Intermediate Cup: Strong second half from Ballinlough (29/05/14)
Ballinlough’s form continued in an upward curve with a six point win in the first round of the intermediate cup in Kilskyre on Wednesday evening.
The old adage of “a week is long time in sport” would certainly ring a bell with the Ballinlough players and management, only a short week ago their season hung by a thread following successive championship defeats. As they approached a tricky assignment against Nobber, as underdogs, there was every reason for an air of anxiety in the camp. But it was a case of rolling up the sleeves and working harder and after a couple of strong displays their season is right back on track and their fortune is back in their own hands in all competitions.
The home side were short a couple of regulars following the weekends championship action and it was hard graft that seen them come from behind at half-time to run out eventual winners. Kevin Devine worked hard to create an opening for James O’ Higgins to score a goal but it came between a couple of majors for Castletown and with Shane Hoey and Kenny Smith impressive for the visitors they had every reason to be confident at the switch of ends, as they lead; 2-4 to 1-6.
Colm Mallen and Jonnie Reilly were introduced at half-time to bolster the North Meath outfit and both players were prominent as Kevin Devine hit the net midway through the half as ‘The Reds’ made a surge for the finishing line. Lorcan Maguire, who gave an outstanding performance, wandered into unfamiliar territory and clipped over a couple of great points in the last quarter.
Ken Rothwell was a late substitute for Ballinlough and he kicked a nice score to become their twelfth player to score as they lined up a home quarter final fixture with Carnaross.
Ballinlough: K. Mc Guinness, B. Smith, P. Muldoon, J. Baugh, J. O’ Reilly, M. Geraghty, L. Maguire, P. Byrne, D. Muldoon, Cian Mallen, M. Mc Cullen, N. Farrelly, J. O’ Higgins, T. Mc Cullen and K. Devine. Subs: J. Reilly, Colm Mallen, S. Deevy and K. Rothwell.