Ballingarry’s late rally was not enough to secure a place in the last four when they were denied by Shannon Rovers in a keenly contested Junior A quarter final at Templemore last Saturday, 2-6 to 0-11
Trailing by five points 2-5 to 0-6 with a quarter of an hour remaining it looked as if the south champions were heading for the exit gates but things changed when they introduced Liam Cahill to full back and brought Michael Ivors into the half forward line which allowed Philip Ivors move from full back to midfield and allowing Dickie Norton and Adrian Cleere push the boys in maroon into gear outscoring their opponents 0-5 to 0-1 before time ran out.
Ballingarry were slow to settle and Rovers had 1-2 in the bag by the 15th minute. George Hannigan led the attack as he weaved through the Ballingarry cover forcing the South side to foul. Rovers led 1-5 to 0-5 at the break. They stretched that in the third quarter to go five clear. Ballingarry looked in trouble but the introduction of Michael Ivors and Liam Cahill helped strengthen the side and the scores began to arrive with James Logue, Ian Ivors and Michael Ivors pointing between the 20th and 23rd minutes. Adrian Cleere hit a clever point. Another close in free to Ballingarry was spoiled and Rovers turned defence into attack with George Hannigan steering the ball to Austin Tierney who converted. The remaining two minutes had Ballingarry on the attack and in the end they had to settle for a Seanie Cahill free which was too little too late.
Shannon Rovers: Eanna McLoughney; Enda Hogan, Derek Horan, John Costello; Julian O’Halloran, Alan Hannigan, Jack Sullivan; George Hannigan, John Flannery; Padraig O’Meara, Austin Tierney, Barry Cahalan; James Stack, Eamon Costello, Michael Harding.
Subs: Paddy Heenan for O’Halloran (57).
Ballingarry: David Cashin; Gerard Fennelly, Philip Ivors, Ciaran Shelly; Ger Fitzgerald, Ian Ivors, John Pollard; Tomas Donovan, Dickie Norton; Donal Shelly, Adrian Cleere, James Logue; Eamon Tuohy, Gary Ivors, Brendan Ivors.
Subs: Michael Ivors for D Shelley (37); Liam Cahill for Fitzgerald (44); Seanie Cahill for G Ivors (54).