There was a very strong Tipperary connection in Taghmon, Co. Wexford, on Thursday October 4 when the Crossabeg-Ballymurn club defeated Clongeen by 1-15 to 2-10 in a thrilling floodlit encounter to capture the Junior ‘A’ football championship crown.
This win completed a fairytale twelve months as last year they were successful in the Junior ‘B’ football grade. And a mere five days before this latest success, the Crossabeg-Ballymurn hurlers beat a Rapparees team including former Wexford great Adrian Fenlon by 1-19 to 2-12 in the Junior championship final.
Indeed, Thursday marked their fourth championship win in a year as they also triumphed in the Under-21 hurling Roinn 1 final during the summer. Midfielder on both football teams and also with the Junior hurlers was Mark Peters, formerly of Galtee Rovers, who has been living in the parish for the past number of years.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn trailed by 2-10 to 0-12 on Thursday when Mark’s fisted point with six minutes left kick-started a major revival. Three minutes later a breaking ball in the square following a ’45 was fisted to the net for the equaliser by Grangemockler native Brian Dignam, the Co. Wexford-based Garda who previously played with Matty Forde’s Kilanerin-Ballyfad club close to the Wicklow border.
Two late pointed frees ensured another fantastic win for Crossabeg-Ballymurn who also boasted a third Tipperary connection as their right corner-forward and scorer of one point was Bill Eviston, a member of the extended Wexford Minor panel this year, who is a first cousin of the McGrath clan from Loughmore-Castleiney. It is indeed a small world!