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Strong first half was key

Ballinglen se­cure ‘C’ Shield

- Sports · Patrick Murphy · Cillian Murphy · Michael Byrne · Ballinakill · Ryan Clarke

BALLINGLEN used the strong wind to their ad­van­tage as a great first-half per­for­mance helped them over­come the chal­lenge of Pearse Gaels in Bal­li­nakill on Sun­day morn­ing.

Both teams wanted to fin­ish the cham­pi­onship on a high note by pick­ing up some sil­ver­ware. The wind would play a mas­sive fac­tor in the game, with the wind favour­ing Ballinglen in the first half. Cen­tre back Conor Byrne would make a great run through the mid­dle as he kicked over the first score of the game.

Ballinglen would score an­other four unan­swered points through Rory O’Dare, Oisin Gor­man with a cou­ple and Pa­trick Mur­phy. They were win­ning all the early bat­tles in the mid­dle of the park from the kick-out with Pa­trick Mur­phy and Oran O’Cal­laghan dom­i­nat­ing the air, helped by the very strong win.

It was a tough start for Pearse Gaels but Sa­muel Bishop got them on the score­board with a free. It was 0-5 to 0-1. The Ballinglen lads would ex­tend their lead with three more points. This in­cluded a mas­sive point from Conor Byrne far out from the tar­get us­ing the wind to his full ad­van­tage. Oran O’Cal­laghan and Oisin Gor­man would add to that. An­drew Wa­ters would get his name on the scoresheet for Pearse Gaels. it was 0-8 to 0-2 at the wa­ter break.

Every­thing was go­ing the way of the lads in the lead; the most im­pres­sive as­pect of their game was how clin­i­cal they were be­ing in front of the sticks when the changes pre­sented them­selves. They’d score 1-4 be­fore the end of the half. The goal came when they won the break­ing ball from the kick-out, for­ward Rory O’Dare

was one on one with the op­pos­ing de­fender as he hand-passed it to him­self over the top of the de­fender be­fore he buried the ball into the back of the net.

The trail­ing Pearse Gaels had a goal chance of their own as a mix up be­tween the op­pos­ing goal­keeper and his de­fender meant Ben Kier­nan was able to pounce on the ball, get­ting a per­fect one on one sit­u­a­tion with the keeper, he blasted it too high only man­ag­ing to get the point. It was 1-12 to 0-3 at half-time. Pearse Gaels fin­ished the half with 14 men af­ter a black card.

With the wind at their backs in the sec­ond half it was all Pearse Gaels for the ma­jor­ity of this time, with Bal­in­glen fail­ing to score an­other point. Play­ers like Sa­muel Bishop, Kee­van Doyle and An­drew Wa­ters re­ally started to get into the con­test, with all the break­ing ball fall­ing in their favour, con­tra dic­tio­nary to the first half.

Pearse Gaels were un­lucky not to find the back of the net as a bomb of a ball was booted into the square re­ally threat­en­ing the goal, but it was bounc­ing ev­ery­where but the net. The first score of the half came when Kee­van Doyle went rac­ing down the pitch giv­ing the ball to Sam Bishop who stuck in over the posts. The next score was well worked team score fin­ished off by cor­ner back Josh Ni­chols. They would get four more

points, re­duc­ing the deficit to just six points at 1-12 to 0-9.

They would get an­other goal op­por­tu­nity very sim­i­lar to the one ear­lier in the half, the ball was put high into the sky as it created havoc in the Ballinglen dan­ger area, although once again the ball was hop­ing ev­ery­where but the place they needed it to be. The Ballinglen young­sters got out of trou­ble again.

Pearse Gaels will rue their miss changes as they could have got more scores out of that wind. Ballinglen fin­ished the game strong with some good pos­ses­sion be­fore it was topped off by Rory O’Dare get­ting his sec­ond goal of the morn­ing. Ballinglen won on a score-line of 2-12 to 0-9, win­ning the Mi­nor ‘C’ Cham­pi­onship Shield.

Kil­lian Mul­hall, Odhran Doyle, Cal­lum Mut­ton, Daragh Hay­den, Kevin Mur­ray, Conor Byrne (0-03) Cian Fitzger­ald, Pa­trick Mur­phy (0-03), Oran O’Cal­laghan (0-01), Sean Weld, John Moran, Evan Doyle, Rory O’Dare (2-02), Oisin Gor­man (0-03), Larry Kin­sella. Subs: Evan Byrne, Owen Hed­der­man, Pa­trick Faye, Cil­lian Mur­phy, Mau­rice Hed­der­man.

Ryan Clarke, Josh Ni­chols (0-01) Evan Dwyer, Ethan Mackie, Conor McGrath, Fionn Doyle, Stephen Kearns, Sa­muel Bishop, (0-04) Matthew Collins, An­drew Wa­ters (0-02), Kee­van Doyle, Luke Deasy, Ben Kelly, Michael Byrne, Ben Kier­nan (0-02) Subs: Luke Fitz­patrick, Shane Synott, Daragh Hef­fer­nan, Joshua Bishop, Shane Dun­leavy.

Ciaran Goff (Éire Óg)

 ??  ?? Pa­trick Mur­phy with his man of the match tro­phy and Ballinglen Cap­tains Conor Byrne and Rory O’Dare along with Owen Doyle.
Pa­trick Mur­phy with his man of the match tro­phy and Ballinglen Cap­tains Conor Byrne and Rory O’Dare along with Owen Doyle.
 ??  ?? Bal­li­na­glen, who de­feated Pearse Gaels to claim the Mi­nor ‘C’ foot­ball shield ti­tle.
Bal­li­na­glen, who de­feated Pearse Gaels to claim the Mi­nor ‘C’ foot­ball shield ti­tle.

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