Eoghan Rua secure title in style
Eoghan Rua 3-15 Ballela 0-7
Eoghan Rua Coleraine won their first Ulster JHC title with a runaway win over Ballela at Owenbeg yesterday.
The Derry men dominated from the start, never troubled by a side that managed just one point from its entire attacking unit.
Ciaran Gaile fired home a fourth-minute penalty, and Colm McGoldrick palmed in a second Coleraine goal six minutes later.
Johnny McCusker steered over a couple of frees to keep the Down men in touch, but Eoghan Rua always looked dangerous. Ballela went 18 minutes without a score and their opponents went in at the break leading by 2-5 to 0-5. And the Derry champions continued to dominate, striking a brilliant third goal within a minute of the restart. Gaile and Colm McGoldrick sliced open the Ballela defence and Thomas Magee smashed the ball into the net.
Gaile followed up with a string of scores. The Down men managed just two second-half points.
SCORERS - Eoghan Rua: Ciaran Gaile 1-7 (1-0 pen, 7f), C McGoldrick 1-5, T Magee 1-0, R Leonard 0-2, N Holly 0-1. Ballela: J McCusker 0-5 (4f), M Magee, C Magee 0-1 each.
Eoghan Rua - P Mullan; P Dallas, L McGoldrick, C Boyle; C Lagan, B McGoldrick, A Rafferty; R Mooney, R Leonard; T Magee, C Gaile, SL McGoldrick; N Holly, Colm McGoldrick, Ciaran McGoldrick. Subs: C Carey for L McGoldrick, G Rafferty for Holly, D Mullan for Boyle, S Papachristopolous for SL McGoldrick, K Lagan for Dallas.
Ballela - G McMullan; R Burns, D McCusker, D McCann; N Burns, G Burns, M Doyle; J McCusker, M Magee; C Magee, R McPolin, K Close; P Mackin, R McCusker, M Cosgrave. Subs: N Burns for Mackin, S McCusker for Doyle, A Faulkner for R McCusker, J McParland for McPolin.
Referee - Colum Cunning