Junior Championship Final 2000                                                      ABBEYDORNEY 0-9    BALLYHEIGUE  0-7

Any hopes Ballyheigue held of annexing a second major title inside three weeks ended in a bitter disappointment when they went under to Abbeydorney in a tempestuous County Junior Final at a wind & rain lashed John Joe O'Sullivan Park. For most of game it looked likely that Ballyheigue would add to their ever increasing trophy room but at the end of 60 minutes it was not to be; six magnificent strikes from the stick of Abbeydorney's sharp shooter Tim Fealy more than made the difference between victory & defeat for O'Dorney men.
Abbeydorney played against a strong breeze in the first half & trailed by 3 points by end of first quarter, Damien Casey, Nicholas Stack & Jason Griffin scoring for Ballyheigue; then in the 17th minute Damien Casey added another for Ballyheigue and Tim Fealy opened Abbeydorney's account a minute later when he pointed after a free on hard grafting Dan Nolan. Ballyheigue finnished the half the stronger, though and points from Jason Griffin, Nicholas Stack & Jason Griffin (his third in the game), gave them an inteveral lead of 0-7 to 0-1.
Abbeydorney needed something special if they were to get back into the action and they got it in the shape of a Tim Fealy point inside the first four minutes of the new half. Full forward  Tom Rice added another O'Dorney point after 42 minutes and suddenly Abbeydorney's chances of a famous victory looked bright again.
Now with the momentum firmly behind O'Dorney, attacks in waves and points from Tim Fealy (0-2) and a magnificent long range effort by sub Liam McCarthy sent the game into extra time.
Denis Long & Declan Quill were introduced to the fray. Abbeydorney had the advantage of the elements for the second half of extra time and with their dander now up, they proceeded to take the game to their rivals. Within two minutes of extra time, Dan Nolan put the O'Dorney men in front again; Tim Fealy pointed a free and with 5 minutes gone they lead by 2 points.
Ballyheigue tried everything to get back into contention and they brought  John Healy up to join the attack in an effort to turn things around but some magnificent rearguard action from the O'Dorney men denied them.
After the game Jerome Conway presented the cup to Ger Maunsell, Abbeydorney captain.
TEAMS & SCORERS:
Abbeydorney: Richard O'Brien, David Clifford, Ger Maunsell, John Sheehan, Mikey Leahy, David Moore, Niall O'Connell, Kieran O'Connell, Dan Nolan (0-1), Robert Murphy, Bill Maunsell, John O'Sullivan, David O'Connell, Tom Rice (0-1), Tim Fealy (0-6) Subs: Liam McCarthy for Bill Maunsell & Bill Maunsell for Robert Murphy
Ballyheigue: John Healy, John Griffin, Mike Kenny, Jer Slattery, Paul Casey, Colm Griffin, Adrian Sheehan, Jason griffin (0-3), Noel Kilbride, Liam O'Mahoney, Damien Casey (0-2), David Lowe, Gearoid Regan, Niall Stack (0-2) Subs: Brendan Dunne for David Lowe, D Quill for P Casey, D Lawlor for D quill D Lowe for B Dunne
Referee: Gerry Gleeson (John Mitchels)