Derby win puts classy ‘Boughal into last four
BALLYBOUGHAL dealt Round Towers Lusk a critical blow to their promotion hopes at Thomas Ashe Park on Saturday evening, with Ben Callinan hitting two second-half goals for the visitors to see Ballyboughal through to the semi-finals.
The corner forward gave arguably his best display in a Ballyboughal shirt and apart from his two-goal tally was tenacious throughout the course of the 60 minutes.
One moment during the game typified his attitude when just before the half-time break Callinan won a terrific ball to stop it going over the sideline, and off that possession John Rodgers would point to leave Ballyboughal up 1-7 to 0-5 at the interval.
It was a big score for Bally- boughal given they had been playing with a stiff wind in the first half, although whatever breeze Lusk had after the break didn’t impact as much on them as they kicked six wides after the turnaround.
For Lusk they will look back on the first half when they spurned three good goal chances. It was probably the winning and losing of the game, and up against a Ballyboughal side who held on to possession well in the second half, they struggled to claw back the deficit.
The game had seen Lusk outscore their opponents by two points before a ball in from Lusk midfielder Seamus Harford released Dermot Leech at the edge of square.
He could only place his effort wide on eight minutes, and while
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Lusk would keep their noses in front Ballyboughal would make the crucial breakthrough on 19 minutes.
Their big inside man Martens Prosinova, who had been a constant threat on the day, palmed down a diagonal ball from Rodgers into the path of Gerry Seaver who crashed the ball home to open up a two-point lead for the ‘Boughal.
Lusk were presented with another goal chance after that, but under pressure from a defender, Leech saw another effort go wide of the posts.
And having seen a third chance go abegging, Lusk suffered another setback six minutes into the second half when, off good link up play from Ritchie Downey and Cathal Flynn, Callinan stabbed the ball past the keeper to open up a six-point lead.
And with Greg Rooney giving an impressive display in the middle third, Ballyboughal controlled the play, with Seaver working his socks off with some terrific runs down the channels.
Ballyboughal might have had a third goal, with only a double save by Adam Burns denying both Jack Ryan and Prosinova at the mid-way stage of the second half.
And while Lusk never dropped their heads, they always had their work cut out against a determined Ballyboughal side who then rounded things off when Callinan grabbed his second goal with a composed finished near the end.