Waterford minor Peter Hogan was the star of the show at Fraher Field yesterday as Ballygunner collected their fifth county U21 title in six seasons.
The man of the match sent over six points from play (four in the second half) and set up goals for David Walsh and Johnny McCarthy. Paul Flynn’s charges led throughout as Hogan blasted over the opening point with a green flag on offer.
David Walsh claimed a goal in the 11th minute after Hogan’s initial shot was stopped by Rian Crotty. Ballygunner held a 1-4 to 0-1 first quarter advantage as they exposed a Dungarvan defence missing key men in Kevin Daly and Darragh Lyons.
But points from Ryan Donnelly, Michael Kiely, Joe Allen and Patrick Curran had Dungarvan within two by half time (1-5 to 0-6).
Curran cut the gap to one in a lively start to the second period before David Walsh and Hogan restored Ballygunner’s interval lead either side of a Ryan Donnelly point before the decisive blow was struck. On 36 minutes, Hogan seized possession and passed out for the unmarked Johnny McCarthy to fire to the far corner of the net (2-7 to 0-8).
Hogan added three more points over the closing quarter. James O’Connor’s side searched for a late goal but their efforts were thwarted and the 27 year wait rolls on.
Scorers for Ballygunner: D Walsh 1-4 (3fs); P Hogan 0-6; J McCarthy 1-0; B O’Sullivan 0-2.
Scorers for Dungarvan: P Curran 0-5 (2fs); J Allen, R Donnelly 0-2 each; M Kiely, C Curran 0-1 each.
BALLYGUNNER: P Cooke; B Power, D Cotter, T Power; E Hayden, P Coughlan, B O’Keeffe; C Sheehan, I Kenny; J McCarthy, B O’Sullivan, T Mullally; T O’Sullivan, D Walsh, P Hogan.
Sub: M Mullally for Sheehan (52).
DUNGARVAN: R Crotty; D Fitzgerald, A Donnelly, J Morrissey; J Curran, C Sheridan, G Power; C Curran, A Kirwan; M Kiely, R Donnelly, E Crotty; J Allen, P Curran, J Havens.
Subs: D Kirwan for Morrissey (24); E Ryan for J Curran (60).
Referee: D O’Leary.