Ballyhegan reach Junior decider

Ballyhegan 1-10 Clonmore 1-9

Ballyhegan booked their place in the Junior Championship decider as they saw off Clonmore with one-point to spare.

The Davitts were the better team in the first half and withstood a second half comeback from the league champions.

Ballyhegan burst out of the traps and stormed into a five-point start by the end of the opening quarter.

James McKeever was unwavering in front of the posts while James McCormack was proving a handful.

It was McCormack who opened the scoring with a great point, followed closely by another from Peter McGrane.

Clonmore got up and running eight minutes into the game with a long-range effort from the boot of Mark Treanor.

That did little to halt the Ballyhegan onslaught as they claimed another four points in quick succession.

McKeever popped over two frees while McCormack added another two points (one free) to his growing tally.

Clonmore improved as the first half wore on and hit a brief scoring spree of their own with three on the bounce.

James Grimley and Cahal Cunningham nailed two frees while substitute John Grimley pointed with his first touch.

Ballyhegan had the final say of the half however as McKeever nailed his third free to give them an 8-4 lead at the break.

Two pointed frees from Cunningham narrowed the gap before McCormack’s goal chances crashed off and over the crossbar.

Cahal and Ruairi Cunningham chipped over points before McCormack hit the net with his next chance.

A loose turnover in the middle saw Ballyhegan breakthrough and following a quick one-two, McCormack planted the ball in the bottom corner.

Ballyhegan could have stretched their advantage but for a double save from Clonmore goalkeeper Mark Lyttle.

McCormack and Sean Quigley exchanged scores before Caolan Donaghy, having moved into full forward, caught the ball on the edge of the square and powered it home.