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Minor County Champions 2019

County Minor Football Final
Fr. Caseys 3-15, Galbally 0-15

All roads led to Kilmallock on Saturday September 28th where our Minor Footballers were bidding to win the clubs twelfth County Title but standing in their way was a very strong Galbally team that had similar aspirations. It was Galbally who started the brightest with two early points but a pointed free from Thomas O’Connell got the Abbeyfeale men of the blocks after 5 minutes. Dylan Quirke would level scores with another pointed free but then Galbally began a period of dominance. Three points without reply had Galbally in a comfortable lead with 5 minutes to the break. Galbally were winning the majority of the breaks and were well setup defensively making life for Eoin Murphy and his fellow forwards extremely difficult. Approaching half time Eoin O’Connell got rewarded for his hard work, slotting over to kick Caseys first point from play. That point would leave the deficit at two points at half time which was a welcome scoreline given that Galbally had looked the stronger side. The half time score, Fr. Caseys 0-03, Galbally 0-05.

A much improved second half display was needed and the addition of Gearoid Scannell gave the team a new lease of life. Two early points from captain Dylan Quirke started the comeback and then Eoin Murphy found the gap he had been craving to strike for goal. Fr. Caseys were finally in front and now looked a new team, winning the key breaks, standing firm in defence and looking menacing on every attack. Eliah Riordan and Eoin O’Connell added further points to the scoreboard but Galbally were equally as fruitful at the other end. Midway through the half Eoin Murphy rattled the net once more after a great team attack and Ethan Sweeney delivering him the vital last pass. Leading by 5 points it looked like Fr. Caseys would march to victory from here but Galbally had other ideas. Five points without reply from Galbally had the teams level as full time approached. Fr. Caseys had one more drive in them and when Gearoid Harnett was hauled down 30 yards from goal it was left to Dylan Quirke to convert the vital free kick. The pressure was not an issue and when Dylan slotted over it looked like Fr. Caseys were over the line. Galbally threw everything forward and drew a close range free at the other end deep into stoppage time which they dually converted to level proceedings at 2-08 to 0-14 and send the game to extra time.

The opening 5 minutes of extra time was a tense affair with both sides exchanging points, Dylan Quirke once more on target. The remaining of the half was all Fr. Caseys with Dylan Quirke slotting over two more points from placed balls and points also following from Eoin Murphy, Eliah Riordan and Jack Quinlivan. This would give the Abbeyfeale men a commanding five point lead at half time in extra time, a lead they would not let slip for a second time. A well taking score from Ian McAuliffe on the restart stretched the lead to six points and then Dylan Quirke did the captains part to slot home for goal from the penalty spot with just 5 minutes on the watch. Leading 3-15 to 0-15 there would be no more scores as the Fr. Caseys defence held firm to retain the county crown to the delight of the large travelling support. County titles are not won easily and this was no exception. Having weathered the first half storm, Fr. Caseys dug deep to produce a brilliant comeback with no shortage of entertainment along the way. Well done to all the players and management on this magnificent achievement. They are a credit to the club and we are extremely proud of them.