ONE final triumph to put the finishing touch to a season that has already proved so historic eluded St Ciaran’s Ballygawley as they lost out by three points in this Paddy Drummond U-20 All-Ireland decider.
It was a game which enthralled throughout as both teams enjoyed sustained periods of dominance. But it was during the first period of extra time that Ballinrobe from Mayo got the scores to give them a crucial cushion and hold out against one final recovery from the new MacLarnon Cup champions.
That disappointing end came following a tie that saw them show a lot of determination.
There was no hiding the devastation of the players or management at the final whistle. But the memory of a first ever MacLarnon Cup win and the thrill of playing at Croke Park will remain massive highlights even as they contemplate what went wrong against their Mayo opponents.
Joint manager, Brendan Trainor, was quick to praise the players for their efforts during a game in which he said they had really given their all.
“This is a special bunch of players and I’m very proud of them. To get to the school’s first ever Croke Park final and take the game to extra time before losing to one score is devastating, but they owe the school nothing,” he said.
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