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Ballinteer St Johns – U21 Hurling County Champions

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Last night our Under 21 hurlers re-wrote the history books, as the first ever Adult Ballinteer St Johns team to win an ‘A’ Championship.

They took on local neighbours Kilmacud Crokes in Ballybodens backyard and there was no stopping them. Led by inspirational captain Fearghal Duffy, Ballinteer never gave up hope and overturned the odds to grind out a magnificent victory.

The game was late throwing in and Kilmacud got the first score on the board, quickly followed by a Duffy point to settle the nerves. Then a fine first time finish, by Duffy, into the back of the net had Ballinteer starting to believe. Aodhan Clabby got the next score and all of a sudden Ballinteer were three points clear. Crokes weren’t lying down however and got the next three points before, getting a goal of their own to make it 1-04 to 1-02 with 18 minutes gone. Clabby then struck two over on the trot to bring the sides level. The teams then traded scores to make it 1-05 a piece but Crokes struck on the storke of half-time to go in at the break with the narrowest of leads.

Crokes came out fighting at the start of the second half and got the first score to put two between the teams. However, the ever reliable Clabby slotted two frees over the bar to pull Ballinteer back level. They then traded points again before Ballinteer got the next four in a row making it 1-12 to 1-08. Crokes got one back with a free late on, to make the ending a nervous affair but Ballinteer held out and Fearghal Duffy raised the trophy aloft with pride.

Congratulations to all involved in making history with this wonderful club.