Monday, April 2 2018 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorer: Jack O’Carroll 2, Karl Kelly & O.G
Ballynanty travelled to Newport on a wet bank holiday Monday and it was the away team that looked more lively from the start. Ballynanty had a few early chances with long range efforts on a skiddy surface and it was no surprise when Ballynanty went ahead with 15 minutes on the clock. A combination of poor defending and good play from Ballynanty.
Ballynanty remained on top for the rest of the half and doubled their lead when a cross from the right was contested by defense and attack with neither getting a touch. This was enough to distract Newport’s keeper and the ball skidded off the surface and into the Newport goals.
Newport were a different proposition in the 2nd half and came out a much improved side, chances were still few and far between though as the conditions made possession football difficult.
Newport got off the mark on the 56th minute when Jack o Carroll rose highest to head home from a Newport corner.
The game was level a few minutes later when Jack Foley pumped a hopeful ball into the box, the bounce deceived both defence and attack and the keeper bundled the ball into his own net under pressure from Newport attackers.
Ballynanty struck next against the run of play making it 3-2 with 18 minutes remaining, a combination of good play in the Newport box and slack defending allowed the Ballynanty striker to score through the legs of Jack o Sullivan in Newport goal.
Newport were not deterred and sustained pressure paid off in the 73rd minute, Karl Kelly collected the ball outside the Ballynanty box, where he used his strength and good feet to fend off 2 defenders and slot in to the corner past the keeper from 8 yards.
With the game tied at 3-3 Newport looked the only team likely to win, and sure enough the pressure paid off with a minute remaining. Karl Kelly once again using his strength to compete in the box before winning a penalty after being elbowed by the Ballynanty defender on his way through.
Jack O’Carroll remained calm from the penalty spot, and slotted low to the keepers left to win all 3 points for the home side.
Best for Newport on the day were Jack Foley and Eoin Guilfoyle.
As it turned out, the win ensured that the Div 1 league trophy would be coming to Derryleigh Park as our nearest rivals, Aisling B, lost today. Well done to Ray Ryan & Daire Kennedy and all the players on winning the league title.