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U21 Footballers beat Cappamore to win East Championship title.


U21 Footballers won the East  Championship Final on Sunday afternoon last in Caherelly beating Cappamore in extreme wintry conditions. Bally played with the elements in the first half but Cappamore dominated possession early on and all our backs did extremely well considering the conditions to keep Cappamore scoreless through this early onslaught. Dylan Conway was solid in goal and  Colm Nicholl controlled the play at full back with excellent support play coming Jack Owens and Cathal O’ Neill, similarly Alan O’Riordan led the charge at Centre back with excellent support form David Ryan and Sean Teefy. Bally then broke out of defense and the first score of the game converted by Conor Grene. Conor McCarthy then made an excellent run through the Cappamore defense and a excellent strike ended in the back of the net giving Bally the perfect start to the match. Two converted Conor McCarthy frees then gave Bally a 5 point cushion at the interval (1-3 to 0-1) but taking the conditions into account it was all to play for in the second half. Cappamore as predicted started the second half very strong and some unforced errors combined with the extreme weather conditions allowed Cappamore dominate play and this time were rewarded with a series of scores and worked their way back to within a single point. Bally then started to work their way back into the match and the Mitchell brothers in the middle of the field dug deep to turn the play in Bally’s favor and some well worked moves led to scores from Conor McCarthy and Daniel McGuire and opened the lead to 3 points. The lead was however short lived after a high ball into the square ended in the back of the Bally net. This left the sides level as the final whistle blew and forced extra time. Cappamore opted to play with the elements in the first half of extra time and put a lot of pressure again on the Bally defense and were awarded a point as the half came to a close but Bally responded with an excellent moved that ended with Shane O’Neill fisting over a point and leaving the sides level again as the first half of extra time ended. Bally taking advantage of the elements in the second half of extra time dominated the early play and this pressure forced Cappamore to concede a number of frees which Conor McCarthy converted. Bally then pulled ahead by 3 points but Cappamore did not lie down and again responded and managed to bring the margin back to within a single point as the final whistle approached. Bally then dug deep and finished out the match holding onto the narrow single point lead until the final whistle blew, final score 1-10 to 1-9. On behalf of the East Board Bernard Grene presented the cup to captain Conor Grene. Team: Dylan Conway, Cathal O’Neill, Colm Nicholl, Jack Owens, David Ryan, Alan O’Riordan, Sean Teefy, Matt Mitchell, Gearoid Mitchell, Adrian Lennon, Conor McCarthy, Daniel McGuire, Colm Power, Conor Grene, Shane O’Neill, Jamie O’Donoghue, Conal Ryan. Well done to this young bunch of players and in particular to the management team: Larry Browne, John Casey, Mark O’Dea and Hugh Leonard.