St. James’ Defeat Carraroe in Senior John Dunne Cup Final 2017

January 31st, 2015 | by stjamesgaa
St. James’ Defeat Carraroe in Senior John Dunne Cup Final 2017
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St. James’ were crowned senior John Dunne cup winners last Saturday. The Jimmies defeated Carraroe on a score line 1-10 to 1-6. This game was played in Oughterard G.A.A. grounds and weather conditions were very poor for Gaelic football. In addition, it was the city outfit that took the lead early on with points coming from Fintan Cooney, Alan Murphy and Johnny Duane. Furthermore, James’ could have extended their lead in the opening 10 minutes but Alan Murphy was denied by the upright. Carraroe were finding it difficult to find a pattern of play and they eventually managed to score a couple of consecutive points in the final quarter of the opening half. Among the scorers were Oisin O Griofa and Niall O Briain. James’ missed a lot of scoring chances before the interval and the margin could have been a lot more than the scoreboard read at half-time. The return of Aaron Connolly boosted the James’ midfield line and Connolly fielded most excellent plays and he played a pivotal role in the first half of the game. The final was in the balance at halftime, with James’ only leading by five scores to three. Terry O’Regan’s side were sluggish to capitalize early in the second half and James’ missed two goal opportunities which would have made it very difficult for Carraroe to continue on. Furthermore, Carraroe managed to add a tally of scores which brought the sides level with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. Midfielders Maitiu O Domhnaill and Peadar O Conghaile worked very hard for the Connemara outfit and their influence on the game helped Carraroe a lot. Nevertheless, Eoin Concannon of St. James’ scored an exceptional point from play to put his side into the lead with 10 minutes remaining on the clock. Neil Lydon raised the umpire’s white flag to extend the Jimmies lead and several minutes later Concannon sealed the win when he popped up with the winning goal. James’ pushed on and Owen Teagle, Aaron Connolly and substitute Robert Carroll all scored to secure the win for James’. Carraroe managed to score a consolation goal in the final minute to narrow the deficit to four points. However, it was too late for the men in red and black and referee Anthony Coyne blew the final whistle and it was James’ who emerged winners from this tie. James’ had a lot of good players on the day and one would have to look at their defense. In goals David Curran had a very good game and his defenders also were on top form. Among these were Daniel Lenihan, Alan Deacy, Johnny Duane, Oisin O’Malley and Cathal O’Regan. Aaron Connolly was very good in the middle of the park and in the forward line players like Fintan Cooney, Robert Carroll, Tommy Walsh and Neil Lydon all stood out.Eoin Concannon scored crucial scores in the game and his side were rewarded for his efforts. In contrast Carraroe had good players in Iarlath O Conchunhar, Jeaic O Gaoithin, Martiu O Domhnaill, Peadar O Conghaile, Oisin O Griofa and Niall Briain. This is the first title captured by the Jimmies at senior level since 2012. One can be of the opinion that Terry O’Regan and his management team of Seamus Burke, Peter Mulrooney and Neil O’Toole can be happy with the this title, after all they defeated good teams along the way, notably Corofin and Tuam Stars. Championship awaits the Jimmies in August and it will be interesting to see if they can push on and compete in the later stages of the competition.

St. James’ team: 1. D.Curran 2. D. Lenihan for P.Conlan 3. A. Deacy 4. O.O’Malley 5. C.O’Regan 6. J.Duane 7. O.Teagle 8. A.Connolly for M.Elwood 50mins 9. C.Walsh for R.Kavanagh 55mins 10.T.Walsh 11. F.Cooney 12. N.Lydon 13. A.Murphy 14. E.Concannon 15.D.O’Connell for R.Carroll 50mins.

Carraroe team: 1. C.MacDonnacha 2. I.Seoighe 3. I. O Conchubhar 4. S. E O Flatharta 5. J.O Gaoithin 6. C. O Domhnaill 7. E. O Gionnain 8. M. O Briain 9. M. O Domhnaill 10. P. O Loideain 11. P. O Conghaile 12. M. O Tuathail 13. A. O Cadhain 14. O. O Griofa 15. N. O Briain

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