Ballagh’ Deserved Champions as Erris bids farewell to Senior Football

Posted: October 22, 2012 in GAA
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Ballaghderreen 1-9 Ballintubber 0-4

 

BALLAGHDERREEN put pay to Ballintubber’s bid for a historic three in a row with a comprehensive eight point win over the reigning champions. In truth it should’ve been so much more, Ballaghderreen setting the tone for their display in a first half where they dominated Ballintubber physically.

Five first half frees from Barry Regan, two of them monstrous kicks from over 50 yards, were pivotal in the end with Ballintubber struggling to find a free taker to replace the absent Cillian O’ Connor. In fact Ballintubber failed to convert any of their place kicks throughout the game with Padraig O’Connor, his replacement Darragh Sommerville and finally a semi concussed Alan Dillon failing to convert relatively simple chances.

Of all the forwards on show it was the aforementioned Regan who was the only one to catch the public and presumably James Horan’s, in an otherwise underwhelming game. Regan, who has had a brief flings with the county panel before, was a real physical presence in the inside line, while his ability to lick long-range frees gives him something few other players in Mayo possess.

Keith Rogers was a driving force from centre back for Ballagh’ and placed Alan Dillon on the back foot from the start. Dillon did score a trademark beauty in the first half but never fully got to grips with the game and his day ended early through an unfortunate clash of heads.

Midfield was an area that Ballintubber would have expected to dominate with county boys Gibbons and Geraghty. Things didn’t work out as planned though, with David Kilcullen and goal scorer Barry Kelly dominating the jaded pair and reminding everyone they too were once considered county class.

Once an early second half flourish by Ballintubber petered out with the withdrawal of Dillon, the Ballaghderreen pressure was relentless. Wing back Drake missed horribly of the post when he broke through the cover but it didn’t prove the turning point that it could have been.

After two historic county titles in a row, Ballintubber had nothing more to give. Kelly’s goal and two final points from Rory Conway and David Kilcullen sealed Ballaghderreen’s deserved third county final, moving them to 7th in the overall standings level with Hollymount, Ballycastle and their East Mayo rivals Charlestown.

 

Man of the Match: Barry Regan – This game more than any showed the importance of a good free taker. Regan hit some huge points in the first half that gave Ballagh’ the platform for their win.

BALLAGHADERREEN: O Flanagan; S Drake; P Rogers; T Regan; P Kelly; K Rogers (0-1); D Drake; B Kelly (1-0); J Kilcullen; D Kilcullen (0-1, 45); A Hanley; S Finn; O Jordan; B Regan (0-5, five frees), J Dillon (0-1). Subs: C Doohan for T Regan (39 mins); R Conway (0-1) for J Dillon (25); B Solan for Finn (59).

BALLINTUBBER: B Walsh; L Tunney; Hallinan; P Earley; M Kelly; E Earley; R O’Connor; D Geraghty; J Gibbons (0-1); D Coleman; A Dillon (0-1); M Hoban; D McGing (0-1); D O’Connor; P O’Connor. Subs: J Duffy for M Hoban (28 mins); D Sommerville for P O’Connor (h-t); A Plunkett (0-1) for Dillon (50); K McGuinness for D O’Connor (55).

 

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KILTANE finally lost their fight to retain their senior status on Sunday afternoon with a 13 point defeat to Ballina in Knockmore. David Brady’s intervention clearly had the desired effect on the players for whom the fear of being first Stephenites team to be relegated from senior level in 114 years of club football should have been enough inspiration.

For Kiltane, it’s a sad end to a season that was looking so promising when they were unfortunate to lose out in the final of the Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta back in June. Cill Seadhna is as proud a club as there is and their achievement in remaining senior for so long against the odds, is a testament to the battling qualities of the Bangor men.

Yesterday’s result means that there will be no senior football played in Erris in 2013. It’s been a bad week all round for the barony with Cill Chomain returning to Junior after six years in the Intermediate ranks. Every club has been ravaged by emigration but it’s fair to say that clubs in the northern and western extremities of our county have been hurt the most. On the bright side, this could mean the revival of some tasty North Mayo derbies in the shape of Kiltane v Belmullet and Cill Chomain v Ballycastle, in Championship 2013. Oh and I suppose good news also for Shrule/Glencorrib; no more four hour round trips.

 

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  1. […] his driving performances from centre-back for the county champions. Kept Alan Dillon quiet in the county final and still had time to get forward and kick a point. Not too shabby at […]

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