Keeper turned forward Brendan Cummins seals the deal for Ballybacon/Grange

Ballybacon-Grange captain Eoin Walsh receives the South IHC cup from sponsor Eric Martin and Board chairman Joe Brennan.
Holders Ballybacon-Grange retained their Martin’s Fruit & Veg South IHC title with a 15 points win over Fr Sheehys in the final in Cahir on Saturday.

Holders Ballybacon-Grange retained their Martin’s Fruit & Veg South IHC title with a 15 points win over Fr Sheehys in the final in Cahir on Saturday.

After a close opening 20 minutes the losers’ challenge faded completely as the winners took complete control with county goalkeeper Brendan Cummins operating at wing forward hitting 0-13, five from frees.

Fr Sheehys attack was completely outplayed with only full forward Owen Meyers with 2—3. 0-3 from frees posing any threat.

Cummins and Meyers exchanged early frees before Alex Kirwan set up Billy Hewitt for the first of his two goal, the second to follow soon after.

This was cancelled out by Owen Meyer’s first of two for Fr Sheehys. Hewitt set up Thomas Maher for Ballybacon’s third goal to lead 3-7 to 1-3 at the break.

Fr Sheehys introduced Liam Condon, Declan English and Ritchie McGrath in an effort to bolster their attack but it was Ballybacon who added two further Cummins points. Owen Meyers with his second goal gave the losers a glimmer of hope

Ballybacon added four more Brendan Cummins points 20 minutes. Liam O’Connor added a Fr Sheehys point but the winners added four more points through Brendan Cummins (3) and Thomas Maher.

Best for Ballybacon were Brendan Cummins, Billy Hewitt, Alex Kirwan, Thomas Maher and Peter Hally. Father Sheehys’ best were Owen Meyers, Tom Conway and Johnny Corbett

Ballybacon-Grange: P Murphy, M O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, M Ryan, B Dillon, T Kirwan, P Hally, A Cowan, E Walsh capt, D O’Regan, T Maher (1—1), B Cummins (0-13 5F), A Kirwan (0-2), B Hewitt (2—0), J English (0-2). Subs Used: P Walsh, G Cronin, A Savage, J Phelan, C Carrigan

Fr Sheehys: S McGrath, J Mulcahy, M Myles, P Moran, P Ryan, J Corbett, C O’Brien, S Flynn, T Conway (0-1), E Flynn, L O’Connor (0-1) S O’Driscoll, B Smith, O Meyers (2-3F), S Ryan

Subs: L Condon D English R McGrath (0-1) D Riordan

Referee - Paddy Ivors (Ballingarry)