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Duhallow Junior A Football Final Preview

posted 2 Oct 2013, 09:26 by Unknown user

All roads lead to Ballydesmond


Lyre will take to the field in only their second final in 76 years on Sunday 6th of October in Ballydesmond with a 2pm throw in. Awaiting the winners of the Millstreet/Cullen semi final, the excitment is building as we near the start of the highlight game in the Duhallow junior A football championship.


From a mixed league campaign, Lyre were unlucky to miss out on qualification for the knockout stages of the competition. Victory in their final league game would have seen Lyre make the semi final stage, however victory would prove elusive and so they turned their attention to the championship.


Lyre opened their championship campain against Castlemagner in early July. In a close game, scores were at a premium with both defences on top. At the end of the hour a spectacular goal from Paudie Ryan was all that separated the sides with Lyre running out winners on a scoreline of Lyre 1 09 Castlemagner 09. This victory saw Lyre qualify for the quarter final of the competition.


In the quarter final Lyre came up against Knocknagree in a match played in Cullen. Lyre went into the game as underdogs and dispite creating a number of scoring chances Lyre trailed by 5 points to 2 points at the break. However a dominant second half performance, topped off by a Thomas Vaughan goal saw Lyre gain a deserved two point victory, 1 08 to 09 points. This victory saw Lyre qualify for the semi final where Boherbue were waiting to do battle for a place in the final.


Up against Boherbue in the semi final, Lyre got off to a great start with Denis Roche bagging an early goal. Thomas Vaughan gave an exhibition in high fielding and was well supported by Kevin Tarrant in midfield. As Boherbue piled on the pressure in the second half two excellent saves by Lyre goalkeeper Sean Murphy saw Lyre maintained their lead. With the accurarcy of Brian O Driscoll from placed balls, Lyre ran out four point victors on a scoreline of Lyre 1 09 Boherbue 08 points. This victory saw Lyre book their place in the final for the first time since 2010, when they claimed their first championship since 1937.


Lyre will savour the atmosphere associated with the final as this these days dont come around very often. On the big day Lyre will look to the management team of Conor Buckley, John Joe Roche and Maurice Buckley along with team coach Paudie Kissane for guidance and inspiration from the sideline as they bid to climb to the top of the football ladder once again