Joy for Bal­ly­manus

Jack Mur­phy Cup re­tained af­ter bat­tle

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THE late Jack Mur­phy would have thor­oughly en­joyed this tournament fi­nal played in his mem­ory un­der lights in An­nacurra last Fri­day night in which his beloved Bal­ly­manus got the bet­ter of a gal­lant An­nacurra af­ter a bel­ter of a foot­ball match.

From the open­ing goal af­ter 30 sec­onds from Sean Har­mon to the clos­ing goal from Tom Parker with 60 sec­onds of nor­mal time left on the clock this was a hugely en­ter­tain­ing clash with fine scores and pos­i­tive foot­ball on dis­play be­fore a healthy crowd who turned out to cheer on their young play­ers and hon­our the mem­ory of a staunch Bal­ly­manus man.

Har­mon’s goal came about thanks to a long ball de­liv­ered in from Knock­ananna’s Cathal Shee­han. The Bal­ly­manus con­tin­gent were boosted by a num­ber of play­ers from their neigh­bour­ing vil­lage and Shee­han cer­tainly caught the eye dur­ing this en­counter as he cov­ered acres of ground from the mid­dle of the field.

An­nacurra struck back im­me­di­ately with a fine goal of their own through Cian Harper whose rip­per of a shot flew in over the hands of the Bal­ly­manus net­min­der. Two goals af­ter 120 sec­onds, the crowd were be­ing spoiled.

Bal­ly­manus were look­ing strong in the early stages and they added two fine points, the first from Oisin Morrissey and the sec­ond from Ewan McCrea to help them to a 1-2 to 1-0 lead.

But An­nacurra were lethal on the break. A ball from Evan Doyle to Fionn Moules saw the Anna- curra man ri­fle home to the back of the net and when Adam Healy pointed af­ter Bal­ly­manus sh­old have cleared the home side led by 2-1 to 1-2.

Oisin Morrissey re­duced the deficit with a wicked score for Bal­ly­manus but Conor Byrne swung over two points (one free) to help An­nacurra out to a 2-3 to 1-3 lead af­ter 20 min­utes of pul­sat­ing ac­tion.

Two Bal­ly­manus wides were fol­lowed by their sec­ond ma­jor, this from the boot of Oisin Morrissey and things were look­ing even bet­ter for the Gap side when Adam Kinsella (an­other fine Knock­ananna foot­baller it should be noted) pro­duced what may go doan as the pass of the cen­tury to put Ewan McCrea through for a su­perb goal.

Cian Fitzger­ald would find the Bal­ly­manus net shortly af­ter­wards and Conor Byrne would point at the death of the first half to send the hoe side in lead­ing by 3-4 to 3-3 with a sec­ond half of ten­sion and qual­ity ac­tion to fol­low.

A strong start saw Conor Byrne in­crease the An­nacurra lead to two points but back came Bal­ly­manus with a bang thanks to a goal from Ewan McCrea and a fine point from Oisin Morrissey.

James Mur­ray and Fionn Moules stopped the rot for An­nacurra to level the game be­fore a pe­riod of way­ward shoot­ing would bring us to the 56th minute where Sean Har­mon wal­loped over a de­li­cious point to to re­turn Bal­ly­manus to the front.

Conor Byrne for Bal­ly­manus fired over a free two min­utes later be­fore Tom Parker killed off the brave and tal­ented chal­lenge of An­nacurra with a stun­ning goal to leave the fi­nal score read­ing 5-6 to 3-7.

Ol­lie Mur­phy, son of the late Jack, spoke warmly about the tournament and the ef­fort that both teams had put in on the night. He thanked the An­nacurra club for host­ing the game and for pro­vid­ing such ex­cel­lent op­po­si­tion and he of­fered his grat­i­tude to his own play­ers for their huge ef­forts and to the large crowd who turned up on the night to cel­e­brate the mem­ory of one of their own.

Scor­ers – Bal­ly­manus: Ewan McCrea 2-1, Oisin Morrissey 1-3, Sean Har­mon 1-1, Tom Parker 1-0, Conor Byrne 0-1 (f).

An­nacurra: Conor Byrne 0-4 (1f), Fionn Moules 1-1, Cian Harper 1-0, Cian Fitzger­ald 1-0, James Mur­ray 0-1, Adam Healy 0-1.

An­nacurra: 1. Kil­lian Mul­hall, 4. Jamie Wolo­han, 3. Ar­ran Keogh, 7. James Mur­ray, 2. Ryan Harper, 8. Conor Byrne, 5. Cian Fitzger­ald, 11. John Mo­ran, 6. Evan Doyle, 12. Cian Harper, 10. Adam Healy, 9. Fionn Moules, 14. Sean Weld.

Bal­ly­manus: 7. Adam Byrne, 11. Sean Har­mon, 12. Ewan McCrea, Cal­lum McCrea, 15. Craig Evans, 6. David Viera, 25. Conor Byrne, 10. Sean Mur­phy, 2. Caolin Goete­len, 9. Tom Parker, 3. Fionn Morrissey, 8. Oisin Morrissey, 4. Enda Gog­gin, 5. Cathal Shee­han, 13. Adam Kinsella.

The Bal­ly­manus team who de­feated An­nacurra in the Jack Mur­phy Cup fi­nal in An­nacurra.

An­nacurra, who lost out to Bal­ly­manus. In­set: Alice Mur­phy pre­sents the Jack Mur­phy Cup to Tom Parker.

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