Junior crown for Ballyduff

Brendan Boyle Memorial Junior Cup Final: Ballyduff B 3-9 Ballylongford B 1-7

Mairead O'Sullivan - North Kerry GAA

Ballylongford got off to a perfect start and were 1-3 to no score ahead after ten minutes with Bryan Murphy getting 1-2 while Liam McCarthy chipped in with a point as they pressed home their advantage.

Ballyduff rearranged their personnel and it began to pay dividends firstly Darragh Goulding got them off the mark with a point before Liam Boyle cut through the Ballylongford defence and drove a powerful shot to the net, Darragh Goulding added a further two points while Aidan Boyle got the vital touch to a high ball into the square which now left them three ahead with five minutes remaining in the half.

Ballylongford weren't without their chances of being closer to their opponents, but several moves broke down and Ballyduff countered and tacked on three more points to leave them six ahead at the break - Ballyduff 2-6 Ballylongford 1-3.

The second half resumed with Ballylongford minus the influential James Cahilane and Seanie Kennelly denting their chances of closing the gap.

Ballyduff suffered the same malaise as Ballylongford in the opening stages of the half missing some good scoring opportunities giving their opponents a chance to claw their way back into the game and John Neville reduced the deficit to five with a fine point from an acute angle but their scores were coming too slow and John Paul Leahy restored their advantage to six with a point in the 14th minute.

Bryan Murphy kicked a further three points for Ballylongford, but Ballyduff were always replying and points from Chris Whyte and the energetic Philip Lucid kept them on course for the cup.

Ballylongford lost two more players to injury midway through half Kenneth Foley pulled a hamstring while Michael Lynch suffered a head injury. Ballyduff got their third goal in injury time as they ran out deserving winners.

Captain Roger Costello received the Cup from Eddie A Walsh (NKB)

Ballylongford: Shane Sullivan, Kenneth Tydings, Eamon McElligott, Joseph O'Brien, Sean Hanrahan, Liam McElligott, Gavin Stack, James Cahilane, John Neville 0-1, Michael Holly, Seanie Kennelly, Michael Lynch, Bryan Murphy 1-5, Kenneth Foley, Liam McCarthy 0-1 Subs: Pa Carmody, Kieran Kiki Mulvihill, Kieran Dowd, Denis Kelly, Stephen Kennelly

Ballyduff: Damien Fitzpatrick, Paddy Moran, Eddie Joy, Padraig Slattery, Aidan O'Carroll, Michael Hussey, Philip Lucid 0-1, Kevin Bowler 1-0, Roger Costello, Chris Whyte 0-1, Aidan Boyle 1-0, Darragh Goulding 0-3, Liam Boyle 1-0, Seán Costello, John Paul Leahy 0-4 Subs: L Pádraig Harrington, Pádraig Hussey, JP Enright, Johnny Regan, Maurice Dowling, Eric McHale, Eoin Ross, Mikey O'Halloran, John Hussey

Referee: Eamon Moran

North Kerry Football AGM

The AGM of the North Kerry Football Board will take place on Tuesday January 22 at 8pm in Christys, The Well, The Square Listowel. Can all motions and nominations be with Secretary Mairead O'Sullivan no later than Tuesday January 15 at 9pm. Nomination forms are available on request, all positions on the Board are contestable.


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