Result: 2 – 7 to 0 – 6
The Junior A’s won a second Stacey Cup Final after a hard fought replay win over St Annes. The A’s started nervously in a low scoring first half and found themselves 2 points down after 10 minutes. The gap could have been wider but for a brilliant save from Alan Kennedy, who had to leave the pitch injured soon afterwards. However, Boden started getting on top and two frees from Stephen Fee and a terrific first point of the season from wing back Karol Cronin gave the Juniors a deserved lead. With a minute to go, Annes one a harsh penalty but former Senior Star Ger Flaherty reeled back the years to save it and keep the Boden ahead at half time.
Ballyboden started the second half where they left off and a screamer from Ronan Donohoe gave them a 5 point lead with 8 minutes to go. Annes responded well and got the deficit back to 3 before a superb Liam O Dwyer free and a Ciaran Dempsey goal clinched it for the club.
Team captain was Aaron O’Reilly.
Team: A Kennedy, A O’Reilly(c), B Young, J Fleming, K Cronin, J Corrigan, S Hogan, D Saville, R Donohoe, C Nevin, A Gardiner, J Marrinan, S Fee, C Reade, G Ward. Subs Used: G Flaherty for Kennedy (inj.), C Dempsey for Reade, L O Dwyer for Marrinan, P Bates for Ward, P O Connell for Fee.
Well done to Conor Hand, Tommy Flynn, Denis O’Donoghue and the players involved.