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Insane Drama As Late TJ Reid Goal Sends Ballyhale Into All-Ireland Final

Insane Drama As Late TJ Reid Goal Sends Ballyhale Into All-Ireland Final
By PJ Browne Updated

TJ Reid scored an incredible last play goal to send Ballyhale into the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship final.

Ballyhale trailed by two points with the three minutes of injury time almost up against Galway champions St Thomas' when they were awarded a free. The time on the clock and scoreline meant that Reid had to go for goal from the placed ball.

Incredibly, Reid scored a goal from the free to give Ballyhale a 2-15 to 0-20 victory. For most of the game, it had looked like it would be St Thomas' heading to the All-Ireland final.

"I think that was my first free, outside of a penalty, scoring [a goal]!" Reid, scorer of 2-5, told TG4.

"Not a bad place to start. Pure luck. I asked the ref what was left, and he said 30 seconds. I said to myself that I'll just have to hit this as hard as I could. Lucky enough, it went in.

"I had only one option. It was to strike the ball as hard as I could. It went through a few bodies there. It's pure delight, and relief."

TJ Reid goal Ballyhale vs St Thomas'

It's the second time during this club championship campaign that Ballyhale have required a late goal to rescue their chances of winning a third consecutive title. Eoin Cody score a last play goal in the Leinster semi-final against St Rynaghs, with Ballyhale three points down, to send the game to extra-time.

Ballyhale will face Ballgunner in the final after they beat Slaughtneil in the day's first semi-final.

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"I know Ballygunner, they are only 20 minutes away from Ballyhale," said Reid.

"They wanted an All-Ireland final. They've been training and hurling for the last seven or eight years. I have no doubt that they want this one.

"2019 we beat them. They're coming with pure motivation. Even for ourselves, the talk was 'Ballyhale and Ballygunner in the All-Ireland final'. Maybe that sunk into us, and we were a little bit complacent today.

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"Tunnel vision now for Ballygunner. They are a serious outfit."

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