Three second-half goals helped Ballinlough to yet another title when they beat Dunshaughlin in the Meath FL Division 3 at Walterstown on Sunday.
They only dropped one point in the campaign and, with Trevor Kane and Mickey Duffy absent from the Dunshaughlin team through injury, the junior champions started strong favourites. However, it was the losers who set the early pace and they led by 1-7 to 2-3 at half-time. Top scorer Francis Tunney and Hugh Mc Donnell kept Ballinlough in touch with two well executed goals.
Simon Farrell netted for Dunshaughlin and Ger Dowd might have added another, but his shot crashed off the crossbar. Martin Mc Donnell (two) and Tunney added further goals for the North Meath side and with Dunshaughlin fading as the game progressed the winners coasted to their second major title in three weeks.
The loser’s defense will take much of the blame for the five goals. They offered very little cover to ‘keeper Derek Melia, but they were well served by Tom Finn, Dowd, Farrell and Dermot Kealy. Ballinlough minus Martin Lynch, Gary Mc Donnell and Ciaran O’ Brien from their regular 15, had impressive performers in captain Gerry Mc Namee, Michael Tuite, Declan Lynch and Tunney.
Ballinlough: T Smith, J Tunney, G Mc Namee, D Mullally, M Tuite (0-1), P O’ Brien, R Lydon, D Lynch, F O’ Higgins, P Lynch, L Hyland (0-1), J Devine (0-1), F Tunney (2-2), M Mc Donnell (2-0), H Mc Donnell (1-0).