A spectacular second half comeback by Clough-Ballacolla, led by a truly inspirational performance by centre forward Aidan Corby, was enough to win Clough-Ballacolla this year’s U-16 B championship final.
It was Mountrath who enjoyed all of the early success on the field. They dominated proceedings in the first half, and even with ten minutes elapsed in the second half, they held a six point lead over what appeared to be a tiring Clough-Ballcolla side.
At half time they held a four point lead after goals from Jake Walsh and Joseph Carroll, the latter of whom was Mountrath’s main scoring threat during the game.
Even with that lead against a good Clough-Ballacolla team, it could have been far better for them, as they were unlucky not to score another two goals in that first half, with Sean Maguire and Scott Hetherington both going close. Aidan Corby was by far and away the standout performer on the day, he was immense. Corby lined out at centre-forward, contrary to the programme’s line-up of full forward, and ran the whole show for this victorious Clough-Ballacolla team.
He hit an amazing 1-14 from Clough-Ballacolla’s total of 1-17. There was no way to stop him during Clough-Ballacolla’s spell during the second half. He’d score, drop back to midfield for the puckout, win that puckout, and score again. He repeated it time after time. Corner forward John Dwyer and substitute Diarmaid Conway helped up the tempo of the game for Clough-Ballacolla late on, turning themselves into an effective first line of defence and pointing also.
Clough-Ballacolla’s goal game on 48 minutes, when they had been trailing by two. A long free from Aidan Corby was contested by Patrick Williams and John Dwyer, but Neither made a connection with the ball, and it dropped into the back of the net.
Clough-Ballacolla went on to knock over another six points, meaning they had outscored Mountrath 1-10 to a single point from the 38th minute to the final whistle.
SCORERS - Clough-Ballacolla: Aidan Corby 1-14 (1-8 frees), John Dwyer 0-2, Finbar Conway 0-1; Mountrath: Joseph Carroll 1-4 (0-1 free), Jake Walsh 1-0, Scott Hetherington 0-3 (all frees), Patrick Carter 0-1.
CLOUGH-BALLACOLLA: Brian Corby; Karl Brothwood, Pat Phelan, Dara Hyland; Matthew Bergin, Lee Cleere, George Boyhan; Jordan Walsh, Robbie Phelan; Emmet Wall, Aidan Corby, Stephen Hally; James Kavanagh, Finbar Conway, John Dwyer.
MOUNTRATH: Ruairi Carroll; Fionn Phelan, Fionnan Comerford, Eoin Middleton; Shaun Moore, Luke Brophy, Craig Fitzpatrick; Patrick Williams, Fintan Williams; Eoghan Tiernan, Joseph Carroll, Jake Walsh; Scott Hetherington, Sean Maguire, Patrick Carter.