Ballyneale FC were defeated by St Kieran’s by 2 goals to 1 in the final TSDL league game of the season.
The teams entered the tie on 33 points each so the came it was a crucial winner takes all game.
Fifteen minutes into the game, the Ballyneale players started to gain a foothold in the game and started to find the passes and maintain good possession.
Their good play paid off at the 18 minutes mark when Marty O’Reilly finished low into the corner from close range.
Ballyneale continued to dominate for most of the remainder of the half and went into the dressing room one nil up. But the big turning point in the game came after 30 minutes when Ballyneale lost a player after two yellow cards.
This didn’t deter this very determined bunch of men, where efforts were increased to hold on to the lead until the break.
The second half was as competitive as the first, with both sides flying into tackles with little regard for their own safety, but in a sporting fashion.
The extra man began to take its toll on energy levels, which led to St Kieran’s scoring a goal at the 60 minutes mark and again 70 minutes into the game.
Ballyneale shoved forward after this at every opportunity, which naturally left space for St Kieran’s to counter attack.
The goal Ballyneale wanted to score just wouldn’t come. Set pieces seemed to be the team’s best chance with great efforts from Darren McCarthy and Dean Madden forcing good saves from the St Kieran’s keeper. Tom Grincell also made a telling save with 5 minutes to go, keeping the game alive for Ballyneale until the final whistle.
Team: Tom Gricell, Ger Crowley , Kevin Hogan, Darren McCarthy, Johnny McGrath, Jamie Kennedy, John Nonan, Dean Madden, Tom Kennedy, Marty O’Reilly, Enda Fogarty. Subs: Rob O’Brien, Pa Tobin, David Morton, Dean Foley, Lenny McGrath, Keith Carbery.