Causeway’s Paul McGrath opening the scoring with a point after 20 seconds but then Ballyduff took charge with Bobby O’Sullivan, Padraig Boyle, Aidan Boyle and Kevin O’Connor on target as the favourites raced 0-9 to 0-2 clear. But the underdogs settled and with wing back Tommy Barrett leading the way with a fine point, Causeway cut the gap to six points (0-11 to 0-5) by the interval.
Causeway were rewarded with a Kenneth Leahy goal but their hard work was undone as an Aidan Boyle goal in the 33rd minute followed by a Thomas O’Rourke point pushed Ballyduff 1-13 to 1-5 clear with 20 minutes left.
Causeway chipped away at Ballyduff’s lead, which was down to four points with three minutes left. They peppered the goal and Padraig O’Grady denied Tadhg Flynn twice before PJ O’Gorman dived full length to deny Eamon Fitzgerald at the death.
Ballyduff now play Lixnaw in the final next month.
Scorers for Ballyduff: B O’Sullivan 0-7 (0-6f), A Boyle 1-1, P Boyle 0-3, K O’Connor, M Boyle and T O’Rourke 0-1. Scorers for Causeway: K Leahy 1-0, P McGrath 0-3 (0-2f), J Leahy 0-2 (0-165), T Flynn 0-1 1f, T Barrett, E Fitzgerald, C Harty and K Carmody 0-1.
BALLYDUFF: PJ O’Gorman, D O’Grady, L Boyle, J Bowler, A O’Conner, P O’Grady, D Goulding, P Costelloe, B O’Grady, P Boyle, M Boyle, K O’Connor, T O’Rourke, A Boyle, B O’Sullivan. Subs: G O’Brien for T O’Rourke (40), J Bunyan for K O’Connor (42), M O’Connor for P Boyle (59).
CAUSEWAY: T Flynn, Kieran Leahy, A Fealy, F Carroll, T Barrett, J Leahy, T Casey, E Fitzgerald, M Delaney, P Harty, P O’Grady, R Casey, P McGrath, J M Dooley, Kenneth Leahy. Subs: J Fitzgerald for P O’Grady (20), D Leahy for E Fitzgerald (h/t) C Harty for T Casey (h/t), K Carmody for J M Dooley (42), E Fitzgerald for Kenneth Leahy (52).
Referee: Shane Hourigan (Limerick)