Coolkenno waltz to vic­tory over blunt Bal­li­na­cor

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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.

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