Heartbreak for Ballyroan Abbey in Division 3 Feile Football Final

On their way to the final, Ballyroan had impressed through the group stages and knockout stages, notching up four straight wins, over South London, Éire Óg, Naomh Éamann and Avoca.

On their way to the final, Ballyroan had impressed through the group stages and knockout stages, notching up four straight wins, over South London, Éire Óg, Naomh Éamann and Avoca.

FEILE PEIL NA nOG BOYS DIVISION 4 FINAL

Naomh Eanna (WX) 1-4

Ballyroan Abbey 0-3

These wins set up a final meeting in Páirc Uí Faoláin with Gorey side Naomh Eanna.

In the opening stages of the game the Wexford side looked the stronger, and they were first to score when James Lynch pointed his opening free. Four minutes later, Naomh Eanna had a goal after a mistake from the Ballyroan goalkeeper, Eamon Oxley, gave Liam Delaney a chance to capitalise and side foot his attempt beyond Oxley and into the Ballyroan net.

Following this goal there was a long delay in play due to a serious head injury, after a clash of heads in the centre of the field. This delay went a long way to taking much of the sting out of the game for the remainder of the already shortened fifteen minute half. When the game continued following the stoppage, there was still time for two Naomh Eanna score.

At half time Ballyroan went in six points down and if they were to try and get back into this game they needed to score first, and they needed to score a goal.

Upon the commencement of the second half, it was the Laois side who scored first, with a point. They soon added to this with another point from Jake Cranny. Ballyroan were now beginning to look sharp but this was short lived, as the momentum was taken from under them when they were caught on the counter attack and Conor Levingston pointed. Ballyroan continued to push but to no avail and the Gorey side ran out four point winners.

Naomh Eanna: Rhys Hughes; Jack Williams. Seamus Donnovan, Jack Callaghan; Eoin Molloy, Gary Molloy, Ciallan Donnovan; Niall Sinnott, James Lynch; Conor Levingston, avid Dolley, Tiernan Doyle; Cha McGutchen, Adam Dunbar, Oisin Foley

Ballyroan: Eamonn Oxley; Dermot McGowan, Killian McEvoy, Dermot Whelan; Darragh Drennan, Liam Oxley, Kake Cranny; Ciaran Carroll; Conor Brennan; Jake Cranny, Donnagh Egan, Liam Delaney; Charlie Whelan, Eoin Whelan, Callum Mullan