Spirited St Mary's fall just short in Connacht Final

St Mary's dreams of Connacht Club Junior Championship glory came to a disappointing end on the splendid 3G astro-turf facility at Breffni Park in Cavan on Sunday afternoon last as Galway champions Barna na Forbatha emerged victorious after a pulsating game which really could have gone either way.

St Mary's dreams of Connacht Club Junior Championship glory came to a disappointing end on the splendid 3G astro-turf facility at Breffni Park in Cavan on Sunday afternoon last as Galway champions Barna na Forbatha emerged victorious after a pulsating game which really could have gone either way.

CONNACHT JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

ST MARY'S 1-09

BARNA 1-12

The opening exchanges were evenly matched before Barna pulled away in the closing stages of the opening half to establish a three point interval lead and they began the second half the same way they finished the first and quickly opened up a six point lead.

It seemed as though the game was running away from St Mary's, but to their credit they responded in style and put their opponents under severe pressure for the remainder of the game. On another day, St Mary's would have emerged winners and there would have been little case for argument had that been the case.

In years to come, the question will be asked about when a Connacht Final was played in Ulster but Breffni Park's 3G Park proved to be an excellent venue with a top class surface. However, one has to wonder how the Province was unable to provide one playable pitch for a Connacht Final, whatever about the extra distance piled on the Barna players and supporters last Sunday.

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