Richard Prior pictured in action for Ballymahon Secondary School against Kilbeggan SS in the North Leinster Senior 'C' Football Championship semi-final. Photo: Brigid Mullooly
Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon overcame the concession of an early goal to reach the North Leinster Senior ‘C’ Football Championship Final with a deserved win over Kilbeggan SS at the St Loman’s GAA Grounds, Mullingar on Friday.
Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon . . . 2-8
Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan . . . 1-4
Just two minutes had gone on the clock when Jack Gallagher pounced on a mistake and put the ball into the net but a 12th minute penalty goal from Oran Kenny brought Ballymahon SS back into the game.
The sides were level at the break (1-3 to 1-3) but Kilbeggan could only score a point in the second half as Ballymahon SS upped their game to register another 1-5, the crucial goal coming from defender Diarmuid Kelly in the 47th minute.
Ballymahon SS have the players to win the North Leinster title but they will have to put their chances away after squandering a lot against Kilbeggan.
BALLYMAHON SECONDARY SCHOOL: Eanna McGrath; Diarmuid Kelly (1-0), Adam Ryan, Ronan Keane; Kian Gilmore, Jason Coughlan, Conall McKiernan; Richard Prior (0-1), Sam Maxwell; Rory Howlin, Kevin Tansey (0-1), Jamie Bermingham (0-2); Dylan Farrell (0-1), Luke Gunning, Oran Kenny (1-3,1f,1-0 pen).
Subs:- Byrn Peters for E McGrath (half-time), Justin Coady for D Farrell (injured, 49 mins).
KILBEGGAN SECONDARY SCHOOL: Ross McGonagle; Andy Conway, Aidan Stone, Mark Wrafter; Darragh Seery, Morgan Gavigan, Dean Slevin (0-1); Jamie Corcoran, Niall Carey; Jordan McDonnell (0-1, free), Eoin Glennon (0-1), James Hanlon (0-1); Alex Egan, Evan Connell, Jack Gallagher (1-0).
Referee: Joey Deehan (Offaly).