MONAGHAN POST PRIMARY U16 FINAL

18 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Largy College        2-11

Ballybay CC              1-08

By JOHN GRAHAM

Largy College Clones staged a great final quarter recovery to clinch victory in this hugely entertaining and at times highly exciting under 16 final in Smithboro on Thursday afternoon last. Conditions on the day were extremely difficult, bitterly cold with a biting wind and intermittent driving rain, that did pose problems for both sets of players, but to their credit they rose above those conditions to produce some excellent passages of play although the conditions did lead to mistakes on both sides.

Largy College had the better of the exchanges in the first half and created the bulk of the chances but failed to convert a number of clear-cut opportunities with the result that just one point separated them at the break, Largy College 1-3, Ballybay 0-5. Within a minute of the resumption Largy College extended their lead to 2 points but six minutes later they found themselves three in arrears as Ballybay Community College struck for 1-2 in the space of four minutes, Shane Forde with 1-1 and Conor McCabe with the other point.

An exchange of points still left the Ballybay school three in front after 10 minutes but that was as good as it was to get for the mid Monaghan side as Clones staged a strong final quarter to hit 1-6 without reply, the goal from a penalty by man of the match Tyler O’Hanlon …

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