Sunday morning saw the u-14 hurlers travel to Banagher to try and capture the double of Feile titles after Monday’s football win with a strong Ballinascreen side standing in their way. In the group stages the young Lynchs side eased past the same opponents but as with any Ballinascreen team they would not be easily beat when a trophy was to be contested. And so it proved in blustery conditions when Ballinascreen registered the first score of the game with a fine point from a narrow angle. After long periods of the game being spent in midfield Fearghal Higgins latched onto a long ball from John Mullan to drive into the roof of the net from 13yards. The lads pushed on from this and it wasn’t long before Pauric mc Nicholl was found by Seamus Higgins’ long clearance after an excellent catch, to burst through the defence to fire over on the right with the aid of the post. The Lynchs defence in keeping with the whole campaign were rock solid which was understandable given the tenacious performances of Ronan Mullan,Seamus Higgins and Conan ‘skinny’ Feeny in particular. Odhran McKeever, who was unlucky not to hit the net on several occasions, took little time to tap over another point before Eamon Hassan’s half time whistle. Half time scores Kevin Lynchs 1-2 Ballinascreen 0-1.
Whatever the Lynchs management of Liam Hinphey snr, Kieran Farren and John A Mullan said at half time certainly worked. The Undefeated Lynchs men weren’t long before they hit the net. Again Fearghal Higgins, fresh from scoring 1-4 in the football final on Monday clearly was having a case of goal fever as he hit a brace in quick succession with the first of the 2 the pick of all the days’ goals, a left sided effort into the far top corner. Steven Tracey and Cormac McCartney both pointed before a Pauric McNicholl goal effectively ended the contest with a goal bound effort from captain John Mullan edging just over the crossbar to make it 4-5 to 1 before Rhys McSorley pointed a free for Screens last score of the day. 2 John Mullan frees were interrupted by a McKeever point to ensure that for the 2nd time in 6 days a Feile trophy would be heading to Dungiven. FT Kevin Lynch 4-8 Ballinascreen 2pts
After the final whistle there were many scenes of celebration as the lads dreamt of a trip to Dublin in July. Captain John Mullan described it as “the best feeling of my life” and noted how it was “ an honour to captain such a talented group”
The Hurling Club would like to thank the Players and management as well as all parents involved and sponsor Errigal contracts for supporting the team throughout the year.
The team and scorers were
Richie Mullan Pearse Brolly Seamus Higgins Conan Feeny Ronan Mullan Conor Kelly Niall Smyth John Mullan 0-3 Shane McNicholl Steven Tracey 0-1 Pauric McNicholl 1-1 Darragh Craig Odhran McKeever 0-2Fearghal Higgins3-0 Cormac McCartney 0-1
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