Glory at last for Oulart-The Ballagh

By Alan Aherne

Published 29/11/2015 | 23:13

29 November 2015; Tomas Dunne, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Sean Moran, left, and Cian O'Callaghan, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Tomas Dunne, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Sean Moran, left, and Cian O'Callaghan, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Oulart the Ballagh players during the national anthem. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; The huleys of Oulart the Ballagh before the star of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Barry Kehoe, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Con O'Callaghan and Colm Cronin, right, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Barry Kehoe, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Con O'Callaghan and Colm Cronin, right, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Colm Cronin, Cuala, in action against Shaun Murphy, Oulart the Ballagh. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Colm Cronin, Cuala, in action against Shaun Murphy, Oulart the Ballagh. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Barry Kehoe, Oulart the Ballagh captain, leads his team down the tunnel before the start of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Barry Kehoe, Oulart the Ballagh captain, leads his team down the tunnel before the start of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Cuala players walk back to their dressing after their warm up. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Cuala players arriving at Dr. Cullen Park. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Keith Rossiter, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Mark Schutte, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Mattie Kenny, Cuala manager. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Referee David Hughes. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Simon Timlin, Cuala, in action against Nicky Kirwan, Oulart the Ballagh. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Garrett Sinnott, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Oisin Gough, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; David Redmond, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Ross Tierney, left and Nicky Kenny, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Peter Murphy, Oulart the Ballagh, celebrates at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Cuala supporters during the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Peter Murphy, Oulart the Ballagh, celebrates at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Oulart the Ballagh manager Frank Flannery celebrates with players at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; David Redmond, left, and Eamonn Murphy, along with their team-mates, celebrate at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; David Redmond, left, and Eamonn Murphy, along with their team-mates, celebrate at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Nicky Kirwan, no 15, Oulart the Ballagh, is lifted shoulder high by Ben O'Connor at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Nicky Kirwan, no 15, Oulart the Ballagh, is lifted shoulder high by Ben O'Connor at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Ben O'Connor, Oulart the Ballagh, celebrates with his team-mates at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Ben O'Connor, Oulart the Ballagh, celebrates with his team-mates at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Oulart the Ballagh players and staff celebrate at the end of the game. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Oulart the Ballagh captain Barry Kehoe lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Oulart the Ballagh captain Barry Kehoe lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
29 November 2015; Tomas Dunne, Oulart the Ballagh, in action against Sean Moran, left, and Cian O'Callaghan, Cuala. AIB Leinster GAA Senior Club Hurling Championship Final, Oulart the Ballagh v Cuala. Netwatch Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Oulart-The Ballagh saw their dreams finally come true in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, on Sunday, November 29, when goals from Tomás Dunne and Garrett Sinnott guided them to a 2-13 to 0-13 victory over Cuala from Dublin in the AIB Leinster Club Senior hurling championship final.

Oulart-The Ballagh 2-13 Cuala 0-13

An outstanding defensive display paved the way for a commanding victory from the Wexford side after no fewer than six disappointments in previous finals from 1994 up to 2013.

Dunne's goal in first-half added time left Oulart-The Ballagh ahead at the break by 1-7 to 0-2 after playing with the strong wind. Sinnott capitalised on a goalkeeping error to make it 2-10 to 0-4 in the 44th minute and, although Cuala rallied with Dublin regular David Treacy to the fore, there was no denying the leaders as the Martin O'Neill Cup was brought back to the Ferns man's native soil for the first time since Rathnure triumphed in 1998.

Oulart-The Ballagh will now meet Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final on February 6, and it's a special time for the club as their camogie players will also be in action against Milford from Cork at the same stage of the competition in the new year.

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