2019 - J A Football Championship - Jim Ryan Cup

Cobh (0 - 13) VS Erins Own (1 - 13)
Date Sunday 28 July 2019
Time 15.30
Venue Watergrasshill
Referee Michael Walsh
Competition J A Football Championship Football Championship
Round 7
  Jim Ryan Cup

Kieran Murphy Match Report

Erins Own victorious against Cobh in East Cork JAFC Final

Erins Own have been crowned East Cork Junior A Football Champions for the fifth time after defeating Cobh in Watergrasshill 1-13-0-13. The game was hell for leather from the get go with the first score coming after just twenty-four minutes of play through Erins Own captain Mossy Carroll, who made various superb runs at the Cobh back line however only finished with 0-2, but his free winning is what really proved crucial. Cobh responded brilliantly winning a free just outside the twenty which was calmly slotted home. Both sides were playing great football as Cathal Linehan, got his first point of the game as he went on to the claim MOTM before being pegged back by a super point from Spriggs who was standing out in the opening quarter creating space, drawing backs and scoring important points.

After six minutes of play, Cobh took the lead for the first time, winning a 45 which was taken and superbly scored by keeper Eddy Walsh as he made it 0-3-0-2. He was barely back between the sticks by the time the men from Caherlag were on the front foot again as Andrew Power leveled the game. This would end up being Erins Own last score for ten long minutes as Cobh took over. Allen Walley was crucial to this, winning various aerial duals. Liam Greaney, John Flanagan, Cian Spriggs and Sean Hilliard all scored one each as Cobh raced four ahead with fifteen minutes gone. An unbelievable opening quarter to the JAFC final.

Erins Own ended their point drought with a score from centre forward Eoghan Murphy. Three minutes later the first of two penalties was awarded. Erins Own were given a chance to level the game from nowhere. James Taylor stood up and slotted past the keeper into the bottom left hand corner. The question now was how would Cobh respond? The answer was with two well worked scores from Spriggs and Liam Greaney, who was having a great first half at left half forward. James Taylor was leading the troops for the Caherlag men scoring two points in quick succession to level it again, raising his tally to 1-2. Liam Greaney rounded out the scoring for the first half, as the sides went in with only a point between them, Cobh led 0-10-1-6.

Different half same beginning, as Mossy Carroll won the ball from the throw in before breaking through the lines and slotting over for the first point of the half. Cathal Linehan followed up minutes later to give Erins Own the lead for the first time since the third minute. With ten minutes of the second half played, the biggest moment of the final happened as the second penalty of the day was awarded, this time to Cobh, unlike the first penalty however Spriggs’ kick went straight into the arms of keeper Gerard O Mahony. Cian picked himself up to take a free just three minutes later which he converted to level the game. They regained the lead through substitute Eoin Hastings however the lead lasted all of one minute as Tomas O Leary put over his first. After seven minutes without a point in the game Cian Spriggs put Cobh ahead yet again as it looked they were about to push on and claim the Jim Ryan Cup but it was not meant to be, as it ended up being their last point of the game.

Erins Own reeled off four points on the bounce, on the way to victory in the Jim Ryan Cup, forty years after it’s inception.Two from Cathal Linehan and one each from Kieran Murphy and Eoghan Murphy sealed the win. Mossy Carroll lifted the cup after a superb advertisement for football in East Cork, however there could only be one winner and unfortunately for Cobh, they came out on the wrong side of a terrfic match. It ended in the East Cork Junior A Football Championship Final Cobh 0-13-1-13 Erins Own.

Erins Own Scorers; James Taylor 1-2, Cathal Linehan 0-4, Mossy Carroll 0-2, Eoghan Murphy 0-2, Andrew Power 0-1, TomaS O’Leary 0-1, Kieran Murphy 0-1.

Cobh scorers; Cian Spriggs 0-6, Liam Greaney 0-3, Eddy Walsh 0-1, John Flanagan 0-1, Sean Hilliard, Eoin Hastings 0-1

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