Congrats to Tadgh, Evan, Mul and Gavin on winning Munster Inter firm medals this week and hard luck to Kevin Lynch who was on the losing side.
Munster Inter-Firm Junior Hurling Final
Atlantic Aviation/Molex (Clare) 3-24
Tipperary ETB 4-18
Source: Munster Interfirm GAA
Clare champions Atlantic Aviation/Molex won their first ever Munster Inter-Firm Junior Hurling title after getting the better of Tipperary ETB in a thrilling final at D Sports Complex, Parteen that went all the way to extra time.
Darragh Carey opened the scoring for Atlantic/Molex after 3 minutes with a good point from center field. Aaron Whelehan hit back for Tipperary ETB with a point on 4 minutes. Carey put Atlantic/Molex back in front after 6 minutes with a point from a free. Paddy Kennedy leveled the game with a good point on the run after 8 minutes. Thomas Cleary got his first score for Atlantic/Molex with a point on 9 minutes. Carey increased the lead with a point from a 65 on 10 minutes. George Allis reduced the deficit with a point on 11 minutes. Atlantic/Molex went 4 points clear after 12 minutes when Eoin McDonagh won a ball on the 21 and fired past Patrick O'Driscoll to the back of the Tipperary ETB net. Tommy Heffernan pulled a point back for Tipperary ETB after 13 minutes. Alan Mulready pushed the lead out to 4 points again with a point on 14 minutes. Paddy Kennedy replied for Tipperary ETB with a point on 15 minutes. Aaron Whelehan made it a 2 point game after a good score from a tight angle on 17 minutes. Gavin Whyte increased the lead to 3 points with a good point on the run after 18 minutes. Whelehan replied for Tipperary ETB with a point on 19 minutes. Atlantic/Molex finished the half well with points from Carey (2) and Mulready to leave it Atlantic Aviation/Molex 1-9 Tipperary ETB 0-7 at half time.
Sean Glynn increased the lead to 6 points after 33 minutes. Carey scored a great point from his own half after 35 minutes and there was 7 between the teams. Mulready increased the lead to 8 with a good point on the run after 37 minutes. It was an 9 point game after 38 minutes when Carey fired over a free. Whelehan gave Tipperary ETB hope when he rattled the back of the Atlantic/Molex net from a free after 40 minutes. Whelehan then reduced the lead to 5 points when he pointed a free from his own half after 42 minutes. Carey increased the lead to 6 points with a free after 43 minutes. Good work from Tadgh Keogh found Mulready in space on the wing and he fired over a point to make it a 7 point game after 45 minutes. Good play from Whelehan created a chance for Luke O'Mara on 48 minutes and O'Mara rattled the back of the Atlantic/Molex net with a well struck shot from the 21. Heffernan made it a 3 point game with a good turn and shot after 49 minutes. Heffernan then reduced the deficit to 2 points with a great score from the sideline after 52 minutes. Tipperary ETB now had the momentum and Whelehan fired over a free after 54 minutes to make it a 1 point game. Carey settled the Atlantic/Molex nerves with a great score from out near the sideline after 55 minutes. Luke O'Mara made it a 1 point game again with a good turn and shot after 56 minutes. Atlantic/Molex looked to be heading towards the title after 60 minutes when a Carey free from center field went all the way to the net to leave 4 points between the teams as the game went into injury time. Tipperary ETB were not finished yet and a great run and shot from Kevin Lynch rattled the back of the Atlantic/Molex net deep in injury. Tipperary ETB won the puck out and Atlantic/Molex gave away a free in their own half. Aaron Whelehan stepped up and split the posts with the free and the match was going to extra time.
Atlantic/Molex made a great start to extra time with a goal from Thomas Cleary inside the first minute as he won the ball and turned his man before firing to the back of the Tipperary ETB net. Paddy Kennedy responded for Tipperary ETB with a point after 62 minutes. Carey increased the lead to 3 with a point on 64 minutes. Mulready made it a 4 point game with a good score after 65 minutes. Tipperary ETB showed great heart to come back again with points from Lynch, Heffernan and Whelehan (2) making it a level again at half time in extra time.
Jake Mulcahy put Atlantic/Molex back in front with a point after 71 minutes. A great score from his own half by Evan McInerney increased the lead to 2 points after 72 minutes. Sean O'Connor then got in on the long distance scoring with a point from his own after after 73 minutes to make it a 3 point game. O'Connor then fired over another point from out near the sideline to put 4 points between the side. Tipperary ETB were not finished yet and a great run and shot from Paddy Kennedy to the back of the Atlantic/Molex net meant there was only 1 point between the teams with 5 minutes left in extra time. Carey pointed a 65 to increase the lead to 2 points after 77 minutes. Carey then made it a 3 point game with a good score after 78 minutes. One last attack from Tipperary ETB got them a free on the 21. Whelehan stepped up and went for a goal but was denied by a great save from Carey who was back on his goal line. The ball was not cleared and Tipperary ETB won another free on the 21. Whelehan fired low and hard but this time was denied by a great save from Darragh McGrath as the final whistle sounded and Atlantic Aviation/Molex celebrated an historic first Munster Inter-Firm Junior Hurling title. After the game Munster Inter-Firm GAA Chairman Michael Mulcahy presented the Cup to the victorious captain Alan Brigdale. Atlantic Aviation/Molex now go on to play Safety Direct from Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final at a Galway venue.
Atlantic Aviation/Molex: Darragh McGrath (Ballinahinch), Richard Dorgan (Wolfe Tones), Tadgh Keogh (Sixmilebridge), Niall Moloney (Broadford), Evan McInerney (Sixmilebridge)(0-1), Alan Brigdale (Crusheen), Sean O'Connor (Newmarket)(0-2), Jake Mulcahy (Kilmallock)(0-1), Darragh Carey (Templederry Kenyons)(1-11), Gavin Whyte (Sixmilebridge)(0-1), Sean Glynn (Killanena)(0-1), Alan Mulready (Sixmilebridge)(0-5), Eoin McDonagh (Coolaney/Mullinabreena)(1-0), Thomas Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs)(1-2), Sean Meaney (Ballyea)
Subs: Michael Sillery (St Senans), Matthew Kelly (Thurles Sarsfields), Shane Fitzgerald (Ballinahinch), Tom O'Gorman (Cahir), Tommy Howard (Clarecastle), Padraig Allen (Newmarket), Padraig Conway (Newmarket), Shane Corry (Scariff)
Tipperary ETB: Patrick O'Driscoll (Bride Rovers), Liam Lonergan (Rockwell Rovers), David Young (Toomevara), Adam Gratton (Nenagh Eire Og), Eoin Fitzpatrick (JK Brackens), Paddy Stapleton (Borrisoleigh), Stephen Buckley (St Marys), Conor Ryan (Moneygall), Kevin Lynch (Sixmilebridge)(1-1), Paddy Kennedy (John Lokes)(1-3), George Allis (Doon)(0-1), Luke O'Mara (Holycross/Ballycahill)(1-1), Gavin Berry (Cahir), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og)(0-4), Aaron Whelehan (Birr)(1-8)
Subs: Shane Russell (Lattin Cullen), Stephen Gleeson (Upperchurch Drombane), Timmy Fleming (Toomevara), Sean O'Cuirin (Carnacashel), Darren O'Connell (Wolfe Tones)
Referee: Mike Sexton (Limerick)