Aaron on the mark

Part one of dou­ble for north county lads

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOODISON

BAL­LI­NAS­TRAGH GLS 2-15 SHEL­MALIERS 2-4

BAL­LI­NAS­TRAGH GAELS claimed the first half of a dou­ble with vic­tory over Shel­maliers in the Gorey Guardian Ju­ve­nile foot­ball Premier shield fi­nal in St. Pa­trick’s Park.

The Ki­lanerin/Tara Rocks fol­lowed up with a Roinn 1 hurl­ing shield fi­nal re­play win against Ou­lart-The Bal­lagh, and they got the per­fect con­fi­dence boost head­ing into that with a clin­i­cal big-ball suc­cess.

They were par­tic­u­larly in­debted to lively cor­ner-for­ward Aaron Whe­lan, who scored 2-2, but prob­a­bly won this game with a mam­moth per­for­mance by mid­field duo Conor Hughes and Ben Mor­ris.

Af­ter win­ning the Premier hurl­ing shield against Rath­garogue-Cushin­stown two weeks ear­lier, Shel­maliers were look­ing for a dou­ble of their own.

How­ever, they came up against a side in tip-top form in this game.

Af­ter a cou­ple of near misses by Joe Cur­tis, it was the Hol­ly­mount side who struck first.

The ma­raud­ing Aod­hán Byrne did all the hard work and may claim the goal but it looked like Ryan Cor­ri­gan got the fi­nal touch, un­der pres­sure on the goal-line.

From 1-2 to 0-1 be­hind, Bal­li­nas­tragh took con­trol.

Robert Mur­phy scored three in a string of Gaels points be­fore his run sup­plied Cur­tis with the am­mu­ni­tion to feed Whe­lan into the clear for his side’s open­ing goal.

Down by 1-6 to 1-2 af­ter Tom Mor­daunt’s point, Shel­maliers made it a lot tighter at the break when Cor­ri­gan fired home the re­bound af­ter Garb­han Finn leaped low to his right to keep out Louis Gain­fort’s goal-bound shot.

The sec­ond-half was a dif­fer­ent story al­to­gether.

Three Mur­phy points and a Paddy D’Arcy mi­nor had the Gorey Dis­trict side well ahead when Conor Hughes’ ball in was taken and fin­ished to the net by Whe­lan.

Both Bal­li­nas­tragh mid­field­ers added points late in the game as the rain started to fall.

Shel­maliers kept fight­ing all the way to the end, and Paul Hearne and Tomás O’Con­nor kicked a cou­ple of fine scores too, but it wasn’t near enough to deny a dom­i­nant Gaels from tak­ing the win.

Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels: Garb­han Finn; Lee Noblett, Ja­son Bol­ger, Cil­lian Byrne; Shane Gib­son, Paddy D’Arcy (0-1), Fin­tan Staunton; Conor Hughes (capt., 0-2), Ben Mor­ris (0-1); Tom Mor­daunt (0-2), Robert Mur­phy (0-7, 5 frees), Si­mon Camp­bell-Carty; Aaron Whe­lan (2-2), Joe Cur­tis, Conor Kin­sella. Subs. - Caleb Byrne-Mur­phy for Cur­tis (39), Jordan Kinch for Camp­bell-Carty (51), Wil­liam Hig­gins for Whe­lan (56), Mikey Hig­gins for Kin­sella (59), also J.J. Kin­sella-O’Neill, Jake Kin­sella, Conor Jones, Michael For­tune.

Shel­maliers: Tiar­nan Malone; Seán Og Flana­gan, Tomás O’Con­nor (0-1), Mark Doyle; Paul Hearne (0-1), Hugh Peter Manley, Aod­hán Byrne; Evan Carr, Darragh Malone (0-1); Corey Lawlor (0-1), Dy­lan O’Neill, Conor Roche; Ryan Kielthy, Louis Gain­fort, Ryan Cor­ri­gan (2-0). Subs. - David Doyle for Roche (43), Darragh Howlin for Gain­fort (48), Ciaran Rat­ti­gan-O’Neill for Og Flana­gan (52), Oisín Fur­long for Lawlor (52), Mark Scallan for Kielthy (56), Dar­ren O’Leary for Byrne (56), also Ethan Kelly, Adam O’Leary.

Ref­eree: Martin Arm­strong (Starlights).

The ti­tle-win­ning squad from Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels af­ter their Gorey Guardian Ju­ve­nile foot­ball Premier shield vic­tory.

The Shel­maliers squad be­fore the fi­nal in St. Pa­trick’s Park, En­nis­cor­thy.

Conor Hughes of Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels with Dean Goodison from Peo­ple News­pa­pers (spon­sors).

The ball moves away from Conor Hughes (Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels) and Hugh Peter Manley (Shel­maliers).

Evan Carr (Shel­maliers) evades the chal­lenge of Ben Mor­ris from Bal­li­nas­tragh Gaels.

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