Bannow-Ballymitty power way to shield honours
Bannow-Ballymitty powered past Ballygarrett to take the New Ross Standard Coiste na nOg Under-14 hurling Division 4 shield in Monageer.
Bannow-B'mitty 7-9 Ballygarrett 4-4
The Grantstown side had a bit of a shaky start, falling 2-1 to 0-2 behind after eight minutes, but they showed composure beyond their years and never panicked to drive on and take the plaque.
Their success was based partly on an exceptionally talented, nippy but young set of forwards. The attackers as a group - both those that started and even their replacements as the game wore on - always seemed to find that yard of space when needed.
It helped that the defence cleared quality ball in their direction.
Those, along with the mercurial Dorian Reville and resilient John Harpur in midfield, gave the forwards all the ammunition they needed.
Even then, in a tremendous team effort, it was someone else who stole the show. Seán McCormack was absolutely sensational in goal, and take note of the name because the Bannow-Ballymitty shot-stopper is going to be between the posts for that club, and maybe beyond, for a long time.
However, his side was under intense pressure from early on as Aaron Hall pointed a free and Martin O'Loughlin and Kyle Moore-Kavanagh found the rigging to ease Ballygarrett into an early lead.
Bannow-Ballymitty responded with a goal through Eoin O'Connor and then added a second from a Cathal Cummins free to edge 2-4 to 2-3 ahead; they were never caught. Patsy Dreelan picked up his first major before the break and Harpur added a point as the New Ross District side led by 3-5 to 2-3 at half-time.
By the time the excellent Martin O'Loughlin notched his second major in the 43rd minute his side was too far behind to mount a challenge.
Ryan Morris had added his name to the scoresheet, Dreelan goaled for the second time and when Michael Gaynor netted in the 37th minute Bannow-Ballymitty led by 5-7 to 2-3.
O'Loughlin's major halted the momentum for a few minutes but Cummins' goal from a '65 added further anguish for Ballygarrett. Joseph Burke claimed a late goal, and Aaron Earle a point, as the Gorey District lads kept battling but super-sub Chris Keating had the final say with a goal to top a memorable afternoon for his club.
There is one problem with the result. At least 30 minutes were played in both halves (32 in the first, 30 and a half in the second) as referee Patrick Kennedy said he was unaware that 25 minutes is the correct time for all Under-14 games.
This could give Ballygarrett grounds to appeal the result but Bannow-Ballymitty were worthy winners whether 50 or 60 minutes were played.
Bannow-Ballymitty: Seán McCormack; Robert Rossiter, Cian O'Grady, Dean O'Neill; Adam Scott, Pádraig Leacy, Jack Donohoe; Dorian Reville (capt.), John Harpur (0-1); Cathal Cummins (2-6, 1-6 frees, 1-0 '65), James Sinnott, Ryan Morris (0-1); Eoin O'Connor (1-0), Patsy Dreelan (2-0), Michael Gaynor (1-0). Subs. - Chris Keating (1-1) for O'Connor (36), Dylan Scott for Dreelan, inj. (42), Pádraig Finn for Sinnott (58), Lorcan Breen for Gaynor (58), Oisín Cullen for O'Neill (60+1), also Josh White, Seán Cleary, Darragh Cadogan, Jack Doyle.
Ballygarrett: Jamie Doyle; Martin McCarthy, James Lawless, Joe Woods; Seán Neary, Aaron Earle (0-1), Tadhg Baxter; Aaron Hall (0-1 free), Eoghan Murphy; Eoin Canavan, Joseph Burke (capt., 1-1), William McDonald; Kyle Moore-Kavanagh (1-0), Martin O'Loughlin (2-1), Jack Doyle. Subs. - Richard Conroy for Baxter (13), J.J. Tomkins for Doyle (31), Frankie Baxter for McCarthy (43), David Hamilton for McDonald (43), Farrell Doyle for Canavan (43), also Ewan Stephens, Pádhraic Neary.
Referee: Patrick Kennedy (Buffers Alley).