Ballygiblin Junior A hurlers regained the title they last won in 2004 when they overcame Shanbally.
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.
Ballygiblin celebrating their victory over Shanballymore in the Avondhu JAHC final at Fermoy.
Ballygiblin players Lorcan Finn, Mark Keane and Owen Burke, celebrating after defeating Shanballymore in the Avondhu JAHC final at Fermoy.
Ballygiblin’s Lorcan Finn shoots under pressure from Shanballymore’s Jamie Sheedy, during their Avondhu JAHC final at Fermoy.
Ballygiblin’s Cathal O’Mahony races past Shanballymore’s Barry Sheedy, during their Avondhu JAHC final at Fermoy.