Ballybacon-Grange are South Minor B Hurling Champions after they saw off a battling Killenaule side by 2-9 to 2-8 in Saturday afternoon’s re-fixture in Clonmel Sportsfield.
Conditions were ideal for hurling, a stark contrast to the rain-soaked evening in Littleton on Thursday evening when the game was abandoned before a result could be determined.
After the scores were level at the break, Ballybacon upped their game considerably and had 3 excellent points without reply from Michael Barlow (2) and Bernard McHugh.
Then Ballybacon extended their lead further through an excellent Gavin Whelan goal.
Killenaule were struggling for scores but were given a timely boost in the 45th minute when they were awarded them a penalty. Billy Barrett seemed to mis-hit his effort and it rose over the bar. A great individual point from Dominic Blake gave Killenaule renewed hope with time running out.
However Ballybacon held firm and took the spoils, only after conceding an injury time goal from a 20 metre free by James Doyle.
The scoreline probably didn’t do Ballybacon justice as they looked a better balanced team with the ability to get scores much easier than their opponents. They had solid performances throughout from captain Tom Kirwan, Micheal Barlow, Gerry Cronin and Gavin Whelan.
Killenaule, who were unlucky to lose full back Jack Gleeson through injury early in the second half, had spirited performances from Mark Doyle, James Doyle, Dominc Blake and Billy Barrett.
Ballybacon-Grange: Jason Burke, James Shine, Adam Ross Lambert, Eoin O’Brien, Philip Walsh, Tom Kirwan (capt), Dara Boyle, Sean Nagle, Colm O’Shaughnessy, Josh Pickering (0-1), Gerry Cronin (1-1), Michael Barlow (0-4, 3 frees), Bernard McHugh (0-1), Gavin Whelan (1-1), Michael Hogan (0-1).
Killenaule: Eoin Barry, Luke Ryan, Jack Gleeson, Denis Fogarty, Dean O’Connor, Padraig Feehan, Mark Doyle, Adam O’Connell, Martin Fennelly, Pat Doyle, James Doyle (1-0 free), Billy Barrett (0-1 penalty), Cillian O’Dwyer, Dominic Blake (0-7, 5 frees, 1 ‘65), Robbie Blake (capt., 1-0).
Subs: Jason Ryan for Jack Gleeson, Liam Meagher for Denis Fogarty.
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams).