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1940 Junior Football Championship Final

Ballinagore 1-07  Mental Hospital 0-03

Joe Daly remembers the 1940 Final.

To say that 1940 was a glorious year for Ballinagore is really a false statement as the 1940 championship final wasn't played until 1941. Indeed the 1940 league final didn't take place until February 1942. The football year opened as usual with the league which was played on a home and away basis. In the first round of this competition the potential of the team was apparent. Boher who were beaten in the Junior final in 1939 by Ballynacargy were the opponents. Ballinagore beat them that day and also beat them later on in the year in the return fixture. They also beat Moyvore both home and away that year.

Ballinagore beat Boher in the championship semi-final played in Castletown Geoghegan after an excellent game of football. The final score was Ballinagore 0-14 Boher 0-08. Inny Rovers and the Mental Hospital played in the other semi-final and drew three times. The Mental Hospital won in extra time on the third day. As a result, they final was not played until February 1941 in Cusack Park. The team spent the winter training on a loft of the old flour mill over Williams' shop in Ballinagore village. As Joe says "You could call it a sports centre in Ballinagore back in 1940".

The final was played in February and Joe says "There has not been as bad a day since". Strong winds and heavy rain was the order of the day. Ballinagore were first to score with a point. After a close first half, the teams turned around level at half time, two points apiece. The MentalHospital scored a point early in the second half. However this was to be their last score. Ballinagore went on to score a further 1-05, Paddy McCormack getting the goal. Joe says fitness was the winner for Ballinagore.

The team lined out as follows: Ned Gavin, Frank Deegan, Joe Gannon, Mick Stones, Joe Deegan, Bill Daly, Joe Daly, Patsy Looram, Bill Hannon, Mick Deegan, Sonny Rodgers, Laurence Kiernan, Paddy Kelly, Paddy McCormack, Mick Casey. Subs: Jimmy Stones, Paddy Hyland, Johnny Gannon, Christy Feely and Paddy Curley.