Goals give James' edge
St. James' edged past Bannow-Ballymitty in a very tight affair in the New Ross District Junior 'B' football championship final in Cushinstown on Friday.
St James' 3-6 Bannow-Ballymitty
Two second-half goals from Stuart Dunning and Enda Carroll proved to be the difference between the sides. Bannow-Ballymitty started the game brightly when wing-forward Jack Farragher pointed from distance just before Graham Sinnott pointed from a tight angle on three minutes.
St. James' full-forward Stuart Dunning, who was a threat all game, hit their first point before Enda Carroll slotted over from close range after a fine interchange with Dunning, and the sides were level after five minutes.
Dunning and Graham Sinnott exchanged frees just before Bannow-Ballymitty struck the first goal. Garry Murphy went on a mazy solo effort towards goal and he slipped the ball across to the waiting Alan Barden who buried low to the net to leave his side a goal ahead in the first quarter.
St. James' replied with a goal, albeit from a fumble from Bannow-Ballymitty netminder Jason Sinnott who spilled the ball, and Dermot Keating was onrushing to tap home the rebound on 25 minutes to level up the sides again.
Half-forwards Andrew Walsh and Graham Sinnott exchanged points before Stuart Dunning executed the score of the game on the stroke of half-time as he pointed from a tight angle with the outside of his right boot to leave the Ramsgrange men 1-5 to 1-4 ahead at the break.
St. James' took control in the early part of the second-half. Dermot Keating slotted over from 25 yards followed by an attempted point no doubt from Stuart Dunning, but his shot looped in over Jason Sinnott to rattle the net, a fortuitous goal which pushed the gap out to five.
Bannow-Ballymitty responded to that goal well and Garry Murphy scored a fine individual effort on 45 minutes to reduce the gap after Sinnott added two quickfire frees.
However, Enda Carroll got his second goal as Dunning put the ball on a plate for him to finish to the net from close range, and St. James' now led by 3-6 to 1-7 with 15 minutes remaining.
Bannow-Ballymitty's Graham Sinnott then rattled the bar as his shot went over and substitute Richie Walsh in stoppage time had a great chance to level the game but he blazed over from close range.
St. James' held out for the win and experienced captain Dermot Keating raised aloft the trophy after the game.
St. James': Philip Molloy; Adam Long, Brendan Foley, Tom Crosbie; Joe Kehoe, Brian Kennedy, Aaron Curry; Alan Walsh, Conor Crosbie; Andrew Walsh (0-1), Dermot Keating (capt., 1-1), Richie Waters; Enda Carroll (1-1), Stuart Dunning (1-3, 0-1 free), Andy Lawlor. Subs. - Adam Prendergast for Waters (45), Thomas O'Brien for Lawlor (55).
Bannow-Ballymitty: Jason Sinnott; Gary Kinsella, Donal McLoughlin, Mark Colfer; Mark Sinnott, Robert Mageean, John Mernagh; David Currid, Paudge Barden; Jack Farragher (0-1), Garry Murphy (0-1), Graham Sinnott (0-6, 3 frees); Barry Sinnott (0-1 free), Alan Barden (1-0), Rory Hannon. Subs. - Jamie Staunton for Hannon (50), Richie Walsh (0-1) for A. Barden (50).
Referee: John Tobin (Geraldine O'Hanrahans).