Stars add league title
STARLIGHTS 2-10 BANNOW-BALLYMITTY 1-9
STARLIGHTS GOT a beneficial game in advance of Saturday's Leinster Club opener when they claimed the last All-County League title of the year with a four-point win over Bannow-Ballymitty in Oylegate on Saturday week last.
The return of Ben Brosnan from the U.S.A. bolstered the New Ross District side's hopes in this Division 2 decider, and he picked off the first point before Starlights gradually highlighted the benefits of still training hard for the championship as they raced into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead. Willie Hudson, who made such a big impression off the bench in the county final, grabbed the goal, but Bannow-Ballymitty rallied and Niall Harney's major levelled matters midway through the half (1-4 each).
Indeed, the underdogs were superior in the second quarter and led by 1-8 to 1-6 at the break after points from Harney (free), Michael Barry, David Currid and Jamie Staunton.
It was a niggly affair after the break, with the key score arriving five minutes in when Willie Hudson converted a penalty to restore Starlights' lead. Jamie Staunton got the sole Bannow-Ballymitty point of the half, before two late scores from Tomás Mahon sealed another welcome title for the Enniscorthy town team.
Starlights: Lee Murphy; Rory O'Connor, Mark Gahan, Davy Morrissey; Jack Kelly, Tom Wall, Kevin Courtney; Pa Doyle, Anthony Russell (capt.); Willie Hudson (2-1, 1-0 pen.), Tomás Mahon (0-3), Chris Kenny; Brendan Kearney, John Hudson (0-5, 3 frees), Tommy Foley. Subs. - Declan Ruth (0-1) for Morrissey, Christopher Doyle for O'Connor (temp.), Doyle for Kearney.
Bannow-Ballymitty: Jack Farragher; Art Murphy, Niall Murphy, Darragh Murphy; Nicky Doyle, Robert Mageean, Donal McLoughlin; David Currid (0-2), Michael Barry (0-1); Niall Harney (1-1, 01 free), Patrick Fitzharris (capt.), John Sinnott (01); Ben Brosnan (0-2, 1 free), Garry Murphy, Jamie Staunton (0-2). Subs. - Shane Murphy for Fitzharris, Philly Murphy for G. Murphy.
Referee: Frankie Morrissey (Glynn-Barntown).