Michael OHeactigeirn gathering under pressure from Ballydurn's Nial Flynn.

Michael OHeactigeirn gathering under pressure from Ballydurn's Nial Flynn.

Ballydurn 4-12 Kill 2-4

Ballydurn came out on top in a tempestuous local derby to claim the East Junior hurling proper championship in Walsh Park last Saturday.

In the end, Ballydurn proved far too strong for their near neighbours as three first half goals set them up for their first piece of silverware in two decades.

This game got off to an incredibly slow start with a Ben Gallagher point from play the only score in the first 10 minutes. The same player extended Kill’s lead in the 11th minute with a free after a foul on Waterford footballer Mick Ahern.

Ballydurn finally got off the mark in the 13th minute and what a dramatic start it was. A line ball from 50 yards by Peter Queally bounced awkwardly in front of Kill goalkeeper, Peter Torpey and ended up in the net.

Three minutes later a terrific passing move involving four players, resulted in the veteran centre-forward setting up corner-forward, Tony Sullivan for a well-taken goal.

After the slow start, the goals kept on coming. Mick Ahern picked out Ben Gallagher with a pass and the nippy corner-forward found the back of the Ballydurn net with a great finish. A point from midfielder Conor Ryan then brought Kill level.

However, it was to be the last time that the sides were to be level in this game. In the 20th minute, Ballydurn corner-forward, Thomas Dunphy latched on to a long free from Paddy Dunphy and tapped home.

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