Coolkenno waltz to victory over blunt Ballinacor
HAVING had a very bad start to their Darcy Sand intermediate football championship campaign with a heavy defeat to Laragh in their opening game, Ballinacor needed a big recovery to get their prospects back on track when they took on Coolkenno in Aughrim on Sunday morning.
While this was an improved performance in general play, it was still disastrous for them in the scoring stakes only managing to amass three points over the hour.
Coolkenno mixed the good with the indifferent. They seemed to switch on when scores were needed and yet had no score at all for more than a quarter of an hour in the first half. The Glenmalure men enjoyed their best spell of the game during this period but just could not register a score.
Coolkenno started brightly and had points on the board by the end of the first ten minutes. Eoghan Dolan had two (one of which could have been a goal), Eamon Rossiter, Conor Walker and Don Jackman from a free were the scorers.
Daniel Dowling and Paddy Byrne at midfield for Ballinacor with Conor Parsons at centre back were ensuring that it was not all one-way traffic in the possession stakes, but the scores just would not come.
Jackman pointed another free for the Carlow border side before Ger Byrne got Ballinacor’s only score of the half from a free on the quarter-hour mark.
Coolkenno hardly entered the Ballinacor half for the remainder of this first period as the Glenmalure men enjoyed plenty of possession and tried hard to get further scores.
They had a number of wides and midfielder Danny Dowling did not have the best of luck when he got on the end of a high lob in to the goalmouth.
However, the defence managed to scramble the ball clear and the goal chance was gone. Conor Parsons got forward for a couple of his long-range shots for points but to no avail.
Coolkenno got going again coming up to half-time and shot two points from Conor Doyle and Conor Walker to lead by 0-8 to 0-1 at half-time.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first with Coolkenno scoring five points on the trot in the first ten minutes. Don Jackman had three, followed by two from Conor Walker. Any prospect of a Ballinacor revival was gone now and Coolkenno added another five scores over the course of the remainder of the half from Pauric Coleman, Cathal Rossiter, Don Jackman, an excellent point from Eamon Rossiter off the outside of his right foot and finally a point from the hard working Eoghan Dolan.
Ballinacor had two points’ in this half from Paddy Byrne and a Ger Byrne free. Despite the mountain they had to climb, they never threw in the towel and kept going to the end.
An interesting feature of the second half was the duel at midfield between Danny Dowling and Conor Doyle. Coolkenno won in the end by 0-18 to 0-3.
Scorers – Coolkenno: Don Jackman 0-6, Conor Walker 0-4, Eoghan Dolan 0-3, Eamon Rossiter 0-2, Conor Doyle, Pauric Coleman and Cathal Rossiter 0-1 each.
Ballinacor: Ger Byrne 0-2 and Paddy Byrne 0-1.
Ballinacor’s Chris Murphy comes under severe pressure.
Conor Parsons and Conor Walker go toe to toe in Aughrim.