BALLYMUN Kickhams won the Leinster Club Senior Football Final on Sunday in Mullingar at the expense of a Portlaoise side who will look back on the game as one they could have won.
Leinster Club Senior Football Final
The Laois champions were very wasteful in front of goals in the first half and again in the last quarter when they were mounting a late comeback.
Ballymun were far more clinical on the day and had it not been for some fine saves from Michael Nolan, they would have been more than 0-6 to 0-1 ahead at the break. Portlaoise had opened the scroing through Brian McCormack but they wouldn’t add to that total until just before half-time.
After 20 minutes Ballymun had just lead by 0-2 to 0-1 but lead by Dean Rock they kicked four points in a row to build their advantage.
Ballymun extended their lead to 0-9 to 0-3 but Portlaoise began to fight their way back and they were back within three midway through the half.
However with the momentum on their side, they kick three wides in a row and that allowed Ballymun to extend the lead back to four.
Portlaoise kept plugging away right to the end but they couldn’t get the deficit under three points and they never looked like creating a goal scoring opportunity against a team that has only conceded two in championship action all year.
Ballymun held on for the win in a day when two first time champions were crowned in Leinster with Kilcormac/Killoughey winning the hurling title on the same day.
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