Ti­tle ti­tans

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin Ju­nior A hurlers re­gained the ti­tle they last won in 2004 when they over­came Shan­bally.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - Paddy Ryan

THE Bal­ly­gi­b­lin Ju­nior A hurlers re­gained the ti­tle they last win in 2004 when they over­came Shan­bal­ly­more at Fer­moy on Satur­day.

The win­ners were the bet­ter side all through but it took a late goal to seal the out­come. The game started at a hec­tic pace the sides be­ing level for the third time at 0-3 each af­ter seven min­utes. Cathal O’Mahony was in great form for the win­ners.

Points by O’Mahony and Ge­orge Pen­dle moved them 0-5 to 0-3 clear by the 10th minute. Shan­bal­ly­more missed two goal scor­ing chances that proved vi­tal in the end. Brian Sheedy was nar­rowly wide while Bal­ly­gi­b­lin keeper Christo­pher Noo­nan de­nied Micheal Burke soon af­ter.

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin in­creased their lead 0-7 to 03 by the 19th minute when Ge­orge Pen­dle pointed two frees. They held a four point lead by the 27th minute when Jamie Sheedy, Col­man O’Reilly, Mark Keane and Ge­orge Pen­dle traded points. In the run-up to the break Shan­bal­ly­more staged a late rally with the Brian O’Reilly, Dar­ragh Palmer, Col­man O’Reilly to the fore. The O’Reilly broth­ers reeled off two points that re­duced the mar­gin 0-9 to 0-7 .

On the changeover, de­spite Bal­ly­gi­b­lin mov­ing two clear when Sean O’Sul­li­van set up Cathal O’Mahony for a point it was Shan­bal­ly­more that quickly got to grips. Col­man O’Reilly scored a marvel­lous point with Dar­ragh Palmer point­ing in the 38th minute to leave just a point be­tween the teams 0-10 to 0-9.

Try as they might Shan­bal­ly­more were un­able to get on terms with Bal­ly­gi­b­lin hold­ing firm with Fionn Her­lihy, Barry Cof­fey, Mark Keane, Diar­muid Lynch, Cathal O’Mahony, Ge­orge Pen­dle, Sean O’Sul­li­van and Shane Cahill im­press­ing. They moved 0-12 to 0-9 clear by the 45th minute. Shan­bal­ly­more bat­tled back hav­ing points by Jamie Sheedy and Dar­ren Roche to cut the lead to a sin­gle point with ten min­utes re­main­ing.

How­ever, it was the bet­ter equipped Bal­ly­gi­b­lin who pre­vailed. Ge­orge Pen­dle pointed a free and they had their goal in the 56th minute when Cathal O’Mahony net­ted from close range1-13 to 0-11 clear. Ge­orge Pen­dle and O’Mahony added points while Shan­bal­ly­more replied by Jonathan Den­nehy. There was no deny­ing Bal­ly­gi­b­lin their vic­tory.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin cel­e­brat­ing their vic­tory over Shan­bal­ly­more in the Avondhu JAHC fi­nal at Fer­moy.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin play­ers Lor­can Finn, Mark Keane and Owen Burke, cel­e­brat­ing af­ter de­feat­ing Shan­bal­ly­more in the Avondhu JAHC fi­nal at Fer­moy.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin’s Lor­can Finn shoots un­der pres­sure from Shan­bal­ly­more’s Jamie Sheedy, dur­ing their Avondhu JAHC fi­nal at Fer­moy.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Bal­ly­gi­b­lin’s Cathal O’Mahony races past Shan­bal­ly­more’s Barry Sheedy, dur­ing their Avondhu JAHC fi­nal at Fer­moy.

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