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FETHARD NOTES ARCHIVE

Saturday 30th August 1997

Congratulations
To all Patrician / Presentation secondary school students on their excellent results in this year's Leaving Certificate examination.
The success rate was 100% with students achieving very high grades to the standard of A. Mr Ernan Britton, principal, is justifiably very pleased with the excellent results.
Again, congratulations to students and teaching staff and wishing every success in the future to Fethard Patrician / Presentation Secondary.

Wedding
The wedding took place recently in SS. Peter and Paul's Church, Clonmel, of Niall, son of Mr Ned and Mrs Eileen Connolly, Garrinch, to Ms Marie Keyes, Clonmel.

Late Mr Patrick Frewen
The death has occurred of Mr Patrick Frewen, Tullamaine, and formerly of the Glen of Aherlow.Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery.

Postponed
To avoid clashing with the all-Ireland senior hurling final, the Flower Show arranged for the ballroom on Sunday 14th September, has been postponed.
The show will now be held on the following Sunday September 21st.

GAA
Fethard' Chad a four-point winning margin over Ardfinnan in a somewhat lack-lustre South Tipperary SF final, played at Clonmel on Sunday last.
Neither team reached the standard both showed in the preliminary rounds. Ardfinnan, especially, will rue for many a day some of the very poor shooting of, some of their betterknown forwards.
Fethard tenacity and fitness, especially shown by the Fethard defence, saw them survive prolonged spells of Ardfinnan pressure in the second half.
Well done to trainer / coach Waltie Moloney and his fellow selectors. They have so far achieved what they set out to do at the start of the season.
The very best of luck to them and their panel of players in the succeeding championship.

Fethard Macra
At the recent annual general meeting of Fethard Macra na Feirme, the following officers were elected: President: Pamela Morrissey; Chairman: Corina Morrissey; Secretary: Amanda Kelly; Treasurer: Mairead Croke; PRO: Brendan Morrissey.
Well done to our ladies' volleyball team who won the South final and progress to the all-Ireland finals, which will be held in Clare at the Macra National Conference on the weekend October 31st to November 2nd.
With this competition looming, club volleyball sessions will resume in the ballroom every Wednesday night at 9pm.
The club is currently in training for the efficiency competition, which will be held in Rockwell College on September 5th.
On 6th September, nine club members join a troop 16-strong from South Tipperary Macra and head for the Canaries for a week's holiday. Bon voyage!
Upcoming events may be heard in the Tirry Centre at 9pm on Friday September 9th.

Football success
In our preview of the South senior football final last week, we referred to Fethard's decline in fortunes since their departure from their own GAA field due to development there. Of course they won South and county titles in 1993 when their headquarters was at Dick Cummins' field, kindly made available to them during the development work at Fethard GAA Sportsfield. Missed chances prove costly for Ardfinnan Fethard 2-7; Ardfinnan 0-9
After a brief sojourn out of the limelight, Fethard re-emerged as a major force when they defeated Ardfinnan in the South senior football final on Sunday in Clonmel.
Having watched Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Commercials dominate South and county for the last three years, Fethaixi toasted success to win their first South title since 1993.
A spirited team display and two well-worked firsthalf goals set up Fethard for victory. With Ardfinnan's big guns, Brendan Cummins and Peter Lambert, misfiring on the day, Fethard had few anxious moments and their lead was never less than three points in the secondhalf.
On a high since their dramatic victory over county champions Moyle Rovers in the semi-final, Ardfinnan failed to lift their game for the final. Ardfinnan wer always behind in this disappointing final and will rue a second-half penalty miss, wasted frees and inaccuracy from open play in front of goal.
Ardfinnan's overdependance on county stars Brendan Cummins and Peter Lambert was exposed on the day. Cummins, whose exceptional form was instrumental in taking ArdLinnan to the final, missed a number of frees as well as the penalty five minutes into the second-half.
Lambert, who was selected to play his first game in two months after recovering from a broken collarbone, also failed to hit top scoring form.
Despite Cummins (four frees) and Lambert (one free and a point from play), scoring six points between them it could have been mubh more. Ardflnnan certainly had the chances throughout the hour to unsettle Fethard.
The game was there for the taking had Ardfinnan been able to convert their possession as Fethard, who enjoyed a six-point advantage at half-time, only scored three points in the second-half.
Fethard were never put under any real pressure because of Ardfinnan's inability to take scores. Ardfinnan managed to bring the deficit down to three points but that was the closest they came to Fethard who took sixteen minutes to score in the second-half.
Ardfinnan never recovered from the two-goal blast in the first-half that came in the third and twentyseventh minute. Speedy half-forward Martin Coen tore through the Ardfinnan defence with only three minutes gone. Tommy Sheehan had peeled off his marker to gain vital yards on the full-back by the time Coen's pass came into him.
Eamonn Ryan in the Ardfinnan goal came out to close down the angle but Sheehan's well placed shot hit the net despite the despairing lunge of cornerback Michael English.
Fethard's second goal was even better. With three minutes left in the half a move started out on the right wing and involved Jimmy O'Meara and Michael Fitzgerald before an unmarked Damian Byrne finished off the move blasting the ball into the roof of the net.
It kept Fethard in the ascendancy and gave them a six-point lead into the second-half.
The two goals were the highlight of the game that failed to live up to the peematch expectations. It was a game in which defenders excelled for both teams.
The Fethard half-backline of the outstanding Willie O'Meara, Willie Morrissey and Michael Quinlan was very impressive. They dominated the line with some authority.
Behind them man of the match Philly Blake and fullback Michael Ryan kept Lambert and Cummins to just one single point from play between them with tight and disciplined defending for the hour.
Ardfinnan's stars were also in defence. Full-back A. J. Lonergan had a brilliant game and in the seini-nalf he made impressive surges upfield to try and inspire his colleagues. In front of him Albert Keating had an excellent game at centre-back until he went off injured in the closing minutes.
The form that Ardfinnan showed against Moyle Rovers deserted them. The midfield failed to exert control and the Fethard defence proved too formidable an obstacle to breach.
It was a scrappy start to the game with ten wides (five from each side) in as many minutes with only one score, the Fethard goal, after just three minutes.
Fethard half-forward Martin Coen wasted a glorious opportunity to open the scoring in the first minute but made amends with his part in the first goal.
It was the perfect start for Fethard. A series of wides thwarted Ardfinnan's efforts to bounce back from the blow. Fethard went further ahead after thirteen minutes when Jimmy O'Meara set up his brother Willie for a score.
A minute later Tommy Sheehan passed to the incoming Martin Coen who fisted over the bar to put Fethard five points ahead.
Ardfinnan's first score was registered after sixteen minutes. Peter Lambert was thrown to the ground after rounding three defenders. He stepped up to take the free himself to get Ardfmnan off the mark.
Fethard's top scorer Damian Byrne was fouled after twenty-one minutes and Jimmy O'Meara converted the free to restore Fethard's five-point lead.
A minute later Eugene O'Mahony scored Ardfinnan's first score from play before Brendan Cummins set up midfielder Sean Maher for a welltaken point and Ardfinnan were just a goal behind with five minutes left in the half.

All Ardfinnan's hard work however in drawing closer to Fethard was wiped out by the second Fethard goal from Damian Byrne with three minutes left in the half.
Brendan Cummins, with his first score of the game after twenty-five minutes and Martin Coen, swapped frees before the half-time whistle leaving Fethard with a six-point advantage at the break.
Five minutes into the second-half Ardfinnan were handed a golden opportunity to launch a comeback. Peter Lambert was dragged to the ground and referee Seamus Roche had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.
Brendan Cummins stepped up but his powerful shot struck to the right of goalie, Paul Fitzgerald was stopped on the line.
A minute later Cummins converted a free from narrow angle to reduce the deficit to double scores (0-5 to 2-4). Four minutes later Cummins converted another free after midfielder Sean Maher was fouled and substitute Anthony Power, with his first touch of the game, scored after fourteen minutes and the Fethard lead had been whittled down to just three points.
Ardfinnan failed to edge closer however as a point from Fethard substitute John Paul Looby sixteen minutes into the half put a halt to the Ardfinnan surge.
Peter Lambert brought the Fethard lead back to three points with ten minutes left. It was the closest Ardfinnan came to Fethard. Damian Byrne added another Fethard point after twenty-nine minutes gone in the secondhalf.
Still four points adrift, Ardfinnan pressed for a goal in the closing stages. Full-back A. J. Lonergan went on a storming run out of defence. He passed to Brendan Cummins who found Alan O'Gorman. He beat two men before shooting wide of the posts after Paul Fitzgerald had come off his line to put off the attacker.
O'Gorman was involved in another promising Ardfinnan attack when he passed to Peter Lambert, who ran towards goal but his way was blocked by a number of defenders and the chance was lost.
The influential Albert Keating went off injured for Ardfinnan with five minutes left and his absence allowed Fethard scope to press forward.
A superb clearance from man of the match Philly Blake was taken up by Brian Burke who set up Tommy Sheehan for a second score with four minutes left to put Fethard five points ahead.
Peter Lambert missed a free after Brendan Cummins was fouled. Cummins was fouled again and he took the free himself to score the last point of the game.
Fethard deserved their four-point victory. Celebrations began as supporters crowded onto Clonnl Sportsfield after the final whistle to watch captain, Willie Morrissey acce$ the trophy from Ardfinnan man Jimmy Keating, South Board chairman.
Fethard: Paul Fitzgerdd, Stephen O'Donnell, Michael Ryan, Philip Blake, Michael Quinlan, Willie O'Meara 0-1, Morrissey (captain), Chris Coen, Michael Spillane, Damian Byrne 1-2, Brian Burke, Martin Coen 0-1, Jimmy O'MearaO-l, Tommy Sheehan 1-1, Michael Fitzgerald.

Subs: John Paul Looby 01 for Michael Fitzgeald, Michael O'Riordan for Chris Coen, Thomas Keane for Jimmy O'Meara.

Ardfinnan: Eamonn Ryan,
A. J. Lonergan, Michael English, Gerry Ryan, Albert Keating, Kieran Walsh, Sean Maher 0-1, Ken Ryan, Eugene O'Mahoney 0-1, Joe Lambert, Tristan Browne, Peter Lambert 0-2, Brendan Cummins 0-4, Alan O'Gorman. Subs: Anthony Power 0-1 for Eugene O'Mahoney, Eamonn Ryan for Albert Keating.



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