Well done to the Bridge lads and their team mates in winning an All Ireland on home soil last evening.
All-Ireland Inter-Firm Junior Hurling Final
Source: Munster Interfirm GAA
Atlantic Aviation/Molex (Clare) 1-16 Creagh Concrete (Antrim) 1-8
Clare and Munster champions Atlantic Aviation/Molex finished off a great season by winning their first ever All-Ireland title after defeating a good Creagh Concrete side in front of a large crowd at Sixmilebridge on Friday evening.
A strong first half performance where the Clare side led by 9 points at the break laid the foundations for this victory but credit to the Antrim side who never gave up and when they scored a goal early in the second half looked like they were going to launch a comeback.
Atlantic went in front inside the first minute with a good point on the run from Sean Glynn. Darragh Carey increased the lead on 2 minutes when he pointed a free. Creagh made it one point game on 3 minutes with a good score from out near the sideline from Michael Devlin. Alan Mulready put 2 points between the sides with a point on 5 minutes. The lead was out to 3 points on 7 minutes when Justin Cahill fired over a point on the run. Carey scored another point from a free on 15 minutes to make it a 4 point game. A great score from out near the sideline from Thomas Cleary on 18 minutes put 5 points between the side. Good link up play between Cleary and Mulready saw Mulready score his second point of the match on 20 minutes. Cleary kept the score board ticking over with another pointed free on 23 minutes. Good play from Justin Cahill on 27 minutes created some space for Daire Keane who scored a great point on the run. Thomas Cleary put 9 points between the sides on 29 minutes after a good turn and shot over the bar. It was a 10 point game on 30 minutes when Mulready fired over his third point of the game. Creagh scored the final score of the half when Paul Shiels split the posts in injury time to leave it Atlantic Aviation/Molex 0-11 Creagh Concrete 0-2 at half time.
Creagh needed a good start to the second half and a long ball in from Bernard Graham was pulled on by James McNaughton and narrowly went wide of the Atlantic goal. Nicky McKeague reduced the Atlantic lead with a point for Creagh on 32 minutes. Carey responded for Atlantic with a pointed free on 35 minutes. It looked like it was game on after 37 minutes when Anton McGrath got some space inside the 21 and fired to the back of the Atlantic net to make it a 6 point game. Atlantic responded immediately with a goal of their own when Padraig O’Leary made a strong run and finished well to restore the 9 point lead for Atlantic. Carey scored another point from a free on 43 minutes and there was 10 points between the sides again. Two points from Thomas Cleary made it a 12 point game with 11 minutes left. Creagh put Atlantic under a lot of pressure in the closing stages as they went in search of goals but good defending from Tadgh Keogh, Alan Brigdale and Eoin Keane prevented any more green flags for the Antrim side. Points from Paul Shiels, Eoin O'Neill, Nicky McKeague and Gabriel McTaggart reduced the Atlantic lead to 8 points as the game went into injury time. Justin Cahill fired over a point for Atlantic in injury time. Paul Shiels scored the last point of the match for Creagh before referee Mike Sexton blew the full time whistle as Atlantic Aviation/Molex chalked up their seventh victory of the season to earn a hard but deserved first All-Ireland victory.
After the game Michael Mulcahy from Inter-Firm Central Council presented the Cup to the victorious captain Alan Brigdale.
Atlantic Aviation/Molex: Darragh McGrath (Ballinahinch), John O'Gorman (Cratloe), Tadgh Keogh (Sixmilebridge), Alan Brigdale (Crusheen), Sean O'Connor (Newmarket), Evan McInerney (Sixmilebridge), Sean Chaplin (Cratloe), Darragh Carey (Templederry Kenyons)(0-5), Cian Flanagan(Newport), Alan Mulready (Sixmilebridge)(0-3), Sean Glynn (Killanena)(0-1), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)(0-2), Eoin McDonagh (Coolaney/Mullinabreena), Thomas Cleary (Kilruane MacDonaghs)(0-4), Daire Keane (Kilmaley)(0-1)
Subs: Eoin Keane (Kilmaley) for O'Gorman, Padraig O’Leary (Templederry Kenyyons)(1-0) for McDonagh, Gavin Whyte (Sixmilebridge) for Glynn, Jake Mulcahy (Killmallock) for Mulready, Richard Dorgan (Wolfe Tones) for O'Connor
Subs Not Used: Michael Sillery (St Senans), Niall Moloney (Broadford), Matthew Kelly (Thurles Sarsfields), Shane Fitzgerald (Ballinahinch), Brian Carey(Sixmilebridge), Tom O'Gorman (Cahir), Tommy Howard (Clarecastle), Padraig Allen (Newmarket/Cork), Padraig Conway (Newmarket), Pat McCormack (Newmarket), Shane Corry (Scariff), Sean Meaney (Ballyea), Billy Maxwell (Sixmilebridge)
Creagh Concrete: James O’Mullan (Rasharkin), Geoffrey Og Laverty (Cloughmills), James McKeague (Dunloy), Ruairi Laverty (Cloughmills), Kevin McKeague (Dunloy), Bernard Graham (Ahoghill), Christopher Kearns (Dunloy), Paul Shiels (Dunloy)(0-3), Anton McGrath (Dunloy)(1-0), Nicky McKeague (Dunloy)(0-2), Gabriel McTaggart (Dunloy)(0-1), Michael Devlin (Cloughmills)(0-1), Eoin O'Neill (Dunloy)(0-1), Paddy Martin (Dunloy), James McNaughton (Loughgiel)
Subs: Peter McKeague (Dunloy) for Devlin, Conor Laverty (Cloughmills) for Martin, Kevin McKillop (Cloughmills) for McGrath, Sean Og McErlaine (Cloughmills) for McNaughton
Subs Not Used: Steven Magill (Tir na Og), Martin Breen (St Martins Desertmartin), Murtagh McKeague (Kickhams Creggan)
Referee: Mike Sexton (Limerick)