The third decider in the Allianz Cumann-na-mBunscol finals pitted last year’s champions, Ballyhale against Thomastown in the Toymaster Corn De Bhaldraithe final. Unbeaten Thomastown were favourites and they had earliaer captured the Roinn A football title.
The winners set about their task with gusto. Jack Holden bagged a goal in the second minute and Ballyhale were always on the back foot after that.
Points from Steven Donnelly and Rory Monks put Thomastown in the driving seat and they never let their younger opponents get any sort of grip on the game. Ballyhale had their first score from Eoin Walsh. Eoin Cody added a second in the 11th minute.
For the remainder of the half Thomastown dictated affairs. Steven Donnelly pointed a free in the 19th
minute. They scored their second goal when David Barron flicked the sliotar to the net. Jack Holden
converted a 65 to leave the ’Town with a good lead at the break, 2-4 to 0-2.
The winners began the second half brightly. Steven Donnelly pointed an early free. Ballyhale’s Eoin
Cody landed a superb point from close to the sideline. Thomastown continued to press for scores and Ballyhale goalie Stephen Barron made a double save to deny them.
Stephen Wemyss found the net for the winners midway through the half. Colm Whelan and Rory Monks
followed with goals to put the game beyond doubt. Ballyhale kept battling and Eoin Walsh and Eoin Cody pointed but there was no denying talented Thomastown’s.
Thomastown - Diarmuid Galway, Michael Murphy, Brian Staunton, David Walsh, Eddie Donnelly, Ned Kirwin (Capt.), David Griffin, Steven Donnelly, Joseph Conlon, Rory Monks, Colm Whelan, Jack Holden, Jack Barcoe, David Barron, Stephen Wemyss. Subs - Conor Kearney, Ben Challoner, Shane Maher, Conor McDermott, Robbie Nagle, Philip Somers, Thomas Collier, Cian McCormack, Jack Cahill, James Delahunty, Conor O’Donoghue, Liam Mooney, Jack Kerins.
Ballyhale - Stephen Barron, Cian Cullen, Dean Mason, James Reid, Casey Corcoran, Patrick Hearne, John Shortall, Eoin Walsh, Eoin Kenneally (capt), Conor Doyle, Darragh Corcoran, Jason Devereux, Billy Moran, Eoin Cody, Christopher Coady. Subs - Brandon Ryan, Edmond Fitzpatrick, Tom O’Dwyer, Ben O’Keefe, Finnian Shefflin, Sean Reade, Dara Mason, Larry Cody.
Referee - Sean Cleere (O’Loughlin Gaels).