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Banagher win All Ireland in comprehensive fashion

posted 25 Apr 2010, 15:58 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Aug 2012, 06:17 ]
St Rynaghs Football Club would like to congratulate Banagher College who defeated Causeway Comp by 3-17 to 2-9 in the All Ireland Vocational Schools Junior A Hurling Final on Saturday 3rd April 2010 in Semple Stadium Thurles.
THEY say you have to lose one to win one. That being the case, Banagher College were well primed for this final meeting with Causeway Comprehensive and produced a most complete hurling performance when overcoming their conquerors in last year's junior decider.
All Ireland Vocational Schools SH 'A' final

Banagher College 3-17
Causeway Comprehensive 2-9

Banagher College: Ciarán Kelly 1-3, Trevor Moran 1-3 (1-1 frees, 0-1 '65'), Stephen Quirke 1-2, Ethan Mannion 0-2, Seán Dolan 0-2, Aidan Treacy 0-2f, Pat Camon 0-1, Joey O'Connor 0-1, Seán Kenny 0-1.

Causeway Comprehensive: Shane Dunne 0-5 (0-4f), Pádraig Boyle 1-1, Brendan Brosnan 0-3f, Daniel Collins 1-0

Banagher College 7 (4 1st half)
Causeway Comprehensive 2 (1 1st half)

Red: None. Yellow (3) – Joey O'Connor (8 mins), Shane Dunne (28 mins), Eric O'Connor (60 mins).

Pat Donegan reports

Banagher had blown hot and cold in previous rounds but on Saturday they gave an outstanding display of proactive hurling, getting to the ball first in all sectors of the field and dictating the game throughout.

Banagher fielded eleven of the side who started that junior final last year; Causeway had twelve, so the battle lines were drawn before the start. Not unpredictably, Causeway started as they left off last year, playing with a seventh defender with Luke Fitzell taking up a position in front of his full back line.

In arrears at the break, the north Kerry school were forced to resort to 'plan B' and resumed after half time with an orthodox formation of six attackers and six defenders.

This Banagher team has evolved much in the intervening thirteen months though. Despite the enforced absence of their captain Paul Looby following a recent illness, they welcomed back Seán Dolan from injury.

Dolan lined out at full forward and his availability enabled a reshuffled attack with regular full forward Trevor Moran lining out in the left corner of the attack.

Previously Banagher had relied on their full forward line for scores but on Saturday the scores came from all distances and angles. Centre forward Ciarán Kelly had fired over three points by the seventeenth minute, and by the game's end all six starting forwards and both midfielders had scored from play.

Aidan Treacy had previously been known as an attacker and his move to centre half back for the semi-final win raised some eyebrows. On Saturday, Treacy gave a towering display of dominant centre-back play.

Whether on the front foot when on the attack in the first half or deep in defence as Causeway applied some pressure in the second half, the big Meelick-Eyrecourt clubman was in command. Indeed Treacy's move to number six is probably the switch that turned Banagher's year around.

Causeway wing forward Daniel Collins ball-winning ability was a known threat to Banagher's title hopes but Seán Gardiner dominated under the dropping ball, while on the opposite wing Kevin Burke also did well and got in some vital clearances.

Causeway had pinned their attacking hopes on the two-man full forward line of Pádraig Boyle and Shane Dunne. Despite conceding a height advantage to Boyle, full back Simon Lyons never let the big full forward around him, while Niall Wynne flicked the ball away from Shane Dunne on several occasions and never allowed the Kerry dangerman to gain clean possession close to goal.