Ballyhale Shamrocks Too Strong for Ballyboden In Leinster SHC Final


Henry Sheflin’s Ballyhale side beat Dublin champions Ballyboden St. Endas by a huge 16 points to win their ninth Leinster crown

Ballyhale Shamrocks - Leinster Senior Hurling

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-21
Ballyboden St Endas 0-11

Netwatch Cullen Park was where Ballyboden St. Endas Senior Hurling Championship hopes ended this afternoon, with Kilkenny Champions Ballyhale Shamrocks seeing their name engraved on the Leinster title for a record ninth time. Goals in either half for young Adrian Mullen were the catalyst for the win with the ever talented TJ Reid converting eight frees and one from play to completely outscore the Dublin outfit.

To their credit Boden made tough opponents for Shamrocks in the first session, but the Kilkenny kingpins were a unstoppable force after the break. It could have been a lot worse but for 10 wides registered by Shamrocks, five of them coming from Reid. But the game started got up and running properly on eight minutes when Mullen struck a well taken goal to put his side 1-02 to 0-01.

Ballyboden dug deep and fought their way back, with the help of Paul Ryan and Colm Basquel. On 21 minutes Shane Durkin hit a superb score to tie the game at 1-04 to 0-07.

TJ Reid was a complete menace and finished out the half scoring three and setting up Eoin Reid for two of his own. With Niall McMorrow scoring Boden’s only other score it left his side trailing at half time 1-09 to 0-08

Shamrocks pull away and can’t be caught

The rain made things difficult for both sides in the second half but Ballyhale changed gears once more. TJ Reid, Adrian Mullen, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Cody and Michael Fennelly all finding the target to make the gap between the sides much greater and a steeper hill for Ballyboden to climb with a quarter to play. Their only scores from play came from Niall Ryan eight minutes in and two minutes into stoppage time, with a Paul Ryan free in the 57th.

Adrian Mullen’s second goal of the day came in the 55th minute and from there Shamrocks coasted to victory. For their efforts they take a ninth Leinster title, and now face Munster Champions Ballygunner in the All Ireland Semi Finals in February of next year.

Scorers for Ballyhale Shamrocks:

TJ Reid 0-09 (8f)
Adrian Mullen 2-01
Eoin Reid 0-03
Eoin Cody 0-03
Colin Fennelly 0-02
Michael Fennelly 0-01
Evan Shefflin 0-01
Mark Aylward 0-01

Scorers for Ballyboden St Enda’s:

Paul Ryan 0-05 (5f)
Colm Basquel 0-02
Niall Ryan 0-02
Shane Durkin 0-01
Niall McMorrow 0-01

Ballyhale Shamrocks:

1. Dean Mason
2. Conor Walsh
3. Joey Holden
4. Brian Butler
5. Evan Shefflin
6. Michael Fennelly
7. Darren Mullen
8. Ronan Corcoran
9. Richie Reid
10. Brian Cody
11. TJ Reid
12. Eoin Cody
13. Eoin Reid
14. Colin Fennelly
15. Adrian Mullen

Ballyhale Substitutes:

24. Mark Aylward for Brian Butler (45)
23. Joey Cuddihy for Eoin Reid (54)
17. Bob Aylward for Adrian Mullen (56)
22. Paddy Mullen for Ronan Corcoran (58)

Ballyboden St Enda’s:

1. Conor O’Donoghue
8. David O’Connor
7. Dean Curran
2. James Madden
3. Dean Curran
9. David Curtin
6. Simon Lambert
5. Stephen O’Connor
4. Shane Durkin
11. Conal Keaney
14. Conor Dooley
20. Niall McMorrow
24. Colm Basquel
17. Aidan Mellett
13. Paul Ryan

Ballyboden Substitutes:

10. Niall Ryan for Conor Dooley (32)
15. Paul Doherty for Aidan Mellett (37)
18. Finn McGarry for Dean Curran (47)
12. Conor McCormack for David O’Connor (52)
19. Mal Travers for Stephen O’Connor (57)