Fightback sees Jude's Power past St John's
SPIRITED St Jude's recovered from a five-point deficit to pip Ballinteer St John's by 2-8 to 3-4 in a cracking Féile na nGael Division 3 Final at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Templeogue side, who had recorded comfortable wins over St John's, Good Counsel and St Sylvester's in the round-robin series before getting the better of Skerries Harps in the semi-final, were worthy winners for the manner of their spirited comeback.
Ballinteer, who won the Division 2 football final a fortnight ago, made a bright start and took the lead through a fine Iarlaith Mac Gabhann point in the opening minutes, but St Jude's took control as the half progressed with Kevin Treacy in inspired form at midfield.
Points from Matt Maguire and team captain Stephen Callanan were instrumental in them taking the lead and, despite a Brian Mannion goal after 15 minutes, St John's entered the interval trailing by 0-5 to 1-1.
The second-half was a more free-flowing affair and Ballinteer seized the initiative through a well-worked Seán O'Brien goal five minutes into the half, but the Tymon Park club stayed in contention through a goal of their own from Colm Hayes minutes later.
With Enda Larkin, corner-back Andrew Lindsay and midfielder Kevin O'Connor all to the fore, John's continued to press and were rewarded with a Rob Aherne goal direct from a free to leave five points between the sides and Ballinteer with the distinct possibility of an elusive Féile double.
However, Jude's refused to accept defeat thanks largely to the efforts of Treacy, Callanan and Maguire as a late goal from Conor Power sealed a remarkable comeback.
And, despite defeat, Ballinteer boss Ultan Mac Gabhann was not too despondent.
"First and foremost, it was a wonderful game of hurling and full credit to St Jude's for their great win," he said.
"It was a great experience for our lads to play in Parnell Park and we can't be too greedy after the footballers winning two weeks ago."