Brosnasiders take Junior Cup Title in exciting game
(This report appeared on the Westmeah Examiner in November 1994 and has been reproduced here with their kind permission)
Ballinagore 0-10 Ballynacargy 0-07
Ballinagore proved they were the outstanding team in the junior grade this year on Sunday last in Bunbrosna by adding the Cup title to the championship and league titles they had already annexed, when they recorded a three point victory over arch rivals Ballynacargy.
Over the past couple of years, games between these two evenly matched teams have always been classics and Sunday's game was equally as exciting with Ballynacargy really taking the game to Ballinagore in the first half and edging ahead before half time. Ballinagore, not wanting to lost out on the treble, held their composure well and had to dig deep in the second half to regain the lead with the outcome remaining in doubt right up to the final whistle.
Ballinagore were first to score with Martin Seery pointing a close in free after Norman Maxwell was fouled in the third minute following some good work by the Robinson brothers. Ballynacargy were quick to reply with Willie Maguire going on a good run and combining with Ger Heduvan who placed Shane Maher for a good point. Dermot Connell pointed for Ballinagore in the 8th minute with Paul Seery and Cristoir Ennis combining to set him up. The Brosnasiders increased their lead further two minutes later with Brendan Robinson pointing after being setup by his brother Sean. Ballynacargy suffered a setback when their star defender Danny Keena had to retire injured. He was replaced by Danny Wallace who came on to play a good game for his side. Anthony Maher narrowed the gap in the 15th minute when a pointed following a pass from Brendan Keena.
The winners scored again in the 17th minute when Martin Seery pointed a free after Sean Robinson was fouled. The gap was closed again in the 20th minute. Enda Maher's quick free to Frank Lynam who placed Ger Heduvan to rifle over the bar. Ballnacargy had a glorious chance to take the lead two minutes later when Shane Maher was pulled down in the square after a good solo run. However, the resulting penalty by Anthony Maher skimmed over the crossbar for a point to leave the sides level. Ballinagore were quick to reply with Sean Robinson pointing.
Ballynacargy were to play the better football for the remainder of the half with Willie Maguire, Enda Maher, Mark Wallace and Anthony Maher to the fore and were soon back on level terms when Shane Maher pointed after being setup by Brendan Keena. They might well have gone further ahead were it not for some excellent defensive work by Sean Claffey, Louis Ennis and Rory O'Brien in the Ballinagore defence. The pressure continued and Ballynacargy took the lead when Anthony Maher pointed in the 28th minute following a pass from Frank Lynam. A good attack by Peter Robinson and Cristoir Ennis was broken up by Pat Jordan and Anthony Wilson to leave the half time score Ballynacargy 0-06, Ballinagore 0-05.
The second half resumed with Brendan Robinson coming to midfield for Ballinagore and Norman Maxwell taking up the full forward position, a move which seemed to strengthen the Ballinagore team. Ballynacargy started well in the second half with Pat Keena and Vincent Connolly to the fore. However, it was Ballinagore who were first to score when Martin Seery pointed a free after Norman Maxwell was fouled. The in-form Seery then scored an excellent 45 metre free in the 37th minute after Dermot Connell was fouled. Stephen Brudell brought off a good reflex save from Shane Maher before Martin Seery pointed another free after Norman Maxwell was fouled following a good Louis Ennis solo run. The winners introduced substitute Gerry Claffey in place of the injured Sean Robinson in the 40th minute and Michael Ennis in place of his brother, Cristoir, a few minutes later. Both were to the fore before long and contributed well to the Ballinagore attack.
Ballynacargy were trying hard to get back into the game with Pat Keena, Paddy Jordan and Frank Lynam playing well and it took good clearances from Ger Connell, John Durkan and Enda McCann to deny them. A good move up the field in the 55th minute by Ballinagore involving Paul Seery, Gerry Claffey and Norman Maxwell saw Martin Seery pulled down in the square. A penalty was awarded, Martin Seery opted to kick the penalty over the bar to put his side three points ahead. This lead was increased further a minute later when Dermot Connell pointed following some good play by Michael Ennis and Brendan Robinson. Back came Ballynacargy with an Anthony Maher point in the 59th minute. They continued to apply the pressure for the remained of the game but there was no way through a rock solid Ballinagore defence. The game ended with Ballinagore attacking to regain the Junior cup they had last won in 1986 (Ballynacargy having beaten them in the 1991 final). At the final whistle their supporters were jubilant. It was over the full 60 minutes which was the key to their success. For Ballynacargy they failed to maintain their first half momentum.
Ballinagore were best served by Stephen Brudell, Sean Claffey, Rory O'Brien, Louis Ennis in defence and up front Paul Seery, Sean Robinson, Martin Seery, Norman Maxwell and Dermot Connell all impressed while Ballynacargy were best served by Cristoir Maher, Enda Maher, Pat Jordan, Willie Maguire, Frank Lynam, Pat Keena and Anthony Maher. After the game, the Junior Cup was presented to Brendan Robinson, Ballinagore captain by Rob Cornally, Secretary of Westmeath Football Board.
Ballinagore: Stephen Brudell, Sean Claffey, John Durkan, Enda McCann, Louis Ennis, Rory O'Brien, Ger Connell, Paul Seery, Norman Maxwell, Peter Robinson, Sean Robinson (0-1), Dermot Connell (0-2), Martin Seery (0-6), Brendan Robinson (0-1), Cristoir Ennis. Subs: Gerry Claffey for Sean Robinson (injured), Michael Ennis for Cristoir Ennis.
Ballynacargy: Cristoir Maher, Anthony Wilson, Craig Jordan, Pat Jordan, Enda Maher, Danny Keena, Vincent Connolly, Willie Maguire, Frank Lynam, Brendan Keena, Mark Wallace, Pat Keena, Shane Maher (0-2), Anthony Maher (0-4), Ger Heduvan (0-1). Subs: Danny Wallace for Danny Keena, Danny Keena for Anthony Wilson.
Referee: Christy McCarthy, Moate.