Ballincollig secure historic first title

Ballincollig 1-12 Fr O’Neill’s 0-08
Ballincollig made history at Páirc Uí Rinn last night when they captured the Rebel Óg Premier 2 minor hurling championship title for the first time.

A powerful second-half performance saw them overturn a two point half-time deficit to eventually dethrone holders Fr O’Neill’s.

O’Neill’s, backed by the wind, had the better of the early exchanges with Joe Millerick and Paudie McMahon helping them into a 0-7 to 0-5 interval lead. However, Ballincollig resumed in determined mood and were on equal terms by the three-quarter mark. Man of the match Cian Dorgan, Stephen Bunyan and Diarmuid McDonnell pushed them 0-10 to 0-8 as the game petered out.

However, they finished off in style. Solid defending ensured a clean sheet for Adam Buckley. Then, with the momentum with the mid-Cork side, they pressed for home with Dorgan expertly converting a pair of frees.

To polish off a wonderful display, Bunyan rattled the roof of the net two minutes into stoppage time. A proud Mark Prendergast collected the silverware amid wild celebrations.

Scorers for Ballincollig: C Dorgan 0-7 (0-6 frees), S Bunyan 1-1, D McDonnell 0-2, S Coughlan and C O’Donovan (free) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Fr O’Neill’s: P McMahon 0-4 (frees), K Hegarty (frees) and J Millerick (0-1 free) 0-2 each.

BALLINCOLLIG: A Buckley; P O’Neill, K O’Sullivan, D Burns; D McDonnell, B O’Halloran, M Prendergast; C Dorgan, S Murphy; S Coughlan, M O’Leary, A O’Donovan; C O’Donovan, E O’Donoghue, S Bunyan.

Subs: W Greene for A O’Donovan (63).

FR O’NEILL’S: E O’Neill; T Millerick, A Kenneally, M Motherway; W Lane, M O’Keeffe, K Hegarty; A McAvoy, J Millerick; K O’Sullivan, D Sexton, P McMahon; D O’Driscoll, D Dalton, B Dunne.

Subs: S Lee for K O’Sullivan (46).

Referee: S Collins (Carrigaline).



Breaking Stories

Blow for Connacht as Marmion out for three months

Defender Enda Stevens gives his backing to Martin O’Neill

Kellie Harrington guaranteed at least bronze at world championships

Seamus Coleman knows Ireland need to make improvements

Breaking Stories

Are ceramides the key to younger looking skin? An expert explains

9 top authors reveal the titles on their Christmas wish lists

Watching violence on screens makes children more emotionally distressed

Greece is open for winter business and this is why you should go

More From The Irish Examiner