Northern Region U12 Hurling League Final:
Ballyhea 6-5 Granard Gaels 1-4 at Ballyhea .
This league final was switched early Tuesday morning from Doneraile to Ballyhea after a toss of a coin. Despite the short notice the pitch was in pristine condition and contributed to both teams giving a  terrific display of hurling . Ballyhea started well and early goals from tireless half forwards Conor Horan and Dylan Browne settled any nerves. Dion Curtin who was powerful in the half back line with outstanding team captain Sean Lynch and the tenacious Dylan Barrett , landed a long range free . Fionn O'Sullivan had a sweet point before he pounced for a well taken goal after great work by Joseph Van Dalen To put us 3-2 to 0-0 clear after 16 minutes . Granard Gaels though grew into the game and had two pointed frees before Fionn O'Sullivan fired over a difficult free to leave us 3-3 to 0-2 ahead at the break . Ballyhea got off to a dream start again in the second half with James Mackessey crashing home our fourth . Gaels tried hard to break our resolute defence but Joseph Hickey and Thomas Crowley were equal to the challenge and stood firm while behind them goalie Evan Copps was coolness personified . Conor Horan pointed another beauty after great play from Matthew O'Brien . Young Darragh Crowley was also playing his heart out at midfield and James Mackessey had his second with 15 minutes remaining . The unstoppable James added his third 4 minutes later after being set up by a clever pass from Conor O'Regan . James pointed a free from close range with 9 minutes left on the clock of referee Neilus O'Donoghue .Granard Gales did get a late goal but Ballyhea were deserving winners . 
After the game Sean Lynch was presented with the shield amidst great excitement from players and mentors alike . Well done to all involved especially Mick Mackessey , Dave Hickey and Tom Crowley who have spent many hours in the field coaching the players during the year .
Scorers : James Mackesssey 3-1 (0-1 fr), Fionn O'Sullivan 1-2 (0-1 fr), Conor Horan 1-1, Dylan Browne 1-0, Dion Curtin 0-1 (fr).
Team : Evan Copps , Thomas Crowley , Joseph Hickey , Dion Curtin , Sean Lynch, Dylan Barrett , James Mackessey , Darragh Crowley , Dylan Browne , Conor Horan , Matthew O'Brien, Joseph Van Dalen, Fionn O'Sullivan, Conor O'Regan .

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