1991 East Cork Junior B Football Final

 

The “green and white”clad footballers of Ballinacurra village created history at Clonmult Memorial Park Midleton on Sunday last when they defeated Carrigtwohill by a margin of 4 points to win their first ever football championship title. This game which produced a fine standard of open play witnessed by a large attendence saw favourites Carrigtwohill take the lead from the throw in when Kieran Horgan pointed from play.The village were level in the 4th minute through outstanding midfielder Jack Daly and went ahead two minutes later when Paul Condon pointed from play. Ballinacurra increased their lead in the 10th minute when Eric Harty obliged from a 20 meter free and went further ahead when the same player pointed again from a placed ball. It was noticeeable at this stage that Carrig assisted by the breeze were struggling around midfield where Jack Daly was dominent from the outset.Carrig captain, Paul O’Brien switched to midfield with Paud O’Mahony moving to atatack. As a result the “blue and gold” wares came more into the game and bombarded the goal relentlessly but Tom McCarthy and company absorbed tremendous pressure without yielding a score. The outstanding Eric Harty fired over another Ballinacurra score after a solo run in the 15 th minute and minutes later they were deprived a goal when Carrig goalkeeper Ned Dunlea brought off a magnificent save from Stephen O’Keeffe. Carrigtwohill finished the stronger ,however and displaying some great football the white raised by Paudie O’Mahony, Paul O’Brien, and Kieran Horgan to leave just the minimum between them at the interval with Ballinacurra ahead on a 0-5 to 0-4 scorline

Carrig went on the offensive straight away on the resumption but Ballinacurra goalkeeper ,McCarthy denied them with a breathtaking save from Adrian Kidney. Kieran Horgan levelled the scoring in the 33rd minute when he pointed a 25 metter free, but this was as close as the Carrig men came and the villager with “man of the match” Eric Harty in tremendous form went 3 points clear midway through the second moiety with Harty firing points over from all distances and angles to leave Ballinacurra 0-8 to 0-5 ahead at the end of the third quarter.Carrig true to tradition came again in the last ten minutes but a combination of chances misses proved costly. the villages increased their lead in the 51th minute when Paul Condon Pointed a beauty from play.. This left the “green and white’s fouir points clear and and although the great hearted Carrig side continued on the offensive there was no way through the a resolute Ballinacurra defence in which gaolkeeper Tom McCarthy, Emmet Hgerty, Colin Richards, Aidin Flynn, Ger Twomey, Finbarr Manning, and the veterian of the side Kieran Donavan were in tremendous form. Jack Daly had a magnificant game in midfield and his long probing deep kicks into the Carrig goalmouth gave his attack a plentiful supply of the leather.Eric Harty the winners top scorer was simply magnificant on the left wing of attack displaying superb skill and craft throughout the game ably assisted by Paul Condon who scored two excellent points from play. Due to all envolved in the match player subs selectors it was Ballinacurra day of glory and there were jubilant scenes when the victorious captain Finbar Manning recieved the cup from divisional board chairman Gerry O’Sullivan and the conclusion of the game. Therefore it was congratulations to the village on a great victory and on achieving their first football championship. At last men like Oliver Parsons, Dave Power, Chris Harty, Pa Byrne, David Richards ,and chairman Kieran Donavan who have worked so hard down through the years have now been rewarded with this championship title