A truely remarkable night last night in Newcastle as Ballinteer battled their way to victory in a tremendous performance against St. Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.
Plunketts started bright knocking over the first two scores of the game with Jack Gilligan scoring one in reply for Ballinteer. Plunketts tagged on another two before a beautifully worked goal was finished by Fearghal Duffy to pull Ballinteer back level. They then went a point ahead only for Plunketts to knock over two quick points before half time leaving it 1-2 to 0-06 at half time.
Ballinteer started the much better team in the second half, and started to pull away going three point up at one stage following unbelievable points from the sideline by Aodhan Clabby and Jack Gilligan. Plunketts dug in though and scored two points to bring it back too one point and then Gareth "Nesty" Smith buried the ball to put Plunketts 2 points up with 6 minutes remaining.
Everyone in attendance thought that was that and Plunketts would go on to win by three or four but try telling the Ballinteer players that. Straight away, Jason Sherlock beared down on goal one on one to send Plunketts five clear but his shot was saved and Ballinteer were hanging in there. With 1 minute of normal time to go Fearghal Duffy lobbed a free into the danger area and Peter O’Curry rose highest to punch the ball into the net and all in attendance went wild.
Injury Time came and a Plunketts were given a very soft free to level the match right in front of the goal but Bernard Brogan hooked it and put the ball wide. From the resulting kick-out, Peter O’Curry rose above 3 Plunketts players to catch the most important ball of the game and Ballinteer held possession until the final whistle when the BSJ supporters invaded the pitch to celebrate with the team.
Ballinteer: Ferghal Duffy 1-4, Jack Gilligan 0-3, Aodhan Clabby 0-1, Paul Cronin 0-1, Peter O’Curry 1-0
OPER: Gareth Smith 1-5, Paddy McNulty 0-2 Paddy Bergin, Bernard Brogan, Leigh Herron & Jason Sherlock 0-1
Tweets about the game:
Ciaran Whelan (@whelo35)
"Plunders out of championship, major shock, no back door this year. Fair play to ballinteer, good young side"
Des Cahill (@sportsdes)
"Blown away by #Ballinteer beating #Plunketts tonight in #DublinSFC. Huge surprise but they have improved greatly in last 12 months @gaabsj"
Coman Goggins (@gogsy4)
"Congrats to management & players on a great result for @gaabsj tonight. #bsjabu"
Dub Match Tracker (@DubMatchTracker)
"MASSIVE win for @gaabsj v @plunketts_ie this evening in the #DublinSFC2013. Fair play to all involved in BSJ #Underdogs #AllianzGaa RT"