Ballinamere claim historic victory

Ballinamere (Offaly) 2-08 Lisdowney (Kilkenny) 0-13
Ballinamere became the first Offaly side to win the Leinster Club JHC title as they survived a determined second half fight back from Kilkenny’s Lisdowney in Tullamore yesterday.

The Offaly men roared into the game and were eight points clear at one stage in the first half but Lisdowney slowly whittled the lead down and were level with 12 minutes remaining. However Ballinamere showed great heart to regain the lead and hold out for a historic win.

Ballinamere had a dream start with Paddy Murphy’s second minute goal with star man Stephen Weir netting three minutes later. Lisdowney were slow to settle and didn’t get their first score from play until the 19th minute.

A Weir point after 22 minutes put Ballinamere 2-5 to 0-3 ahead but Lisdowney had the last three points of the half to trail 2-5 to 0-6 at the interval.

Lisdowney dominated the third quarter and five points without reply brought them level with 12 minutes to go. Ballinamere ended a 29 minute scoring drought when Paddy Murphy pointed to put them back in front and although Lisdowney levelled again Stephen Weir shot two terrific points to put them back in front.

Rory Hickey pulled one back from a free and had another chance in the last minute but his effort dropped short and Ballinamere held on for an historic victory.

Scorers for Ballinamere: S Weir (1-4), P Murphy (1-3, 0-2 frees), J McKeogh (0-1).

Scorers for Lisdowney: R Hickey (0-6, 0-4 frees), L Carroll (0-2), A Fogarty (0-2, 0-1 free), E Kenny, K Sweeney and P Bergin (0-1 each).

BALLINAMERE: K McLoughlin; K Molloy, E Buggy, D Spollen; D Magner, G Spollen, P McDermott; K Mealiffe, J. McKeogh; P Murphy, M Murphy, M Og Buggy; D Wyer, S Weir, N Minnock.

Subs: J McEvoy (for M Murphy, 40), A Scully (for Minnock, 52), J Leonard (for M Og Buggy, 57).

LISDOWNEY: N Grogan; N O’Hara, M Phelan, N Mackey; R Fitzpatrick, S Phelan, P Bergin; P Carroll, K Sweeney; L Carroll, E Hickey, A Fogarty; R Hickey, P Bowden, E Kenny.

Subs: M Kenny (for Bowden, half time), C O’Carroll (for Kenny, 42), V Fitzpatrick (for E Hickey, 42), E Delahunty (for Fogarty, 56).

Referee: D Hughes (Carlow).

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