Ballygunner snatches ninth consecutive world record for Waterford SHC

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Ballygunner 2-11

Mount Sion 0-8

Thomas McCarthy reports from Walsh Park

BALLYGUNNER was singing and dancing in the rain as they won their ninth straight Waterford SHC title this afternoon, matching the record for Mount Sion and Erins Own.

All Star goalkeeper Stephen O’Keefe inspired the All-Ireland Champions to win four amazing saves, including a first-half penalty from Austin Gleeson. On a day when goals were scarce, Borek Mahoney and Peter Hogan scored twice in either half while Desi Hutchinson and Billy O’Keefe got two points of play.

Austin Gleeson scored five points for the Abbey men including a solo superb point in the second half. Stephen Roach and Owen Whelan also took the fight to Arsenal.

Heavy rain fell in Waterford all morning and afternoon but the match was given the green light after a field inspection.

After a hot and difficult start, Burek Mahoney hit a free kick in the third minute. He missed the next. At 10 minutes, he played fast freely to Patrick Fitzgerald but BJ Fanning stopped his shot on the line. Mount Sion hit two broads before Mickey Mahoney set up Desi Hutchinson for the first point of play after 13 minutes.

Ian Kenny of Ballygunner is handled by Martin F O’Neill and Martin O’Neill of Mount Sion.

Source: James Crombie / INPHO

Austin Gleeson and Owen Whelan put Jimmy Gleeson into space. Stephen O’Keefe saved his shot but Thomas Walsh signaled a penalty after a strong tackle. Austin Gleeson stepped up but O’Keefe made a full save. Gleeson scored Sion’s first point from a free distance in 17 minutes.

Then Mickey Mahoney cut out Sion’s defense and introduced Big Brother Burek who passed Ian O’Regan (1-2 to 0-1).

Then O’Keeffe dropped Martin O’Neill’s effort and Hutchinson bound at the other end. Borek Mahoney’s free and Mickey Mahoney’s point left it 1-5 to 0-2 in favor of Arsenal. Austin Gleeson missed a lead in front of goal before scoring his third goal in stoppage time. Five points for the owners of the second half.

After Gleeson made another free turn, Hutchinson fired a shot across the face of the goal and wide. In the 36th minute, O’Keeffe blocked Alan Kirwan from close range. Mickey Mahoney won a free character and Burek did the rest.

Kevin Mahoney extended the difference to six before Evan Curran scored Sion’s first point of play in the 42nd minute. A quick free run from Gleeson to Martin O’Neill saw the gap close to four (1-8 to 0-7).

Billy O’Keefe was introduced to the Champions and he made an instant impression with consecutive points. Gleeson responded with a great one-on-one.

Eight minutes before the end of the match, Peter Hogan sprinted across the goal and found the top corner of the net. in making history.

Ballygunner scorers: Borek Mahoney 1-4 (4fs), Peter Hogan 1-1, Billy O’Keeffe, Desi Hutchinson 0-2 each, Kevin Mahoney, Mickey Mahoney 0-1.

Top scorers for Mount Sion: Austin Gleeson 0-5 (4 heads), Evan Curran, Owen Whelan, Martin O’Neill 0-1 each.


1. Stephen O’Keefe

2. Ian Kinney, 3. Barry Coughlan, 4. Tudge Foley

7. Ronan Bauer, 6. Philip Mahoney, 5. Shane O’Sullivan

8. Connor Sheehan, 9. Buddy Levy

11. Mickey Mahoney, 15. Borek Mahoney, 12. Peter Hogan

24. Patrick Fitzgerald, 10. Desi Hutchinson, 14. Kevin Mahoney


18. Billy O’Keefe on Fitzgerald (43)

13. Tim O’Sullivan as Kevin Mahoney (59)

19. Jake Foley for Pauric Mahony (59)

23. Daraj O’Keefe on Sheehan (63)

21- Barry O’Sullivan for Power (63)

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Mount Seon

1. Ian O’Regan

3. Luke O’Brien, 4. PJ Fanning, 2. Mickey Daikin

5. Martin Fish O’Neill, 6. Stephen O’Neill, 7. Ben Flanagan

8. Stephen Roach, 9. Evan Curran

14. Austin Gleeson, 11. Owen Whelan, 12. Alan Kirwan

13. Jack Minnie, 10. Martin Blondie O’Neal, 15. Jimmy Gleeson


21. JFK for Minnie (HT)

22. Dylan Butler on Jimmy Gleeson (41)

17. Peter Pinkert on Curran (53)

19. Donal Power by Flanagan 61

Rule: Thomas Walsh

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