Ballingarry won the delayed Garrabridge Lighting South JFC ‘A’ title, their first since 1996, and the John Egan Cup on Saturday last in Clonmel with victory over Newcastle, 2-10 to 1-11.
They raced into a 1-2 to no score lead with two points from Adrian Cleere and a James Logue’s goal laid on by Cleere.
Newcastle hit back with 1-5 without reply, the goal from Brian Sweeney from a great Barry Hickey pass just over Philip Ivors’ reach and Hickey turned on a sixpence and hit a wonderful kick that gave David Cashin no chance in the Ballingarry goal. Brian Sweeney hit three points, two from frees with points from Oliver Smith and Conor Grant.
With Donal Shelley, Adrian Cleere and Dickie Norton coming back into the game the tide turned very much in Ballingarry’s favour with 1-3 without a response - the goal from James Maher and points from Cleere (2) and Gary Ivors to leave the half time score 2-5 to 1-5.
Conor Grant opened the second half scoring for Newcastle with Adrian Cleere replying. Ian Ivors added a point for Ballingarry to go 2-7 to 1-6. Barry Hickey (2) and Andrew Fitzpatrick for Newcastle and Cleere (3) swapped scores but Newcastle couldn’t get the goal they needed.
They reduced the margin to the minimum with points from Andrew Fitzpatrick and Brian Sweeney but ran out of time.
Best for Ballingarry were Ciaran Shelley, Tomas Donovan, Dickie Norton, James Logue, Adrian Cleere, Donal Shelley, James Maher while for a gallant Newcastle, Kevin McGrath, Shane Hickey, Cormack O’Flynn, Barry Hickey, Brian Hyland, and Brian Sweeney all gave of their best,
Ballingarry - David Cashin, Gerard Fennelly, Philip Ivors, Ciaran Shelley, Jack Fennely, Tomas Donovan, John Pollard, Dickie Norton, Ian Ivors, James Logue 1-0, Adrian Cleere 0-8(3f), Donal Shelley, Eamon Tuohy, Gary Ivors 0-1, James Maher 1-0, Sub - Ger Fitzgerald
Newcastle - Darren Goonan, Niall Morrossey, Tomas O’Dwyer, Emmet Prendergast, Kevin McGrath, Shane Hickey, John O Halloran, Conor Grant 0-2, Cormac O’Flynn, Barry Hickey 0-2, Brian Hyland, Oliver Smith, Andrew Fitzpatrick 0-2, Brian Sweeney 1-5(4f), Daniel Kennedy. Subs - John McCarra, Anthony Condon, James Lonergan (Snr)