Ballinamore defeat Carrick in nail-biter
Ballinamore 3-10 Carrick 3-9
Ballinamore captured their first hurling title since 1987 by the narrowest of margins against outgoing champions Carrick in a game of contrasting halves at Pairc Sean Mhic Diarmada,Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.
Ballinamore dominated the first half against favourites Carrick, opening the scoring after one minute with a goal by Kevin O'Connor.
Three more Ballinamore points without reply was followed by a second O'Connor goal in the 10th minute.
Ballinamore extended their lead with two further points and their third goal by Morgan Quinn in the 16th minute. Carrick came more into the game in the second quarter and finished the half strongly to leave the half time score 3-9 to 0-5 in favour of Ballinamore.
Clement Cunniffe hit the net in the 38th minute followed by a second goal by Fintan McKiernan three minutes later, as Carrick staged a remarkable comeback to leave just three points between the sides going into the final quarter. Carrick maintained the pressure and when James Glancy scored Carrick's third goal to leave a point between the sides with two minutes remaining.
SCORERS: Ballinamore: K O'Connor(2-1),M Quinn (1-6 3f),S Moran (0-2),B Mulvey(0-1). Carrick: C Cunniffe(1-3 2f 1'65),J Glancy (1-3),F McKiernan (1-0),C Moreton(0-2),P McWeeney(0-1).
CARRICK - Colin Moran; E Moreton, V McDermott, C Maguire, D Byrne, C Cunniffe, P McKiernan, D Reynolds, C Moreton; J Glancy, F McKiernan, A Duffy; T Glancy, P McWeeney, L Moreton.
Subs: S McDermott for C Maguire(34m).S O'Toole for F McKiernan(52m).
BALLINAMORE - R Ó'Súilleabháin; P Earley, J Earley, L Ferguson, M Domican, B McWeeney, P McManus; M Quinn, S McWeeney; B Mulvey, F Earley, K O'Connor; M McGrory, P Dolan, S Moran.
Subs: D Wrynn for P Dolan(38m).S Fox for B Mulvey(53m).
REF - Gus Chapman (Sligo).