SFL final: Ballybay retain title

November 27, 2017

Ballybay players and mentors celebrate with the SFL silverware.

Ballybay 2-14

Scotstown 1-9

Ballybay retained the senior football league title and in the process denied Scotstown completing the senior double as well as getting a modicum of revenge for their defeat in the senior championship semi final by the same opposition earlier in the season.

This game looked to be over as a contest at half-time when Ballybay led by 2-8 to 0-3, the goals by Thomas O'Neill and Hugh Malone, but Scotstown fought back in the 3rd quarter to narrow the gap to 4 despite being reduced to 14 players with the straight red card dismissal of Frank Caulfield 5 minutes into the 2nd half.

Ballybay rallied though in the closing stages to outscore Scotstown by 6 points to 2 to clinch a deserved victory. Scotstown finished the game with 13 players when substitute Ferghal McPhillips was red carded in the final minute of stoppage time.

Teams and Scorers: Ballybay: S Gorman, R Wylie, D Wylie, M Hannon 0-2, E McKearney, B Wylie, T Kerr 0-1, T O'Neill 1-0, P Finlay 0-6 (6f), A Toner 0-1, H Malone 1-1, C Lennon, S McQuillan 0-1, C McGuinness 0-1, S McGuinness. Subs: D Ward 0-1 for A Toner, P O'Neill for H Malone.

Scotstown: R Beggan 0-1 ('45), M Duffy, E Caulfield 0-1, K McMeel, D Morgan, D McArdle, S Mohan 0-1, F Caulfield, J Hamill, P Sherlock 1-0, D McCrudden 0-1, R McKenna, S Carey 0-3 (3f), D Hughes, O Heaphey. Subs F McPhillips for K McMeel, M McCarville 0-1 for O Heaphey, F Maguire for D McCrudden, K Hughes 0-1 for R McKenna.

Referee: A Marron (Corduff).

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