An excellent first half display set Ballymahon/Forgney on their way to clinching a place in the U-21 ‘B’ Football Championship Final when they got the better of Mostrim at Emmet Park on Saturday night last.
The amalgamation went in at the break leading by six points but a late comeback from Mostrim meant for a nervy finish when they cut the deficit to just two points. Thomas Mulvihill sealed the win for his side right on the stroke of full-time.
Ballymahon/Forgney took the game to Mostrim right from the start and registered their first score inside the first minute; Sean McMullen was fouled when going through and Mulvihill duly pointed the free.
One minute later and Mulvihill very nearly grabbed a goal but Mostrim keeper Kevin Murphy pulled off a smart save to deny him. A long ball into the forwards led to Mostrim’s opening score when Adrian McLoughlin pointed in the 3rd minute.
From the kick-out Ballymahon/Forgney were on target again with a point from Pedro Byrne. Nine minutes elapsed before there was another score; Charlie Byrne on the mark for Ballymahon/Forgney.
Thomas Mulvihill pointed his second free in the 16th minute before his side stretched their lead to six points in the 18th minute when Pedro Byrne found the back of the net. The lead was extended in the 21st minute when Paul Kelly fired over a point.
After being over-ran for the majority of the first half, Mostrim registerd their second score in the 28th minute, a free from Cillian Lynn.
The Edgeworthstown side made a good start to the second half with Lynn forcing Ballymahon/Forgney keeper James McCormack into making a good save. From the resulting ’45 the ball ended up in the back of the net but the score was ruled out for a square ball.
Minutes later Ballymahon/Forgney stretched their lead to nine points. Thomas Mulvihill had his goal attempt saved by Murphy in the Mostrim goals but the loose ball fell to Charlie Byrne and he made no mistake in finding the net.
Mostrim battled back and three points in a row from Luke Kenny (two great efforts) and Glen Cassidy closed the gap. Ballymahon/Forgney substitute Niall Sheehy landed a point in the 48th minute to put seven between the sides before Mostrim staged a determined comeback.
A free from Cillian Lynn in the 51st minute eluded everyone and the ball ended up in the back of the net. John Murphy followed up with a point and then four minutes from time Benny Dempsey shot over the bar to leave just two between the sides.
Try as they might Mostrim just couldn’t get any more scores and right at the end Thomas Mulvihill fired over a point to clinch the win for Ballymahon/Forgney.
BALLYMAHON/FORGNEY: James McCormack, Dwayne Nestor, Niall Dowler, Lee Masters, Matthew Daly, Niall Noonan, Thomas Mulvihill (0-3, two frees), Paul Kelly (0-1), Sean McMullen, Jordan Mulvihill, Paul Keegan, Pedro Byrne (1-1), Charlie Byrne (1-1)
Subs:- David Steele for S McMullen; Niall Sheehy (0-1) for J Mulvihill and Jordan Mulvihill for P Keegan.
MOSTRIM: Kevin Murphy, Brian Smith, Shane Sheridan, John Gaffney, Benny Dempsey (0-1), Kevin Flynn, John Murphy (0-1), Kevin Shine, Luke Kenny (0-2), Cillian Lynn (1-1, frees), Thomas Victory, Adrian McLoughlin (0-1), Rossa Doyle.
Sub:- Glen Cassidy (0-1) for K Flynn.
Referee: Jimmy McCormack (Killoe).