Agony: Derrytresk lose by point to Clonbur in Croke Park final12, February 2012 | By: brendan64 | Comments Off on Agony: Derrytresk lose by point to Clonbur in Croke Park final
Weeks of frustration have ended in despair for Derrytresk after losing by just by just one point in the All-Ireland junior football final at Croke Park.
The club were beaten by Galway side Clonbur 1-8 to 1-7 in Sunday’s tense showdown.
It could be another five years before Derrytresk has another shot at becoming All-Ireland champions after being banned from the competition following a brawl during their semi-final match.
Derrytresk seemed on top form in the first half, which ended with the team leading by 1-4 to 0-3 after Niall Gavin scored a penalty and had one saved.
Alan Kyne scored Clonbur’s goal in the second half before half-back David Wallace levelled the teams at 1-7 each.
But the Connacht champions crept into the lead thanks to Liam Kearney, and Gavin missed a chance to level as his late free went wide.
The result was devastating for the Derrytresk club, who now have to serve a five-year suspension from Ulster and All-Ireland competitions.
The lengthy ban was issued after the team’s semi-final win over Dromid Pearses of Kerry was marred by a mass brawl.
Derrytresk has however appealed against the suspension.
Seven Derrytresk players also missed the final in Dublin because of individual bans issued due to the Portlaoise semi-final brawl.