In last Saturday’s U16B Hurling Co. Final played in Borrisleigh, north Tipp champions Ballina produced a flawless performance over the sixty minutes to emerge clear cut winners over the Kickhams with a sixteen point winning margin.
Having produced a near similar performance in seeing off Killenaule in the Semi Final, Ballina took the field as firm favourites and within fifteen minutes into the game had racked up 1-7 before the Kickhams opened their scoring with a Brendan Ryan point.
With the Kickhams now gaining a foothold three more points followed from Killian Loughman, Brendan Ryan and Ger Browne but Ballina hit back with four points before Brendan Ryan and Ger Browne pointed each, bringing their half time tally to 0-6 to Ballina’s 1-11.
Any chance of a second half revival by the Kickhams were dashed within ten minutes of the resumption as Ballina had stretched the lead with a further 1-2 and despite the Kickhams best efforts could never contain a Ballina side that had too much fire power all over the field.
Seven more Ballina points followed while Brendan Ryan with a point and a Ger Browne goal replied for the Kickhams for a final tally of 1-7 to Ballina’s 2-20.
For Ballina, team captain Conor Maguire topped the scoring with 1-7, James Murtagh 0-6, Terry O’Halloran 0-3, Brian Connolly 1-0, Tomas Conway 0-2, Phelim O’Hagan and Bill Floyd 0-1 each and along with Jamie Collins and Tomas McGrath all contributing to a well deserved victory.
For the Kickhams, Ger Browne 1-2, Brendan Ryan 0-4 and Killian Loughman 0-1 all stood out while Killian O’Meara, Padraig Carroll, Nathan Ryan and Michael McCormack were others to leave their mark.
Final Score, Ballina 2-20 Knockavilla Kickhams 1-7
The Kickhams have a further opportunity of collecting silverware in the final of the U16B Hurling League which is fixed for this Saturday, October 13 against Galtee Rvs in Golden at 2-30pm.
Kickhams - Dean Nolan, Cathal Ryan, Killian O’Meara, Nathan Ryan, Kieran Breen, Padraig O’Carroll, Michael McCormack, Brendan Ryan 0-4, James Ryan, Elliott Thompson, Eoin Hand, Joseph Lonergan, Phelim Carberry, Killian Loghman 0-1, Ger Browne 1-2.
Subs, Alex Lebret for Joseph Lonergan, Joe Griffey for James Ryan, Gavin McCormack for Eoin Hand, Sean Butler for Phelim Carberry .
Saturday October 13
U16B Hurling League Final
Knockavilla Kickhams v Galtee Rvs, Golden 2.30pm, Richie O’Connor.