CLONTIBRET AND BALLYBAY RENEW LONG RIVALRY ON THE BIGGEST STAGE OF ALL

12 October 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

History is written by the victors, they say.. who will get to write the latest chapter in this clash of two of GAA’s traditional titans? by JOHN GRAHAM
he pairing for this Sunday’s final of the Gormley uPVC sponsored senior football championship is one that will evoke memories of some of the great county finals in the past although it is a fairly lengthy trip down memory lane as Ballybay and Clontibret last contested the final of the Monaghan senior football championship way back in 1959. That game went to a replay after the sides had finished Ballybay 2-4, Clontibret 1-7 but Ballybay were more decisive the second day out and won comfortably by 3-7 to 0-5. Ballybay last appeared in the final of the senior football championship back in 1987, the year they last won the title and this year they wiped away the bitter disappointment of having been defeated by an injury time point in last year’s semi-final by Latton. Ballybay learned from that experience and they have come back this year a fortified team and showing greater determination and demonstrating the huge hunger that exists in the club to replicate the success they enjoyed in 1987.
The club though went through hard times since that being at one stage relegated to junior ranks, something that was unthinkable at one time in the past in Ballybay but they regrouped and won their way out of junior and intermediate to get back up to where they believe they rightly belong.
However as in all things success does not come as a right but only through hard work and application and Ballybay have shown that they have great reserves of strength and commitment. Against that though playing in the final of …

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