Mullinahone's Conor Whelan holds possession under pressure from Ballingarry's Jason McQuail.
Mullinahone beat Ballingarry 2-15 to 1-7 in the Clonmel Oil South Tipp Minor Football “B” semi final at Fethard and now meet Kilsheelan Kilcash in the final.
Kickhams were first into their stride and by five minutes they had built up a three point lead against the breeze. Two of the points came from freetaker, Eanna Ryan and the third from county minor, Conor Phelan.
Whether Mullinahone decided that they were going to have an easy passage or Ballingarry decided to put up a fight, the lads in maroon hit back with two points from centre forward Conor Vaughan. It seemed as if Mullinahone had woken up when Mikey O’Shea raced through for a well taken goal in eleven minutes.
Undaunted, Ballingarry hit back with a goal of their own in the next minute. At this time the Kickhams full back line looked vulnerable and Ballingarry should have taken the lead, but a number of frees went wide.
In seventeen minutes, Mikey O’Shea added a point to his earlier goal. Eanna Ryan (M) and Conor Vaughan (B) exchanged points from frees. Mikey O’Shea pointed again and a Ballingarry miss from a free saw the half end Mullinahone 1-6, Ballingarry 1-3.
In the second half Mullinahone had use of the breeze and they began to avail of it. Eanna Ryan kicked a fine point from a 45. He was to repeat the feat later in the half and later still he was to crash a penalty to the net to end the game as a contest. His shooting from placed balls was certainly top class.
Conor Vaughan answered Ryan’s first point from a 45, but Matthew Thompson then pointed for Mullinahone from long distance. Martin Kehoe and Conor Phelan added points to make the score Mullinahone 1-10, Ballingarry 1-4.
Ballingarry replaced Jack Meagher with Aidan Mullally, but conceded two more points to Ryan (free) and Stephen Hickey. The gap was now eight points, but Mullally and Vaughan kicked two points for Ballingarry. . Ballingarry pointed a free, but this was to be their last score as Mullinahone took over.
Conor Phelan pointed before Ryan’s penalty practically ended the game.
Mullinahone emptied the subs bench taking out among others county minor hurlers O’Shea and Phelan.
Mullinahone CJK. - Cathal Brett, Diarmuid White, Eoghan O’Dwyer, Cillian White, Conor O’Brien, Daire O’Brien, Shane Morris, Matthew Thompson, Martin Kehoe, Stephen
Hickey, Mikey O’Shea, Conor Phelan, Jack Lonergan, Eanna Ryan, Josh Rowan.
Ballingarry: Robert Pollard, David Ivors, Aidan Ryan, Ben Corcoran, Dara Ryan, Paidi Maher,
Jason McQuail, Eoghan Pollard, Jack Meagher, Jonathon Lawlor, Conor
Vaughan, Lorcan Troy, Declan Hayes, Kieran Lyons, Stephen Donovan.
Referee: Paul Guinan (Cill Náile)