Charleville claim Co JAHC title



Charleville recorded a five point win over Mayfield in the replay of the Co JAHC final at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday. Conditions were better than in the drawn game but it was still slippery due to the heavy rain all week. Mayfield had the opening score with Mervyn Gammell equalising from a free. For the first 20 minutes Mayfield were well on top.

The city side were impressive in the half back and midfield sectors and caused many problems for the Rathluirc defence, with Terry Lotty an influential figure on the edge of the square Good work by Kevin Punch led to a point by Lotty with Nicky Kelly following with a fine point. Charleville had two wides with Mayfield also off target. Mayfield forced a 65 and Patrick Duggan gained possession and placed Lotty who kicked a fine point. Further Mayfield pressure led to a foul on Terry Lotty with Ian Looney opening up a 0-5 to 0-1 lead from the free. Charleville introduced James Casey who did well. They rallied well with James O’Brien pointing a free after a foul on Derry Murphy. Shane Kelly pointed for Mayfield in the 24th minute. In the lead up to the break Charleville did very well. They moved Alan O’Connor to the 40 and they had a goal when O’Connor placed the inrushing Andrew Cagney who made no mistake to level 0-6 to 1- 3. Now on top. Charleville had four wides but Mayfield’s Ian Looney with a pointed free gave his side an interval lead 0-7 to 1-3. The Rathluirc side seemed in a very good position facing the second half.

Mayfield had the first point on the resumption by Nicky Kelly from long range. Charleville held firm they got to grips in the half back line and Mervyn Gammell pointed a 65. The Rathluirc side then struck for their second goal. Substitute James Casey gained possession from a Colm O’Flynn delivery and placed James O’Brien who struck the net 2-4 to 0-8. This was a vital score for the Rathluirc side who held the lead for the rest of the game. The Avondhu lads grew in stature with their defence outstanding holding Mayfield to just three more points. Colm O’Flynn was outstanding at centre back with Gavin Kelleher and Brendan Dennehy also very effective. Mayfield never gave up with Gavin Looney, Nicky Kelly, Maurice Barry and Dan Lucey to the fore. They created some good attacks but were repelled by a solid full back line where Conor Fitzgerald and Michael O’Flynn and Alan Dennehy were very safe. Custodian Cyrian Curtin also dealt capably with a number of goal scoring attempts created by the City champions. Maurice Barry pointed but Charleville replied with a James O’Brien free after a foul on Mervyn Gammell 2-5 to 0-9. Ian Looney with a long sideline cut created a scare in the Charleville full backline but it was capably cleared to safety by Alan Dennehy. James O’Brien with a pointed 65 edged Charleville three points clear entering the final quarter. Mayfield were wide from a free by Ian Looney. Danny O’Flynn with a great point restored the four point advantage. James O’Brien with another pointed free in the 50th minute gave the winners a five point lead. The winners were denied a late score by the upright as Colm O’Flynn made some valiant clearances. Nicky Kelly kept Mayfield in the hunt with a long range point and they had a chance of a late goal when Ian Looney cut through only to be denied by a superb save from Cyrian Curtin. Charleville missed a free by James O’Brien with Nicky Kelly landing a free for Mayfield that proved to be their last score, 2-8 to 0-11. Shane Kelly forced Curtin to again save well in the dying moments as Mayfield went in search of an equalising goal. Charleville introduced Barry McCarthy for the last few minutes with Mark Kavanagh also being brought on. Kavanagh in his first touch placed Derry Murphy who struck wide. Andrew Cagney and James O’Brien with injury time points gave the Charleville the win. Excitement at the end was subdued as Charleville have to overcome Kildorrery on Sunday next before they can claim to be North Cork and Co champions. After the game Jerry O’Sullivan Chairman Co Board presented the John Quirke cup to the winning captain Danny O’Flynn while James O’Brien was named man of the match.

Scorers for Charleville: James O’Brien 1-5 (0-2f, 0-1 ‘65’), Andrew Cagney 1-1, Mervyn Gammell 0-3 (0-1f, 0-1 ‘65’), Danny O’Flynn 0-1,

Mayfield : Ian Looney 0-3 (0-2f), Nicky Kelly 0-3 (0-1f), Terry Lotty 0-2, Shane Kelly 0-2, Maurice Barry 0-1.

Charleville: Cyrian Curtin, Michael O’Flynn, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Dennehy, Gavin Kelleher, Colm O’Flynn, Brendan Dennehy, Danny O’Flynn, Barry McCarthy, Derry Murphy, Denis O’Sullivan, Mervyn Gammell, Andrew Cagney, Alan O’Connor, James O’Brien, Subs James Casey for Barry McCarthy, Barry McCarthy for Gavin Kelleher, Mark Kavanagh for Mervyn Gammell, Claud Gough for Denis O’Sullivan.

Mayfield: Richard O’Keeffe, Shane O’Dono-van, Eoin Barry, Brian Punch, Garry Lehane, Gavin Looney, Dan Lucey, Shane Kelly, Ciaran Brosnan, Ian Looney, Nicky Kelly, Maurice Barry, Patrick Duggan, Terry Lotty, Denis Buckley, Subs Ciaran O’Sullivan for Patrick Duggan, Paul Hegarty for Maurice Barry.

Referee Denis O’Leary (Watergrasshill)