Ballyadams withstood a spirited second half comeback from The Rock to claim a four point victory in this Allianz Division 4 final on Thursday.
Ballyadams lead by nine points at half time and looked like they would control the game, but The Rock boys never gave up the battle, and got within four by the final whistle, but Ballyadams were deserving winners in the end.
The game got off to an explosive start, with Ciaran Burke finding the back of the net for Ballyadams in the opening minute. Moments later, Luke Dunne O’Connor hit back for The Rock, curling in a brilliant goal off the outside of his right foot.
Ballyadams started to take control of the game after that, however, and went three ahead thanks to points from Ciarán Burke (2) and Oisín Hooney. The Rock managed a point in reply but Hooney hit back with a goal for Ballyadams.
Jarlath Connolly got The Rock back on the scoreboard with a point, but Ian Shanahan came to the fore in the final minutes of the half for Ballyadams. He scored 1-2 in five minutes to see his side lead 3-5 to 1-2 at the interval.
Ciarán Burke and Shanahan pointed either side of Luke Dunne O’Connor’s point for The Rock to keep Ballyadams on top. The Rock rattled off three points in a row then, and were unlucky not to see a goal go in when Alex Bennett’s shot rattled the crossbar and went over.
They did find two goals late on, from Finn Culleton and Jarlath Connolly, but some excellent points Ciaran Burke and Oisin Hooney meant Ballyadams had done enough to claim a deserved four point win.