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Leinster final for Heywood following brilliant Ballymahon win

Heywood CS Picture: Oonagh Maher

Heywood CS 1-16 Ballymahon VS (Longford) 1-11
Top Oil Schools Leinster ‘C’ Senior Football Championship Semi Final

Heywood are through to the Leinster ‘C’ Senior schools final following a five point win over North Leinster champions Ballymahon.

This will be their second final to contest in the last month after they defeated Tullow at the end of January to claim South Leinster glory. 

Like that final, which they won by a point, this game was very close in the first half.

The side, managed by Seamus Kerr, Paddy Gorman and Ronan Byrne, were thankful to a strong finish which led them to victory.

The sides headed for the interval level at 0-8 apiece but Heywood struck for a goal early in the second half through James McWey.

Ballymahon quickly levelled matters with a goal but Heywood were on top now and they pushed on.

With Brian Whelan steady on frees, David McEvoy, Mark Kehoe, Odhran Delaney and Dylan Cuddy all pointed too.

Ballymahon tried to respond, but keeper Ruaidhri Neavyn pulled off a fantastic save to keep them at bay.

With substitute Shaun Fitzpatrick making a huge impact too, Heywood went on to win by five points in the end.

This is a great time for football in the school as their U-16s are in the South Leinster ‘C’ Final on Friday against Rathangan.

SCORERS – Heywood: Brian Whelan 0-6 (Five frees), James McWey 1-3 (two frees), Davin McEvoy, Mark Kehoe and Odhran Delaney 0-2 each, Dylan Cuddy 0-1

HEYWOOD: Ruaidhri Neavyn (Spink); Eoin Simms (Spink), Danny Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Eamon Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey); James Whelan (The Heath), Mark Kehoe (Spink), James Knowles (St Joseph’s), James Hennessy (Spink), Fionn Holland (The Heath), Davin McEvoy (Ballyroan-Abbey), James McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey), Dylan Cuddy (Ballyroan-Abbey); Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey), Brian Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey), Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Spink). Subs: Shaun Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan-Abbey) for Knowles (ht), Brian Brennan (Crettyard) for O’Shaughnessy (50), Mick Kelly (Ballyragget) for Delaney (55)

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