In completing a great week for Galway clubs and South Galway, we would like to congratulate neighbours Ballindereeen in capturing the Leinster Junior B Hurling title last Sunday.
The game was played in Herwood College against Lisdowney, Co. Kilkenny. In a low scoring game, Ballindereen fell behind early on, when an early goal for Lisdowney established an early lead, but slowly Ballindereen fought back.
Their backs are believed to have performed heroically in the second half, as they pipped their Kilkenny opponents by 1 point.
They also made history in becoming the first club from Galway to claim a Leinster title.
The following is a report on their semi-final game I found on some site:
Leinster Junior B Hurling Semi-Final
On Saturday last, February 12th, Parnell’s (Dublin) and Ballinderreen (Galway) did battle in the first of this year’s Leinster semi-final’s. The game was played at Heywood College, Ballinakill, Co Laois on their new all weather pitch.
Parnell’s raced from the block’s, aided by a strong swirling wind; they led 1-3 to 0-1 after 12 minutes. Thomas Kelly netting the goal, while the impressive Colm McDonald added 3 points from half-forward. However it was the Galway men who dominated the remainder of the half. Driven on by their inspirational centre back and captain, Keith Barr, they slowly took control of the game. Two opportunist goals from full-forward Gerry Fahey, along with points from Gerry Helebert (2) helped them find their feet. Two long range frees against the strong wind by Keith Barr edged them further in front, with Colm McDonald keeping the Dublin team in touch from placed ball’s. Ballinderreen led 2-5 to 1-7 at the break.
Parnell’s faced the elements in the second half, and struggled to compete in the physical exchanges with a more seasoned Galway side. Goals from Gerry Helebert & substitute Barry Quinn ended the game as a contest. Centre forward Sean Costello who was Ballinderreen’s primary ball winning forward scored two points, while Barr added a further two long range missiles to his day’s tally. Ballindaerreen ran out winners on a score line of 4-11 to 1-10. The Parnell’s team can take great heart in their performance, with 10 U21’s in their starting line-up they acquitted themselves very well. Ballinderreen used all their experience, especially when playing against the wind in the first half. They now await the winners of the second semi-final between Brosna Gaels (Offaly) & Lisdowney (Kilkenny).