18-year-old burns three defenders for goal of the year in Tipp county final 3 months ago

18-year-old burns three defenders for goal of the year in Tipp county final

James JD Devaney.

It's a distinctive name, and hurling followers would want to get used to it.

18 years of age. Still in school. Playing against one of his teachers. Devaney scored 1-4 from play in a low-scoring county final to help Borrisoleigh to their first county championship in over 33 years. And he scored one of the goals of the year along the way too.

It really doesn't get any better than that. But this fella will be here for a long time yet.

Devaney is still only a minor but as soon as he was ripping up the under-21 grade last year alongside his partner in crime Kevin Maher, they were counting down the days for the dynamic duo to be eligible for the senior team.

Borrisoleigh have had a good club team for years. Paddy Stapleton, Brendan Maher, Dan McCormack and Conor Kenny. But you still felt they needed that bit of electricity to drive them onto the promised land.

Well Devaney and Maher are livewires. And Devaney in particular, was fully charged on Sunday afternoon.

He made the victorious county under-20 panel two years out of age but he saved his best for the maroon of Borris. Began terrorising corner backs in the north Tipp division and was scalding on the county scene too.

Borris were beaten by Kiladangan in the north Tipp final a couple of weeks ago, but that made Sunday's victory over the same opposition all the sweeter. Devaney was quiet that day. He had Semple Stadium heaving this time around. He had Kiladangan defenders in a spin. He had this game wrapped around his little finger.

Borrisoleigh's first point of the game. Devaney was feeding off Conor Kenny's breaks. He pinged one over from the sideline and that was Borris settled into the game.

Brendan Maher and Dan McCormack were exceptional for them, as was the two Kennys and Kevin Maher but the star of the show was Devaney who grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck and took Borrisoleigh along with him.

His goal, which came right on the stroke of half-time was one of the scores of the hurling year. Picking the ball up on the sideline, he burned three Kiladangan defenders before hammering home a rebound after his initial shot was blocked.

The rebound makes the goal less easy on the eye, but it makes it a better goal. Devaney was in the zone and his reaction was that of a man who was scoring a goal no matter what the other team did about it.

They tried to clip his heels. They couldn't keep up with him and neither could the camera.

They could do nothing. It was a great day for Borrisoleigh.

They are one of the strongest and most traditional clubs in Tipperary and a couple of near misses in recent years will have hurt. But the '86 All-Ireland club champions are back, and they're a force to be reckoned with in Munster now.