in the second semi final at Macroom. The final however does represent a glorious opportunity for the Iveleary men to make history.

Iveleary settled early in the perfect conditions and even though it was Ballyclough who scored first through Teddy O'Shea, points from Brian Cronin, Cathal Vaughan and Chris Óg Jones had the Muskerry men two points clear by the 12th minute. Iveleary were well on top in this opening sequence but tended to overdo their short passing game and Ballyclough points from county star Colm O'Neill and O'Shea had the teams level at 0-3 each in the 23rd minute. A point from young Chris Óg Jones for Iveleary a minute later restored the lead to his side and ushered in a very productive period for Iveleary in the run up to half time when at last their superior play was reflected on the scoreboard. In-form Brian Cronin slotted home a Jones cross to the Ballyclough net in the 25th minute and Barry O'Leary then soled through from midfield to fire over another point a minute later. Colm O'Neill, who was well marshalled by Iveleary 's Daniel O'Riordan, attempted in vain for a goal from a 14 metre free for Ballyclough and in injury time Brian Cronin fired over another Iveleary point to leave the Mid Cork men comfortably in front by 1-6 to 0-3 at the interval after dominating proceedings in the opening half. Their defence was once again tight, midfield hard working and enterprising, and the attack, while a little over elaborate at times carried plenty of scoring fire power and is also very mobile and hard working. 

In the second half had Iveleary reduced the North Cork men to a demoralised and undisciplined state well before the finish . Ballyclough had opened the scoring but O'Shea's point was answered by four points in a row for Iveleary, with Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin and Vaughan again the scorers and leading by 1-10 to 0-4, Iveleary were already clearly on their way to the final even though twenty minutes still remained. Colm O'Neill pointed two frees for Ballyclough but back came Iveleary with a point from a Cathal Vaughan free in the 46th minute and then two minutes later full back Daniel O'Riordan was up in attack to finish a Chris Óg Jones cross to the net and add to the Ballyclough misery. The final ten minutes saw a complete rout of Ballyclough with Cathal Vaughan kicking over simply superb points from long distance frees and Ballyclough reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of a midfielder and he could have been joined by a couple of his team mates if the referee had not been in such benevolent humour. Ger McSweeney had the final point for Iveleary just before the end and the winners had the applause of their large and enthusiastic following ringing in their ears as they departed for the changing rooms. Everybody knows however that Bandon in the final will provide a far stiffer test than Ballyclough did here!

Scorers for Uibh Laoire: B Cronin 1-3, D O'Riordan 1-0, C Vaughan 0-7 (0-2f), C Óg Jones 0-2, B O'Leary, F McSweeney and G McSweeney 0-1 each. 

Uibh Laoire: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy; Ger O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Cathal Vaughan, Seán O'Leary: Liam Kearney, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary, Chris Óg Jones.
Subs: James M O'Leary 53, Ger McSweeney 55, Shane Galvin 56,Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. 57, Edward Buckley 60, Patrick O'Riordan 60.

County JAFC Final:

Uibh Laoire 2-09
Bandon 3-11

Uíbh Laoire, Muskerry champions for the first time in 30 years, had to suffer the disappointment of losing the county final to Bandon at Páirc Uí Rinn but on the day the better side won and the West Cork team did play well and are worthy champions. Bandon thus ended a 22-year spell away from intermediate football and repeated the result of the only other previous meeting between the clubs, the 1929 final when Bandon's 1-3 to 0-0 win had given them a county junior double.

Uibh Laoire were outsiders with the bookies going into this final, their first since 1929, and their young inexperienced side needed all the breaks but instead the luck appeared to be with Bandon at both ends of the park. Uibh Laoire should learn from this campaign and should emerge a better side for next season when there will be strong opposition waiting for them in Mid Cork.

Uibh Laoire were first to score through Brian Cronin but Bandon were in front by the 4th minute and were never led subsequently. Brian Cronin saw a snap shot from close range come back off an upright in the 8th minute and Cathal Vaughan and Seán Lehane pointed to make it 0-4 to 0-3 in the 14th minute. Then against the run of play, Bandon got in for a fortuitous goal and added three points to lead by 1-7 to 0-3 after 19 minutes. Uibh Laoire came roaring back at them, inspired by a Seanie Lehane goal, set up by Chris Óg Jones and Liam Kearney. Points from Cathal Vaughan, Brian Cronin and Vaughan again narrowed the gap to a single point by the 25th minute, 1-6 to 1-7, points were then exchanged with Seán Lehane scoring for the Mid Cork champions, but Bandon struck a vital blow in the 28th minute when after a great Jamie Cronin save, the rebound was booted to the net. At half-time, the scoreline read 2-8 to 1-7 in favour of Bandon.

Uibh Laoire would only score a single point in the next 25 minutes. Bandon pointed on the restart, Brian Cronin pointed an Iveleary free in reply in the 35th minute. The third Bandon goal in the 40th minute was a disaster for Uibh Laoire, and very unluckily conceded. A point followed and Bandon now led by 3-10 to 1-8 and were obviously in a strong position. Bandon had a last opoint in the 52nd minute but Uibh Laoire worked a fine goal in the 55th minute when Sean O'Leary booted ahead to Chris Óg Jones who drew the defender before putting Cathal Vaughan in possession five metres from goal and the Bandon net was shaking within a second. Chris Óg added a point and Bandon put up the shutters and denied the Uibh Laoire men any further encouragement.

Scorers for Uibh Laoire: C Vaughan (1-3, 0-3f), S Lehane 1-2, B Cronin 0-3 (0-1f), C Óg Jones 0-1.

Uibh Laoire: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Barry Murphy; Ger O'Riordan, Cal McCarthy, Kevin Manning: Cathal Vaughan, Seán O'Leary: Liam Kearney, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney: Brian Cronin, Barry O'Leary, Chris Óg Jones. 

Subs: Shane Galvin 44, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr. 46, Ger McSweeney 52, James M O'Leary 59. 

Subs not used: Joseph Creedon, Edward Buckley, Patrick O'Riordan, David Hourihan, John F O'Callaghan, Kevin Jones, Ciarán O'Riordan, Colin Tanner, Brian Murphy, Kevin Hourihan, John Murphy, James O'Donovan.

Selectors: Tim O'Sullivan, Denis Cronin and Michael Creed.
Team Trainer: Jim O'Sullivan
Physio: Clíona O'Riordan.

*All Reports Courtesy Of Lee Valley Outlook*

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