Ballybacon-Grange settle after slow start to win well

Ballybacon-Grange beat Mullinahone 4-14 to 2-9 in the South u-21 HC ‘A’ at Monroe on Sunday with both side already through to the semi-finals.

Ballybacon-Grange beat Mullinahone 4-14 to 2-9 in the South u-21 HC ‘A’ at Monroe on Sunday with both side already through to the semi-finals.

Mullinahone swept into action and within three minutes they were three points up.

Ballybacon steadied the ship and by the eight minute they had drawn level with points from Daniel O’Regan, Philip Murphy and O’Regan again. Mullinahone’s early salvo had come from Micheál Dunne (2) and Cathal Horan.

Philip Murphy pointed Ballybacon into the lead but a Micheál Dunne goal in 10 minutes restored Mullinahone’s lead. Dunne was fouled as he attempted to go through, but his shot went into the net and the goal stood. Ballybacon came back and a bad blunder in the Kickham’s defence allowed Christopher Lambert to goal. Aaron Cowan followed up with a Ballybacon point and in the 16th minute Daniel O’Regan lashed a Ballybacon penalty to the net. Cathal Horan pointed a free. Ballybacon full forward Daniel O’Regan who was winning an amount of possession pointed in 27 minutes and goaled in 29. The half ended with a Michael Goonan point. Half time score Ballybacon Grange 3-7 Mullinahone 1-4.

Cathal Horan opened the second half with a point from a free. O’Regan continued his tour de force with two points in two minutes. James O’Mahony then got on the scoreboard before O’Regan brought the score to 3-11. Micheál Dunne and Jerry Cronin exchanged points. O’Regan pointed again for Ballybacon before Graham Horan and Sean Walzer had Mullinahone’s first two points in a row since the early stages. Michael Goonan goaled for Ballybacon but Mullinahone hit back with a second goal. A Graham Horan point for Mullinahone was the final score.

Ballybacon Grange - Colm O’Gorman, Colm Shaughnessy, Sean Nagle, Philip Walsh, Darren Bray, Micky O’Sullivan, Joey Phelan, Aaron Cowan, Eren Lonergan, James O’Mahoney, Jerry Cronin, Philip Murphy, Christopher Lambert, Daniel O’Regan, Michael Goonan.

Mullinahone: Joe Hogan, Edward Dunne, George Browning, Kevin McGrath, James Phelan, Eoin Fennelly, Paul Gayson, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Sean Walzer, Cathal Horan, Luke Mullally, Stephen Quirke, Graham Horan, Micheal Dunne, John O’Grady. Subs: Jack McCarthy, Colin Byrne.

Ref - K. Delahunty, Moyle Rvs