Ballybay NS crowned Large Schools County Champions

posted Jun 15, 2013, 11:56 PM by Richard Canny   [ updated Jun 16, 2013, 6:38 AM by Naomh Brid ]
Cumann na mBunscol Primary Schools - Large Schools Final 2013

Ballybay Central NS - County Champions 2013

Congratulations to the Ballybay Central National School team who were crowned champions when they overcame Creagh last Wednesday evening, June 12th, at Ballyleague. This was a close game, reflected in the final scoreline of 4-7 to 3-5. 

This was a superb victory and while a heavy shower of rain just before throw in made conditions very difficult, Ballybay prevailed by a margin of five points. Ballybay had the worst possible start with Creagh getting the first score of the game when a long ball in somehow ended up in the back of the net. 

A point soon followed for Creagh but a superbly taken Ciarán Sugrue goal put Ballybay back in the game. Once again though, another long ball in somehow ended up in the Ballybay net. Another point was to follow. Again Ciarán was on hand to finish what was a superb team goal.  

The teams then exchanged some points to leave Ballybay only trailing by a point at half time, 2-3 to 2-2. Ballybay came out with all guns blazing in the second half and within a minute scored a superb team goal. The move started with corner back Gary Daly winning the ball and working the ball all the way up the field with Ian O'Rourke getting the final touch. This was a lead that they were never to lose.

 Ballybay NS captain Ciaran Sugrue accepting the plaque.Another goal by Liam Martin was to follow, putting Ballybay seven up at that stage. Despite this, Creagh never gave up and were it not for two excellent Eoghan Derwin scores and an excellent clearance off the line by Billy McDonnell, things could have been a lot closer. 

Despite this, Ballybay were deserving winners and showed some excellent team play and kick passing on what was a difficult day for football. Well done to the whole Ballybay NS squad who ended a four year absence when the school last won the title in 2009. 

Ballybay NS squad: Eoghan Derwin, Mark Haran, Gary Daly, Paul Mc Grath, Pearse Frost , Shane Cunnane, Billy McDonnell, Ciarán Sugrue (capt.), Ruairi Smith, Ian O’Rourke, Liam Martin, Jason Deering,  Matthew Cochrane, Cathal O’Grady, Daniel McDermott, Patrick O’Boyle, Jack Gartland, Jack Scouler, Cian Daly. 

Photographs of Curraghboy and Brideswell National School teams are also on the club website beside their respective reports.