FIRST-HALF goals from Sean McEvoy and Cork senior footballer Tom Clancy set-up Clonakilty’s South West JAHC final win against Ballinascarthy at Timoleague on Sunday evening.
Clon, who last won the title in 2015, led 2-13 to 1-5 at half-time against their neighbours, and while Bal fought back in the second half it was never enough.
Michael Kirby scored Bal’s goal in the fourth minute and they did lead 1-2 to 0-1 early on, but inspired by man of the match Tom Clancy, Clonakilty took control. Clancy scored 1-5 while Cork footballer Sean White scored seven points, five from frees.
Jeremy Ryan led a Bal comeback in the second half and they did get the lead down to six points – but Clon stood firm to claim a record 16th South West JAHC title.
Don’t miss Thursday’s Southern Star for the full report, reaction and a Gleanings’ special on the big game.
Clonakilty: T Clancy 1-5, S White 0-7 (5f), S McEvoy 1-2, M White 2f, D Lowney 0-2 each, M Scally, D Murphy and E Ryan 0-1 each.
Ballinascarthy: J Ryan 0-8 (6f), D Nyhan 0-4, M Kirby 1-0, C Cullinane 0-2, S McCarthy, B Murray 0-1 each.
Clonakilty: M White; C Crowley, P O'Sullivan, E Deasy; D Murphy, D Lowney, S O'Donoghue; A Murphy, L O'Donovan; M Scally, T O'Connell, S White; E Ryan, T Clancy, S McEvoy.
Subs used: S Collins, C O'Donovan, C Hennessy.
Ballinascarthy: E O'Flynn; JC O'Flynn, C Crowley, C Ryan; E O'Brien, A O'Donovan, L Murray; R O'Flynn, J Ryan; C Cullinane, S McCarthy, D Nyhan; S Ryan, M Kirby, B Murray.
Subs: D O'Brien, David O'Brien, D Hennessy, C Nyhan.
Referee: Ian McCarthy (Bandon).