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Newcastle win South football title.

posted 14 Oct 2012, 12:16 by Newcastle Gaa
The South final of the junior A football championship against Ardfinnan was played in the Sportfield Clonmel on Sunday last, October 14th. On a cold and bright day, Newcastle played against the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start leading by 7 points to 1 at half time. During the first half, Newcastle showed great teamwork and deservedly lead. Special mention must be given to goalkeeper Darren Goonan who made two great saves and saved a penalty during the first half. The second half started in great fashion with a Newcastle point in the first minute. This was quickly followed by a flowing move resulting in Barry Hickey blasting a pile driver off the crossbar. However, Barry was in the right place to pick up the rebound and score a great goal. After that score, Newcastle dominated for the remainder of the game. Goalie, Darren Goonan, followed up the saved penalty in the first half with another in the second half and ensured that there was no way back for Ardfinnan. The Newcastle forwards added on a number of scores to leave the final score Newcastle 1-17, Ardfinnan 0-5. As already mentioned, Darren was outstanding in goal. The full back line of Niall, Tomás and Emmet held the starting Ardfinnan full forward line scoreless. James, Brian, Cormac, and Will and Caoimhín when introduced, supplied great ball in to the forwards. The midfield pairing of Conor and Diarmuid were dominant and Alan added great energy when introduced. All of the forwards contributed both in the scoring stakes and in their work level. Barry, Michael, Brian, Andrew, James, Daniel, Tommy and John, worked selflessly for the cause and their running and teamwork was outstanding. Great credit is due to all the team, subs, selectors, coach Michael Guiry, Shirley for first aid and all those who have contributed in any way to this victory. Winning 2 South titles in 3 years is a major achievement for this group of players and mentors. However, the aim must now be on bringing the first adult county title back to the club. Team and scorers were Darren Goonan, Niall Morrissey, Tomás O’Dwyer, Emmet Prendergast, James Fitzpatrick, Brian Sweeney (0-4, 2 frees, 1 45), Cormac O’Flynn, Conor Grant, Diarmuid Devaney (0-2), Barry Hickey (1-1), Michael Kennedy (0-1), Brian Hyland, Andrew Fitzpatrick (0-1 free), James Lonergan (0-1) and Daniel Kennedy (0-6). Subs were Caoimhín McGrath for James Fitzpatrick (half time), Tommy Sweeney for Michael Kennedy (37 mins), John McCarra (0-1) for James Lonergan (48 mins), Alan Sweeney for Conor Grant (49 mins) and Will Kennedy for Cormac O’Flynn (52 mins). The county quarter final is provisionally fixed for next Saturday, October 20th. Please check the County fixture list for confirmation.