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Ben O’Halloran handpasses the ball under pressure from Feakle/Killanena’s Stephen Clancy and Aaron Moloney. Photograph by Eugene McCafferty Banner 5-09 Feakle/Killanena 0-5

GALLERY: Banner prove too strong in Clare Feile C final

Banner 5-9 Feakle-Killenana 0-5

Banner GAA club continue their winning ways as they proved too strong for Feakle/Killanena in the feile C final played in Tulla on Bank Holiday Monday.

Based on semi-final results over the weekend the odds favoured a win for the Ennis side with the emerging talents of Scott O’Loughlin-Kelly and Cailum Henchy leading the way.

Feakle/Killanena with a younger side at their disposal had achieved much in reaching the final.

The Banner started the game on the frontfoot with positive attacking play with the simple ploy of fast unhindered delivery of the ball into O’Loughlin-Kelly on the edge of the square.

His first effort went over the bar with less than a minute played. The first goal was created by a 70metre delivery from Eoin Fitzpatrick that reached O’Loughlin-Kelly who finished with power past Simon Periera in the Feakle/Killanena net.

Fitzpatrick and O’Loughlin-Kelly ensured there was no let off for the East Clare side as they sent over scores to open a (1-3) to (0-0) lead in the opening six minutes.

Even at this stage it was clear that the Banner were the stronger more skilful side, and this was franked when O’Loughlin-Kelly hit (1-1) by the 10th minute.

Caleb Walsh who was introduced for the Banner sent over a smart score before a 50-metre drive by Conal O’Reilly dropped under the cross bar for another Banner goal.

There was no respite for a beleaguered Feakle/Killanena side who were well capable of getting the ball to the Banner half of the field,yet any potential was being repelled by a strong Banner defence.

Cailum Henchy had the final score of the opening half for the winners as the final score of the half came from the industrious Henry Moloney from a 65’ to leave the Banner (3-6) to (0-1) clear entering the second half with the final scoreline now the only matter to discuss in the game.

Moloney had the first score of the new half with the first attack from Feakle Killanena but it was brief respite as Cailum Henchy hit over two points for the Banner before Barry Woods sent over Feakle/Killanena’s third point.

The fourth goal of the final fell to Cailum Henchy and a further (1-1) for Henchy rounded off a second half to remember for the centre forward.

Feakle/Killanena kept attacking but it was scant reward for their efforts that they managed just two scores in the final 15 minutes from Mark Hogan and Henry Moloney.

Best for the champions included Conor Coffey, Tony Burke, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Tom Spelman, Cailum Henchy, Conal O’Reilly, Scott O’Loughlin-Kelly, Ben O’Halloran. Feakle/Killanena gave all they had with strong efforts from Henry Moloney, Aaron Moloney, Mark Hogan, Ronan Bowes and Daragh Moloney.

Following the game Bord na nOg Secretary Pat Gavin presented the Feile C trophy to Banner captain Caleb Walsh.

Banner: Conor Coffey, Keelan Bane, Tony Burke, Max Montwell, James O’Connor, Eoin Fitzpatrick (0-1), Ben O’Halloran, Tom Spelman, Finn Duignan, Paddy Moloney, Cailum Henchy (2-4), Conal O’Reilly (1-0), Scott O’Loughlin-Kelly (2-3), Frankie Toner. Subs: Caleb Walsh (0-1), Ethan Walsh, Niall Casey, Sean Crowe, Tadgh Bane, Eoghan McAleer.

Feakle/Killanena: Simon Periera, Darragh Walsh, Finn Minogue, Stephen Clancy, Darragh Clancy, Aaron Moloney, Aidan Doyle, Ronan Bowes, Daragh Moloney, Mark Hogan (0-1), Henry Moloney (0-3), Ethan Punch, Diarmuid Collins, James Pereira, Aaron O’Donoghue. Subs: Barry Woods (0-1)., Eoin Rochford, Paul McMahon, Jason O’Brien, Caden Walsh.

Referee: Declan Coyne (Corofin)

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