Blessington stage rally to overcome Ballymore
Blessington 1-13 Ballymore 0-8
THE FINAL of the Paddy McGee Memorial Cup took place in Blessington on St Patrick's Day with the home side staging a late rally to beat near neighbours Ballymore from Kildare.
The game was level three times in the first half before points from Shane Kavanagh (frees) and Keith Conway put Ballymore five points to four points in front at half-time.
For the second half Blessington moved Anthony McLoughlin out to midfield from the full-back position. However, Ballymore still held the lead with 15 minutes to go. Blessington's case was not helped by poor shooting, hitting 15 wides over the hour. However, the home side took over in the last quarter and a goal from Kevin J. Rodgers with ten minutes to go put them in control and they won with something to spare in the end.
After the match Mona McGee, wife of the late Paddy McGee, presented the cup and the trophies to the winning team and everybody was entertained to refreshments in the new Blessington clubhouse.
Barry Behan, Stephen Bohan, Anthony McLoughlin, Barry O'Donovan, Eoin Keogh (0-1), Mick McLoughlin (0-2), Gerry Phibbs, Stephen Flanagan, Gavin Murray, Patrick Brophy, K.J. Rogers (1-0), Jonathan Daniels, Dean Siney (02), Brendan McGarr (0-1), Alan Ellis (0-5). SUBS: Thomas Pender, Dean McGarr, Eoin Howlin, Eoin Devlin, Robert Pender, Patrick McGee, Curtis Geraghty and John McGee.
Ken McNally, Keith Fennell, Pat Brown, Tommy Gorman, Gerry Fennell, Colin Clarke, Jamie Balfe, W. O'Donoghue (0-2), Alan Rooney (0-1), Keith Conway (0-2), Eoin Kavanagh, Brian Moore, Shane Kavanagh (0-3), Mark Carroll, Jamie Curran.