BOYS DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP - Paddock see off Ballinakill after cracking final

Rory Delaney

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Rory Delaney

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Paddock are the boys Division 2 Championship winners after a brilliant game against Ballinakill in O'Moore Park last Friday morning.

Paddock NS 3-10

Ballinakill NS 2-8

Both teams deserve huge credit after this game, as there were some outstanding scores and displays of skill on show throughout.

Andrew McDonagh had given Ballinakill an early lead, but they were soon pegged back by a goal from Killian Breen for Paddock. Jack Breen then added a couple of pointed frees for Paddock who set the early pace, but James O'Mahony then brought Ballinakill back into it with a stunning solo goal.

The teams were now level, but Jamie Baldwin goaled to put Ballinakill in front, only for Jack Breen to hit a couple of points and Killian Breen to add anothre goal, as Paddock lead 2-5 to 2-3 at half time.

The second half was even better, and along with the scores, there were some brilliant save's as Tommy Goode for Paddock and Luke O'Reilly for Ballinakill both made stunning goal-line saves.

Ballinakill drew level early on, but Paddock, lead by the excellent Jack Breen, managed to open up a bit of a lead, and they would keep Ballinakill at arm's length for the rest of the game.

They were boosted by a fortuitous goal heading into the closing stages, and even though Ballinakill put up a mighty battle to get something from the game, Paddock held on for the win.

PADDOCK NS

Scorers: Jack Breen 1-8 (0-4 frees), Killian Breen 2-2

Team: Matthew Cuddy; Joe Dowling, Mark Doyle; Jack Breen, Raymond Goode; Killian Breen, Sean Óg Delaney. Subs: Tommy Goode, Luca Walsh.

BALLINAKILL NS

Scorers: Andrew McDonagh 0-4 (0-1 free), Ben O'Mara 0-4 (0-3 frees), Jamie Baldwin, James O'Mahony 1-0 each.

Team: Luke O'Reilly; Jamie Baldwin, Andrew Kennedy; Andrew McDonagh, Ben O'Mara; James O'Mahony, Michael Lacey.

Referee: Brochan Reilly (Portlaoise)