BALLINKILLEN ERIN'S OWN
BALLINKILLEN'S U-21 hurlers bridged a 16-year gap when they took the Jack Monaghan Cup home after defeating neighbours Erins Own in the J.J. Kavanagh & Son U-21 hurling final at Dr Cullen Park on Sunday.
Erins Own's Jason Shinnors open the scoring pointing after two minutes. It was a further five before Daryl Roberts got Ballinkillen off the mark. Dion Wall and Andrew Townsend then traded points. A long range effort from Alan McDonald, the game's best score, enabled Erins Own to lead by 03 to 0-2 turning in to the second quarter.
Marty Dalton with a scooped effort tied the sides at 0-3 each, and it was from here that the Ballinkillen men began to take control shooting five unanswered points courtesy of Dion Wall two, Michael Murphy, Craig Wall and Daryl Roberts as they led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half time, and in that period Daryl Roberts with a blistering shot brought the best out of Jack Barron in the Erins Own goal.
On the restart the action was thick and furious Dion Wall pointed from the middle of the field after 50 seconds.
Erin's Own now made their move, Jason Shinnors pointed from play in the second minute and the same player flicked the sliothar in to the net beside the post and suddenly the black and white hooped men were back in the game as only two points separated the sides Ballinkillen 0-9 Erins Own 1-4.
Ballinkillen responded to the challenge the backs closed ranks particularly Lauren Kinsella at full back along with the experienced David English at centre back flanked by Sean Murphy and Dermot Foley, as they turned back a lot of Erins Own attacks.
Marty Dalton and Daryl Roberts tacked on two further points and in a flash a cracker of a shot from Craig Wall hit the Erins Own net as a seven point gap opened up.
Ballinkillen using all their skill were chasing ever thing with a strong team work rate and good hurling. Even though the game was slipping from them Erins Own never gave up, Alan McDonald led the charge assisted by Johnny and David Corcoran, David Galway, Andrew Beaton, and a goalmouth scramble saw Jason Shinnors emerge in triumphant mood as the second ball had crossed the line to narrow the gap to four points.
They then were unlucky to see two scoreable chances go wide before Johnny Corcoran with a free from midfield narrowed the gap to a single goal. With time running out Erins Own had the chances but the Ballinkillen defence stood firm in a highly entertaining game.
David English was presented with the Jack Monaghan Cup by Sean Campion.