Ballyheigue Wins Junior Hurling County Title

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Michael O’Halloran watched Ballyheigue become Junior Hurling County Champions last night…

Ballyheigue 3-8

Duagh 1-9

The winning Ballyheigue side. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Ballyheigue are the 2018 Garvey’s SuperValu Junior Hurling Champions after defeating Duagh on the perfect sod that is Abbeydorney GAA grounds.

A foul on Ger Guerin presented him with a point from the free.┬áMichael Boxer Slattery rolled back the years with a well taken goal, Richard O’Mahony added a point as did Michael Lucid from an acute angle.

Ned Flahive then received from Slattery to tap over to leave the score after six minutes Ballyheigue 1.03 Duagh one point.

Joe O’Halloran made it 1-4 before Michael Lucid stole in behind the Duagh defence to blast to the net on eleven minutes, Kieran Lucey replied for Duagh with a great point.

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He had another class point from distance three minutes later, in-between Michael Kirby had sent over a raker.

On 22 minutes Darragh O’Connor had point number five for Duagh, Michael Lucid then robbed a ball off a Duagh defender and drove to the net 3.05 to 5 points now as Michael Slattery had pointed also.

Darragh O’Connor had his second point for Duagh, that was followed by a point from Ned Flahive to leave the halftime score Ballyheigue 3-6 Duagh 0-6.

Two minutes after the restart, Kieran Lucey pointed for Duagh. They had a chance of a goal from a free before Ger Guerin pointed a later free. Ger Hartnett had replaced Michael Slattery at this stage.

Duagh played very well in the second half and reduced Ballyheigue’s scoring chances but they were not as effective up front. They kept Ballyheigue scoreless in the second half for twenty seven minutes.

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Darragh O’Connor converted his third point to reduce the margin to six points, Adrian Flahive pushed the margin to eight with two points in a row one from a free.

Kevin O’Keefe had the ball in the Ballyheigue net on 31 minutes to leave the final score Ballyheigue 3- Duagh 1-9

Most people thought that Ballyheigue would have an easy passage to the trophy by the Duagh side which was coached by Lixnaw and Finuge legend Enda Galvin, but they certainly put it up to the seasiders.

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