Ballyholland 5-2 v 1-5 Mayobridge

Under 12 Football: SD U12 League (Final)

27th July 2003 at 2.00pm - Burren

Published by Anthony McNamee on 23rd December 2015.

Ballyholland Harps enjoyed their first major underage success in almost a decade with an emphatic victory over Mayobridge in the U-12 South Down League Final, at Burren.

From start to finish Ballyholland played the better football, looked the more confident and most importantly, had the killer touch in front of goal.

Robbie White opened the scoring with a point, laid-on by Daniel Keenan, even before most of the spectators had reached their places. Keenan again was the instigator a few minutes later, this time setting up Mark Finnegan, who finished superbly into the top-corner of the ‘Bridge goal.

Mayobridge had an edgy start but settled down a little bit when Mark Annett opened their scoring with a nice point. It always looked like it was going to be Ballyholland’s day though and a wonderful goal halfway through the first-half underlined this. Mark Finnegan showed great skills to flick the ball off the ground on the run, then played a pass to Robbie White, who danced around two defenders before burying the ball into the back of the net.

Brendan Cunningham tries his best to lift Mayobridge and he got on the scoresheet with a long-range effort and also set up Annett for his second point. The mesmerising Robbie White scored another goal for Ballyholland before half-time though to leave seven points in it at the break – 3.01 to 0.03.

Ballyholland continued where they left off shortly after the restart. Kevin McAteer did very well to get a cross in from the left-hand side and Mark Finnegan duly arrived to hammer home his second goal of the game.

This prompted Mayobridge to enjoy their best period of pressure during the game. Joanne McCaffrey scored a point and Cunningham got the goal he deserved, after finishing a move he began in midfield. Just when it looked like Mayobridge could possibly get back in the game, Ballyholland killed it off with yet another goal, this time from Daniel Keenan, after good work from Robbie White.

Conor Madden and Stephen Coulter finished off the scoring, both of which were fabulous long-range efforts as Ballyholland ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Although it’s never nice to lose a final, the Mayobridge boys can take great pride in getting there in the first place. They tried hard and played some nice football but came up against a Ballyholland team who were in clinical form. Kevin McClorey, Raymond Barr and Brendan Cunningham especially had fine games.

Ballyholland’s management team of John Keenan, Sean Ross, Cyril O’Reilly and Tommy Kane must be absolutely delighted with the way their charges performed. They have nurtured some wonderful talents, but it was particularly pleasing to see their team play a fifteen-man game.

Every single player played their role well and all looked very comfortable on the ball; indeed the handling and passing throughout was particularly impressive. Team captain, Robbie White, was outstanding, as were Mark Finnegan and Raymond Dunne, but Sean Anderson was a class apart on this occasion. The young centre-back simply did not put a foot wrong, he was both excellent in defence and brilliant going forward.

Hopefully this is only the first of many big trophies that Anderson and his team-mates bring to Father Lynch Park. It was brilliant to watch a young team play with such skill and style. Congratulations and well done to you all.

Ballyholland:

S Metcalfe, C McCartan, N McQuillan, J McAteer, R Dunne, S Anderson, C Havern, C Madden (0-1f), K McAteer, S White, R White (2-1), M Finnegan (2-0), S McDonnell (R Kearney), D Keenan (1-0), R Keenan. Subs: D O'Hare, C Loughran, E Kane.

Opponents:

J Barr, B Polin, R Barr, C Polin, C McNamee, K McClorey, C Gribben, E Murphy, K Quinn, P Gribben, S Coulter (0-1), M Annett (0-2), C Linden, B Cunningham (1-1), J McCaffrey (0-1).

Player of the Match: Sean Anderson

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