Ballyroan 3 – 5 Scoil San Treasa 3 -8
Despite our boys’ great heroics they were denied an historic victory in the Corn na nGearaltach final on Thursday October 23rd in Croke Park.
With spirits high and excitement in the air the squad departed Ballyroan at 12.30 and after a short lunch in Fairview we made the final leg of our journey to Croke Park.
The excitement was palpable and keen, nervous energy filled the air as the boys made their final preparations in a canteen underneath the Cusack Stand.
By 2.40, the young men had marched up the steps and stepped foot on the hallowed turf and were met with a wild Ballyroan cheer.
The opening score went to Scoil San Treasa but our boys responded with a clinical goal form Cathal Mullen, who left the keeper with no chance as he blasted to the back of net.
Another goal came for boys in white and so too did another point from a free from David Keane but SST responded in kind.
Despite going in at half time a point down Ballyroan would have been quietly confident knowing that had not yet performed to their potential and that they would be aided by a strong breeze in the second half.
The boys worked tirelessly in the second half and had all the early possession but found it difficult to convert their chances. Against the run of play Scoil San Treasa scored a goal and to our boys credit they managed to draw level and even took the lead in the closing minutes. But it was Scoil San Treasa again who came knocking and managed to regain the advantage and continued to build up an unassailable lead.
When the final whistle did blow there was immediate devastation and despair for the boys but they were comforted by the experience of playing on Ireland’s greatest stage.
The boys played in an honest and courageous manner throughout and were gracious in defeat. There were heroes all over the pitch, from Gavin O’Reilly in full back to Ryan O’Dwyer i lár na páirce.
Although the boys found it difficult on the tight pitch and may have felt that they didn’t get the breaks they deserved, they will take solace from the wonderful performances that they have treated us to over the years in the famous Ballyroan colours.