Extra-time was needed to decide the Roinn 4 Final as Ballcolla prevailed by a narrow two-goal margin over a gallant Clonaghadoo challenge.
Clonaghadoo 6-7 (AET)
Ballacolla opened the scoring with John Coonan hitting the Clonaghadoo net with a low-shot from a tight angle to set them underway. Jack Weston was on hand to open the Clonaghadoo account from a free, before Evan Cassin came to the fore to slot three fine points on the hop for the Ballacolla men.
Weston and Niall Lalor combined to the see the latter fire Clonaghadoo’s first goal after twelve minutes of play. Sean Kavanagh lifted the green flag for Ballacolla, but Clonaghadoo would find the net through Cathal McEvoy before the break as they trailed by 2-2 to 2-4.
Ballacolla’s Cassin sensationally bagged three goals in the eight minutes after the restart, leaving Weston to chip away with 1-2 of his own before Aaron Tarpey hit for their third goal.
A haul of 1-2 from Weston looked to have pushed Clonaghadoo over the line, but a late free from Cassin forced extra-time.
Cassin hit the top corner forty-seconds into ET, followed quickly by a point from Weston and Cathal McEvoy’s second goal to see Clonaghadoo lead by one at the interval. Cassin came to the fore once again with 2-1 in the final period of ET to bring the title to Ballacolla.
SCORERS - BALLACOLLA: Evan Cassin 6-7 (0-3f); John Coonan and Sean Kavanagh 1-0 each. CLONAGHADOO: Jack Weston 2-7 (0-2f); Cathal McEvoy 2-0, Niall Lalor and Aaron Tarpey 1-0 each.
BALLACOLLA: Adam White, Tirna Bergin, Clodagh Duggan, Eoin Duggan, Sean Kavanagh, Evan Cassin, John Coonan. SUBS: Ben Holohan
CLONAGHDOO: Ben O’Keefe, Rory Grehan, Darragh Hughes, Cathal McEvoy, Niall Lalor, Joe Kirwin, Jack Weston. SUBS: Aaron Tarpey
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