On Sunday morning, our Junior B footballers took on Castleknock in their Championship final and brought the cup home in dramatic fashion.
Ballinteer played against the hill and wind in first half and opened the scoring with a free from John Hickey but Castleknock got on top for the majority of the first half. Ger Keogh kept Ballinteer alive in the game with three brilliant first half saves. Sean dunne fisted a point with the last play in the first half to leave the scores 0-06 to 0-03 at half time to Castleknock.
Castleknock started then started the second half where they left off with another 2 points to leave them 5 up. Ballinteer then awoke and rallied a brilliant comeback. Mark Kavanagh and DJ Corbett started to dominate midfield and St. John’s upped their work rate and found a purple patch. Points from John Hickey, Cian Duffy, Ciaran Judge and Mitchell Moody left only a point in the game with a few minutes to go. Ballinteer missed a few chances to level the game and Castleknock then broke to score a point to leave 2 in it. It looked like the Trophy would be going northside but Jim McCormack and JJ Duffys men wouldn’t give up. John Hickey kicked a ball into the edge of the square and ex senior full back Joe Davitt leaped highest to fist the ball into back of the net to put Ballinteer a point ahead with less than a minute to go. Castleknock then won a free 45 yards out to level it but the free dropped short into Ballinteer hands and the full time whistle was blown leaving Brian Monahan to lift the championship trophy for St Johns for the second time in the clubs history.
Congratulations to Jim, JJ, Conal, Shay and the whole team on this fantastic achievement.