Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18
Nobber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon captured the North Leinster Juvenile Football ‘C’ Final on Friday last following a hard earned six points victory over O’Carolan College, Nobber at St Loman’s grounds, Mullingar on a fine, crisp sunny afternoon.
The physically stronger Nobber outfit enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the early stages, however they failed to translate this dominance into scores.
Ballymahon, on the other hand, were much more clinical and economical and once they settled into their stride they registered some good points through Matthew Gunning, Jamie Bermingham, Oran Kenny, Dylan Farrell and Cian Gilmore.
Ballymahon were up 0-6 to 0-2 ahead by the midway stage of the opening half, but they conceded a soft goal to allow Nobber back into contention. The Meath lads quickly added another point to draw level, 0-6 to 1-3.
The more skilful Ballymahon boys kept working hard and kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely with a flurry of points, however goal chances when they came could not be converted. Nobber, in contrast, were able to take their goal chances and the score at half time was Ballymahon 0-12 Nobber 2-3.
Ballymahon enjoyed the perfect start to the second half as Oran Kenny scored a great point. Nobber went up the field and scored a goal to put the pressure back on, 0-13 to 3-3. They managed to gain parity by the 45th minute and fortunately for Ballymahon, they spurned the opportunity to hit the front from a free within scoring range.
In the Ballymahon defence, Cian Belton, Sheadhna Ryan and Adam Ryan mopped up cohesively and they cleared some great ball. Cian Belton in particular played very well and intercepted many attacks launched by Nobber.
Sean Donohoe moved from full forward to centre field for Ballymahon and made an immediate impact. Ballymahon captain Cian Gilmore scored an all important goal in the 53rd minute. This gave Ballymahon a great injection and they drove on to win on a scoreline of 1-18 to 3-6.
Ballymahon now progress to the Leinster semi-final where they play the South Leinster Final winners.
MERCY SECONDARY SCHOOL, BALLYMAHON: Matthew Duffy; Sheadhna Ryan, Adam Ryan, David Doherty; Cian Belton, Luke Gunning, Cronan Flood; Cian Gilmore (captain, 1-5, 0-4 frees), Matthew Gunning (0-3); Rory Howlin, Dylan Farrell (0-3), Jamie Bermingham (0-3); Oran Kenny(0-3), Sean Donohoe, Evan Chalmers (0-1).