Twin ter­rors steer Balt­in­glass to com­fort­able vic­tory

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BALT­IN­GLASS EIRE OG GREY­STONES 1-12 0-8

BALT­IN­GLASS pro­duced a dom­i­nant dis­play in the first half to run out com­fort­able vic­tors over a fan­cied Eire Og team at Avondale last Tues­day evening.

A goal and eight points from twin ter­rors Jack Tim­mons and Lee Fur­long ac­com­pa­nied by an im­pres­sive de­fen­sive dis­play from cen­tre-back Tommy Cullen proved too much for the Grey­stones men to over­come.

The match started brightly for the east coast team though with tal­is­man Wil­lie O’Ha­gan point­ing a free in the first minute to give them the lead for the only time in the con­test.

On six min­utes Balto took the lead they were never to re­lin­quish.

A di­ag­o­nal ball from ma­raud­ing wing­back John Whe­lan saw Jack Tim­mons bravely beat on­rush­ing goal­keeper Der­mot Blake and full-back Do­manic O’Brien to the ball to palm it into the path of Lee Fur­long as all three col­lided leav­ing the Balto full-for­ward with the sim­ple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

The ma­jor score seemed to de­flate Eire Og and Balto took com­plete con­trol of the match. If they did not claim clean ball in the mid­dle third the half-back line of Whe­lan, Tommy Cullen and Mick Dowl­ing took the scraps and drove the men from the west on.

This re­sulted in much ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion and gave Jack Tim­mons plenty of shoot­ing prac­tise. He opened his ac­count from a free on ten min­utes. Cullen’s dis­tri­bu­tion to his for­ward line was worth the ad­mis­sion fee alone.

From a Cullen pass, Tim­mons lost his marker and pointed a de­light­ful ef­fort with his right peg from out on the right touch­line, that the watch­ing Tommy Mur­phy would have been proud of back in his hey­day. He added a free soon af­ter.

More dom­i­nance at mid­field saw a beau­ti­ful fetch from Niall Kir­wan, be­fore he fed Stephen Quinn, who off loaded to Fur­long who clipped an­other score to stretch the ad­van­tage to five. More Eire Og in­dis­ci­pline gave Tim­mons his fourth of the evening af­ter only 15 min­utes.

When Eire Og did launch an at­tack and get be­yond mid­field, the workrate and has­sling qual­i­ties of the Balto rear­guard came to the fore and they snuffed out the dan­ger.

On a side­note a shud­der­ing shoul­der col­li­sion be­tween Grey­stones pow­er­house Anto Byrne and Balto’s James Keane sounded and looked like two stags clash­ing on the nearby Avondale house es­tate as nei­ther man gave an inch.

Balto closed out the first-half scor­ing with an­other Tim­mons free and wing-for­ward Robin Far­rell point­ing a beau­ti­ful ef­fort on the run af­ter col­lect­ing his own break­ing ball to de­servedly lead by nine at the in­ter­val.

Eire Og re­ceived a rol­lick­ing at half-time from man­ager Ed­die Davis as they came out fight­ing.

O’Ha­gan pointed a free within sec­onds be­fore Balto re­sumed con­trol. Tim­mons pointed an­other free fol­lowed by an au­da­cious right-footed ef­fort from Mark O’Shaugh­nessy way out on the right wing. A poor kick-out by Blake was cap­i­talised on by Brian Lord who slipped a sim­ple point be­fore Kir­wan gal­loped through to make it 1-11 to 0-2 with 20 min­utes left. It looked like it could get em­bar­rass­ing for the sea­side club.

How­ever, a pur­ple patch saw them kick the next six scores, as an un­likely come­back seemed just about on. On 43 min­utes O’Ha­gan pointed his third free be­fore they fi­nally scored from play, Cian O’Fla­herty point­ing a gor­geous ef­fort from 35 yards out ten in from the touch­line into the com­plex end.

To prove it was it was no fluke he fol­lowed up with an ef­fort from 50 yards out mo­ments later.

When full-for­ward Daniel Webb set O’Fla­herty in on goal only a last-gasp div­ing block by Cullen de­prived a near cer­tain goal.

From the re­sult­ing 45 Dar­ren Quigley pointed and pre­ceded to give an ex­hi­bi­tion of place kick­ing off the ground as he pointed two more classy ef­forts from dis­tance to nar­row the scores to six points.

The Grey­stones men were on top now but never re­ally looked like over­tak­ing the third favourites for the ju­nior crown. It was in fact Balto who closed out the scor­ing af­ter good in­ter­play be­tween Fur­long and Kir­wan freed up Tim­mons who stroked non­chantly through the up­rights for his sev­enth point of a fruit­ful evening.

Eire Og will re­gret the open­ing half where they left them­selves too much to do but the sec­ond half will re­new con­fi­dence for the chal­lenges ahead.

They had good per­form­ers in cen­tre-back Matt Maguire and Cian O’Fla­herty, their stand-out player was Daniel Webb who bat­tled gamely till the end.

For Balto a good all round team ef­fort was what pushed them over the line.

They did take the foot off the gas in the sec­ond half, their best per­form­ers were Fur­long and Tim­mons but Tommy Cullen was man of the match with an out­stand­ing dis­play of po­si­tion­ing, brav­ery, dis­tri­bu­tion and lead­er­ship when it was most needed from cen­tre-back.

Scor­ers: Balt­in­glass: Jack Tim­mons 0-7 (0-5f), Lee Fur­long 1-1, Robin Far­rell 0-1, Brian Lord 0-1, Niall Kir­wan 0-1, Mark O’Shaugh­nessy 0-1

Eire Og: Wil­liam O’Ha­gan 0-3 (0-3f), Dar­ren Quigley 0-3 (0-3f), Cian O’Fla­herty 0-2

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